Orange Is the New Black
|Orange Is the New Black|
|Created by||Jenji Kohan|
|Based on||Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison
by Piper Kerman
|Theme music composer||Regina Spektor|
|Opening theme||"You've Got Time"|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Jenji Kohan
Liz Friedman (1 episode)
|Producer(s)||Neri Kyle Tannenbaum|
|Camera setup||Petr Hlinomaz|
|Running time||51–60 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Lionsgate Television
|Picture format||1080p (HDTV)|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital Plus 5.1|
|Original run||July 11, 2013– present|
Orange Is the New Black is an American comedy-drama series created by Jenji Kohan and first released on Netflix on July 11, 2013. The series, produced by Tilted Productions in association with Lionsgate Television, is based on Piper Kerman's memoir, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison, about her experiences in prison. On June 27, 2013, Netflix renewed the show for a second season premiering on June 6, 2014.
The series revolves around Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), a woman living in New York City who is sentenced to 15 months in a women's federal prison for transporting a suitcase full of drug money to her former girlfriend, Alex Vause (Laura Prepon), who is an international drug smuggler. The offense occurred ten years prior to the start of the series, and in that time Chapman had moved on to a quiet, law-abiding life among New York's upper middle class. While in prison, Piper is reunited with Alex, and they re-examine their relationship and deal with the tough inmates.
- Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman: Piper is a bisexual woman who is sent to prison for carrying drug money for her former girlfriend Alex 10 years ago. Piper and navigates the stresses it creates in her life and with her fiancé Larry. While in prison, Piper tries to understand and find her place in the hierarchy and re-examines her relationship with Alex, who is also an inmate.
- Laura Prepon as Alex Vause: Alex is a lesbian and the former girlfriend of Piper, who is serving time in the same prison. While growing up in a low socioeconomic class, with a mother working four jobs and a washed-up rock star as a father, Alex was constantly bullied. She eventually wound up working for an international drug cartel. Upon reuniting with Piper in prison, the two re-examine their relationship. Prepon auditioned for the role of Piper, and Jenji Kohan praised her, saying her audition set the bar, and Kohan asked her to read for the role of Alex.
- Michael J. Harney as Sam Healy: Healy is a correctional officer and social worker. He claims to understand Piper, although he acts passive-aggressively towards her. Though he presents himself as an honest and understanding man, it is slowly revealed that he is wildly homophobic. He is married to a Ukrainian immigrant who has two years left until she gets her green card.
- Michelle Hurst as Miss Claudette: Piper's cellmate who is very strict and feared by the inmates. Miss Claudette ran an illegal immigration and child-labor cleaning service; the very one she herself had worked in when she came to the United States as a child to pay off her parents' debt.
- Kate Mulgrew as Galina "Red" Reznikov: Red runs the prison's kitchen as its Master Chef. She owned a restaurant with her husband and worked with the Russian mob. Red is the go-to woman in the prison and runs her racket behind the scenes. She is seen as a mother figure for a group of women, some of whom are former drug users.
- Jason Biggs as Larry Bloom: A struggling writer trying to climb the journalism ladder, Larry finds out his fiancée Piper has to go to prison. Larry initially believes their relationship can make it through Piper's sentence.
|Season||Episodes||Originally streamed||DVD and Blu-ray release date|
|Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
|1||13||July 11, 2013||May 13, 2014||N/A||N/A|
|2||13||June 6, 2014||N/A||N/A||N/A|
In July 2011, it was announced that Lionsgate Television and Netflix were negotiating adding Orange Is the New Black, based on Piper Kerman's memoir, to the Netflix original series lineup. Netflix finalized the deal as a 13-episode straight-to-web series. Casting announcements began in August 2012, with Taylor Schilling the first to be cast, in the lead role as Piper Chapman, followed by Jason Biggs as Piper's fiancé Larry Bloom. Laura Prepon and Yael Stone were next to join the series, along with Laverne Cox, an African-American transgender woman, as Sophia Burset, a transgender character. The Advocate touted that Orange Is the New Black contains the first ever women-in-prison narrative to be played by a real transgender woman. This American Life host Ira Glass was offered a role as a public radio host but declined. The role instead went to Robert Stanton, who plays the fictional host Maury Kind.
The series was created and executive produced by Jenji Kohan, whose credits include Tracey Takes On..., Mad About You, Sex and the City and Weeds. The first season's production began in the fall of 2012. The series' main title theme song, "You've Got Time", was recorded by Regina Spektor for the show and became available for online streaming July 9, 2013. It began filming in Rockland County, New York on March 7, 2013. Jodie Foster directed the third episode of the first series. On June 27, 2013, Netflix renewed the show for a second season.
Orange Is the New Black has received positive reviews from critics. For Season 1, Metacritic gives a score of 79/100 based on reviews from 31 critics, indicating generally favorable reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gives a score of 89%, with an average rating of 8.4/10 based on 37 reviews. The site's consensus is "Orange Is the New Black is a sharp mix of black humor and dramatic heft, with interesting characters and an intriguing flashback structure."
Hank Steuver, television critic for The Washington Post, gave Orange Is the New Black a perfect score. In his review of the series, he stated: "In Jenji Kohan's magnificent and thoroughly engrossing new series, Orange Is the New Black, prison is still the pits. But it is also filled with the entire range of human emotion and stories, all of which are brought vividly to life in a world where a stick of gum could ignite either a romance or a death threat". David Wiegand, of the San Francisco Chronicle, said that "In every case, there is an abiding feeling for character and authenticity that helps elevate Orange Is the New Black to a new definition of television excellence". Matt Roush, of TV Guide, said: "Netflix finally achieves its eureka moment with a terrifically entertaining piece of original programming that's truly and bracingly original."  Maureen Ryan, of The Huffington Post, wrote: "Orange is one of the best new programs of the year, and the six episodes I've seen have left me hungry to see more."
The series has been nominated for a People's Choice Award for Favorite Streaming Series and several Writers Guild of America Awards for New Series, Comedy Series, and Episodic Comedy. The series won a Satellite Award for Best Cast in a Television Series.
|2014||AFI Awards||Best Television Program of The Year||Season 1||Won|
|Golden Globe Awards||Best Actress – Television Series Drama||Taylor Schilling||Nominated|
|Grammy Awards||Best Song Written for Visual Media||Regina Spektor||"You've Got Time"||Nominated|
|People's Choice Awards||Favorite Streaming Series||Won|
|Satellite Awards||Best Cast – Television Series||Main Cast||Won|
|Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy||Won|
|Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy||Taylor Schilling||Won|
|Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film||Uzo Aduba||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film||Laura Prepon||Won|
|Writers Guild of America Award||Best Comedy Series||Nominated|
|Best New Series||Nominated|
|Best Episodic Comedy||Liz Friedman & Jenji Kohan||"Pilot"||Nominated|
|Sian Heder||"Lesbian Request Denied"||Nominated|
|GLAAD Media Awards||Outstanding Comedy Series||Pending|
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