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Sep 16, 2013 — By Savannah Warren
I am one of those people who recently took the plunge and got rid of cable. So, now I watch Netflix. It took a while to get used to choosing what I watch all the time instead of just watching whatever comes on. However, now that it is a normal, everyday thing, I am starting to really like it. I am finding a lot of shows that I haven’t seen in years and discovering other new shows that are quickly gaining popularity. One such show is Orange is the New Black. This is a Netflix original and is based off a true story. The series, is based on the book Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman, a memoir about her experiences in prison. The show revolves around Piper Chapman , a woman from Connecticut living in New York City, who is sentenced to 15 months in a women’s federal prison in Litchfield, NY, for transporting a suitcase full of drug money for an international drug smuggler and former lover.
The show is a little racy as you can imaging the scenes that a women’s prison produces but if you can get past the sexual nature of some of the episodes, the show has a really great message. It looks at friendship and love in ways other shows haven’t. It also tackles some real life situations that I’ve never seen other shows tackle. It does all this while mixing humor and drama perfectly. As you get the backstories for each character you become painfully aware that these were all real stories and real people. Some of their stories break your heart while others make you angry.
If you have Netflix, the show is definitely worth a try. If anything, since it is based on real life occurrences, your eyes will be opened to a world very different than your own, and when is that a bad thing?