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||3|
|No. of episodes||39 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Jenji Kohan
Liz Friedman (pilot)
|Producer(s)||Neri Kyle Tannenbaum|
|Running time||51–60 minutes
89–92 minutes (season 2 and 3 finale)
|Production company(s)||Lionsgate Television
|Picture format||1080p (16:9 HDTV)|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 with Descriptive Video Service track|
|Original release||July 11, 2013– present|
Orange Is the New Black (often abbreviated to OITNB) is an American comedy-drama series created by Jenji Kohan. 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 (2010), about her experiences at FCI Danbury, a minimum-security federal prison. The first season, comprising 13 episodes, premiered on July 11, 2013 on Netflix. The second season, consisting of 13 episodes, was released on June 6, 2014. The third season, consisting of 13 episodes, premiered on June 11, 2015. On April 15, 2015, the series was renewed for a fourth season, to be released on June 17, 2016. On February 5, 2016, the series was renewed for a fifth, sixth and seventh season.
Orange Is the New Black is Netflix's most-watched series. It has received critical acclaim. For its first season, the series garnered 12 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, including Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series, winning three. A new Emmy rule in 2015 forced the series to change categories from comedy to drama. For its second season, it received four Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series, and Uzo Aduba won for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. The series is the first to score nominations in both comedy and drama categories. The series has also received six Golden Globe Award nominations, a Producers Guild of America Award, and a Peabody Award.
|1||13||July 11, 2013|
|2||13||June 6, 2014|
|3||13||June 11, 2015|
The series revolves around Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), a woman in her 30s living in New York City, who is sentenced to 15 months in Litchfield Penitentiary, a minimum-security women's federal prison (operated by the "Federal Department of Corrections", a fictionalized version of the Federal Bureau of Prisons) in upstate New York. Piper has been convicted of transporting a suitcase full of drug money for her then girlfriend Alex Vause (Laura Prepon), an international drug smuggler. The offense had occurred 10 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 indictment seriously disrupts her relationships with her fiancé, family, and friends.
In prison, Piper is reunited with Alex (who named Piper in her trial, resulting in Piper's arrest), and they re-examine their relationship and deal with their fellow prisoners. The show often shows flashbacks of significant events from various inmates and prison guards' pasts. These flashbacks typically explain how the inmate came to be in prison or otherwise further develop the character's backstory. The majority of the characters featured are in prison for offences related to narcotics, fraud, and larceny, while some are in prison for organized crime, homicide, and aggravated assault charges. Most are from lower- and middle-income backgrounds, although some are from wealthy backgrounds, and others are from broken or dysfunctional families. The show also depicts corruption and inadequacies of the U.S prison system and the abuse of power by some correctional officers upon female inmates. As the series has progressed, the focus on Piper as the lead character has lessened and shifted to the ensemble and concurrent plot themes.
Cast and characters
|Actor / actress||Character||Role||Seasons|
|Taylor Schilling||Piper Chapman||Inmate||Main|
|Laura Prepon||Alex Vause||Inmate||Main||Recurring||Main|
|Michael J. Harney||Sam Healy||Correctional officer / inmate counselor||Main|
|Michelle Hurst||Miss Claudette Pelage||Inmate||Main|
|Kate Mulgrew||Galina "Red" Reznikova||Inmate||Main|
|Jason Biggs||Larry Bloom||Piper's fiancé||Main|
|Uzo Aduba||Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren||Inmate||Recurring||Main|
|Danielle Brooks||Tasha "Taystee" Jefferson||Inmate||Recurring||Main|
|Natasha Lyonne||Nicky Nichols||Inmate||Recurring||Main|
|Taryn Manning||Tiffany "Pennsatucky" Doggett||Inmate||Recurring||Main|
|Selenis Leyva||Gloria Mendoza||Inmate||Recurring||Main|
|Adrienne C. Moore||Cindy "Black Cindy" Hayes||Inmate||Recurring||Main|
|Dascha Polanco||Dayanara "Daya" Diaz||Inmate||Recurring||Main|
|Nick Sandow||Joe Caputo||Assistant to the warden||Recurring||Main|
|Yael Stone||Lorna Morello||Inmate||Recurring||Main|
|Samira Wiley||Poussey Washington||Inmate||Recurring||Main|
|Jackie Cruz||Marisol "Flaca" Gonzales||Inmate||Recurring||Main|
|Lea DeLaria||Carrie "Big Boo" Black||Inmate||Recurring||Main|
|Actor / actress||Character||Role||Seasons|
|Madeline Brewer||Tricia Miller||Inmate||Recurring|
|Brendan Burke||Wade Donaldson||Correctional officer||Recurring|
|Michael Chernus||Cal Chapman||Piper's brother||Recurring|
|Tracee Chimo||Neri Feldman||Piper's sister-in-law||Recurring|
|Berto Colon||Cesar Velazquez||Aleida's boyfriend||Recurring|
|Laverne Cox||Sophia Burset||Inmate||Recurring|
|Catherine Curtin||Wanda Bell||Correctional officer||Recurring|
|Maria Dizzia||Polly Harper||Piper's friend||Recurring|
|Lolita Foster||Eliqua Maxwell||Correctional officer||Recurring|
|Beth Fowler||Sister Jane Ingalls||Inmate||Recurring|
|Annie Golden||Norma Romano||Inmate||Recurring|
|Laura Gomez||Blanca Flores||Inmate||Recurring|
|Diane Guerrero||Maritza Ramos||Inmate||Recurring|
|Vicky Jeudy||Janae Watson||Inmate||Recurring|
|Patricia Kalember||Marka Nichols||Nicky's mother||Guest||Recurring|
|Julie Lake||Angie Rice||Inmate||Recurring|
