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Orange is the New Black: Season 2 (2014)

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Orange is the New Black: Season 1
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Average Rating: 9.1/10
Reviews Counted: 35
Fresh: 34 | Rotten: 1

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.

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Average Rating: 9.6/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 1

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.

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Season Info

The second season of "Orange Is the New Black" begins with Piper (Taylor Schilling) facing the consequences of her actions. Elsewhere, Red (Kate Mulgrew) feels isolated, while Taystee (Danielle Brooks) shows off her business skills. Later, Morello (Yael Stone) gets her heart broken, Larry (Jason Biggs) makes changes to his life, and Piper starts a prison newsletter. Laura Prepon, Michael J. Harney and Uzo Aduba also return for Season 2.

Network: Netflix

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Episodes

1
Air date: Jun 6, 2014

Thirsty Bird

Piper is forced to face the consequences of her actions in the Season 2 premiere.

2
Air date: Jun 6, 2014

Looks Blue, Tastes Red

Taystee shows off her business skills. Meanwhile, Red feels isolated.

3
Air date: Jun 6, 2014

Hugs Can Be Deceiving

Morello gets her heart broken. Later, someone from Taystee's past shows up.

4
Air date: Jun 6, 2014

A Whole Other Hole

Sophia gives the women a lesson in female anatomy. Meanwhile, Larry makes changes to his life.

5
Air date: Jun 6, 2014

Low Self Esteem City

Gloria and Vee face off. Later, Piper receives devastating news.

6
Air date: Jun 6, 2014

You Also Have A Pizza

The inmates prepare for a Valentine's Day party. Later, Red makes an interesting discovery.

7
Air date: Jun 6, 2014

Comic Sans

Piper starts a prison newsletter. Meanwhile, Vee launches an entrepreneurial venture.

8
Air date: Jun 6, 2014

Appropriately Sized Pots

Piper faces backlash over special privileges. Meanwhile, Caputo feels pressure to toughen up.

9
Air date: Jun 6, 2014

40 OZ of Furlough

Piper's relationship with Larry is tested. Meanwhile, Red attempts to redeem herself.

10
Air date: Jun 6, 2014

Little Mustachioed Shit

The guards crack down on prison contraband. Later, a secret is revealed.

11
Air date: Jun 6, 2014

Take a Break From Your Values

Piper is surprised by an unexpected change in her status. Meanwhile, Soso's hunger strike attracts support.

12
Air date: Jun 6, 2014

It Was the Change

A power outage at the prison causes tensions to rise.

13
Air date: Jun 6, 2014

We Have Manners. We're Polite.

The inmates face their worst nightmares in the Season 2 finale.

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All Critics (35) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (34) | Rotten (1)

Orange Is the New Black remains a vibrantly hued, singular achievement. Darkly dramatic and comedically spiked, it deals in the dehumanization and restoration of both guards and inmates.

June 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Uncle Barky
Uncle Barky

There is tension, but of a quiet sort, and much sweetness

June 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

If this sentimental streak is a little soft-headed, it springs from the series' huge heart and its expansive humanism.

June 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Slate
Slate

It's great TV because every single character it looks at has a point of view and a need to express themselves, because every single one of them struggles against the same, common enemy of dehumanization.

June 11, 2014 Full Review Source: AV Club

From what I can tell so far, it's like the first one but more in almost every way: more fun, more crass, more ridiculous, and also, yes, more conscientious.

June 9, 2014 Full Review Source: The Atlantic
The Atlantic

I suggest heartily binge-watching the 13-episode second season that Netflix released online this morning. There might be no better examination of what it means to be lonely and trapped in the fallout of a hard life on television today.

June 9, 2014 Full Review Source: NPR

The tone and appeal are still firmly intact.

June 9, 2014 Full Review Source: ScreenRant
ScreenRant

Season two of Orange Is the New Black delivers immediately, stays relevant and entertaining, and gives the impression that it has learned a lot of life lessons inside the system.

June 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter

Just as in TV's first flashback-heavy, multi-character drama Lost, it's the flashbacks that deepen and humanize the characters, and that makes Orange a unique and outstanding series.

June 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Piper continues to be an extremely believable and frustrating character.

June 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

The humor is often dark, but rarely hateful, and everything feels extremely organic coming from this wildly talented cast.

June 9, 2014 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
CinemaBlend.com

It's time to return to Litchfield, as Orange is the New Black is back for a second season that's rarely better than the first, but always bolder.

