Fridays, 3:00 AM ET on Netflix

60 minutes

From "Weeds" creator Jenji Kohan comes Orange is the New Black, a women’s prison drama with comedy that takes no prisoners. Based on the acclaimed memoir of the same name by Piper Kerman, the series is about engaged Brooklynite Piper Chapman, whose decade-old relationship with drug-runner Alex results in her arrest and year-long detention in a federal penitentiary. To pay her debt to society, Piper must trade her comfortable New York life with fiancé Larry, for an orange prison jumpsuit and a baffling prison culture where she is forced to question everything she believes about herself and the world at large. As she struggles to adjust to her new reality, she finds unexpected laughter, tears, conflict and camaraderie amidst an eccentric and outspoken group of inmates.
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Jun 14, 2015 7:38PM EDT
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This show is can be very poignant especially so in season one, but it seems less and less so in the later seasons especially with the one line zingers. One of my favourite things about this show is the way it talks about women. They are real people with faults, curves, desires, everything good bad and in between. I really hate how some people say that this show depicts women as strong because it only implies there are women who are weak not depicted in this show or that other shows depict weak women. This show depicts women as both strong and weak. Many characters are both but OITNB is very good at showing that it really depends on the perspective you take. For example Poussey seemed very strong in the second season but became less and less so in the third season.

There are also very interesting scenes on how different social environments define a person's character. Does prison bring our true selves out or just force the worst part of a person's personality out? Personally I think that different environments don't reveal what can or should a person be, but what a person is capable of being based on the resources, opportunities, culture, education available to them in each social environment.

P.S. Do not eat while watching this show. And this is advice coming from a person who can eat while watching Walking Dead.

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