Orange Is the New Black

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Orange Is the New Black
Orange Is the New Black Title Card.jpg
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 3
No. of episodes 39 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Jenji Kohan
Liz Friedman (pilot)
Producer(s) Neri Kyle Tannenbaum
Location(s) New York
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 51–60 minutes
89–92 minutes (season 2 and 3 finale)
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 (2010), about her experiences at FCI Danbury.[4] The second season, consisting of 13 episodes, was released on June 6, 2014.[5] The third season, consisting of 13 episodes, premiered on June 11, 2015.[6] On April 15, 2015, the series was renewed for a fourth season, scheduled to premiere in 2016.[7] 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).[8][9]


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.


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

Cast and characters[edit]

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

Main cast[edit]

Actor / Actress Character Role Seasons
1 2 3
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

Recurring cast[edit]



  • 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)[10]
  • Shannon Esper as Alana Dwight (season 4)[11]



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.[4] Netflix finalized the deal as a 13-episode straight-to-Web series.[12] Casting announcements began in August 2012 with Taylor Schilling, the first to be cast, in the lead role as Piper Chapman,[13] followed by Jason Biggs as Piper's fiancé Larry Bloom.[14]

Laura Prepon and Yael Stone were next to join the series,[2] 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.[15] 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.[16]

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.[17] The series began filming in the old Rockland Children's Psychiatric Center in Rockland County, New York on March 7, 2013.[18]

On June 27, 2013, prior to the series premiere, Netflix renewed the show for a second season consisting of 13 episodes.[19] For the second season, Uzo Aduba, Taryn Manning, Danielle Brooks and Natasha Lyonne were promoted to series regulars.[20] 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.[21] On May 5, 2014, the series was renewed for a third season, as revealed by actress Laura Prepon.[22] 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.[23] 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.[24][25][26] The series was renewed for a fourth season on April 15, 2015, prior to its third season premiere.[7] For the fourth season, Jackie Cruz and Lea DeLaria will be promoted to series regulars.[27]


Critical response[edit]

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

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.[28] 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."[29]

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."[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 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.[32] Metacritic gave the second season a score of 89 out of 100 based on 31 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[33] 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."[34]

The third season received critical acclaim. On Metacritic, it has a score of 84 out of 100 based on 21 reviews.[35] 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."[36]


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.[37]


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[38] 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[39] 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[40] Favorite Streaming Series Won
18th Satellite Awards[41] 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[42] 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[38] 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[43] 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[42] 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
BAFTA Awards Best International Programme Jenji Kohan, Lisa I. Vinnecour, Sara Hess, Sian Heder Nominated
5th Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Drama Series Nominated
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Lorraine Toussaint Won
67th Primetime Emmy Awards[9] Outstanding Drama Series Pending
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Uzo Aduba
(Episode: "Hugs Can Be Deceiving")
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Pablo Schreiber
(Episode: "40 Oz. of Furlough")
Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series Jennifer Euston Pending

International broadcast[edit]

The series began airing on broadcast television in New Zealand on TV2 on August 19, 2013.[44] It premiered in Australia on October 9, 2013, on Showcase.[45] The second season began on Showcase on July 16, 2014,[46] and the third season premiered on June 11, 2015.[47] The show is aired in India on Colors Infinity.[48]

See also[edit]


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