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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as Piper Chapman
as Larry Bloom
as Miss Claudette
as Galina "Red" Reznikov
as Nicky Nichols
as Alex Vause
as Sam Healy
as Polly Harper
as Officer George "Pornstache" Mendez, Pornstache, Porstache
as Tasha "Taystee" Jefferson
as Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren
as Sophia Burset
as Sister Ingalls
as Lorna Morello
as Miss Rosa
as Dayanara Diaz
as Black Cindy
as Black Cindy
as Gloria Mendoza
as Tiffany "Pennsatucky" Doggett
as Poussey Washington
as Yvonne "Vee" Parker
as Maria Ruiz
as Erica "Yoga" Jones
as Aleida Diaz
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.
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.
Netflix's Orange Is the New Black is a funny, dramatically sound, poignant, and thoroughly addictive adventure through a bleak looking glass.
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.
Audience Reviews for Orange is the New Black: Season 1
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.
The Netflix format perfectly fits this silly yet harsh prison drama.
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