Orange Is the New Black: Season 1 (2013)


Season 1
Orange Is the New Black

Critics Consensus

Orange Is the New Black is a sharp mix of black humor and dramatic heft, with interesting characters and an intriguing flashback structure.



Critic Ratings: 54


Audience Score

User Ratings: 2003
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Air date: Jul 11, 2013
Air date: Jul 11, 2013
Air date: Jul 11, 2013
Air date: Jul 11, 2013
Air date: Jul 11, 2013
Air date: Jul 11, 2013
Air date: Jul 11, 2013
Air date: Jul 11, 2013
Air date: Jul 11, 2013
Air date: Jul 11, 2013
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Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), a thirty-something woman who, by all appearances, has her life together, is suddenly sentenced to a 15-month prison stay at Litchfield Correctional Facility in Danbury, Connecticut, for transporting drug money a decade earlier per the request of her ex-girlfriend (Laura Prepon). Once behind bars, Piper contends not only with the "fishbowl" of prison life (where seemingly miniscule infractions can leave one starved, stalked, or worse), but the challenges of maintaining a long-distance relationship with her fiancé, Larry (Jason Biggs).


Taylor Schilling
as Piper Chapman
Jason Biggs
as Larry Bloom
Michelle Hurst
as Miss Claudette
Kate Mulgrew
as Galina "Red" Reznikov
Natasha Lyonne
as Nicky Nichols
Pablo Schreiber
as Officer George "Pornstache" Mendez
Laura Prepon
as Alex Vause
Maria Dizzia
as Polly Harper
Danielle Brooks
as Tasha "Taystee" Jefferson
Uzo Aduba
as Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren
Laverne Cox
as Sophia Burset
Beth Fowler
as Sister Ingalls
Yael Stone
as Lorna Morello
Dascha Polanco
as Dayanara Diaz
Selenis Leyva
as Gloria Mendoza
Taryn Manning
as Tiffany "Pennsatucky" Doggett
Samira Wiley
as Poussey Washington
Lorraine Toussaint
as Yvonne "Vee" Parker
Constance Shulman
as Erica "Yoga" Jones
Madeline Brewer
as Tricia Miller
Alysia Reiner
as Natalie Figueroa
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Critic Reviews for Orange Is the New Black Season 1

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (22)

Based on the first six of 13 episodes, Orange is the New Black has passed virtually every test with flying colors. You might want to incarcerate yourself -- on a living room couch -- as soon as time allows.

Jul 10, 2013 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Top Critic

Many creators talk about the freedoms offered by television's new platforms, but Kohan is one of the few to snatch those freedoms, stuff them in a bag, and take off on a wild joyride like this.

Sep 16, 2013 | Full Review…

Orange is the New Black mixes in a good deal of grit with its laughs.

Jul 10, 2013 | Full Review…

Netflix's Orange Is the New Black is a funny, dramatically sound, poignant, and thoroughly addictive adventure through a bleak looking glass.

Jul 10, 2013 | Full Review…

Taylor Schilling shines in the comic scenes in which she tries to explain her new life to her friends and family members on the other side.

Jul 10, 2013 | Full Review…
Top Critic

We're extremely pleased to serve our time with this show.

Jul 8, 2013 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

These 13 episode are often quotable, very funny, occasionally violent and completely engrossing.

Nov 16, 2018 | Full Review…

It reveals the possibilities of a new form, perhaps a new genre. And for people who love stories, the possibilities of this new genre are fabulously exciting.

Oct 19, 2018 | Full Review…

The show manages a balance of in-the-gut emotional moments and a patina of snarky humor, both of which the show uses to address the daily indignities, trials, and tribulations of prison life, as well as its moments of bonding and real, human interaction.

Oct 9, 2018 | Full Review…

It is so refreshing, honest, gritty, funny and moving that "prison drama" is hardly the right category.

Aug 20, 2018 | Full Review…

We, as the audience, are taken along, experiencing the same steep learning curve...they're all three-dimensional, and more than a little haunting. And each episode ends with a cliffhanger that has you eager to see the next immediately.

May 14, 2018 | Full Review…

If you liked that dark, humorous vibe from the early (better) part of Weeds, you'll be hooked.

Sep 15, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Orange Is the New Black: Season 1

  • Oct 09, 2019
    Orange Is The New Black routinely pays homage to its form, by referencing books throughout the entire Netflix original series. After the first season, the show heavily diverges from the truth of the memoir it was based on, though the show still makes an effort to honor books by including them in the characters lives. Not only do inmates rely on story to get through their incarceration, but their incarceration becomes a story (ie. Orange Is The New Black: A Memoir by Piper Kerman). OITNB may weave a tall tale, but a tale that is rooted in truth. Although the lives of Chapman and the other inmates depicted on the show are fictitious, they are based on real people in true situations. The show brings to light real issues that exist within the prison system, and educates us while entertaining us. Image result for oitnb standing on tables the animals The show dramatizes and exaggerates the realities of prison riots, and idealizes an outcome that could benefit the entire prison system. By grouping all of the worst-case scenarios in a Murphys-Law sort of way, the show educates people about prison life, laws, and serves as a sort of guide on How-To avoid prison.
  • Aug 16, 2019
    I absolutely hated the last political statement after another, all over the place story lines, jumped the shark so many times it is ridiculous, and what is this '18 months in prison'....makes no sense when you see all the babies born and age.
  • Jul 29, 2019
    A Far Leftist political Agenda at hand. Stopped watching after episode 4. They are shoving their feminist man hating mentally ill propaganda at the young people watching it and its a shame. The episode with the ICE facility, WAY off course and completely fabricated. This is no longer entertainment. Absolutely disgusted at the amount of fabricated and false information in this series that is supposed to be about life behind bars for women. Watch WENTWORTH you wont be disappointed or have this BS shoved down your throat
  • Feb 26, 2019
    Excellent series. I would have rated it 5, because it is, but for one thing: it's a bit rough and crude for me. Yeah, I know they're rough and tough prisoners. Even so, it's a bit much for me. But all the characters are well defined, the acting is superb, the writing excels, the premise is unique. I loved Season 1, and binge watched the remaining seasons. I couldn't help it. And it continued to be great. Kate Mulgrew was a standout, as was Suzanne, who appears in a later season. The little gal who spouted religion - a really good actress. Highly recommend, but it's okay if you fast forward through some of the gross scenes.
  • Feb 21, 2019
    First two seasons are good. Third and fourth are ok but the fifth and sixth seasons the social justice warriors and me too writing creeps in and ruins the show. I will be skipping season seven
  • Sep 30, 2018
    The cast OITNB never ceases to blow my mind. This is without a doubt the most talented troop of actors ever assembled in the history of television. The writing and directing is the tightest of any series out there. It's poignant, illuminating, and hilarious all at the same time. OITNB definitely makes my list of best TV series of all time.
  • Aug 23, 2018
    it is a nice series funny and original.
  • Aug 17, 2018
    Unusual women's prison drama carefully creates a miniature society with multiple facets and subs-plots; it is at times suspenseful, endearing, tragic, uplifting, enraging, revealing, humorous - and entertaining.
  • Jul 03, 2018
    This show is epic, you can find everything here, if you want to cry, smile, if you need watch a thriller or all at the same time. Just Fantastic . Thank You Jenji for make this. (My Favorite show)
  • May 20, 2018
    I've avoided this, overwhelmed by the Thought of catching up on 5 seasons now I'm wondering what I'll do in 5 days time when I've binge-watched every episode. Similar in style and humour To sneaky Pete on amazon prime (the other channel). BrillI ant.

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