‘Orange Is The New Black’ Reviews: Critics Call Netflix Series ‘Addictive’

Fri, July 12, 2013 11:48am EDT by 39 Comments
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Did you tune in to ‘Orange is the New Black’? Read what the critics are saying about the new Netflix series & give us YOUR review!

Netflix released its latest original series Orange is the New Black on July 11, and the critics are loving it! Based on Piper Kerman’s memoir, the series follows Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), a young, perky woman from Brooklyn who is sentenced to 15 months in prison for smuggling a suitcase full of money for her former lesbian lover (Laura Prepon). Piper must leave her quaint life with fiancé Larry (Jason Biggs) for the brutal, eye-opening world of prison.  Critics love this authentic series from Netflix and believe it’s well worth the streaming fee.

Reviews Of Netflix’s ‘Orange Is The New Black’

Los Angeles Times

Smart, funny and surprisingly moving, “Orange is the New Black” dares to suggest that the pretty, white, middle-class gal that television so loves to position as an Everywoman is nothing of the kind. As Piper Chapman, Taylor Shilling has all the high-maintenance, obliviously entitled tics down pat.

Boston Globe

Based on Piper Kerman’s memoir, “Orange Is the New Black” is a funny, dramatically sound, poignant, and thoroughly addictive adventure through a bleak looking glass. “This isn’t ‘Oz,’ ” a prison official tells Piper, referring to HBO’s gritty prison series; and it isn’t, in terms of brutality. But for Piper, Litchfield, where moldy tubs of pudding are marked “Desert Storm” and the women clean their cells with maxipads, it’s close enough. Toto, she has a feeling she’s not in Whole Foods anymore.

Entertainment Weekly

You hear “women in prison” story, and chances are your mind spins off in multiple directions, few of them good… Instead, what you get from Jenji Kohan’s (Weeds) unexpectedly affecting new 13-episode series is a true rarity: a deft mix of comedy and drama in which the prison feels like a real place and the women are actual people, rather than a thinly veiled excuse to stage catfights, lesbian fantasies and sexual assault. As with Weeds, Kohan is telling the story of a white, middle-class woman who must suddenly cope with career criminals, but this time there’s a sad undertone to the story that makes the tale seem that much more relatable.

So HollywoodLifers, did YOU stream Orange is the New Black? If so, what did you think about the new Netflix series? Let us know what you thought about the show in the comments below!

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Lindsay

Posted at 7:32 AM on July 26, 2013  

I love orange is the new black. I watched all 13 episodes in two days. The last episode kept me hanging and I can’t wait until series 2 comes out. Does anyone have any ideas when that might happen?

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Jade

Posted at 10:57 AM on July 29, 2013  

I have read somewhere that season 2 is coming only next year :(

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kitty

Posted at 11:49 AM on July 29, 2013  

Good news I can wait. They need time to write, cast, whatever
I wsnted to share with Y’all if you love Orange is the…. you will also love Breaking Bad.
I just saw 4 seasons on Netflix. And found season 5 on Ebay fot
$8. So stoked.
Meoww

 
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Denise

Posted at 6:48 PM on July 21, 2013  

My husband and I love the show. It is so addictive. Bring on season 2 already.

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Shell

Posted at 3:01 PM on July 21, 2013  

I am ready for the next Season. NOW!!!

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Jasmine

Posted at 6:54 PM on July 18, 2013  

I absolutely live this series , started watching it yesterday and am on episode 12. I am sad to see that there isn’t a season 2. Please tell me that there will be a season 2. U have my mom and husband watching and wanting more. Lol

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kitty

Posted at 7:41 PM on July 18, 2013  

I think there will be a season 2 because of all the bype and immidiate fan club! I dont think they expected the popularity but its the same writter as Weeds. She is brilliant.

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jadealencarv

Posted at 10:58 AM on July 29, 2013  

There will be, but not until next year :(

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DrojA

Posted at 12:22 AM on July 16, 2013  

After reading several good reviews I watched 5 episodes of this show. Like weeds, it seems this show only appeals to the average unintelligent white woman who has nothing more exciting to do than watch a tv show about contrived predictable and uninteresting characters and jenji Logan has managed to include every cliche character a women’s prison show could possibly include. Congratulations jenji and making another fantastically mediocre show. I will be sure to not watch it while I wait for the next seasons of shows like Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones and Arrested Development – shows that actually surprise me and other viewers from time to time.

