If not and you’re under a rock, then I’d question how you got there and more over, how you can still access the net. Neither, however, is important and I implore you to either go watch it or read this and then go watch it.
Based on a true story and the bestselling book documenting the extraordinary experiences of Piper Kerman, Orange is the New Black has been developed into one of this years best televised productions. Created by Jenji Kohan (Weeds) and starring a host of fantastic female acting talent, Taylor Schilling, Natasha Lyonne, Laura Prepon, Michelle Hurst, Kate Mulgrew and some of my personal faves Yael Stone, Laverne Cox and Uzo Aduba, this series has so far exceeded my expectations and here’s why:
Piper is going to jail for handling drug money for an ex back when she 21. 15 months and counting she will have to swap her middle class white girl problems in the ‘free’ world for more sinister eye-opening problems in a high security all female prison.
You could make this up, but the fact that most of this is based on REAL events will make you want to tune in. Also Piper’s ex Alex (Laura Prepon), who she hasn’t even laid eyes on since splitting all those years ago, is also in prison – much to the dismay (and the audiences glee) of Piper’s current, and very confused fiancè, Larry (Jason Biggs).
Death, racial segregation, homophobia, sexism, homosexuality, forbidden love, pregnancy, pro choice, transexualism, religion, drug addiction, mental illness, bullying and sexual harassments are all topics of assessment when it comes to this show; taboo subjects that women face all the time; a show where its explored further by women and where women are just as much the problems as they are the victims. No holds barred on this show, if you prefer the superficial menaces of female led shows such as Desperate Housewives, then you may not care to see the ‘fair’ sex painted in such a brutal, less attractive light.
I gobbled it up when it was released last month and now i’m left wanting so much more. Initially i just wasn’t sure it was going to draw me in, I thought this is ridiculous – women in jail, being absolutely vile and over the top and …women? A show called BAD GIRLS in the UK already scarred me for life, was I really ready to do it again?
11 episodes later and I am craving more from Red (Kate Mulgrew) Miss Claudette and the deliciously vile and antagonistic Pennsatucky (Taryn Manning) prison officer, Pornstache, (Pablo Schreiber) than I can stand.