Orange Is the New Black: Season 2 (2014)



Critic Consensus: 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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Air date: Jun 6, 2014
Air date: Jun 6, 2014
Air date: Jun 6, 2014
Air date: Jun 6, 2014
Air date: Jun 6, 2014
Air date: Jun 6, 2014
Air date: Jun 6, 2014
Air date: Jun 6, 2014
Air date: Jun 6, 2014
Air date: Jun 6, 2014
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The second series 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 Series 2.


Taylor Schilling
as Piper Chapman
Jason Biggs
as Larry Bloom
Kate Mulgrew
as Galina "Red" Reznikov
Natasha Lyonne
as Nicky Nichols
Laura Prepon
as Alex Vause
Pablo Schreiber
as Officer George "Pornstache" Mendez
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
Kimiko Glenn
as Brook Soso
Lorraine Toussaint
as Yvonne "Vee" Parker
Vicky Jeudy
as Janae Watson
Julie Lake
as Angie Rice
Constance Shulman
as Erica "Yoga" Jones
Dale Soules
as Frieda Berlin
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Critic Reviews for Orange Is the New Black Season 2

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (26)

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

Jun 2, 2014 | Full Review…

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

May 29, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

Jun 12, 2014 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

Jun 12, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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.

Jun 9, 2014 | Full Review…

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.

Jun 9, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Season 2 was so richly detailed, with so many characters getting the spotlight and so many different stories going on, the only problem is knowing when to stop writing about it.

Jun 8, 2018 | Full Review…

... Orange Is the New Black is back (full season on Netflix Friday) with another 13 funny, disturbing and thought-provoking episodes.

Sep 12, 2017 | Full Review…

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.

Jun 4, 2014 | Full Review…

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.

Jun 2, 2014 | Full Review…

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.


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A perfectly paced progression on a grounded yet still interesting story.


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Season 2 of Orange is the New Black remains just as engrossing, funny and entertaining as it's previous season - and introduces a whole batch of new characters to love and get invested in.


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