June 6, 2014 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

The new [season] can be summed up by Natasha Lyonne's [line] upon Piper's return to Litchfield. "Glad to see you evolving... and getting past the whole 'I'm-the-star-of-my-own-movie-and-everyone-else's' complex." But she is evolving. And so is the show.

June 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal

Fortunately, the new episodes give complex, surprising backstories to some of the cast's scene-stealers whose flashbacks we didn't see in the first season, including Uzo Aduba's Suzanne, Danielle Brooks's spirited Taystee, and Samira Wiley's Poussey.

June 6, 2014 Full Review Source: The New Republic
The New Republic

The show can be applauded for giving opportunities to a wide range of talented actresses and for representing a multiplicity of ethnicities and orientations in its characters.

June 5, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

OITNB also offers that just-right modern mix of comedy and tragedy, levity and seriousness, issues and emotions, episodic thrills and overarching narratives, forward motion and back story.

June 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com

There's a striking sense of confidence across the board. You don't sense any desperation; any need to please, as you do in so much television. Like so many of its characters, Orange is what it is. Like it, hate it, they don't care.

June 5, 2014 Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com
RogerEbert.com

Perhaps due to Jenji Kohan's background in comedy, OITNB is able to make its central themes about exclusion, deprivation, loneliness and brutal power dynamics go down very easily indeed.

June 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Huffington Post
Huffington Post

What season 2 does give us is OITNB getting bigger, both in its cast and its themes: Having built out dozens of colorfully named characters (Taystee, Yoga Jones, Black Cindy), the sprawling Orange is like Game of Thrones: Prison.

June 5, 2014 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine

Man oh man are the first six episodes of season 2 wonderful. In many ways, they're better than their counterparts from the first season, because Jenji Kohan has a better sense of the stories, characters and actors she has on hand.

June 5, 2014 Full Review Source: HitFix

The missteps are easy to forgive because, in content as well as form, Orange is a modestly revolutionary show.

June 5, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
New York Magazine/Vulture

Forget the sophomore slump. In its second season, Orange Is the New Black, Netflix's most popular original show, deepens its focus into the lives of its troubled, terrifying and yet often hilarious characters. It's even more addictive.

June 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

Long after running through all the episodes, you find yourself still thinking about these women.

June 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post

The wonderfully disorienting season premiere - those still hanging by their fingernails from last year's violent cliffhanger should expect to linger awhile longer - devotes its entire hour to muddying Piper's already dicey legal situation.

June 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Grantland
Grantland

Through the six episodes of the second season made available to critics, it's clear that Orange is not only as great as it was the first season, but arguably even better.

June 4, 2014 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle

You need to dive in, get with the flow, and especially get into the stories -- there are many of those and all richly layered.

June 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday

Netflix didn't invent binge-watching, but with the prison drama Orange Is the New Black it did give us something to make the bingeing worth it.

June 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

Creator Jenji Kohan ("Weeds") continues to tell the fascinating stories of women rarely seen on "TV" in season two.

June 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times

This round is just as addicting as the first, the ensemble rising to the occasion of topping their first outing.

June 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post

Luckily for us, as the show moves further afield from [Piper's] origin story, it reminds us again and again of that awful truth Piper still can't quite accept: that it's not all about her.

June 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

The series grapples with familial and societal forces in the service of an ensemble that counts among television's most engaging.

June 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

All in all the things we love about OITNB are still there -- the dark humor, the camaraderie, the misery and the mystery.

May 29, 2014 Full Review Source: Zap2it.com
Zap2it.com

The producers find a way to bring in a new crop of fresh characters without losing the old zany favorites.

May 29, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

Orange Is the New Black might be the closest thing we have to Charles Dickens right now: a sharp denunciation of an arcane system, driven by hardscrabble characters with whimsical names that define who they are and what they like.

May 22, 2014 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly

What felt fresh about Orange Is the New Black has quickly gone a bit stale.

May 15, 2014 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety

Audience Reviews for Orange is the New Black: Season 2

Season 2 was as good as season 1, if not better. Piper remained in prison for more treats. New characters were introduced: Psychopathic Vee, hippie Asian Soso that created more drama. Old recurring characters got more roles in this season as we continue to discover their fascinating past. The only problem I had was that we were shown Piper's ex's entire love affair with Piper's best friend. Honestly, I don't care, it was stupid and completely irrelevant. Other than this minor frustration, season 2 of OITNB will not disappoint fans.
June 30, 2014
Sylvester Kuo

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June 5, 2014
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