Friday, August 09, 2013

Orange is the New Black

Netflix really is hitting it out of the park with original programming.  “Orange is the New Black” (ONB) has got me as hooked as “House of Cards.”  ONB has a grittier theme and some gratuitous graphic content.  However, it is well written, well cast and very well produced.  It was created by Jenji Kohan of “Weeds” and is similarly quite gripping.  I lost interest in “Weeds” as the story line became increasingly convoluted and the lead female was not as endearing as she was initially.  The same thing could happen with ONB, but for now I am anxiously awaiting the rest of the season.

ONB is the story of a women whose past has come back to haunt her.  10 years prior she got caught up in a relationship that led her to transport drug money.  Subsequently she was indicted on a conspiracy charged and sentenced to 15 months in Federal prison.  It is obviously quite the culture shock and the generalizations of prison life and held in the series.

The show is based on Piper Kerman’s memoir by the same name. 

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