Orange Is the New Black

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Orange Is the New Black
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Genre Comedy-drama
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"
Composer(s) Scott Doherty
Brandon Jay
Gwendolyn Sanford
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Jenji Kohan
Liz Friedman (1 episode)
Producer(s) Neri Kyle Tannenbaum
Location(s) New York
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 51–92 minutes
Production company(s) Lionsgate Television
Tilted Productions
Distributor Netflix
Original channel Netflix
Picture format 1080p (16:9 HDTV)
Audio format Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 with Descriptive Video Service track
Original release July 11, 2013 (2013-07-11) – present
External links

Orange Is the New Black (often abbreviated to OITNB) is an American comedy-drama series[1][2] created by Jenji Kohan and first released on Netflix on July 11, 2013.[3] 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.[4] The second season premiered on June 6, 2014 at 3:00 am EDT.[5][6] The series has been renewed for a third season.[7] On July 10, 2014, the series received 12 Primetime Emmy Award nominations.[8] On March 2, 2015, Netflix announced that season 3 would premiere on June 12, 2015.[9] On April 15, 2015, the series was renewed for a fourth season, scheduled to air in 2016.[10]


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 called Litchfield Penitentiary (operated by the "Federal Department of Corrections", a fictionalized version of the Federal Bureau of Prisons). She has been convicted of transporting a suitcase full of drug money to her former girlfriend Alex Vause (Laura Prepon), an international drug smuggler/mule. The offense had occurred ten years prior to the start of the series, and in that time Piper had moved on to a quiet, law-abiding life among New York's upper middle class, so her sudden and unexpected arrest seriously disrupts her relationships with her fiancé and her family.

In prison, Piper is reunited with Alex (who named Piper in her trial, resulting in her ex-girlfriend's arrest), and they re-examine their relationship and deal with their fellow prisoners. The show often shows flashbacks of significant events from the past of various inmates. These flashbacks typically explain how the inmate came to be in prison or otherwise further develop the character's backstory.

Cast and characters[edit]

The series cast at The Paley Center For Media's PaleyFest 2014 event honoring the show

Main cast[edit]

Actor Character Season
1 2 3
Taylor Schilling Piper Chapman Main
Michael J. Harney Sam Healy Main
Kate Mulgrew Galina "Red" Reznikov Main
Laura Prepon Alex Vause Main Recurring Main
Uzo Aduba Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren Recurring Main
Danielle Brooks Tasha "Taystee" Jefferson Recurring Main
Natasha Lyonne Nicole "Nicky" Nichols Recurring Main
Taryn Manning Tiffany "Pennsatucky" Doggett Recurring Main
Selenis Leyva Gloria Mendoza Recurring Main[11]
Adrienne C. Moore Cindy "Black Cindy" Hayes Recurring Main[11]
Dascha Polanco Dayanara "Daya" Diaz Recurring Main
Nick Sandow Joe Caputo Recurring Main[11]
Yael Stone Lorna Morello Recurring Main[11]
Samira Wiley Poussey Washington Recurring Main[11]
Jason Biggs Larry Bloom Main [12]
Michelle Hurst Miss Claudette Pelage Main

Recurring cast[edit]

Actor Character Season
1 2 3
Laverne Cox Sophia Burset Recurring
Jackie Cruz Marisol "Flaca" Gonzalez Recurring
Lea DeLaria Carrie "Big Boo" Black Recurring
Beth Fowler Sister Jane Ingalls Recurring
Annie Golden Norma Romano Recurring
Diane Guerrero Maritza Ramos Recurring
Vicky Jeudy Janae Watson Recurring
Emma Myles Leanne Taylor Recurring
Jessica Pimentel Maria Ruiz Recurring
Elizabeth Rodriguez Aleida Diaz Recurring
Barbara Rosenblat Rosa "Miss Rosa" Cisneros Recurring
Abigail Savage Gina Murphy Recurring
Constance Shulman Yoga Jones Recurring
Lin Tucci Anita DeMarco Recurring
Maria Dizzia Polly Harper Recurring
Catherine Curtin Wanda Bell Recurring
Joel Marsh Garland Scott O'Neill Recurring
Matt McGorry John Bennett Recurring
Alysia Reiner Natalie "Fig" Figueroa Recurring
Kimiko Glenn Brook Soso Recurring
Lorraine Toussaint Yvonne "Vee" Parker Recurring
Lauren Lapkus Susan Fischer Recurring
Pablo Schreiber George "Pornstache" Mendez Recurring
Madeline Brewer Tricia Miller Recurring


Season Episodes Release date
1 13 July 11, 2013 (2013-07-11)
2 13 June 6, 2014 (2014-06-06)
3 14[13][9] June 12, 2015 (2015-06-12)[13][9]


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.[4] Netflix finalized the deal as a 13-episode straight-to-Web series.[14] Casting announcements began in August 2012, with Taylor Schilling the first to be cast, in the lead role as Piper Chapman,[15] followed by Jason Biggs as Piper's fiancé Larry Bloom.[16]

Laura Prepon and Yael Stone were next to join the series,[2] along with Laverne Cox, an African-American transgender woman, as Sophia Burset, a transgender character. The Advocate touted Orange Is the New Black as possibly the first women-in-prison narrative to cast a transgender woman for this type of role.[17] This American Life host Ira Glass was offered a role as a public radio host, but he declined. The role instead went to Robert Stanton, who plays the fictional host Maury Kind.[18]

