Orange Is the New Black: Season 6 Reviews

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November 14, 2019
Season 6 continues to provide commentary, regardless of how socially inept it may come across, on privilege, fragility and those who are complicit with being a part of systems of oppression.
April 12, 2019
Luckily though, the web hit has once again found its footing in its latest season, a return to form with the show once again spinning fascinatingly dark and twisted tales.
September 20, 2018
The writing, always very good and this year aided and abetted by local novelist Merritt Tierce, is even better when it's focused on the characters that have -- in fits and starts -- been so vividly brought to life.
August 24, 2018
Season six brings in some new faces and keeps us rooting for our favorite jailbirds, but at the same time we wonder for how much longer it can keep going.
August 15, 2018
Dark, glorious, bizarrely redemptive.
August 7, 2018
It restores the sense of discovery that season one held, back when Piper learned the ways of prison life - only this time, it places almost all of the cast favourites in a newborn state... But it isn't quite back to its best.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 31, 2018
This season's misguided priorities are particularly confounding given that the show has markedly more compelling material to work with.
July 31, 2018
I think this season rediscovered those moments of humanity, and the show was stronger for it.
July 31, 2018
Don't believe the lack of hype. Though not as exciting or dynamic as it used to be, the series retains its ability to be moving and surprising.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
July 30, 2018
It's hard to determine where to put your care -- and your focus -- when the threat of a familiar face or a whole new backstory lurks behind every door.
July 30, 2018
Although Season 6 wasn't the series' best work by far, it was a stark reminder of how good Orange is when it brings in fresh blood and new perspectives rather than clinging to the old.
July 30, 2018
It's just good enough to make me interested in watching season seven, but not good enough to make me want to see anything beyond that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 30, 2018
This season showed that they can change locations and lose a good quarter of the show's characters and still preserve the show's DNA: next season will show us if they've gained any kind of self-reflection on the limitations of that DNA in the process.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
July 27, 2018
Orange Is the New Black has a flair for reinvention...the themes of these episodes have such profound resonance.
July 27, 2018
This season proves that like anyone else, these women crave joy and peace despite what is continually presented to them. Most profoundly, they desire love - for themselves and for each other.
July 27, 2018
This season tries to find a compelling central conflict, but after the heart-racing stakes that made Orange so bingeable for five seasons, there's not much left. Prison comes with a sentence. Orange Is the New Black never felt like one - until now.
July 27, 2018
Some episodes are dazzling, some sloppy, but Orange and its creator, Jenji Kohan, are still pulling off tricks and twists that few other shows dare attempt.
Top Critic
July 27, 2018
Fans who hated the fifth season should mostly love the sixth, which is a return to normal, or as "normal" as OITNB ever gets. But the end does feel a little bit closer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 27, 2018
Time moves faster in this new 13-part run, though it's not always easy to tell - and surely, in real life, only prison can rival the dullest school lessons when it comes to the agonisingly slow passage of time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 27, 2018
For all its faults, this is still compelling viewing. The cast are wonderful, and the writing sharp as a tack. And for all the discomfort of watching this brutality and injustice, the sombre tone is not unearned.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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