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Not as funny as it used to be
kdupes-127 July 2019
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Season 7 is going a tad bit overboard trying to hit all the political hot button issues. I'm all for trying to get the message out but every storyline deals with an unfortunate issue and it's kinda depressing. > You've got female genital mutilation, unlawful deportation, poor treatment by ice agents to immigrants being held, the "me too" movement both the cause and the effect and the validity on both sides of the story. The illegal immigrant mother getting her children taken away, etc. > I still like the show but it has completely changed it doesn't seem like a work of fiction anymore. Its heavy and feels more like a platform for political awareness.
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From groundbreaking to a complete mess
kindersurprise100014 June 2017
Season 5 is the perfect example of when the show needs to be over. First 2 seasons were amazing, then we saw a gradual decline in good storytelling. And season 5 has no common thread, all the old characters are not even given a chance to shine. The show seems very disconnected, too many ideas never form into anything interesting. Please let it be the last season because it's borderline embarrassing. Pass the word to American Horror Story, and the new Twin Peaks.
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Hilarious and dark.
chuckylewin13 July 2013
This show is a seriously funny drama.

If you like 'Weeds', 'Breaking Bad' or prefer your humour on the darker side, then give it a go... you will not be disappointed.

Very few people create characters like Jenji Kohan... and it is the characters that make this show. Like 'Weeds', 'Orange' is fresh and original, and like 'Weeds' the lead character is tragically flawed and hilariously funny.

Well done to Netflix on their latest production... 'Hemlock Grove' is just weird, 'House of Cards' was hit and miss... but it looks like the third time is a charm. Bravo.

(FYI: humour is how we Brits spell humor). :-)
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Season 6 is bad
tristan-992-88240611 August 2018
It's really sad to see a good show go this way. It has now turned into a b grade sitcom with bad acting.
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Jumped the shark, what a letdown.
amydianagilbert4 August 2018
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They have completely jumped the shark with this season. It's like the writers decided to shit the season out in 1 day while hungover. So many interesting characters that have now dropped off the face of the planet and I'm surprised no one has noticed (Meadow? Maureen?). Not to mention characters that the writers seemed quite invested in the last couple of seasons barely make an appearance, like Lolly who I personally was hoping to see a lot more of this season. And what happened to Ruby Rose? We did see her in max trying to push drugs on Nickles and after all the hype surrounding her appearance I'm left wondering what is going on?

Season 6 aired more on the side of a bad sitcom imitation instead of a serious drama (Nickles being the only decent humor throughout). I was expecting dark humor and instead got childish pranks and equally childish newcomers to the season.

Humor has been present throughout all the seasons, but those seasons maintained their strong characters who are now going through turmoil and have been replaced with new characters that the audience has no connection with. And how could we, when it seems that newly introduced alpha-females end up dead or severely injured (think V in season 2). Will Carol and Barb be returning for season 7? Whether they survive or not won't make a difference to the decline of the plot. It seems to be the same power play story line with different characters. They are definitely running out of ideas and I will not be hanging off the edge of my seat waiting for season 7.
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It's like the first few seasons of Weeds
femvamp-694-16077013 July 2013
It brings back memories of Weeds. You know in its glory days. The first few seasons before it went off the rails. That's what "Orange Is the New Black" is like. Equal parts funny and sad. A mix of true pathos and yet true honesty and beauty coming from the strangest places. Be warned however there is plenty of lesbian sex and if the "F" word makes your ears bleed it is probably a good idea to turn back now...This isn't OZ but this also isn't Disney. This is a true winner from Netflix and tells an interesting story not only from the main character's perspective but from the other inmates as well. It would have been boring to see things from just her point of view. Like Nancy Botwin on Weeds, sometime Piper Chapman is portrayed in not so good a light because she can be the villain in someone else's story.
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This has rave reviews and I'm really not sure why.
jonnithomas22 February 2014
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is it because of the occasional lesbian sex shown in a very coy way ? or is it the odd flashing of a stray breast ?

This is not Oz in a woman's prison. This is a watered down prison soap for people that want to pat themselves on the back for watching something where the word cwnt is mentioned occasionally and could been seen as 'close to the edge'.

The characterisation and acting is actually fairly good and the lead character is likable.

The problem is the saturated fat instead of substance. The fact that you have to disengage brain too often to watch it. The proposition that virtually all prison inmates are mentally challenged but only one is mentally ill and where the racial stereotypes are laughable.

The black population are a cross between whores and comic children's toys where the black doll has floppy hair and does high fives repeatedly. Their speech and patois is a racial parody for American white middle class to look down on. There isn't one black person with a brain or a motivation apart from deep fried chicken and an impulse to dance at the drop of a hat.