The series is set in a fictional prison in Litchfield, New York, which is a real town in upstate New York, but it does not have a Federal Penitentiary.[19] The series began filming in the old Rockland Children's Psychiatric Center in Rockland County, New York on March 7, 2013.[20]

On June 27, 2013, Netflix renewed the show for a second season. On May 5, 2014, Laura Prepon stated that the series had been renewed for a third season. The list of names for the first episode of the Season 3 premiere has been posted, including the title "It's the Great Blumpkin, Charlie Brown!". Netflix has since revealed that Season 3 will begin streaming from June 12, 2015.[21]

International broadcast[edit]

The series began airing on broadcast television in New Zealand on TV2 on August 19, 2013[22] and in Australia on October 9, 2013 on Showcase.[23] The second season began on Showcase on July 16, 2014.[24] The 3rd season will be shown on Netflix on June 12, 2015, along with the first two seasons in Australia and New Zealand.[25]

Critical reception[edit]

Members of the cast and crew with their Peabody Award, May 2014

Orange Is the New Black has received universal acclaim. For Season 1, Metacritic gave it a score of 79/100 based on reviews from 32 critics, indicating favorable reviews.[26] Rotten Tomatoes gives a score of 93%, with an average rating of 8.2/10 based on 40 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."[27]

Hank Stuever, 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."[28] 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."[29]

The second season of the show was also received with critical acclaim. Rotten Tomatoes gives a score of 97%, with an average rating of 9.1/10 based on 35 reviews.[30] Metacritic gave the second season a score of 89 out of 100 based on 30 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[31] David Wiegland of the San Francisco Chronicle gave the season a positive review, calling the first six episodes "not only as great as the first season, but arguably better."


Orange Is the New Black generated more viewers and hours viewed in its first week than the other Netflix original series House of Cards and Arrested Development.[32]


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.[33][34] The series won a 2013 Peabody Award[35] and a Satellite Award for Best Cast in a Television Series.[36]

Year Ceremony Category Recipients Result
2014 4th Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Comedy Series Won
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Kate Mulgrew Won
Laverne Cox Nominated
Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series Uzo Aduba Won
71st Golden Globe Awards Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama Taylor Schilling Nominated
25th GLAAD Media Awards Outstanding Comedy Series Won
56th Annual Grammy Awards Best Song Written for Visual Media Regina Spektor – "You've Got Time" Nominated
66th Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Comedy Series Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Taylor Schilling
(Episode: "The Chickening")
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Kate Mulgrew
(Episode: "Tit Punch")
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Uzo Aduba
(Episode: "Lesbian Request Denied")
Laverne Cox
(Episode: "Lesbian Request Denied")
Natasha Lyonne
(Episode: "WAC Pack")
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series Jodie Foster
(Episode: "Lesbian Request Denied")
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series Liz Friedman and Jenji Kohan
(Episode: "I Wasn't Ready")
Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series Jennifer Euston Won
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series William Turro
(Episode: "Tit Punch")
Shannon Mitchell
(Episode: "Tall Men With Feelings")
Michael S. Stern
(Episode: "Can't Fix Crazy")
40th People's Choice Awards Favorite Streaming Series Won
18th Satellite Awards Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy Won
Best Cast – Television Series Won
Best Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy Taylor Schilling Won
Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film Laura Prepon Won
Uzo Aduba Nominated
30th TCA Awards Program of the Year Nominated
Outstanding New Program Won
66th Writers Guild of America Awards Best Comedy Series Nominated
Best New Series Nominated
Best Episodic Comedy Liz Friedman and Jenji Kohan
(Episode: "I Wasn't Ready")
Sian Heder
(Episode: "Lesbian Request Denied")
2014 Young Hollywood Awards Best Cast Chemistry – TV series Nominated
Bingeworthy TV series Won
Breakthrough Actress Danielle Brooks Won
We Love to Hate You Pablo Schreiber Won
2015 41st People's Choice Awards Favorite TV Dramedy Won
72nd Golden Globe Awards Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy Nominated
Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Taylor Schilling Nominated
Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Uzo Aduba Nominated
19th Satellite Awards Best Musical or Comedy Series Nominated
Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy Series Taylor Schilling Nominated
26th Producers Guild of America Awards Best Episodic Comedy Mark A. Burley, Sara Hess, Jenji Kohan, Gary Lennon,
Neri Tannenbaum, Michael Trim, Lisa I. Vinnecour
21st Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Won
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Uzo Aduba Won
67th Writers Guild of America Awards Best Comedy Series Nominated
Best Episodic Comedy Nick Jones
(Episode: "Low Self Esteem City")
46th NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Comedy Series Nominated
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Uzo Aduba Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Adrienne C. Moore Nominated
Laverne Cox Nominated
Lorraine Toussaint Nominated
Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series Sara Hess Won
TLVFest LGBT Media Awards Best International TV Series Won
BAFTA Awards Best International Programme Jenji Kohan, Lisa I.Vinnecour, Sara Hess, Sian Heder Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Drama Series Nominated
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Lorraine Toussaint Won

See also[edit]


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