Orange Is the New Black: Season 5 (2017)

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Orange Is the New Black's fifth season offers up more of the sharp writing and dizzying tonal juggling acts that fans expect - albeit somewhat less successfully.

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Air date: Jun 9, 2017

As the standoff at the prison spirals into a full-blown riot, enterprising inmates take advantage of the confusion. Taystee confronts Caputo.

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Maria convenes a special assembly in the chapel as the inmates plot their next move. Frieda makes use of the survival skills she learned as a kid.

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Linda begins to see the prison in a new light, while Judy grows desperate to escape. With darkness falling, the inmates compile a list of demands.

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Air date: Jun 9, 2017

Red and Blanca dig for dirt on Piscatella. Suzanne conducts a séance. The guards show off their talents for "Litchfield Idol" judges Leanne and Angie.

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When the inmates' antics make the morning news, Flaca and Maritza soak up the spotlight. Brandy and her crew auction off Judy to the highest bidder.

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Boo defends Doggett, Janae consoles Soso, and Lorna comes on to Nicky. While Alex lays low in the yard, Piper decides to take a stand.

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Black Cindy concocts a scheme to distract Suzanne when she spirals out of control. Taystee and Piper search for ways to honor Poussey's memory.

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While Taystee sits down with a negotiator, Red and Blanca put their own plan into action. Gloria counsels Daya and asks Caputo for a favor.

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Red senses trouble, but the others are convinced she's just paranoid. Taystee and Black Cindy enlist an unlikely ally, and two old friends clash.

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Taystee tries to keep the negotiations on track. Angie comes up with an idea for fixing Leanne's finger. Piscatella's past is revealed.

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A riot sparked by Poussey's death quickly escalates when the inmates gain control of the prison. Once they get a taste of power, chaos erupts in the halls of Litchfield. The unprecedented season will take place in real time and over the course of just three days, leaving the inmates' lives forever changed as they are emboldened to fight for redemption, resolution and the respect they deserve. The series will debut on Friday, June 9 exclusively in all Netflix territories.

Cast & Crew

Taylor Schilling
Piper Chapman
Nick Sandow
Caputo
Adrienne Moore
Cindy Hayes
Uzo Aduba
Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren
Selenis Leyva
Gloria Mendoza
Dascha Polanco
Dayanara Diaz
Yael Stone
Lorna Morello
Natasha Lyonne
Nicky Nichols
Taryn Manning
Pennsatucky
Kate Mulgrew
Galina "Red" Reznikov
Jackie Cruz
Marisol "Flaca" Gonzales
Laura Prepon
Alex Vause
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Critic Reviews for Orange Is the New Black Season 5

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (22)

What transpires is equal parts sickening, shocking, salacious, satirical, silly, and sad. All of it is unsettling, as it should be.

Jun 12, 2017 | Full Review…
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Season 5 shows there's a lot to "Orange is the New Black" that has been outgrown.

Jun 9, 2017 | Full Review…
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If you were trying to summarize the tone of the 13 new episodes in two words, "earnest farce" might do it.

Jun 9, 2017 | Full Review…

Tough, occasionally oppressive, and - against all odds - still funny when least expected. But how will "OITNB" ever resolve this particular story?

Jun 8, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Over the last five years, Orange has done a solid job of expanding its supporting characters to the point where it's truly an ensemble drama. And this year, out of all of that talented cast, it's Danielle Brooks who really shines.

May 30, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Iit's shocking to see the effect that a little power has on the former prisoners, even when their role reversal is played for laughs.

Jun 13, 2017 | Full Review…

Prison overcrowding and abuse as a result of unscrupulous profit exposes the dehumanization of inmates at all levels. [Full Review in Spanish]

Aug 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Orange Is The New Black could have done it so well had it really tried.

Jul 9, 2019 | Full Review…

A series that's always thrived on its ensemble nature unfortunately becomes muddled and confusing as it tries to keep the multitude of loose ends from fraying entirely.

May 28, 2019 | Full Review…

Season five tries too hard to do too little, and the result is frustratingly dull.

Nov 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Orange is the New Black wisely sees the need to reinvent itself. However, its a case of three steps forward, one step back.

Nov 2, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Virtually none of the risks taken this season truly paid off and we're left wondering if the show is better or worse off heading into its sixth season.

Jun 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Orange Is the New Black: Season 5

  • Feb 08, 2020
    It's the most epic season of the entire series. Very enticing, entertaining, chaotic,captivating and anarchist! Very underrated!
  • Sep 04, 2019
    Very bad final season
  • Jul 28, 2019
    personally, my favorite season. i love how it takes place over a small amount of time.
  • Apr 13, 2019
    To be honest with you, this is not my favourite series. I never really got the hype around it all. I also wasn't very excited about this new season and watched the first half without a lot of enjoyment. I must say though, the second half was pretty good and I actually enjoyed it quite a bit! I think all the characters grew this season and that's the main thing that's happening, that's what I felt like was the focus on. Although it's not my favourite show, I enjoyed this season and I enjoy the characters and liked getting to know all of them better. To be honest with you, this is not my favourite series. I never really got the hype around it all. I also wasn't very excited about this new season and watched the first half without a lot of enjoyment. I must say though, the second half was pretty good and I actually enjoyed it quite a bit! I think all the characters grew this season and that's the main thing that's happening, that's what I felt like was the focus on. Although it's not my favourite show, I enjoyed this season and I enjoy the characters and liked getting to know all of them better.
  • Sep 30, 2018
    Didn’t like this season, the riot just went on too long and it seems they weren’t creative enough
  • Aug 14, 2018
    I just rewatched this and I have to say this might be the best season of the show. I miss Poussey, obviously, but the writing for Taystee's character and Danielle Brooks' incredible portrayal absolutely amazed me. They balanced the sad and intense scenes with funny and relatively light-hearted ones, and they introduced new dynamics that showed the audience more about the characters.
  • Aug 14, 2018
    I enjoyed previous seasons, but this season is by far the most boring season of any show I've ever watched. Very drawn out and slow and pointless.
  • Jun 27, 2018
    Perhaps "Orange Is The New Black" has lost public and credibility, but is not unloved. Changed but not to a side 100% attractive
  • Jun 06, 2018
    It is becoming boring. They are milking the show, irritating and commercial. lots of nonsense happening :( I hope they explore the journey of inmates when they are released from jail to show that real life is a big prison.
  • Apr 03, 2018
    I can't believe this season is getting lower reviews than the others - this is my favorite season so far. I thought it spoke to really valid social/incarceration issues and I love that piper stepped out of the way and we see more of the stories.

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