A good example being the storyline of the mobile phone hidden in a wall. It's being used for entertaining an inmates boyfriend by her sending him 'shocking' pictures of her punani. Just one minor problem... how does she charge it ?

so it's not Oz, it's not close to Oz more's the pity.
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What Happened to This Show?
ryanhill-5584215 June 2015
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I was a fan of this show when it started and into the second season. I just finished the third season and I can not believe it is getting such high reviews. I am not sure what happened in this season. I feel like the writers phoned this in. There was no story, just focus on each prisoner's little stories that made a huge effort for watchers to believe that the system is the real criminal and that the prisoners are all just victims. The show isn't even about Piper anymore, her storyline was so weak and boring. The relationship with her and Alex was dull. I couldn't wait for their scenes to end. The only potential storyline was what was going to happen to Alex and they just squeezed in a stupid ending that I guess was supposed to be a cliffhanger.

I am not real sure what this show is about anymore. At the end of episodes in the first two seasons you wanted to watch the next one to see what was going to happen next but not this time. NOTHING HAPPENED! There is no main character, I could really just care less about anything going on. It was painful to watch every episode. The only thing that kept me going was the possibility that the new girl Piper is working with was going to kill Alex. Sounds morbid I know but it would have at least been an interesting twist. Instead we got a super random and weird wedding, and hard to watch prisoner inmate relationships.
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Television At It's Best
lisa-87511 July 2013
Netflix bats it out of the ballpark again with another original, intelligent comedy from the Jenji Kohan, the incredible writer who brought us Weeds! I was hooked from the moment it opened. I wasn't familiar with Taylor Schilling, but I am now a big fan. She's totally charming as the lead and there's a lot of heat between her and fiancé, Jason Biggs. The inmates are a crackup. It's inspiring to see a bunch of women who aren't the same clichés we've seen over and over again. In Orange is the New Black, Kohan pushes the boundaries in the same way she did with Weeds. She somehow manages to make her female leads into adorable victims of circumstance, even if they are criminals. I enjoyed Weeds to the very end. Can't wait to see how this series unfolds!
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A slight climb up, then races to the bottom...
bashar-3607319 August 2016
This show has mega-jumped the political shark in Season 4 and gone completely off the rails of what it started off as. The start of the show displayed the true to life stereotyping and racial tensions present in any prison in interesting but constructive ways. Now once interesting characters have turned into cartoonish, ridiculous clichés that instead of mirroring reality, are trying to mirror whatever is trending on social media. The saddest part being that most of the events in the news that the story is trying to mimic have been shown to be opposite or untrue of what they appeared, which makes it now seem awkward. That is the risk you take when you film episodes ahead of time without the facts.

Season 1 started off strong and so was most of season 2. The characters were well developed and if not always likable, you understood better where they were coming from. You knew even if they made dumb choices, no one really grows up intending to go to prison. Season 3 got sidetracked with endless backstories that got predictable and tedious, though sometimes entertaining.

Now it's almost like a totally different show, some low budget, amateurish and contrived plot you find on YouTube productions. It's a sad end to what was a great start, the start being the only reason it gets 4 stars. The actors don't feel like they are vested in the show anymore and the writing has lost a lot of it's creativity to pandering. Unless Season 5 starts with Piper waking up and Season 4 being a dream sequence ala Dallas, it won't be worth watching.
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Very good show from the creator of weeds
nttm9411 July 2013
Jenji Cohan does it again. This show covers the life of an innocent minded girl going through the troubles of fitting in to one of the worst places to be, prison. Throughout her sentence she learns the do's and don't's. she finds living her suburban lifestyle wont work. just like our favorite drug dealing mom, Nancy Botwin, she learns quickly and not always efficiently. It does a great job of entertaining through laughs and a few cries. Great casting and writing. If you enjoyed weeds then I highly recommend watching this. The best (or worst) part is that you can watch all 13 episodes whenever you want if you're subscribed to Netflix instant. I can almost guarantee you will fall in love with piper Chapman. You will laugh and cry with her as she tries to make it through her sentence.
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Shoving liberal politics down your throat
beanfrompa5 August 2019
This season is unwatchable for me. The overt political commentary which adds nothing to the storyline was too much for me. Thanks but no thanks.
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To Start Out With Anyway, Very Overrated
brent_or24 November 2013
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I am chiming in about this show because I am surprised at how positive the reviews are trending for it. After reading positive buzz over the past several months, I have finally had the opportunity to watch Orange is the New Black. And I am very, very unimpressed.

Now, as a disclaimer, I've only watched the first couple of episodes. So I cannot comment on the rest of the first season. But from what I did see, my observations are as follows:

The Good - The premise is undeniably compelling, even if it is for salacious reasons. The title is cool and clever. Laura Prepon. A different role for Kate "Captain Janeway" Mulgrew. It's cool to support Netflix's pioneering spirit.

The Bad - The writing. The lead character and her fiancé. (Those are two HUGE negatives, though.)

I was expecting an intelligent drama. Maybe my expectations were off, or unreasonable. Is this show a black comedy? It seems like it at times, but the "humor" is very lowest-common denominator, often employing very cheap-feeling shock value. Others have suggested that this show gets away from clichés...I don't know, maybe in some isolated cases, but on the whole it strikes me as extremely clichéd.

