July 24, 2014

Orange Is the New Black Crack

When it comes to sports, I'm no bandwagon jumper. Books, movies and tv shows are a whole other ballgame though. When everyone started raving about Orange Is the New Black, I immediately wanted to join in. I binge watched the first season on Netflix during my brief period of unemployment last summer. When the second season premiered, I had too many things going on to watch all at once. I spread the thirteen episodes out over a couple of weeks. I loved the first season and enjoyed this season a lot too. What I liked most is that we got a lot more back story on several of the main characters.

OITNB is based on Piper Kerman's memoir, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison. Piper is an upper middle-class woman who finds herself serving fifteen months in a federal women's prison after smuggling a suitcase full of drug money for her girlfriend. I decided to pick up the book in between seasons. I don't know if it was because I watched the show first or not, but I found the book to be rather boring. It wasn't bad. It wasn't great. It was just ok.

The best thing about the show, aside from the clever writing, is the cast. Sophia and Crazy Eyes are my favorites. I also enjoy Piper when she's pissed off and standing up for herself. It doesn't matter whether I love them, hate them or want to slap the shit out of them, I feel something for every single person on the show. I think that says a lot.

I also want to mention OITNB's social media presence. They have Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest accounts for the show. They post really fun quotes, eCards and behind-the-scenes photos. They're also extremely interactive with their fans. Kudos to whoever's in charge.

Since it'll be a minute before Season 3 of OITNB is here, I'm trying to decide what to watch next.

What are you loving lately on Netflix?


Karen M. Peterson said...

I haven't watched this show yet. I don't know what I'm waiting for.

Allena said...

I binge-watched both seasons a few weeks ago and loved it. I love Poussey and Taystee, but I think I'd have a hard time saying I had a FAVORITE - they are all so fun. I thought Piper was serving 15 months but you said years?? I started Parenthood on Netflix and I like it. Very wholesome so it's a nice break from some of the crazy stuff I watch. One of the families has a son with Asperger's which is really interesting to watch because our son has sensory processing disorder which is similar. Sorry for the life story!

Christina said...

I binge-watched each season of OITNB the weekend they came out. I hate that I have no self control when it comes to shows that get released like that!

I just got done watching The Comeback on HBO. And I binge-watched a few older series that I blogged about today. :) I'm going to watch Maron, Portlandia or Derek next. Or White Collar. Or Suits. Hahah! I have too many options! Have you tried House Of Cards yet? I think you'll love it!

Kelly @ turned UP to ELEVEN! said...

LOVE OITNB! I think your favorites are mine too - that and I really love Tasty, and Pouseey. LOVE IT.

As far as Netflix goes, after watching True Detective, I was dying for another cop drama... and then The Killing walked into my life, and I binged on it hard core. Three seasons finished and I am SO in love with the show. I can't wait for Season 4 (final season) to premier on August 1st on Netflix. I will be so sad to let my Lindon and Holder go.

The hubby and I just started House of Cards and I'm loving that too. It's a bit dramatic, with a twist of humor. Kevin Spacey is awesome.

I 2nd Christina's Portlandia suggestion - if you like sketch comedy you'll like this. I want to live next door to Fred and Carrie, NOW!

Since you love Vampires and mostly different supernatural type stuff - you might like Hemlock Grove. I am still only in season 1 - and it's sort of slow, but I really enjoyed it. The hubby didn't so it's one I'll watch on my own time, but so far it's interesting.

Good luck in the hunt for fun shows. Netflix has totally become my addiction.

Also, Supernatural. Trust me, you need this in your life. The vamps are a bit odd in the show but who cares, the Winchesters are awesome!

If you like Action and Comics you might like Arrow. The first season is a little slow, not in a bad way but you have to soak up a lot of the past to get what's happening in the future. Trust in that, and then watch Season 2 SO exciting... they are filming Season 3 now. :)

Can you tell I watch too much TV? I need a hampster wheel in the living room!

Shelly Johnson said...

I am addicted to this show, I wish season 3 was out already!

Meghan said...

OMG, I love OITNB! I agree - Crazy Eyes is one of my favorites, but this season, I loved Moretti's backstory.