Orange Is the New Black Review: An Arresting New Series

By breaking into the Emmy field yesterday with 14 nominations, including Lead Actor nods for Kevin Spacey and Jason Bateman and House of Cards entering the Outstanding Drama Series race, Netflix has now established itself as a legitimate awards contender. However, despite the Emmy love for House of Cards and Arrested Development, Netflix’s best, most award-deserving show only just premiered last week. Orange Is the New Black, a new comedy-drama from Weeds creator Jenji Kohan and based on the memoir, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison written by Piper Kerman, has created a more fully formed world and fully realized characters in the first few episodes I’ve seen than any other original program from Netflix. While the show may lack the prestigious pedigree of House of Cards or the cult following of Arrested Development, Orange Is the New Black actually lives up to its hype and succeeds as both entertaining and engaging television. READ MORE...

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