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Chloe

Posted at 4:49 PM on July 28, 2013  

well you’re ignorant. I enjoyed this show very much. It was funny, entertaining, & I absolutely cannot wait for the next season. For you to say that this show only appeals to unintelligent white women is such a racial slur. How awful.

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kitty

Posted at 7:01 PM on July 28, 2013  

What a jerk

He just wants to get off on our replys
Get a life

 
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Haleigh

Posted at 8:07 PM on August 3, 2013  

I agree with you Chloe, The above reply was only her opinion! I am a RN, I work in a hospital, I have my Masters Degree, and I am very, “Intelligent”! The show is great! It’s adds a little bit of every emotion,* Including “RACE”,! And keeps some of us, “NON WHITE”, people wanting more….I want to see what happens! Im not WHITE, nor African American,… I’m Cherokee Indian/ Hispanic,*( My family, is now mixed with many races, all beautiful)! √ (The comment made by drojA above, is racial)! And if you didn’t like the show, no big deal, HOWEVER, to throw in your comments as…”UNINTELLIGENT WHITES”, WAS RUDE AND UNCALLED FOR! It only shows how, “Ignorant, judgemental, and “Unintelligent”, not to mention “Shallow”, You are as a person!
I really can’ t wait till season 2, that seems so for away, ( why 1 year)? I’m completely addicted to the story line, characters, And 1 year is too long to wait!
Just like Sons Of Anarchy, when or are they even going to continue with that series? Does any one know? Please only reply…. *If we are on the same page of thinking. That means no racial comments please! Get over race already!

 
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Josie

Posted at 2:19 PM on August 2, 2013  

umm I am a dental student and my boyfriend is a medical student and we think this show is brilliant. it’s actually a very well-done show with excellent character development.
so yes, like you said, only for unintelligent white women.

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Yamil

Posted at 11:40 AM on July 15, 2013  

Sunday afternoon and bored out of my mind, I just happen to click on the series by mistake. The opening scenes kind of turned me off but decided to give it a chance anyways. Wow, am I glad I did. Sat thru 10 episodes because I kept wanting to know what would happen next. At 3 am I decided to shut my computer off and get my 3 hours of sleep before having to get up for work. Now, I can’t wait for my lunch hour so I can watch episode 11. This is an incredibly well written show that touches you in so many ways. It is just not about Piper, the white and entitled inmate, but about all the others there too. Their lives will touch and envelop you as well. I know it did to me. Great show. Great writing. Great actresses. Can’t wait to finish all 13 episodes.

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Judi

Posted at 8:12 PM on July 15, 2013  

Well said Yamil, my thoughts exactly
I saw the entire 13 episodes in 2 days and then spent an hour trying to find out when Season II
starts. No luck.
So is it HBO or NETFLIX?

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Kristy

Posted at 12:22 AM on July 18, 2013  

It’s a Netflix original series. I don’t know if there will be a season 2 or not. But I sure hope so!

 
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Lin

Posted at 6:32 PM on July 14, 2013  

Absolutely great! I loved Weeds too but I’m hoping I don’t have to wait half a year to see more of it. With Game of Thrones, waiting 10 months for the next season really took the fun out of it for me as I started to forget who was who.

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KNP

Posted at 7:45 PM on July 13, 2013  

This show was great I can’t believe I flew threw 13 episodes in three days!!!! I am not a big tv/movie watcher. 5 stars. Does anyone know when season 2 is coming out? I don’t know if they can make them fast enough for me to watch!!!! DAMN GOOD

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Jennifer Donnell

Posted at 12:02 PM on July 13, 2013  

This show is awesome. Finally something good to watch with Netflix streaming. It’s funny and, yes, totally addictive. Five stars, I agree!

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Meridith

Posted at 7:17 AM on July 13, 2013  

I just love this new series. Hope the series continues with another season. Watched all episodes in one day. Love Netflix for this new show. Now only issue is I have to wait for new episodes. This was a really good show a 5 star ratings for sure

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Ashley Elliott

Posted at 2:08 AM on July 13, 2013  

Orange is the new black was an amazing show. I was up all hours of the night watching it back to back. I love it and want to know when season 2 comes out. I’m hooked!

