If you haven’t already binge-watched the entire first season of Orange Is the New Black, cancel all your weekend plans — you have a lot of catching up to do. The series premiered in early July, and it has already become an obsession for both critics and unprofessional TV junkies such as myself. Netflix renewed it for a second season before the pilot episode even aired, which is essentially unheard of in the entertainment world. But with engrossing characters and backstories that hit you right in the feels EVERY time, it’s really no surprise that the show has become such an instant success.
Orange Is the New Black revolves around Piper Chapman, a wealthy boho Brooklynite who suddenly finds herself in the terrifying world of women’s prison. She leaves behind her fiancé, her pregnant best friend, and her blossoming soap business to pay for a crime she committed ten years previously, and as you can probably guess, much chaos ensues. Yes, the show provides plenty of titillating material to hook its viewers, but we keep coming back because of the raw humanity and emotions the characters constantly throw our way. I’m a sucker for female-driven shows in general, but OITNB just takes it to a whole new level. I found myself crying at the end of some episodes without even realizing it… and I loved it.
If my manic ranting doesn’t convince you to tune in, then learning about the show’s hardcore background should do the trick. I promise, the more you find out about this series and the people behind it, the more you’ll get sucked in. Are you read to become obsessed?