Orange Is the New Black: Season 4 (2016)


Season 4
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Orange is the New Black is back and better than ever, with a powerful fourth season full of compelling performances by the ensemble cast.



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Air date: Jun 17, 2016

In the Season 4 premiere, Caputo calls in the big guns due to a security breach and the arrival of many new inmates. In other events, things get real for Crazy Eyes and Lolly.

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Maria sees an opportunity when the new arrivals stir up ethnic and domestic trouble; and Judy's special treatment draws attention.

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Taystee's new job places her close to Caputo; Lorna becomes creative in her marriage; and Soso and Pousey face embarrassing truths.

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Red, Healy and Caputo strive to maintain the peace; and Piper faces business competition.

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The prison suffers from a shortage of supplies due to company polices, which also dictate attendance at a prison convention. In other events, Piscatella kicks off a new anti-gang initiative.

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Pipe's plan to beat the competition may not go as hoped; Cindy figures out how to make Taystee's job pay off; and Luschek receives interesting mail.

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A tense situation gets worse for Lolly and Judy; and Red observes a Russian tradition on an important occasion.

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The inmates dislike a new work detail; Judy turns to Poussey for help; and Maria discovers a location for her business.

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Ramos and Flores rebel; a news item has unexpected reverberations; and Red and Lorna experience disappointments.

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Controversy results from a movie night selection; Aleida adjusts; and Piper fears the prison's punishments have become too medieval.

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Season 4 picks up where Season 3 left off: the inmates splashing about in the nearby lake after the mass escape; and Alex facing a menacing prison guard in the greenhouse. There's also another matter, which—once everyone's rounded up—causes headaches for everyone: a flood of new inmates. Piper also finds herself facing difficulties with the Dominicans who, after she rebuffs them, launch their own panty business; and she also inadvertantly forms and becomes de facto leader of a white-power group. Healy, meanwhile, takes a special interest in Lolly, who reminds him of his mother; celebrity chef Judy King makes herself at home in a spacious cell-slash-suite; Taystee becomes Caputo's personal assistant; and a peaceful protest by the inmates results in an unexpected death.

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Taryn Manning
Jackie Cruz
Marisol "Flaca" Gonzales
Nick Sandow
Adrienne Moore
Cindy Hayes
Uzo Aduba
Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren
Taylor Schilling
Piper Chapman
Kate Mulgrew
Galina "Red" Reznikov
Yael Stone
Lorna Morello
Selenis Leyva
Gloria Mendoza
Laura Prepon
Alex Vause
Dascha Polanco
Dayanara Diaz
Laura Gómez
Blanca Flores
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Critic Reviews for Orange Is the New Black Season 4

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (22)

Based on the first six episodes of the 4th season, OITNB remains fresh, funny/sad, smart, inventive, well-written, and particularly well-acted.

Jun 15, 2016 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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Netflix's Orange Is the New Black is better than ever in its dark, dauntless fourth chapter.

Jun 15, 2016 | Full Review…

The bite is back with a vengeance while the supply of story lines has multiplied rather than calcified. As with HBO's Game of Thrones, the best seems yet to come after rejuvenating seasons that will leave many a faithful fan stoked for more.

Jun 29, 2016 | Rating: A | Full Review…
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Season Four of OITNB is a glorious return to form: a pitch-perfect mix of comedy and drama astonishing in just how real it all feels.

Jun 20, 2016 | Full Review…
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This intimacy gives OINTB the cushion to treat provocative issues-rape, racism, prison violence, excessive force-in ways that are not just nuanced for scripted television, but nuanced full stop.

Jun 17, 2016 | Full Review…
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Despite all this change -- including the fact that this kickoff episode featured no flashbacks -- the main appeal of the show seems to remain intact: the banter.

Jun 17, 2016 | Full Review…

Despite some racial stereotyping, the sheer breadth of representation vaults the show to heavyweight status in the realm of inclusive media.

