9. Orange is the New Black
This series is so ridiculously good. While it isn’t at the same level of explosive popularity as, say, Stranger Things, it has a very specific, devoted audience that keeps Netflix renewing this hilarious dramedy.
Orange is the New Black is loosely based on the novel of the same name by Piper Kerman. It recounts the story of Piper Chapman (obviously named for the original author), a woman who is incarcerated for a decade old crime that she thought was in her past.
This show explores the complex web of a women’s prison. The imprisoned characters are friends, lovers, sisters, daughters. It’s fascinating to explore how incarceration changes lives and how we pick up the pieces at those times when life isn’t working out the way that we thought it would.
OITNB is known for its diverse, ultra-talented cast. Not only does it feature women of all races, but it also features trans women, gay women, and, frankly, one very privileged white woman who is initially in over her head. Suffice it to say, OITNB easily passes the Bechdel test.
Taylor Schilling leads this outstanding cast. The cast members seem to have won or been nominated for just about every television awards show out there. Characters played by Uzo Aduba and Kate Mulgrew are real stand-outs, with each actress having been nominated for Emmy awards for their work on the show (Aduba won!)
Watch this series if you’re looking for something eye-opening and dramatic, with plenty of humor to alleviate the action. It will definitely make you reconsider how you view crime and punishment