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    Season 7 is going a tad bit overboard trying to hit all the political hot button issues. I'm all for trying to get the message out but every storyline deals with an unfortunate issue and it's kinda depressing. > You've got female genital mutilation, unlawful deportation, poor treatment by ice agents to immigrants being held, the "me too" movement both the cause and the effect and the validity on both sides of the story. The illegal immigrant mother getting her children taken away, etc. > I still like the show but it has completely changed it doesn't seem like a work of fiction anymore. Its heavy and feels more like a platform for political awareness.
  • Season 5 is the perfect example of when the show needs to be over. First 2 seasons were amazing, then we saw a gradual decline in good storytelling. And season 5 has no common thread, all the old characters are not even given a chance to shine. The show seems very disconnected, too many ideas never form into anything interesting. Please let it be the last season because it's borderline embarrassing. Pass the word to American Horror Story, and the new Twin Peaks.
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    They have completely jumped the shark with this season. It's like the writers decided to shit the season out in 1 day while hungover. So many interesting characters that have now dropped off the face of the planet and I'm surprised no one has noticed (Meadow? Maureen?). Not to mention characters that the writers seemed quite invested in the last couple of seasons barely make an appearance, like Lolly who I personally was hoping to see a lot more of this season. And what happened to Ruby Rose? We did see her in max trying to push drugs on Nickles and after all the hype surrounding her appearance I'm left wondering what is going on?

    Season 6 aired more on the side of a bad sitcom imitation instead of a serious drama (Nickles being the only decent humor throughout). I was expecting dark humor and instead got childish pranks and equally childish newcomers to the season.

    Humor has been present throughout all the seasons, but those seasons maintained their strong characters who are now going through turmoil and have been replaced with new characters that the audience has no connection with. And how could we, when it seems that newly introduced alpha-females end up dead or severely injured (think V in season 2). Will Carol and Barb be returning for season 7? Whether they survive or not won't make a difference to the decline of the plot. It seems to be the same power play story line with different characters. They are definitely running out of ideas and I will not be hanging off the edge of my seat waiting for season 7.
  • *This review has vague criticisms to prevent spoilers.*

    The first two seasons were really good. In fact, if I were to rate these two seasons alone, I would give them a 10. I admired that there was a diverse set of characters in the cast. The characterizations and the backstories were excellent. However, I have a serious problem with Piper and all of her white privilege. At first, I'm like "okay, good that they show that white people have privilege." But after a while, it gets exhausting and disgusting. Not to mention that a year is way too long to have to wait for the new season. Every six months is more preferable.

    Not only that, but the show fell off a bit in Season 3. I understand that everything can't be great all the time, but the spark just was not there. And Season 4? Don't get me started.

    There was a lot of unsettling things going on in Season 4. There were racial slurs thrown around, racist symbols, etc. As a black woman, it made me extremely uncomfortable. It was hard for me to get through this season, but I pushed through because I didn't want to give up on what started out as a good show. Nearly every episode of Season 4 has some sort of disturbing aspect. For example, perpetrators of crimes get undeserved sympathy. And despite this show being about an all-women prison, it really has a problem with unhealthy lesbian relationships. The depressing stuff was overdone, and the only positive thing about it was ruined.

    Three more things: 1. THIS SHOW HAS NO REGARD FOR BLACK PEOPLE! 2. THE WRITING STAFF IS NOT DIVERSE AT ALL! 3. NO ONE CARES ABOUT PIPER AND ALEX ANYMORE!

    I hope that Season 5 will "undo" the heartache in S3 & S4 for the sake of those that are still watching. I personally DO NOT plan to watch it. NOPE!
  • It's really sad to see a good show go this way. It has now turned into a b grade sitcom with bad acting.
  • This season is unwatchable for me. The overt political commentary which adds nothing to the storyline was too much for me. Thanks but no thanks.
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    I was a fan of this show when it started and into the second season. I just finished the third season and I can not believe it is getting such high reviews. I am not sure what happened in this season. I feel like the writers phoned this in. There was no story, just focus on each prisoner's little stories that made a huge effort for watchers to believe that the system is the real criminal and that the prisoners are all just victims. The show isn't even about Piper anymore, her storyline was so weak and boring. The relationship with her and Alex was dull. I couldn't wait for their scenes to end. The only potential storyline was what was going to happen to Alex and they just squeezed in a stupid ending that I guess was supposed to be a cliffhanger.

    I am not real sure what this show is about anymore. At the end of episodes in the first two seasons you wanted to watch the next one to see what was going to happen next but not this time. NOTHING HAPPENED! There is no main character, I could really just care less about anything going on. It was painful to watch every episode. The only thing that kept me going was the possibility that the new girl Piper is working with was going to kill Alex. Sounds morbid I know but it would have at least been an interesting twist. Instead we got a super random and weird wedding, and hard to watch prisoner inmate relationships.
  • This show is a seriously funny drama.