Sep 19, 2020 | Rating: A | Full Review…

OITNB has reclaimed its place as one of the best dramas going around at the moment and if this standard maintains going forward then that's not changing anytime soon.

May 24, 2019 | Full Review…

This season's narrative did nothing more than march in lockstep with the real-life stories of policemen who harmed the people they were tasked with protecting.

Mar 9, 2019 | Full Review…

Fourth time around, Orange Is The New Black is back to its sparky, laugh-out-loud, emotionally-involving best.

Feb 15, 2019 | Full Review…

I have never been so glad to welcome Orange Is the New Black back into my life.

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

The main thing I appreciated about this particular season is how much they focused on humanizing every character, guard, prisoner, and whomever.

Jun 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Orange Is the New Black: Season 4

  • Aug 15, 2018
    Really enjoyed season 4. So much heartache, unfairness and all kinds of discrimination going around. Can humanity be so cruel?
  • 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 )
  • Dec 09, 2017
    When grind houses and drive-in theaters were popular filmmakers constantly had to contrive scenarios conducive to the inclusion of excessive, mindless violence and gratuitous nudity. These movies may not have been high points in the auto cinematic expression but the filmmakers involved in this genre exceptionally good at their job and quite inventive when it came to cranking out these flicks. Biker gangs and delinquent teams running from a serial killer determined to cut them into little tiny pieces. One of the most attractive settings for grind house movie was a women’s prison. Storyline usually involves a naïve young woman confined with hardening female criminals. Inevitably there was a drawn out scene in the shower with the most puerile fantasies concerning depicting lesbianism in graphic detail, from the viewpoint of a pubenent boy. The potential for violence was equally excessive relying on sadistic correctional officers and brutally cruel inmates. Similar to most of the bright house movies there is little resemblance to reality completely turning the story over to the fantasies of teenage boys which happen to be the primary target demographic. In 2013 Netflix decided to revisit this familiar setting as part of their then nascent move into original programming. The result was ‘Orange Is the New Black.' Your source material for the show was 2010 novel by Piper Kerman, ‘Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison,' originally the heroine’s prison sentence was about a year this became the first case of incarceration of a prisoner extended due to good behavior, incredible ratings. The original charges significantly extended which he perjured herself giving testimony in court. This does require the audience to go any attempts to rationalize a realistic timeline. Fortunately, considering the exceptional quality of the series, this is not seen as a problem by most people. The fourth season was recentently released on Blu-ray and DVD Netflix announcing the series being renewed at least until season seven. This was one of their first forays into original programming, and its success was a substantial influence in making streaming video services a major force in entertainment. While the grind house view of women’s prisons focused exclusively on salacious juvenile titillation, Netflix utilizes the same venue is mean to tell a compelling character driven story using a brilliant ensemble cast as a point of view characters. The series has always maintained a socially responsible mandate upheld by the sow runners. The main character, Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), is not an innocent victim of a justice system gone awry. She was involved in drug smuggling with a former girlfriend and current fellow inmate, Alex Vause (Laura Prepon), conveniently also allowing for the series to be renewed. Far-reaching social issues explored within the context of the show imbued the requiste gravitas to qualify as a drama with a conscience. The only seasons considered a growing trend of privatizing prisons, turning on what is traditionally the responsibility of the government in to a for-profit company. In this fourth season, the issue tackled was overpopulation. Separating this series from not only the juvenile movies of the 70s from the majority of dramatic series on television today is that the writers do not allow the exploration of socially relevant topics to interfere with the entertainment valueIt was during a court proceeding involved in those crimes that Piper perjured himself thereby extending. It is always evident throughout the entire run of the series the storylines judiciously avoid playing out the audience’s expectations. Upon reading the synopsis of the series would be only natural to anticipate a plot primarily concerned with how Piper’s innocence was lost as per darker side must emerge for how to survive in prison. While this is admittedly true to some degree, it