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Orange Is the New Black: Can a Women-in-Prison Sitcom Succeed?

Netflix's newest original series is from the creator of Showtime's Weeds.

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Becky Graebner

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July 24, 2013 - 10:00 am
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“What happened to your hair?”

“I had to give it to a transvestite so she could make a weave.”

Yes, these are the kinds of dialogues you have when you spend time in prison, or at least that’s what Netflix tells us.

Prison. The Big House.  This is the setting for Netflix’s newest original series, Orange Is the New Black. Who cares about vampires anymore? We want prison shows! Piper Chapman is the main character—a reformed, wealthy blonde whose past catches up with her. That “past” being her former lesbian lover (played by the actress who portrayed “Donna” in That ’70s Show) who snitches on her for her involvement with an international drug cartel.

Piper and her fiancé (played by Jason Biggs of American Pie fame) decide that she should just surrender and serve the 15-month prison sentence. This is where all hell breaks loose.

Imagine an ex-sorority girl going to the wasteland that is prison: full of foot fungus, delusional inmates, sleazy guards, and, worst of all, ORANGE jumpsuits. This is the world Piper must enter for 15 months. As an audience member, you’re secretly terrified for her.

I watched the first three episodes this weekend. Between cups of water and stops to grab snacks, I attempted to explain to my roommate what I was watching. “There’s this transvestite and he—no, she—she?  Was a NYC firefighter and then he? got a sex change, but now she’s in prison with Piper. This other woman is related to the Russian mafia. … Piper smuggled money for her ex-girlfriend’s drug ring in Brussels ten years prior to her being arrested. … There’s this crazy woman in there too…”

You can imagine the mix of confusion and interest.

I was thinking later, how do I even explain this show to people? It’s especially hard because I don’t have much in common with the main character.  For starters, 1) I’m not a transvestite, 2) I’m not a lesbian, 3) I have never been locked up or taken to jail—although there was this time in college when four cop cars showed up… (another story) and 4) I don’t engage in illegal activities that would lead to my interaction with unsavory characters.

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Yeah right. Like a nice suburban, white girl, who had lived a spotless existence since she committed the crime years ago, would actually end up doing hard time? And how long ago was the crime? No statute of limitations? And wouldn't any lawyer have enough sense to put the criminals testimony under a microscope. Like the court would take her word over the word of the upright citizen.
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No matter how idiotic modern TV shows get, it never ceases to amaze me how so many otherwise intelligent Americans still sit there and watch them every week.
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Unless you are a bi-sexual lesbian that cheats on your fiancé, I doubt that you would enjoy this series. I watched the entire season on Netflix thinking that it would get better. It only got worse. All of the characters are creepy. It is also laden with misandry. All the males are perverts and stupid. The only "smart" people are the lesbians. The whole thing is sicko.
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I was hoping she wouldn't cheat on Larry! Darn. I was hoping this would turn out well--I guess I'll finish it up anyway.

thanks for reading!
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The only "smart" guy so far was her fiancé dumping her. Of course, why any man would want to marry a drug dealing bi-sexual lesbian in the first place is beyond me. Unless you just plan on cohabitating with her and joining threesome or more, I can see nothing in this woman that would interest a man.
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Yeah, I saw it. Lowest common denominator. Why do Americans want to wallow in the trash?
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By your description, just more of the same politically correct clap-trap, homosexual propaganda, etc. blah blah blah . . . why bother? I feel like I'm watching Hollywood quality rewrites of Soviet style propaganda films.
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hmm--i disagree. I understand it can sound like that--but it doesn't seem to have an agenda like the show "Glee," for example. I think it's worth a shot for you to check out--at least once.

thanks for reading!
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