Orange Is the New Black: Season 2 Reviews

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May 24, 2019
My reaction to season 2's conclusion, by contrast, is more of a contented sigh.
May 24, 2019
At it's best when it explores the lives of the most diverse and interesting ensemble on television.
May 24, 2019
I instinctually want to wrap this season up in a bow, but I don't think that's what it was about.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 24, 2019
Orange Is The New Black remains one of the most engaging series on the air even if it would be tough to label it as the most precise or consistent.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
February 17, 2016
Orange is the New Black proves women on TV don't have to be "strong" to be interesting - or entertaining.
November 18, 2015
Episode 1 of season 2 was a smart, successful premiere that does everything a good first installment should do, setting up the roadmap for the season to come.
November 17, 2015
I scarfed the rest of the season down as if it were a sleeve of Thin Mints. No regrets. By the finale, Season 2 is stronger than Season 1, largely because it's more uncompromising about its characters, at once more nuanced and more damning.
June 12, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A
June 12, 2014
There is tension, but of a quiet sort, and much sweetness
June 12, 2014
If this sentimental streak is a little soft-headed, it springs from the series' huge heart and its expansive humanism.
June 11, 2014
It's great TV because every single character it looks at has a point of view and a need to express themselves, because every single one of them struggles against the same, common enemy of dehumanization.
Full Review | Original Score: A
June 9, 2014
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.
Top Critic
June 9, 2014
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.
June 9, 2014
Season two of Orange Is the New Black delivers immediately, stays relevant and entertaining, and gives the impression that it has learned a lot of life lessons inside the system.
June 6, 2014
The new [season] can be summed up by Natasha Lyonne's [line] upon Piper's return to Litchfield. "Glad to see you evolving... and getting past the whole 'I'm-the-star-of-my-own-movie-and-everyone-else's' complex." But she is evolving. And so is the show.
June 6, 2014
Fortunately, the new episodes give complex, surprising backstories to some of the cast's scene-stealers whose flashbacks we didn't see in the first season, including Uzo Aduba's Suzanne, Danielle Brooks's spirited Taystee, and Samira Wiley's Poussey.
June 5, 2014
The show can be applauded for giving opportunities to a wide range of talented actresses and for representing a multiplicity of ethnicities and orientations in its characters.
June 5, 2014
OITNB also offers that just-right modern mix of comedy and tragedy, levity and seriousness, issues and emotions, episodic thrills and overarching narratives, forward motion and back story.
June 5, 2014
There's a striking sense of confidence across the board. You don't sense any desperation; any need to please, as you do in so much television. Like so many of its characters, Orange is what it is. Like it, hate it, they don't care.
June 5, 2014
What season 2 does give us is OITNB getting bigger, both in its cast and its themes: Having built out dozens of colorfully named characters (Taystee, Yoga Jones, Black Cindy), the sprawling Orange is like Game of Thrones: Prison.
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