is not the primary emphasis behind the majority of individual’s character threads. First of all, Piper was never an innocent person. She was guilty of trafficking drugs with Alex. She had tried to straighten out the life of eventually becoming engaged to Larry Bloom (Jason Biggs), a freelance writer. Piper was indeed trying to turn over a new leaf past came crashing around her. By this fourth season steadily gain self-confidence which translated to becoming a leadership position among the fellow inmates. This season she is considered to have the position of the queen bee. Thanks to the carefully crafted writing exceptional performances there is nothing artificial about this protagonist’s rise such a position of authority among the other inmates. This new position does manifest Piper experiencing some personality changes. She is forced to confront decisions with life or death consequences and has to perform actions that you would never have considered outside the walls of the penitentiary. As mentioned, one of the major plot threads concerned prison overpopulation, as the density of prisons increases even minor disagreements can quickly escalate threatening to ignite a war. Prison is understandably depended heavily on whatever tribe they happen to be associated. In this instance, the term refers to an association somewhere between a clique in a gang. Piper belongs to ‘Red’s Family,' a group of women closely associated with the woman running the kitchen, a longtime inmate Galina 'Red' Reznikov (Kate Mulgrew). As a person who controls the supply, she has close contact with the prison officials and considerable power over the other inmates. Like a little boat of trivia, Ms. Schilling and Ms. Mulgrew costarred in a hospital drama, ‘Trauma,' as mother and daughter. This does translate to the chemistry between the characters that translate to a realistic and relatable bond between these two women of completely different backgrounds. Piper begins to interact with a group of neo-Nazi/white supremacists resulting in a significant faction retaliating against Piper. It is the most disturbing episodes not just of the season the entire series of your ring and identical scene shown during the first season of the HBO prison drama, ‘Oz.' This serves as a reminder to the audience that prison can drive people to renders actions without regard to the gender of the population. This event is exceptionally cruel long-lasting repercussions leaving its mark on Piper forever. The seasons of the series are tightly knit and cannot realistically take as separate entities. It is an example of a series on Netflix highly conducive to binge watching. If you are not into the show, it might be best to hold off on diving at the season for until you up-to-date. This season begins on the same day as the third season concluded so that you cannot reasonably consider the seasons are separate entities. Many of the second-tier characters promoted to providing motivation for several of the dominant storylines. This does convey the concept that the personal interactions in the functioning hierarchy within the prison in the state of constant flux. The previous season represented a turning point for most of the characters, especially Piper. This gave the impression too many fans that the narrative had become disjointed failing to gel together properly. If you are among the fans who subscribe to this opinion will be very glad to hear that this was rectified in season four. There is a greater degree of cohesiveness between each of the episodes allowing them to flow each into the next seamlessly. Season five already in progress and another two seasons guaranteed after that the story of the women in the Litchfield Penitentiary is far from over.
  • Oct 28, 2017
    Orange Is The New Black Season 4 introduces even more dark humour with new dazzling and hilarious performances by Ouija (Rosal Colon) and even more new inmates but brings Blanca (Laura Gomez) back to life and creating Maria out to be Piper's competition
  • Jul 07, 2017
    A great season from start to finish. The ending was one of the best from all the seasons and I hope to see the resolution in the next season.
  • Jun 29, 2017
    Netflix original serie OITNB shows us the dark side of an overpopulated prison and how a new prisioner can affect other.
  • May 31, 2017
  • Mar 07, 2017
    when will this garbage end
  • Jan 05, 2017
    Even after four seasons, there's still nothing else quite like OITNB on TV. What started out as mostly a comedy focused on a single inmate has blossomed by expanding its scope and depth. The fourth season goes to some very dark places, but it remains incredibly compelling (and often humorous) thanks to great performances by the outstanding ensemble cast. Grade: A
  • Dec 30, 2016
    This season is the best so far, for doing a terrific job of illuminating the dangers, injustices, and complete bullshit-nature of privately owned prisons. The show highlights the humanity of a population that is dehumanized by a corrupt, greedy industry.

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