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4 Dumb TV Cliches I Hope Orange Is the New Black Avoids

After hints that Netflix's new show could turn out to be a sitcom dud, I ponder potential pitfalls.

Becky Graebner


July 31, 2013 - 7:00 am
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Please don’t turn into a miserable show…

I like to read the comments on my pieces—I don’t have a Ph.D. in “TV rating” or a degree from culinary school—so it’s always helpful to see the perspectives of our readers when I write about food, shows, and living in D.C.  I especially appreciate them when I’m starting a new series or topic.  Many of the comments and stories give me inspiration for future pieces or force me to see the topic in a new light.  This is exactly what happened with the Netflix show Orange Is the New Black.  I wrote my first piece on this series last week — laying out the things I liked about the show and qualities I thought made it different than other sitcoms, which would, hopefully, contribute to it becoming a Netflix success. Unfortunately, after a peek at the comments a few days later, I realized that many of you readers had beat me to the punch: 1) you had finished the series and 2) you definitely had things to say about it.

Like I said, I was hoping the show would be as good as House of Cards. Who wants to spend weeks on end watching and analyzing a horrific show?  Well, it sounds like I might be in for a few weeks of misery. The majority of the comments I received talked about events in the upcoming episodes (I had only seen episodes 1-3 at that point) — and how I would grow to dislike the main character and the entire premise of the series. Essentially, all the things I was hoping wouldn’t happen were hinted at coming true.

This week I decided to outline what I hope doesn’t happen in Orange Is the New Black  before I continue watching.  Hopefully, not all my fears will be realized…

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You actually WATCH this crap?
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There is an episode where Piper states, "I like hot girls, I like hot guys, I like hot people". You are "really hoping that she doesn't go back to being a lesbian"? Sorry, thats not how it works.The fluidity of Piper's sexuality defies label which is a highlight in her character. She has never stated herself as bisexual OR lesbian OR straight. When approached with the question if she is a lesbian (by Larry/her parents) she says she is not. Because she isn't! When the other inmates tease her for being a lesbian ("stone cold lesbian"), she doesn't correct them. Whatever, let people say what they want, she really doesn't care. She fell in love with Alex before and Larry later, so its a toss up for whoever else comes along (or back)! If the writers play with her openness, THAT is true reality and unpredictable. Even though I can't see this happening yet- so what if she starts kissing other women? I'm sorry you'll have "wasted your life" then. You could understand that sex-as-a-form-of-touch-and-need is a thing too. Hello, Morello? Sexuality is explored so well in this show and for you to have a vanilla critique like that really shows your basic level of understanding of Piper and sexuality in general.
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