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TV Series Review

When people talk about where they'd like to live—the mountains, the beach, the city, the country—the word prison doesn't come up that often. Certainly it wasn't a dream destination for Piper Chapman, a nice, reasonably well-off suburbanite. She's just not the type, possessing, as she does, a college education, a former start-up soap business (which she owned with her best friend) and ex-fiancé (a young writer named Larry).

She's more Bloomingdale's than Big House, more Saks than Slammer. But the authorities didn't care as much about Piper's new life as they did about her old one—as the lesbian lover of international drug dealer Alex Vause. So she was tried, convicted and sent to Litchfield Penitentiary. Whoops.

"It was my lost-soul, post-college adventure phase!" she tells Larry.

But she's just Chapman now—no room for hoity-toity first names in Litchfield—as she tries to stay out of trouble (at least the deadly kind) and learn the prison's complicated sociopolitical culture. And so as the months tick away and Piper's sentence extends through seven television seasons, she, and her rapt viewers, begin to question just who Piper really is.

I Got Those Netflix Prison Blues

Orange Is the New Black is based on a memoir by Piper Kerman, who spent about a year in prison for money laundering and drug trafficking. It was created by Jenji Kohan, the mind behind Showtime's Weeds. And most mainstream critics love it with a nearly criminal fanaticism. The San Francisco Chronicle says the program has redefined "television excellence," in fact.

The Netflix show is sharply written, populated by multidimensional characters and ultimately has some nice things to say about friendship, acceptance and forgiveness. The series has evolved, too. Now, Piper is just one member of a crowded ensemble cast, each character trying to find humanity in the midst of some inhumane conditions. (That’s especially true in Season 7, as the show takes place in a maximum-security unit).

But that doesn't much matter in the confines of this review: Families will still want to send it to jail after watching only a few minutes.

Orange may be the new black, but the sexuality here is purely red-light worthy. Some of the women have sex with prison guards. Other prisoners are lesbians (either by sexual inclination or lack of male partners), and the Netflix camera tends to linger on their sexual encounters. (There's a transgender inmate as well.) Even when there's no obvious behind-the-bars hanky-panky in play, female nudity is frequent and graphic. There is no privacy here—no doors to keep the camera away from the toilet or shower.

Language, meanwhile, is as blue as blue can get, with f-, s- and even c-words thrown around like so many stale biscuits in the cruddy cafeteria. Violence includes women (sometimes while naked) getting threatened, beaten up, cut, etc. Nope, prison isn't a place most of us would like to live. Frankly, I don't even want to visit one—even if the visit is purely via this TV show.

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Episode Reviews

July 26, 2019: "Here's Where We Get Off"
July 26, 2018: "Who Knows Better Than I"
Orange Is the New Black: June 9, 2017 "Riot FOMO"
Orange-Is-the-New-Black: 6-6-2014
Orange-Is-the-New-Black: 7-11-2013



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Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman; Laura Prepon as Alex Vause; Michael Harney as Sam Healy; Michelle Hurst as Miss Claudette Pelage; Kate Mulgrew as Galina 'Red' Reznikov; Jason Biggs as Larry Bloom; Natasha Lyonne as Nicky Nichols; Pablo Schreiber as George 'Pornstache' Mendez; Dascha Polanco as Dayanara Diaz; Shawna Hamic as Ginger; Amanda Fuller as Badison Murphy; Greg Vrotsos as Hellman; Nicholas Webber as Alvarez; Besanya Santiago as Creech; Uzo Aduba as Suzanne 'Crazy Eyes' Warren; Danielle Brooks as Tasha 'Taystee' Jefferson; Selenis Leyva as Gloria Mendoza; Nick Sandow as Joe Caputo; Taryn Manning as Tiffany 'Pennsatucky' Dogget; Adrienne C. Moore as Cindy Hayes; Natasha Lyonne as Nicky Nichols; Jackie Cruz as Marisol 'Flaca' Gonzales; Jessica Pimentel as Maria Ruiz; Elizabeth Rodriguez as Aleida Diaz; Laura Gómez as Blanca Flores; Michael Harney as Sam; Matt Peters as Joel Luschek; Lea DeLaria as Big Boo; Dale Soules as Frieda Berlin






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