Recommendation of Week: Orange Is The New Black

After binge watching Orange is The New Black, I must admit it, it lives up to the hype.  Though The Fosters and My Mad Fat Diary hold the first and second spots for my favorite shows of 2013, Orange Is The New Blacks definitely retains the third position.

Orange Is The New Black Character Picture

What makes the series work  is the stellar cast of characters, and the funny and heartbreaking writing. OITNB is one of those rare shows where the minor characters present more storytelling potential than the main ones. I want to know more about characters like Poussey (Samira Wiley) and Miss Claudette (Michelle Hurst) than Piper (Taylor Schilling) and Alex (Laura Prepon). That’s not saying Piper and Alex are not dynamic personalities of their own, but the supporting cast is so strong that if the show decided to kill off Piper or Alex, or both,  it would still be worth watching. That’s a rare and wonderful achievement.

The strongest aspect of each episode is the characters backstories.  These stories explain how each person became a prisoner.  Their journeys show that even  reasonable, smart and caring people make mistakes that destroy their lives. Additionally, another pivotal part of Orange is The New Black is its demonstration that everyone has their own unique brand of crazy. The best crazies in this series are Galina ‘Red’ Reznikov (Katie Mulgrew) and George ‘Pornstache’ Mendez (Pablo Schreiber), who both deserve Emmy nominations next year.

Orange Is The New Black deserves its praise from critics and pop culture cults. It needs viewing to see the  excellent storytelling, and more importantly, the array of fascinating characters. 

Check out the Orange Is The New Black trailer below, then watch it on NetFlix.

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