|Lauren Lapkus||Susan Fischer||Correctional officer||Recurring|
|Joel Marsh Garland||Scott O'Neill||Correctional officer||Recurring|
|Matt McGorry||John Bennett||Correctional officer||Recurring|
|Emma Myles||Leanne Taylor||Inmate||Recurring|
|Matt Peters||Joel Luschek||Correctional officer / electrical manager||Recurring|
|Jessica Pimentel||Maria Ruiz||Inmate||Recurring|
|Alysia Reiner||Natalie "Fig" Figueroa||Assistant to the warden||Recurring|
|Elizabeth Rodriguez||Aleida Diaz||Inmate||Recurring|
|Barbara Rosenblat||Rosa "Miss Rosa" Cisneros||Inmate||Recurring||Cameo|
|Deborah Rush||Carol Chapman||Piper's mother||Recurring|
|Abigail Savage||Gina Murphy||Inmate||Recurring|
|Pablo Schreiber||George "Pornstache" Mendez||Correctional officer||Recurring||Guest|
|Constance Shulman||Erica "Yoga" Jones||Inmate||Recurring|
|Nick Stevenson||Pete Harper||Polly's husband||Recurring|
|Lori Tan Chinn||Mei Chang||Inmate||Recurring|
|Tamara Torres||Weeping Woman||Inmate||Recurring|
|Lin Tucci||Anita DeMarco||Inmate||Recurring|
|Tanya Wright||Crystal Burset||Sophia's wife||Recurring|
|Germar Terrell Gardner||Charles Ford||Correctional officer||Recurring|
|Kimiko Glenn||Brook Soso||Inmate||Recurring|
|Ian Paola||Yadriel||Maria's boyfriend||Recurring|
|Lori Petty||Lolly Whitehill||Inmate||Guest||Recurring|
|Dale Soules||Frieda Berlin||Inmate||Recurring|
|Lorraine Toussaint||Yvonne "Vee" Parker||Inmate||Recurring|
|Alan Aisenberg||Baxter "Gerber" Bayley||Correctional officer||Recurring|
|Emily Althaus||Maureen Kukudio||Inmate||Recurring|
|Mike Birbiglia||Danny Pearson||Warden||Recurring|
|Marsha Stephanie Blake||Berdie Rogers||Correctional officer / inmate counselor||Recurring|
|Blair Brown||Judy King||Inmate||Recurring|
|Danielle Herbert||Jeanie "Babs" Babson||Inmate||Recurring|
|John Magaro||Vince Muccio||Lorna's husband||Recurring|
|James McMenamin||Charlie "Donuts" Coates||Correctional officer||Recurring|
|Ruby Rose||Stella Carlin||Inmate||Recurring|
|Mary Steenburgen||Delia Mendez-Powell||Pornstache's mother||Recurring|
In July 2011, the media 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, a black 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. 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 it does not have a federal penitentiary. The series began filming in the old Rockland Children's Psychiatric Center in Rockland County, New York, on March 7, 2013.
On June 27, 2013, prior to the series premiere, Netflix renewed the show for a second season consisting of 13 episodes. For the second season, Uzo Aduba, Taryn Manning, Danielle Brooks, and Natasha Lyonne were promoted to series regulars. Laura Prepon did not return as a series regular for a second season because of scheduling conflicts, but returned for season 3 as a regular. On May 5, 2014, the series was renewed for a third season, as revealed by actress Laura Prepon. For the third season, several actors were promoted to series regulars, including Selenis Leyva, Adrienne C. Moore, Dascha Polanco, Nick Sandow, Yael Stone, and Samira Wiley. Both Jason Biggs and Pablo Schreiber were confirmed as not returning for the third season, but Schreiber appeared in the 10th episode of the third season. The series was renewed for a fourth season on April 15, 2015, prior to its third-season premiere. For the fourth season, Jackie Cruz and Lea DeLaria are promoted to series regulars. On February 5, 2016, the series was renewed for a fifth, sixth and seventh season.
Orange Is the New Black has received critical acclaim, particularly praised for humanizing prisoners and for its depiction of race, sexuality, gender and body types.
For the first season, review aggregator Metacritic gave it a weighted average score of 79 out of 100 based on reviews from 32 critics, indicating favorable reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, season one has a 93% approval rating based on 40 reviews, with an average rating of 8.2 out of 10 . The site's critical 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." 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 also received critical acclaim. Rotten Tomatoes gave a rating of 97%, with an average rating of 9.1 out of 10 based on 36 reviews. The site's critical consensus reads: "With a talented ensemble cast bringing life to a fresh round of serial drama, Orange Is the New Black's sophomore season lives up to its predecessor's standard for female-led television excellence. Metacritic gave the second season a score of 89 out of 100 based on 31 critics, indicating "universal acclaim". 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."
The third season received critical acclaim. On Metacritic, it has a score of 83 out of 100 based on 24 reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, it has an 94% rating with an average score of 8.4 out of 10 based on 33 reviews. The site's critical consensus reads: "Thanks to its blend of potent comedy and rich character work, Orange is the New Black remains a bittersweet pleasure in its third season."
The series began airing on broadcast television in New Zealand on TV2 on August 19, 2013. It premiered in Australia on October 9, 2013, on Showcase. The second season began on Showcase on July 16, 2014, and the third season premiered on June 11, 2015.
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. In October 2013, Netflix stated that the show is a "tremendous success" for the streaming platform. "It will end the year as our most watched original series ever and, as with each of our other previously launched originals, enjoys an audience comparable with successful shows on cable and broadcast TV." As reported in February 2016, Orange Is the New Black remains Netflix's most-watched original series.
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