Orange Is the New Black: Season 1 (2013)

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

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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).

Cast

Taylor Schilling
as Piper Chapman
Jason Biggs
as Larry Bloom
Michelle Hurst
as Miss Claudette
Kate Mulgrew
as Galina "Red" Reznikov
Pablo Schreiber
as Officer George "Pornstache" Mendez
Natasha Lyonne
as Nicky Nichols
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 (51) | Top Critics (21)

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…

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…

Audience Reviews for Orange Is the New Black: Season 1

BethM

Super Reviewer

Combining witty yet dark humor with strong and confident drama, Orange is the New Black is both highly addicting and engrossing - combined with probably the best ensemble cast on television right now.

MatthewM

Super Reviewer

The Netflix format perfectly fits this silly yet harsh prison drama.

GimlyM

Super Reviewer

Orange is the New Balck brought about the revival of women-in-prison genre with a fresh new start. Taylor Schilling starred as Piper Chapman, a bisexual woman who got sentenced to 15 months of prison because of her past relationship with her ex drug dealing girlfriend. Piper had to adjust her new life with tension arising from her life outside the prison and threats from inside the prison. The writing was clever, I loved the black comedy. The format followed OZ which is reminiscent of the good old days. The acting was natural, each chatacter was able to deliver a stunning performance without any pretense. If you haven't started watching OITNB, it's never too late to start now

SylvesterK

Super Reviewer

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