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Trace

Posted at 1:00 AM on July 13, 2013  

ohh and the Spanish chicks were so hot…

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Trace

Posted at 12:59 AM on July 13, 2013  

Netflix has something with this show,very entertaining was not feeling Jason Biggs……all Netflix needs to do is pick up that show Starz was stupid to drop “The Boss” with Kelsey Grammer

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Lucy

Posted at 11:04 PM on July 12, 2013  

omg! I’m addicted!! I’m shocked so many didn’t like it. I can understand some not liking the first episode but its gets better. I was sick so I sat and watched all of season 1. Terrible, I know but like I said- I’m addicted!

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will

Posted at 9:40 PM on July 12, 2013  

What the hell is this crap? Seriously. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the B-movie tradition of putting women in prison, forcing them to take showers and then throwing in some random nudity for exploitive purposes. But, at least with those garbage, low budget movies, they don’t pretend to be something cool, or hip, or “edgy.” They admit that it’s about teenaged boys’ fantasies about lesbianism. This series doesn’t acknowledge that. This series pretends to be better. But it’s not. It’s garbage that pretends to be “art.” Crap, flat writing. No chemistry between characters. This crap series is crap. It is false at every moment. Nothing about it feels real. Nor does it feel funny. And that is part of the problem. Is this a drama or a comedy? Is it social commentary or is it just a tit-show? The very fact that I don’t know means that it’s not social commentary. It is a tit-show. Puh-leeeze. Grow the F up. The people responsible for this show need to learn #1: What actual adults are. and #2: How to be one. Don’t waste the minutes of your life that you would by watching this crap. You will never get those minutes back. Watching this series will only bring you another 60 minutes closer to death. If you are going to lose irretrievable time, at least make it worth it. Watch something else.

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Matthew Farmer

Posted at 3:07 AM on July 13, 2013  

This is based on an actual memoir, a true story, a true account by a real person who went through these experiences. It’s an expression of this story, one that a lot of people find fascinating.

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Opinion Ater

Posted at 10:37 AM on July 14, 2013  

Watch Honey BooBoo instead u moron

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donna

Posted at 9:25 PM on July 14, 2013  

Totally agree…thought it was disgusting; far too graphic. Watched the first and last one, thanks. Yuk!

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marc

Posted at 2:49 AM on August 4, 2013  

at the end of the day your stupid opinion doesn´t matter to anyone because critics, people who knows are glad with the show, and the network already renewed for a second season…. so… shut up and buy a taste!

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anne

Posted at 8:52 PM on July 12, 2013  

We seem to be in the minority but didn’t like this. What is the tone? Not a real moment to be had. Lead actress’ performance is self-conscious. Jason Biggs miscast. Sorry.

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Larry

Posted at 2:51 PM on July 14, 2013  

Oh, I think Biggs will grow on you. As the guy who his character is based on, I might be biased, of course, and but I think it works.

As for those in this thread who say the show doesn’t feel “real,” all I can say is that while of course it’s not for everyone, most anyone who’s spent time in the federal corrections system have almost exactly the same reaction: they got it right.

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Paul

Posted at 7:42 PM on July 12, 2013  

My wife and I were really looking forward to this series. However the first episode we both ageed was a 2/5 rating and we didn’f finish it. Contrast that with the Mad Men our rating 5/5 and we are craving every episode.

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Leeanne

Posted at 6:28 AM on July 24, 2013  

First episode sucks but it gets sooooo much better. Keep watching, you won’t regret it.

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Nancy

Posted at 5:42 PM on July 12, 2013  

Started watching the show today.. Im already hooked!

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Latina

Posted at 1:43 PM on July 12, 2013  

I have only watched the first episode and already hooked. Netfilx also has the series Hemlock grove. Wonderful

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eab

Posted at 12:01 PM on July 12, 2013  

get some new goggles, folks!!

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MC

Posted at 11:59 AM on July 12, 2013  

I just saw it on Netflix and added to my queue to watch later

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Gracie Spritit

Posted at 1:57 PM on July 12, 2013  

I’m hooked, watched 5 episodes last night and loved it. It is funny but also real (for TV). The women are not all hollywood types, but fat, skinny, old and young. No one is overly beautiful which I like.

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Mr. Brown

Posted at 10:00 PM on July 12, 2013  

Thanks for sharing. Awesome story.

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