Orange Is the New Black

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Orange Is the New Black
Genre Comedy-drama
Dark comedy
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 Petr Hlinomaz
Running time 51–90 minutes
Production company(s) Lionsgate Television
Tilted Productions
Distributor Netflix
Original channel Netflix
Picture format 1080p (HDTV)
Audio format Dolby Digital Plus 5.1
Original run July 11, 2013 (2013-07-11) – present
External links

Orange Is the New Black 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]


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[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Actor Character Seasons
1 2 3
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

Recurring cast[edit]

Actor Character Seasons
1 2 3
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 (2013-07-11) May 13, 2014 (2014-05-13)[12] May 19, 2014 (2014-05-19)[13] May 9, 2014 (2014-05-09)[14]
2 13 June 6, 2014 (2014-06-06) N/A N/A N/A
3 13 June 2015 (2015-06) 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.[4] Netflix finalized the deal as a 13-episode straight-to-Web series.[15] Casting announcements began in August 2012, with Taylor Schilling the first to be cast, in the lead role as Piper Chapman,[16] followed by Jason Biggs as Piper's fiancé Larry Bloom.[17]

Laura Prepon and Yael Stone were next to join the series,[2] 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.[18] 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.[19]

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.[20] The series began filming in Rockland County, New York on March 7, 2013.[21]

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!"[5] On May 5, 2014, Laura Prepon stated that the series had been renewed for a third season.[22]

International distribution[edit]

The series began airing on broadcast television in New Zealand on TV2 on August 19, 2013[23] and in Australia on Wednesday October 9, on Showcase.[24]

The second series will be shown on Showcase from July 16.[25][better source needed]

Critical reception[edit]

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

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.[26] 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."[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] 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."[29] 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."[30] 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."[31]

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".


Orange Is the New Black generated more viewers and hours viewed in its first week than 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 Satellite Award for Best Cast in a Television Series.[35]

Year Association Category Nominee(s) Work Result
2014 AFI Awards Best Television Program of The Year Season 1 Won
Critics' Choice Television Awards[36] Best Comedy Series Won
Best Comedy Supporting Actress Laverne Cox Nominated
Best Comedy Supporting Actress Kate Mulgrew Won
Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series Uzo Aduba 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
Peabody Award Area of Excellence Won
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[37] Outstanding Comedy Series Won


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