    If you like 'Weeds', 'Breaking Bad' or prefer your humour on the darker side, then give it a go... you will not be disappointed.

    Very few people create characters like Jenji Kohan... and it is the characters that make this show. Like 'Weeds', 'Orange' is fresh and original, and like 'Weeds' the lead character is tragically flawed and hilariously funny.

    Well done to Netflix on their latest production... 'Hemlock Grove' is just weird, 'House of Cards' was hit and miss... but it looks like the third time is a charm. Bravo.

    (FYI: humour is how we Brits spell humor). :-)
  • acrosby-656817 August 2019
    They somehow managed to squeeze in every left wing bit of silliness into this show. Perhaps a better story would happen if you would use the politics sparingly. Hopefully the far superior "Wentworth" hasn't fallen into this lame, predictable spiral.
  • The first two seasons were very good and original. Seasons 3-6 were at best just ok. Seven and eight were simply painful to watch. The writing was very bad and the acting was phoned in. The first two seasons I had several favorite characters and by the end of season five I couldn't care less about any of them. I kept watching to see if something unbelievable happened to make me keep watching and the only unbelievable thing that happened was I kept watching. Don't waste your time.
  • This shows started out really good, even though the reality of prison life and corrections work was not represented. The show was at least interesting and different. Plus there was some seriously funny aspects to their fictional prison life. But as each year went by the show got less and less interesting and even more unrealistic. By the last season it was a complete mess. They decided to remove what little reality the show had and turn it into a politically correct crap fest. I can only presume they decided since they show was cancelled they might as well go full Hollywood on it and turn it into some kind of propaganda piece. It's sad when they take a good show and flush it down the toilet.
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    is it because of the occasional lesbian sex shown in a very coy way ? or is it the odd flashing of a stray breast ?

    This is not Oz in a woman's prison. This is a watered down prison soap for people that want to pat themselves on the back for watching something where the word cwnt is mentioned occasionally and could been seen as 'close to the edge'.

    The characterisation and acting is actually fairly good and the lead character is likable.

    The problem is the saturated fat instead of substance. The fact that you have to disengage brain too often to watch it. The proposition that virtually all prison inmates are mentally challenged but only one is mentally ill and where the racial stereotypes are laughable.

    The black population are a cross between whores and comic children's toys where the black doll has floppy hair and does high fives repeatedly. Their speech and patois is a racial parody for American white middle class to look down on. There isn't one black person with a brain or a motivation apart from deep fried chicken and an impulse to dance at the drop of a hat.

    A good example being the storyline of the mobile phone hidden in a wall. It's being used for entertaining an inmates boyfriend by her sending him 'shocking' pictures of her punani. Just one minor problem... how does she charge it ?

    so it's not Oz, it's not close to Oz more's the pity.
  • It brings back memories of Weeds. You know in its glory days. The first few seasons before it went off the rails. That's what "Orange Is the New Black" is like. Equal parts funny and sad. A mix of true pathos and yet true honesty and beauty coming from the strangest places. Be warned however there is plenty of lesbian sex and if the "F" word makes your ears bleed it is probably a good idea to turn back now...This isn't OZ but this also isn't Disney. This is a true winner from Netflix and tells an interesting story not only from the main character's perspective but from the other inmates as well. It would have been boring to see things from just her point of view. Like Nancy Botwin on Weeds, sometime Piper Chapman is portrayed in not so good a light because she can be the villain in someone else's story.
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    I am chiming in about this show because I am surprised at how positive the reviews are trending for it. After reading positive buzz over the past several months, I have finally had the opportunity to watch Orange is the New Black. And I am very, very unimpressed.

    Now, as a disclaimer, I've only watched the first couple of episodes. So I cannot comment on the rest of the first season. But from what I did see, my observations are as follows:

    The Good - The premise is undeniably compelling, even if it is for salacious reasons. The title is cool and clever. Laura Prepon. A different role for Kate "Captain Janeway" Mulgrew. It's cool to support Netflix's pioneering spirit.

    The Bad - The writing. The lead character and her fiancé. (Those are two HUGE negatives, though.)

    I was expecting an intelligent drama. Maybe my expectations were off, or unreasonable. Is this show a black comedy? It seems like it at times, but the "humor" is very lowest-common denominator, often employing very cheap-feeling shock value. Others have suggested that this show gets away from clichés...I don't know, maybe in some isolated cases, but on the whole it strikes me as extremely clichéd.

    The lead character is utterly unconvincing, annoying, and uninteresting to me. In the bad sort of way, the not-worth-watching another episode sort of way. Perhaps I am being too hasty in my judgment? Overall, I can see why this show draws viewers. It is compulsively watchable in a certain way. But not the way that deserves high quality ratings, in my opinion.

