As opposed to the generic notion formed on the basis of its teaser, posters, or the audience group, ‘Orange is the New Black’ belongs to the comedy-drama genre. It won’t be wrong to call ‘OITNB’ a tangentially satirical take on the prevalent corruption, mismanagement, and grave human rights violations inside minimum-security prisons under private or public management. As far as the premise goes, the Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning TV show is based on a real-life memoir by Piper Kerman (her last name’s been changed in the series to Chapman) of the time she had spent in a minimum security prison in Connecticut after her conviction and indictment for a money-laundering case.
Taylor Schilling plays the lead in the series, thus playing the on-screen role of Piper Chapman. As she’s sentenced to 15 months in Litchfield Penitentiary, she reunites with her long-lost convict-girlfriend Alex, who’s doing her time in the same prison and their memories of the past are rekindled. Incidentally, Alex’ confession had led to Piper’s arrest and indictment in the first place. As her time spent in the prison goes, she finds herself torn amongst her family back home and her feelings for Alex, amongst her newfound, rather dismayed life and the company of inmates in the penitentiary.
It is only a relief for us and the fans alike, that the series is due for its sixth and seventh run. For those who cannot miss the acclaimed series any longer, we have a list of TV shows similar to Orange is the New Black that are our recommendations. The basis of similarity of ‘OITNB’ with other TV shows ranges from drug abuse to women empowerment, from finding individual identities to homosexuality and from a prison-ly setup to false pretexts and the ensuing circumstances. And mind you, I’ve ordered them in the degree of relevance with ‘Orange is the New Black’, starting from the least to the most. You can also watch some of these movies like Orange is the New Black on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
12. Women in Prison (1987-1988)
Only one season long ‘Women in Prison’ might as well have been the ‘Orange is the New Black’ in making, but alas, remained short-lived. As the name suggests, the series portrays a low-lying group of women convicts in a Wisconsin prison cell, the crimes they have committed, notably shoplifting, murder, etc. and their personal lives conflicting among each other. As their influence grows, so does their interpersonal struggles, which is everything this series is all about. If nothing, it won’t be wrong to call it a miniature, pilot version of ‘OITNB’, although it largely went unsuccessful and unnoticed.
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