3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 25 May 2015
So good in so many ways! The acting: Taylor Schilling deserves a lot of credit - it's a tough role and she pulls it off. But this is a character actor's playground, and it's a rich one. Kate Mulgrew's 'Red' is a powerhouse, but she has plenty of competition; there are so many wonderful small roles and moments, you will need your back arrow a lot. The characters: Here are women (and actors) we don't get to see in other movies or on TV, and that is groundbreaking. All of them have broken the law (often revealed in flashbacks). And almost all also have redeeming qualities that make us like them. That paradox introduces a tension in the basic concept of the show that is unique. The writing: This is a really really smart show. It's serious, it's social commentary, and it's often quite funny. The concept: Other than the privileged caucasian yuppie, this is about women in a low security prison environment who are randomly thrown together who have to find a way to get along. Since they come in the door as naked as they were born, what they bring in the door with them is their own history. The real drama and comedy is how those individual histories unfold as they try to live together in a limited and unpleasant environment. It's really really good.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I first heard about Piper Kerman on 'Fresh Air' in 2009 when she was publicizing her new book about her life I. A woman's prison. I read the book, and found it a telling picture of a young woman from a very good family, educated at Smith, found herself caught up in an affair with a woman and moving money around gated world for a big time crook. She ended nip in a woman's prison in Connecticut. Her life in those 18 months is very well documented, and joe has become a televised series on a Netflix.
This is the perfect vehicle for this type of story. A story rich I. The various shades f color, races, nationalities and all started by a young white woman. This is their storyline rising and we have been able to see the inside of their lives in prison and on the outside in the real world.
Junji Kohan is the creator and writer of this series showing Piper's life and interweaving everyone else's stories therein. We have a privileged white woman being put in prison, Piper Chapman, played by taylor Schilling. The show evolves into a character ensemble about the women prisoners. The actors except for Laura Prepon and Kate Mulgrew are all new to us, black, brown white and yellow. This is a story of every woman who has gone wrong and what occurs inside the prison walls. We also meet Piper's fiancé, Larry, played by Jason Biggs, and his life as he tries to soldier on, supporting Piper and finding his life. And, then there are the Correctional Officers, their stories and their lives. The female warden who is a witch and who may have some sorry of questionable activities on the side.
I am in the middle of Year 2 of this series, and it gets better very quickly. I love this series, realistic, funny, sad and true life all the way. The writing is the best I have seen, superb!
Recommended. prisrob 06-08-14
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 May 2015
To be honest I was very hesitant at first and so its one of those things where I picked it up in the shop again and again thinking shall I get and it well one day I decided to get it after one of my friends in the USA kept talking about it. I watched all the episodes and I just fell in love with it straightaway. It follows the life of Piper Chapman as she surrenders herself in Litchfield NY , it gives you the ups and down of being an inmate With corrupt CO's. You dare insult the cook and you could be starving your yuppie ass through prison or find your self to be a prison wife with crazy eyes. you have a lot of amazing characters such as the maternal Russian mother hen called Red who works in the kitchen and then you have all her adopted daughters like Nichols the former heroin addict,Boo the butch Lesbian and more...they all have there own little stories to tell how they ended up there in the first place. You can't help but love every character ❤️❤️❤️
53 of 64 people found the following review helpful
on 21 May 2014
I had signed upto Netflix for a free trial to finish watching Breaking Bad as I only had the first four seasons on DVD. Once finished I was suffering from Breaking Bad withdrawals. I found Orange is the New Black on Netflix and me and the wife have watched all but the last episode of season one. It's quirky, sad, intelligent, quite rude but often very funny. I love the different characters and the way it often skips back in time to their lives before prison and the fact that most of them had pretty normal lives before their incarceration. It is great to watch the interaction between the characters and the politics of prison life. A real breath of fresh air and stands up to Breaking Bad in my humble opinion. Season 2 is due out on Netflix on June the 9th and season 3 has just started filming.
The only reason I am on Amazon is that I wanted to see if it was on DVD because it is going to be in a few Christmas stockings this year for definite.