    I approached Orange is the New Black with an open mind, by the way. I simply feel that it is not very good. Certainly not to be compared with the best shows around. Are we watching the same show here? I applaud Netflix for the effort, but would suggest that there is huge room for improvement, based on what I have seen.
  • This show has mega-jumped the political shark in Season 4 and gone completely off the rails of what it started off as. The start of the show displayed the true to life stereotyping and racial tensions present in any prison in interesting but constructive ways. Now once interesting characters have turned into cartoonish, ridiculous clichés that instead of mirroring reality, are trying to mirror whatever is trending on social media. The saddest part being that most of the events in the news that the story is trying to mimic have been shown to be opposite or untrue of what they appeared, which makes it now seem awkward. That is the risk you take when you film episodes ahead of time without the facts.

    Season 1 started off strong and so was most of season 2. The characters were well developed and if not always likable, you understood better where they were coming from. You knew even if they made dumb choices, no one really grows up intending to go to prison. Season 3 got sidetracked with endless backstories that got predictable and tedious, though sometimes entertaining.

    Now it's almost like a totally different show, some low budget, amateurish and contrived plot you find on YouTube productions. It's a sad end to what was a great start, the start being the only reason it gets 4 stars. The actors don't feel like they are vested in the show anymore and the writing has lost a lot of it's creativity to pandering. Unless Season 5 starts with Piper waking up and Season 4 being a dream sequence ala Dallas, it won't be worth watching.
  • Netflix bats it out of the ballpark again with another original, intelligent comedy from the Jenji Kohan, the incredible writer who brought us Weeds! I was hooked from the moment it opened. I wasn't familiar with Taylor Schilling, but I am now a big fan. She's totally charming as the lead and there's a lot of heat between her and fiancé, Jason Biggs. The inmates are a crackup. It's inspiring to see a bunch of women who aren't the same clichés we've seen over and over again. In Orange is the New Black, Kohan pushes the boundaries in the same way she did with Weeds. She somehow manages to make her female leads into adorable victims of circumstance, even if they are criminals. I enjoyed Weeds to the very end. Can't wait to see how this series unfolds!
  • burny-8652729 July 2019
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    The score is based on all the seasons together

    First few seasons are amazing, but its become so preachy and the last season is about immigrant detainment center.... this is supposed to be a show about a womansprison

    its sad that they dont have enough respect of the original storyline to stay there but instead go for the hot political topic
  • Jenji Cohan does it again. This show covers the life of an innocent minded girl going through the troubles of fitting in to one of the worst places to be, prison. Throughout her sentence she learns the do's and don't's. she finds living her suburban lifestyle wont work. just like our favorite drug dealing mom, Nancy Botwin, she learns quickly and not always efficiently. It does a great job of entertaining through laughs and a few cries. Great casting and writing. If you enjoyed weeds then I highly recommend watching this. The best (or worst) part is that you can watch all 13 episodes whenever you want if you're subscribed to Netflix instant. I can almost guarantee you will fall in love with piper Chapman. You will laugh and cry with her as she tries to make it through her sentence.
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    I'll be brief and to the point.

    Like many, I anticipated the third season with hope to be entertained and to see characters develop through great story accompanied by great acting. I saw none of this. Season two frustrated me for five episodes before an actual story emerged. Season three, not only didn't bring a story, characters wandered aimlessly for thirteen painful-to-watch episodes before finally drowning in a lake.

    I'm not sure what Jenji Kohan and the writers were thinking when constructing the season. You have a main character in Piper and the best you can do is make her the king pin of a... used pantie business? Seriously? And what was the point of Alex Vauss? What was the point of most of the characters. We all know why Poussay got another season but I'll leave off-camera b.s. alone. THERE ARE TOO MANY CHARACTERS ON THIS SHOW, most of them useless and not contributing an ounce to the story. I said last season that you could cut the cast in half and still have the same outcome. The writing is as poor as it gets. The back stories of EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER was so awkward, most had hardly anything to do with, well, anything.

