Thursday, July 10, 2014

Orange is the New Black Review

My husband Andrew and I recently started watching the Netflix original series, Orange is the New Black. We had heard that it was good, and I have to say it is now one of my favorite shows.  It is definitely an adult show, as much of the content is very explicit.  Orange is the New Black follows a woman who got caught up in an international drug ring and gets sent to jail after being caught.  As it develops the show broadens and you come to know the many insane characters that inhabit the prison.

The show also brings to light the many issues that face our prison systems today. Though the fact remains that they are criminals, there are a variety of reasons why people go to prison, and much of our justice system is flawed, sending many to jail who may not deserve it.  As with much of the government, the prison systems are often handled in very ineffective ways and thought I am sure the show over dramatises situations as most, if not all, shows do, it does draw attention to the flaws in our system.

Orange is the New Black also has a lot of humor at the same times as having highly dramatic moments. Many times it keeps you on the edge of your seat with tension as you watch the many situations play out, and as the the different characters develop you come to love as well as hate each one with special conviction. There are characters who are truly detestable and evil, but with every character on the show the situation goes deeper than originally thought, and though you may not feel sympathy, you do begin to reflect and understand their train of thoughts.  At the same time, there are many characters you do love, each with their own wacky personalities.

Though Orange is the New Black is an adult show, I highly recommend it.  With its crazy situation and quirky characters this show will leave you wanting more.  With Netflix losing more and more of its good content its clear that the way they will survive as a company in the long term is by producing more amazing original series, like Orange is the New Black and House of Cards.

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