3. Orange Is the New Black
What begins with humor quickly takes a turn for some hard-hitting drama and rough situations on Orange Is the New Black. The prison story is not what you may have expected it to be, but that’s why we love it. Going in, you think you’ll be entertained by the story and enjoy some of the characters, but OITNB is so much more than that.
The cast is diverse, and not one character’s personality is the same. It’s a complicated story, and often with many flaws. Audiences complained about stereotypes, but I’d say Orange is the New Black does a great job navigating through a character’s journey. If you are paying attention, you’ll notice a lot of growth and character development.
The acting is one of the best things about OITNB, but we also love how the final set of seasons were focused on bringing awareness to some very real issues such as brutality, white privilege, and immigration. The series finale is heartbreaking, to say the least, but we are thankful the series kept it as realistic as possible.
Orange Is the New Black was never afraid to showcase the corrupt prison system. While one woman is there for a petty crime, others are there for involuntary manslaughter, yet they share a cell or are at least cell neighbors. Some prisoners clearly have mental illness issues, yet receive little to no help at all. You’ll learn to feel for them, despite their mistakes, and see that we all make mistakes and are human. This is a lesson you weren’t thinking you’ll learn at first glance when you see a teaser or trailer for the series.