Halfway through the season, I felt like “Orange” was the best of the Netflix originals so far. By the end, I was sure of it — and that this is one of the best shows of the year, on any channel or distribution system. Where I powered through “Cards” and “Arrested” partly out of professional obligation, partly to avoid (more) spoilers on social media, I kept watching “Orange” for the sheer pleasure of it.
Source: HitFix Daniel.
Ok, Breaking Bad is right up there but given that it is currently airing its last eight episodes, Netflix’s Orange is the New Black is the perfect candidate for the best TV show on air right now. I’ll go as far as to claim that it is superior to the other Netflix hit that was much talked about, House of Cards. The depth of characters, the dark humor, authenticity of its setting, and the superior abilities of its actors keep the show fresh with each episode. It is primarily a comedy with at times very dark overtones. There are characters that go from being sympathetic to downright vengeful.
The basic premise is of a white mid-20-year-old girl going to prison for being a drug mule in her past. Her experience of being out-of-place in a prison filled with characters that she wouldn’t otherwise encounter in her real life seems to set the stage. But the show climbs new heights when it explores the backgrounds of each inmate and how they landed in prison coupled with their changing attitudes, camaraderie, and constant distrust of each other. Without giving away spoilers, it is very hard to talk about what makes the show so great. If there is one show you’ve to see, make it this one. It is R-rated with significant scenes involving nudity so considered yourself warned, if that’s not your thing.
I’m not a big fan of Buzzfeed but this post on the show tells you why it’s so awesome.
PS. You may be tempted to pirate the show but believe in the new model of content by supporting Netflix’s efforts. I hope Netflix gets successful enough to give HBO pause and rethink its content delivery strategy. All it takes is $8 to watch 13 episodes of this show in a month although I’m sure you’ll binge-watch it over the weekend. If you don’t live in the U.S., buy a VPN service and use your international credit card to buy a Netflix subscription.