TV watching has changed. With the advent of the DVD box set and the streaming media juggernauts binge-watching has become a global pastime. Shows like the political drama HOUSE OF CARDS to the Tina Fey comedy THE UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT and the awards magnet TRANSPARENT have made new original programming a power player in the TV ratings war.
Of course, you can’t talk about the new era of TV without talking about ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK. The jailhouse comedy/drama from the genius mind of Jenji Kohan is unlike any show you’ll see on television.
Featuring one of the most diverse and talented casts ever assembled, OITNB has been appointment viewing for legions of fans since debuting back in 2013. The series is still going strong after 3 successful and critically-adored seasons, and we’ve decided to take some time to recognize some of the fun moments from some of the show’s most recognizable characters.
So with that, let’s take a look back.
The show is told primarily from the perspective of Taylor Schilling’s Piper Chapman, a former good girl who ends up in jail after being implicated by a former flame in a drug trafficking operation.
Piper is not an easy character to like. She’s selfish, vain, manipulative, and vindictive, but somehow you can’t help but root for her. Since she is the show’s main character (although that’s arguable), she’s had her fair share of crazy moments on the show, but it may be last season’s Piper exploits that really showcase her vast array of talents.
In an attempt to make money, Piper (along with her idiot brother’s help) creates a business of selling soiled underwear to sexual deviants all over the world. In doing so, she builds something of an empire, and wields her power around Litchfield Penitentiary like a blonde Tony Soprano. Schilling really relishes this new side of Piper, and it leads to some hilarious results, no matter how cringe-inducing it may seem.
Season 3 of Orange is the New Black is out on DVD next Monday, the 13th of May.