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 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 (2010), about her experiences at FCI Danbury. 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, scheduled to premiere in 2016. The series has received critical acclaim and earned 12 Primetime Emmy Award nominations for its first season, including Outstanding Comedy Series, and four for its second season, including Outstanding Drama Series (the series moved categories from comedy to drama).
The series revolves around Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), a woman in her thirties living in New York City, who is sentenced to 15 months in Litchfield Penitentiary, a minimum-security womens' 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 non-violent offenses, most of them related to narcotics, fraud and larceny, while some are in prison for organised crime, homicide and aggravated assault charges. Most are from lower- and middle-income backgrounds. The show also depicts corruption and inadequacies of the American 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.
|1||13||July 11, 2013|
|2||13||June 6, 2014|
|3||13||June 11, 2015|
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||C.O./Inmate counselor||Main|
|Michelle Hurst||Miss Claudette Pelage||Inmate||Main|
|Kate Mulgrew||Galina "Red" Reznikov||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|
- Laverne Cox as Sophia Burset
- Jackie Cruz as Marisol "Flaca" Gonzales
- Lea DeLaria as Carrie "Big Boo" Black
- Beth Fowler as Sister Jane Ingalls
- Annie Golden as Norma Romano
- Laura Gomez as Blanca Flores
- Diane Guerrero as Maritza Ramos
- Vicky Jeudy as Janae Watson
- Julie Lake as Angie Rice
- Emma Myles as Leanne Taylor
- Jessica Pimentel as Maria Ruiz
- Elizabeth Rodriguez as Aleida Diaz
- Abigail Savage as Gina Murphy
- Constance Shulman as Erica "Yoga" Jones
- Lori Tan Chinn as Mei Chang
- Tamara Torres as Weeping Woman
- Lin Tucci as Anita DeMarco
- Barbara Rosenblat as Rosa "Miss Rosa" Cisneros (seasons 1–2, cameo in season 3)
- Madeline Brewer as Tricia Miller (season 1)
- Kimiko Glenn as Brook Soso (season 2–present)
- Dale Soules as Freida (season 2–present)
- Lori Petty as Lolly (guest season 2, recurring season 3–present)
- Lorraine Toussaint as Yvonne "Vee" Parker (season 2)
- Ruby Rose as Stella Carlin (season 3)
- Emily Althaus as Maureen Kukudio (season 3–present)
- Danielle Herbert as Jeanie "Babs" Babson (season 3–present)
- Brendan Burke as Wade Donaldson
- Catherine Curtin as Wanda Bell
- Lolita Foster as Eliqua Maxwell
- Joel Marsh Garland as Scott O'Neill
- Matt McGorry as John Bennett
- Matt Peters as Joel Luschek
- Alysia Reiner as Natalie "Fig" Figueroa
- Pablo Schreiber as George "Pornstache" Mendez (recurring seasons 1–2, guest season 3)
- Lauren Lapkus as Susan Fischer (seasons 1–2)
- Germar Terrell Gardner as Charles Ford (season 2–present)
- Marsha Stephanie Blake as Berdie Rogers (season 3–present)
- Mike Birbiglia as Danny Pearson (season 3–present)
- Alan Aisenberg as Baxter "Gerber" Bayley (season 3–present)
- James McMenamin as Charlie "Donuts" Coates (season 3–present)
- Blair Brown as Judy King (season 3–present)
- Jolene Purdy (season 4)
- Shannon Esper as Alana Dwight (season 4)
- Michael Chernus as Cal Chapman
- Tracee Chimo as Neri Feldman
- Berto Colon as Cesar
- Deborah Rush as Carol Chapman
- Tanya Wright as Crystal Burset
- Maria Dizzia as Polly Harper (seasons 1–2)
- Patricia Kalember as Marka Nichols (seasons 1, 3)
- Nick Stevenson as Pete Harper (seasons 1–2)
- Ian Paola as Yadriel (season 2–present)
- Mary Steenburgen as Delia Mendez-Powell (season 3)
- John Magaro as Vince Muccio (season 3)
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, however, 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, however, Schreiber appeared in the tenth 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 will be promoted to series regulars.
Orange Is the New Black has received critical acclaim. For the first season, Metacritic gave it a score of 79 out of 100 based on reviews from 32 critics, indicating favorable reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gave it a score of 93%, with an average rating of 8.2 out of 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." 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 score of 97%, with an average rating of 9.1 out of 10 based on 36 reviews. The site's 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 84 out of 100 based on 21 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 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. The show is aired in India on Colors Infinity.
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