    So much for being brief. Suffice it to say, since watching this garbage that people seem to rate highly (Obviously those people haven't watched the masterpiece WENTWORTH), I've completely shut myself off from watching Season 4, hopefully the last season. Thirteen hours of my time this season can't be reimbursed by Netflix and I'm not about to invest any more.
  • Season 3= major disappointment!! After watching the first episode of season 3, I immediately became alarmed that perhaps the show had lost it's magic. Still, I continued to hold onto the hope that it was just a slow beginning which would work itself into something spectacular. Unfortunately, that was not to be. I found that most episodes of season 3 just mull along, extending the agony of watching for something great to happen, which never really does. There are a few notable exceptions along the way, in particular a brief cameo of a sniveling, whiny Pornstache when his mother visits him in prison. After waiting such a long time for the new season, one would expect the series to come back with a bang.. unfortunately, to say the show came back with a whimper is a gross understatement. This, coming from a HUGE FAN of Kenji, her previous much beloved series Weeds, and seasons 1 & 2 of Orange Is The New Black. Avoiding comment on any particular story line in the 3rd season in an effort to avoid spoilers for those who have not finished watching yet. In a rare show of support, when a show has seemingly jumped the shark, I am actually hoping in this case that the show will come back for a 4th season, with Kenji taking the show back to what made it such a smashing success to start with. When it was good, it was GREAT!! I would certainly be willing to give a 4th season a chance
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    The one star is for some of the characters in this, it is no doubt full of talented actors and actresses but I find a lot of the sex, nudity in this series is put in there deliberately for shock factor and it overtakes from any substantial story line. Unlike Breaking Bad, this is not a dark comedy that is effective in combining profound serious issues with humour. It fails at this remarkably in my opinion. I have watched other incredible films that revolve or have a central focal point around homosexuality - like Brokeback Mountain and Monster - these films do not come across as trying too hard to be eclectic because there's a holistic component to the entire story and its depth. They simply just tell the story and the story stands for itself. I guess what I mean is that it is pretty obvious to a viewer when nudity and sex scenes (be they same sex or not) are trying too hard to be shocking or eclectic to increase viewer ship and it gets in the way of the story. It's just trying to be too funny, too different and too deliberate with trying to appeal to men's girl on girl fantasies that the story loses substance.
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    You don't feel in Prison anymore, Its feels like a High school.

    Season 3, begins with meaningless episodes, empty characters, empty scripts that lead nowhere, performances like drama class when I was in high school like (@KimikoGlenn).

    It is obvious that writers were out of ideas; No more fresh, innovative and captive, since most of the dialogs bored me to death and force you to overtake, just as there are nonsense characters only place to fill up and consume time as Kimiko Glenn, known as So So (KimikoGlenn), doing a annoying performances, senseless and full of bad performances, yesterday tweet to Kimiko to let her know what i thought about her character, the woman can not deal with criticisms and blocked me, this is what happens when studios hire mediocre actors, who can not give and express feelings on camera.

    DO Not waste your time watching this series, not have any sense and not leads to anything, it is too tedious, vexatious and meaningless ...

    The hook is selling sex with lesbians, but really boring topics are repetitive and vexatious. I do not want to put spoilers, so you judge by yourself, but it's actually the worst series that I've ever see. the first 2 seasons were entertaining, but it exceeds the limits of boredom, no issues, no good performances and episodes no sense to each other.

    Orange Is The New Black has just signed their death penalty, the audience will stop watching and writes and directors can't do anything to save it.

    LAME WRITES, LAME ACTRESS, LAME SCRITPS, BORING SCREENPLAYS.
  • Well the concept of women prison is something new and I started watching it with blank mind. Start is all in all mildly interesting but as the story progresses there is not much to expect. The leading character, Taylor faces multiple dilemmas, most interesting of which is about her sexual orientation. She used to be gay in past but she has a boyfriend now..and then she bumps into her old girlfriend in prison.so that is the most exciting part. But wait there is mild comedy too..she comes across a stalker whose weird acting is to be appreciated the most. The entire season is full of small time accidents and fuss that Taylor comes across. Orange is the new black is not a thriller as a prison based series should be but its close to chick flick. It covers every theme partly so, it is no more than a regular time pass daily soap.
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    I watched every episode of seasons 1 to 4 of OITNB during a bit of a marathon box set run last year. I thoroughly enjoyed it and was really looking forward to season 5 - but what a disappointment! I watched up to episode 4 last night and that's it for me I'm afraid! The season begins with a prison riot and by episode 4 it's still going on with no hint of authorities taking any action! There is no story line - just a mish mash of barely connected 'happenings' that are so ridiculous that they are not even funny (the 'hand in the pocket gun', the half naked guards in captivity, the talent show, 'Red' acting like a 5 year old on a sugar high and absolutely no screen time for Piper and Alex). The only light on the horizon was Uzo Aduba as Crazy Eyes - she was outstanding as always. Sorry folks, but I think this has run it's course.
  • harsshhsatishshah21 August 2013
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    I have no clue who all liked this series. Its slow, boring, badly written, poor performances by mostly all characters. There are many good TV shows out there, this is definitely 1/10 rating I could not watch past 7 episodes of season 1 That too, I was forcing myself. It does not flow well and it tests your patience. I feel all those who have given it a thumbs up are not exposed to better cinema Its time people come up with honest ratings and reviews. Gosh, I hope the producers realize their mistake and don't make season 2 the choice of characters is bad, the plot is boring unlike other series where u cant wait to watch the next episode, this one bores the living guts out of you in an episode. Please please stop this torture
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