ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (2013 – )

Orange Is the New Black

Creator: Jenji Kohan

Cast: Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning

There was OZ prison for men Now Orange is the new black prison for women. It is a Netflix Production.the Book is  adapted by Kohan (Weeds) from Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison (Spiegel & Grau, 2010), the New York Times bestselling memoir by Piper Kerman however the series is set in the fictional Litchfield Prison, a women’s  federal penitentiary Taylor Schilling  stars as Piper Chapman, who finds herself sentenced to 15 months in prison for crimes she committed 10 years earlier. Piper  is joined in prison by  a bunch of  female characters, meaty roles for actresses of all ages and backgrounds.

Okay this is been done before but not like this. It is a character driven show that is well written with a cast that is superb. It is melodramatic and not glamorized which it should be. Among the starring cast are Laura Prepon  (Alex Vause), Piper’s former girlfriend and the drug trafficker who lead her to the life of crime a decade earlier. Kate Mulgrew as ‘Red’ Reznikov, the  Russian who runs the prison kitchen and serves as  prison leader and mother figure. Nothing is simple in prison as piper is finding out even the rules. The guards are pricks and do their jobs in setting order in prison. Of course there are usually drugs that circle around, the gossip. Piper is getting her feet wet in prison some inmates wants their room clean not clutter, some wants her ass and have sex with her. With the use of flashback you see little by little who were those inmate before they landed in jail. Of course the prison population – the Bible abortion terrorist, the street-kid-turned-junkie,  the power-hungry Corrections Officer, the murderer etc….This is not you father prison show. It is a different monster.

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Orange is the New Black

WEEDS (2005 – 2012)

Weeds

Creator: Jenji Kohan.

Cast: Mary-Louise Parker, Hunter Parrish, Alexander Gould. 

After her husband’s unexpected death and  financial disaster mom Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker) embraces a new profession: the neighborhood pot dealer.And yes everyone wants a little weed even council man Doug Wilson (Kevin Nealon) . Nancy is trying to keep her activities from her family a secret especially from neighbor / PTA president friend.

Here is an original series / comedy. Here is a family who is struggling financially because her husband died and left her broke. Nancy decided to sell weeds. well the demand is there but her friend Celia can not find out. Doug Wilson  is on the city council. His son is a junior league drug dealer and the new boy toy for a wealthy older man now that is getting messed up for this family. Shane (Alexander Gould) is Nancy younger son who is wise beyond his year. Her older son silas (Hunter Parish) Nancy older son who wants to have sex with the neighbor’s daughter who is Celia older daughter and her younger daughter who is chubby where Celia is putting laxative in her chocolate stash to clean her out Is just the beginning of the adventures of those dysfunctional family. A nice little corky comedy.

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