The internet has been a buzz over Netflix’s brand new original show, Orange is the New Black, created, written, and produced by Jenji Kohan (Weeds). The show follows the incarceration of Piper Chapman, masterfully played by Taylor Schilling, who is in no way fit for prison. Her big mouth and unstable emotions snare her into situations like getting a surprise in her sandwich, having an unwanted prison wife, and almost receiving the holy sacrament of baptism. The dynamically diverse cast helps to contrast with Piper and really builds a believable atmosphere. From the Correctional Officer deemed Pornstache (Pablo Schreiber) to the hippie yoga instructor Yoga Jones (Constance Shulman), Orange is the New Black shows us that not all correctional officers are good, not all inmates are evil, and prison can surprise you with who you really are.
The writing and acting for this show are impeccable. As a writer, I can usually guess plot points of story lines but this show twisted and turned my brain. I loved it. My only critique is nudity spamming that appears in the first couple of episodes. It felt like a gimmicky tactic to entice the male viewer to keep watching. If you’re really into that, so be it! But regardless, Orange is the New Black is the show that will make you laugh, sob, and gasp. It’s on my list of favorite shows and I’m sure it will be on yours too.