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||2|
|No. of episodes||26 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Jenji Kohan
Liz Friedman (1 episode)
|Producer(s)||Neri Kyle Tannenbaum|
|Camera setup||Petr Hlinomaz|
|Running time||51–90 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. The second season premiered on June 6, 2014 at 3:00 am EDT. The series has been renewed for a third season.
The series revolves around Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), a bisexual woman living in New York City who is sentenced to 15 months in a women's federal prison (operated by the Federal Department of Corrections, a fictionalized version of the Federal Bureau of Prisons), for transporting a suitcase full of drug money to her former girlfriend, Alex Vause (Laura Prepon), who is an international drug smuggler/mule. The offense 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. While in prison, Piper is reunited with Alex (who named Piper in her trial – resulting in her arrest), and they re-examine their relationship and deal with their fellow inmates. At the end of Season Two, Piper has 8 months left in prison.
Cast and characters
|Taylor Schilling||Piper Chapman||
|Laura Prepon||Alex Vause||
|Michael J. Harney||Sam Healy||
|Michelle Hurst||Miss Claudette Pelage||
|Kate Mulgrew||Galina "Red" Reznikov||
|Jason Biggs||Larry Bloom||
|Uzo Aduba||Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren||
|Danielle Brooks||Tasha "Taystee" Jefferson||
|Natasha Lyonne||Nicky Nichols||
|Taryn Manning||Tiffany "Pennsatucky" Doggett||
|Yael Stone||Lorna Morello||
|Samira Wiley||Poussey Washington||
|Dascha Polanco||Dayanara "Daya" Diaz||
|Selenis Leyva||Gloria Mendoza||
|Adrienne C. Moore||Cindy "Black Cindy" Hayes||
|Nick Sandow||Joe Caputo||
|Maria Dizzia||Polly Harper||
|Pablo Schreiber||George "Pornstache" Mendez||
|Matt McGorry||John Bennett||
|Laverne Cox||Sophia Burset||
|Alysia Reiner||Natalie "Fig" Figueroa||
|Vicky Jeudy||Janae Watson||
|Madeline Brewer||Tricia Miller||
|Lea DeLaria||Carrie "Big Boo" Black||
|Constance Shulman||Yoga Jones||
|Kimiko Glenn||Brook Soso||
|Lorraine Toussaint||Yvonne "Vee" Parker||
|Barbara Rosenblat||Rosa Cisneros||
|Lauren Lapkus||Susan Fischer||
|Abigail Savage||Gina Murphy||
|Beth Fowler||Jane Ingalls||
|Elizabeth Rodriguez||Aleida Diaz||
|Annie Golden||Norma Romano||
|Diane Guerrero||Maritza Ramos||
|Season||Episodes||Originally streamed||DVD and Blu-ray release date|
|Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
|1||13||July 11, 2013||May 13, 2014||May 19, 2014||May 9, 2014|
|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, 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 he declined. The role instead went to Robert Stanton, who plays the fictional host Maury Kind.
The series is set in a fictional prison in Litchfield, New York. which is a real town in upstate New York, but does not have a Federal Penitentiary. The series began filming in Rockland County, New York on March 7, 2013.
On June 27, 2013, Netflix renewed the show for a second season. The first episode of the Season Three premiere has been confirmed to be called "It's The Great Blumpkin, Charlie Brown!" On May 5, 2014, Laura Prepon stated that the series had been renewed for a third season.
Orange Is the New Black has received critical acclaim. 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 93%, with an average rating of 8.4/10 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."
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." 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 second season of the show was received with critical acclaim. Rotten Tomatoes gives a score of 97%, with an average rating of 9.1/10 based on 35 reviews. Metacritic gave the second season a score of 89 out of 100 based on 30 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".
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.
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