Orange Is the New Black

If you have missed the hit series Orange Is the New Black (OITNB) you should definitely check it out, because this Netflix original series is good, really good! It is based on the memoir “Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison” by Piper Kerman.

Storyline

The series takes place in a fictional prison in Litchfield, New York, and revolves around Piper Chapman. When the series start she is newly engaged and lives a happy, successful life in New York. Her world is turned upside down when she is sentenced to fifteen months in prison, because ten years ago she helped her then girlfriend to smuggle drug money to Europe.

During the first season we get to follow Piper and how she struggles to adapt to life inside the walls. During the second season the other characters get more room and we get to know more about their backgrounds.

Great in So Many Ways

Like I said earlier, this series is really good! It brings up universal problems like racism, money, addiction, love, betrayal and sexuality. It is refreshing that the cast is predominantly female, and also that the cast is so diverse when it comes to race, sexuality and socioeconomic status.

The series also passes the Bechdel Test (it features at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man), which should not surprise anyone, but there are actually surprisingly few female-focused movies and TV-series that pass this (rather easy you would think) test.

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