Buy it and watch it, you will not regret it!! Especially if you enjoyed Breaking Bad. Hopefully if it becomes a great success there will be more seasons, happy days!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 12 April 2015
Orange is the New Black is about an early thirty something woman (Piper) who, at first glance, has her act together - she's got her own business with her best friend, it's really starting to ramp up and she is engaged to be married to her lovely boyfriend. But then, something she did in her twenties comes back to haunt her, and she is sentenced to fifteen months in prison. Season 1 begins the story just as she starts her prison sentence, and parts of her backstory are revealed through flashback.
I purchased this DVD set for my boyfriend, who loves the show (he watched it on Netflix) and was enthusiastic to have me watch it even though we cancelled our Netflix account. His fondness for the show, he says, is for the fact that "it's not another crime/thriller/drama that focuses on the doings of middle age white men"... (which he has a penchant for anyway ;-) ).
I didn't share his fondness for the show at the start. It's entertaining enough, though I thought it rather lacked emotion from some characters and Piper's was grating. Notably, I found some of the other characters MUCH more compelling than Piper (while they dedicate a fair whack of screen time to her story, there are other girls she meets in the prison and some of their stories are revealed, too) . However, one particular episode near the end of the season (or series if you're from the UK) just made the main storyline fall into place for me, and now, while I still don't LOVE it, I do really like it. Piper is still a bit annoying, but maybe that will come to a turn in the next season! I would definitely recommend this show for a mix of comedy and drama, and if you like character driven shows than I think you'd enjoy this too.
29 of 37 people found the following review helpful
This is beyond doubt the best tv show i have seen in years bar game of thrones.
Piper is engaged to Larry and gets arrested and has to surrender to prison for a crime she committed 10 years prior.
She was in a relationship with the very stunning Alex who asked her to carry money into Brussels for her international drug running business.
Piper is a very well to do girl, bought up by rich people, was a debutante etc and so finding herself adjusting to prison life is actually quite funny.
There are some fabulous supporting characters in this which in some instances have more screen time than the leads,
Nicole, the red haired lesbian, Miss claudette, the voodoo killer, pornstache the pervy guard, healy the judgemental counsellor, red the russian mob lady who runs the kitchen, sophia the transgender ex fireman, taystee the poor black girl off the streets, crazy eyes who decides that piper will be her prison wife, daya the hispanic girl who doesnt speak spanish and falls in love with a young guard, boo the softy, poussey the act tough gangster, and tiffany i am jesus christ reincarnated.
There is so much going on all the time and in the beginning you think all of the other characters are the mean girls and what transpires throughout the show is that these women are making the best of a bad situation, but pipers transformation into nasty girl is by far the most spectacular.
Rude, very graphic, funny, emotional, gut wrenching and extremely well written.
Not sure of the comparison to breaking bad however as its nothing like it in any way and so just wanted to make a point of that before you bought it because if you buy it and expect more of the same you will be very disappointed.
I have a subscription to netflix so watched it on there, its worth the subscription fee all by itself.
I think the dvd is overpriced if i am being honest, there are only 13 episodes and considering a subscription to netflix is only 6 squid a month, i would sign up for a free trial and watch both seasons as season 2 is out in its entirety to stream as well.
on 6 June 2015
Very watchable series. Each character is well developed and the flash backs to how they ended up in jail is very well integrated and gives depth to each woman. Dark humour and very explicit scenes bring a realism to the setting. I was a little shocked to see some scenes as I thought US TV was quite controlled and prudish but not here. Lead character is a little green but all the more endearing for it, a real fish out of water. However I'm sure she will harden and hold her own amongst some very scary women. Will be buying Season 2 shortly.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 June 2015
Easy to watch. Good story line. Only gave it 4 as the sex scenes are a bit too graffic to me
on 13 September 2015
well being a Desperate Housewives fan I needed to watch something just as good.Devious Maids was ok but not a substitute.This show was really good and although it is nothing like DH it is my new addiction.The ending just makes you want to watch season 2.I love the story lines.learning about the characters and it is funny in places.Darker than DH .
on 28 September 2015
Great piece of television where the various characters which occupy this women's prison gradually reveal themselves through their stories with external flashbacks and internal misdemeanours. Frustrating. Amusing. Lovable. Revolting. Depressing. Uplifting. Ridiculous. Inspiring and thoroughly entertaining from the outset.