The Netflix series “Orange Is The New Black” follows the inmates at Litchfield Penitentiary, a maximum-security woman’s prison in upstate New York. The series’ protagonist is Piper (Taylor Schilling), an upper-middle-class white woman convicted of transporting drug money ten years prior to the start of the series. She soon learns to adjust to the diverse, varied culture of Litchfield, filled with inmates from a variety of different racial and class backgrounds, all of whom are in prison for many different types of offenses. She also adjusts to residing in the same prison as Alex (Laura Prepon), her ex-girlfriend and the one responsible for getting her convicted in the first place. “Orange Is The New Black” also examines the prison-industrial complex, and how corruption and abuse of power are inherent in a system rooted in an unfeeling criminal justice system. The new trailer for the fourth season finds Piper feeling “unsafe” in Litchfield as it has become a for-profit prison with over 100 new inmates. Watch the trailer above.
Created by Jenji Kohan (“Weeds”), “Orange Is The New Black” has garnered much critical acclaim since it first premiered in 2013, racking up multiple Emmy nominations over the last three years. The series has also received much attention for its diverse on-screen representation, sensitively depicting issues of race, sexuality, and gender throughout the various storylines. The series is based on Piper Kerman’s memoir “Orange Is The New Black: My Year in a Woman’s Prison.” Though best known for her role as Piper, Schilling has also appeared in films like “Argo,” “The Overnight,” and “Atlas Shrugged: Part 1.” Prepon is best known for playing Donna Pinciotti for eight seasons on “That ’70s Show,” and can be seen in the upcoming thriller “The Girl on the Train.”
“Orange Is The New Black” has been renewed for a fifth, sixth, and seventh season. The fourth season will premiere on June 17th only on Netflix.