‘Orange is the New Black‘ is an American comedy–drama web series that airs on Netflix. Often annotated as OITNB, this show first premiered on July 11, 2013. It has been created by Jenji Kohan and is based on the memoir by Piper Kerman, titled, ‘Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison’. It came out in 2010 and told a tale of Piper’s experiences at Federal Correctional Institute Danbury, which is a minimum security federal prison.
‘Orange is the New Black’ emerged as a popular favorite in recent times owing to its realistic and durable portrayal of a strong woman in a prison. Being associated with movements like feminism and quaker, the show has gone from strength to strength and is a leading show on TV now. Taylor Schilling and Uzo Aduba, along with the series, have emerged as the biggest victors at award shows, earning more than a hundred awards in total.
The show holds the distinction of being the only one to have won an Emmy in both best comedy series and drama categories. It also enjoys the position of being one of the most watched shows on Netflix. It really seems redundant to point out exactly how strong the fan base of this series is. Critics have lauded the show across the seasons, with some of them mentioning how the flashback structure of the show is interesting, not to mention the host of fascinating characters. They have also praised the show for its sharp black humor and presence of dramatic heft.
Orange is the New Black: Who is in it?
The main members of the cast of ‘Orange is the New Black’ includes Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman, Natasha Lyonne as Nicky Nichols, Uzo Aduba as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren, Danielle Brooks as Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson, Jackie Cruz as Marisol “Flaca” Gonzales, Laura Gómez as Blanca Flores, Selenis Leyva as Gloria Mendoza. Season 6 also saw many new members added to the cast. Frieda (Dale Soules), Suzanne (Uzo Aduba), Cindy (Adrienne C Moore), Taystee (Danielle Brooks), Red (Kate Mulgrew), Piper (Taylor Schilling), Alex (Laura Prepon), Nicky, Gloria (Selenis Leyva) and Blanca (Laura Gomez). There are several other recurring and guest stars who have made the show so memorable over the seasons.
In the upcoming season, we will see most of the cast members return. Initially, there was some doubt about Schilling returning to play Piper since we last saw her getting an early release from the prison. However, the show’s executive producers allayed all fears and told The Hollywood Reporter that Piper would definitely be a part of the upcoming season as she is the grounding force of the show.
Orange is the New Black: What is it about?
The main plot of ‘Orange is the New Black’ follows Piper Chapman, who is convicted of a decades-old crime of having transported money related to drugs to her ex-girlfriend. When the normally law-abiding woman is sentenced to a year and a half behind bars, she begins to realize how life changing prison can really be. The indictment disrupts Piper’s upper-middle-class life, and once she is in prison, she is reunited with her ex. However, since it was her ex who had testified against her in the first place, the two are forced to re-examine their relationship.