Piper Chapman is sent to prison after being caught with a suitcase of a drug dealer's money in this drama based on Piper Kerman's memoir.
Q & A
Q: Why do viewers empathize with Piper from “Orange Is the New Black”?
Piper transformed from bumbling newbie to the power-hungry leader of a profiteering empire. So why do fans still like her?
Q: In Season Four of “Orange is the New Black,” how has racial conflict grown and changed?
With Season Four, the series has at last opened to the question of white privilege through its shift to the discourse of gangs. But does this new development result in assuaging white guilt?
Q: In Hitchcock’s “Psycho,” what was revolutionary about the choice to kill off Marion Crane?
Hitchcock's use of a false protagonist in "Psycho" was a game-changer for film and television storytelling.
Q: Before “Orange is the New Black,” how did “Stranger Inside” portray diversity in women’s prisons?
Before "Orange is the New Black," the HBO film "Stranger Inside" depicted the prison experience of a young African-American woman. Comparing the two, we can look at the larger issues of how race is portrayed onscreen and why diversity is most seen in texts centered on prison.
Q: Why are the prison guards on “Orange Is the New Black” so cruel?
Season 4 of "Orange Is the New Black" is perpetually occupied with power dynamics, but the most explicit dynamic is the one between the inmates and the C.O.s.
Q: What choice will Dayanara make following the “Orange Is the New Black” Season 4 ending?
Breaking down the Season 4 finale cliffhanger.
Q: In “Orange Is the New Black,” will there ever be a life outside of prison for Piper?
Does Piper's life have meaning without the influence of Litchfield?
Q: How does “Orange Is the New Black” compare to past “Women in Prison” movies?
"Orange Is the New Black" follows a long tradition of "Women in Prison" movies that dates back to the 1950s.
Q: What does Season 3 of “Orange Is the New Black” teach us about relationships?
Litchfield Prison is a rich setting to explore what it means to be human.
Q: Did Classic Hollywood films feature characters we would call “trans” today?
Movies and television shows are increasingly exploring the world of trans characters, but how far back can we find trans characters on the big screen?
Q: How do “Ray Donovan” and “Orange Is the New Black” attract mainstream viewers despite edgy content?
"Ray Donovan" and "Orange Is the New Black" use their seemingly conventional protagonists as Trojan horses to attract audiences into worlds with more diverse themes and characters than the average TV show features.
Q: In Season 3 of OITNB, why is Big Boo so willing to compromise her identity when she wouldn’t before?
Season 3, Episode 4 of" Orange is the New Black" portrays character Big Boo (Lea DeLaria) in an uncharacteristic way.
Q: In Season 3 of “Orange Is the New Black,” is Nicky actually back on drugs?
Although OITNB's Nicky (Natasha Lyonne) is never explicitly shown getting high, she definitely exhibits some symptoms characteristic of a drug user. She’s jumpy, her face is flushed, she’s paranoid (though that’s somewhat justified given her situation), and she just isn’t her usual self.
Q: In Season 3 of OITNB, did Alex suspect that Piper turned her in to her parole officer?
When OITNB's Alex (Laura Prepon) and Piper (Taylor Schilling) first reconnect at the beginning of Season 3, Alex certainly doesn’t seem suspicious.
Q: How does “Orange Is the New Black” acknowledge bisexuality?
Although it has been lauded as one of the most LGBTQ-friendly shows ever on television or the Internet, "Orange Is the New Black" is notorious for failing to acknowledge bisexuality as an option for its main character, Piper (Taylor Schilling).
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