The lead character is utterly unconvincing, annoying, and uninteresting to me. In the bad sort of way, the not-worth-watching another episode sort of way. Perhaps I am being too hasty in my judgment? Overall, I can see why this show draws viewers. It is compulsively watchable in a certain way. But not the way that deserves high quality ratings, in my opinion.

I approached Orange is the New Black with an open mind, by the way. I simply feel that it is not very good. Certainly not to be compared with the best shows around. Are we watching the same show here? I applaud Netflix for the effort, but would suggest that there is huge room for improvement, based on what I have seen.
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Orange Is The New Black SEASON 3
actionjaxon-0637521 June 2015
Season 3= major disappointment!! After watching the first episode of season 3, I immediately became alarmed that perhaps the show had lost it's magic. Still, I continued to hold onto the hope that it was just a slow beginning which would work itself into something spectacular. Unfortunately, that was not to be. I found that most episodes of season 3 just mull along, extending the agony of watching for something great to happen, which never really does. There are a few notable exceptions along the way, in particular a brief cameo of a sniveling, whiny Pornstache when his mother visits him in prison. After waiting such a long time for the new season, one would expect the series to come back with a bang.. unfortunately, to say the show came back with a whimper is a gross understatement. This, coming from a HUGE FAN of Kenji, her previous much beloved series Weeds, and seasons 1 & 2 of Orange Is The New Black. Avoiding comment on any particular story line in the 3rd season in an effort to avoid spoilers for those who have not finished watching yet. In a rare show of support, when a show has seemingly jumped the shark, I am actually hoping in this case that the show will come back for a 4th season, with Kenji taking the show back to what made it such a smashing success to start with. When it was good, it was GREAT!! I would certainly be willing to give a 4th season a chance
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Absolute Garbage!
chrisw25-318-6861114 July 2015
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I'll be brief and to the point.

Like many, I anticipated the third season with hope to be entertained and to see characters develop through great story accompanied by great acting. I saw none of this. Season two frustrated me for five episodes before an actual story emerged. Season three, not only didn't bring a story, characters wandered aimlessly for thirteen painful-to-watch episodes before finally drowning in a lake.

I'm not sure what Jenji Kohan and the writers were thinking when constructing the season. You have a main character in Piper and the best you can do is make her the king pin of a... used pantie business? Seriously? And what was the point of Alex Vauss? What was the point of most of the characters. We all know why Poussay got another season but I'll leave off-camera b.s. alone. THERE ARE TOO MANY CHARACTERS ON THIS SHOW, most of them useless and not contributing an ounce to the story. I said last season that you could cut the cast in half and still have the same outcome. The writing is as poor as it gets. The back stories of EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER was so awkward, most had hardly anything to do with, well, anything.

So much for being brief. Suffice it to say, since watching this garbage that people seem to rate highly (Obviously those people haven't watched the masterpiece WENTWORTH), I've completely shut myself off from watching Season 4, hopefully the last season. Thirteen hours of my time this season can't be reimbursed by Netflix and I'm not about to invest any more.
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Shock factors should never be deliberate
mariamakesmusic16 August 2013
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The one star is for some of the characters in this, it is no doubt full of talented actors and actresses but I find a lot of the sex, nudity in this series is put in there deliberately for shock factor and it overtakes from any substantial story line. Unlike Breaking Bad, this is not a dark comedy that is effective in combining profound serious issues with humour. It fails at this remarkably in my opinion. I have watched other incredible films that revolve or have a central focal point around homosexuality - like Brokeback Mountain and Monster - these films do not come across as trying too hard to be eclectic because there's a holistic component to the entire story and its depth. They simply just tell the story and the story stands for itself. I guess what I mean is that it is pretty obvious to a viewer when nudity and sex scenes (be they same sex or not) are trying too hard to be shocking or eclectic to increase viewer ship and it gets in the way of the story. It's just trying to be too funny, too different and too deliberate with trying to appeal to men's girl on girl fantasies that the story loses substance.
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Is this a Prison or a Lesbian Highshool?
buffon_014 June 2015
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You don't feel in Prison anymore, Its feels like a High school.

Season 3, begins with meaningless episodes, empty characters, empty scripts that lead nowhere, performances like drama class when I was in high school like (@KimikoGlenn).

It is obvious that writers were out of ideas; No more fresh, innovative and captive, since most of the dialogs bored me to death and force you to overtake, just as there are nonsense characters only place to fill up and consume time as Kimiko Glenn, known as So So (KimikoGlenn), doing a annoying performances, senseless and full of bad performances, yesterday tweet to Kimiko to let her know what i thought about her character, the woman can not deal with criticisms and blocked me, this is what happens when studios hire mediocre actors, who can not give and express feelings on camera.

DO Not waste your time watching this series, not have any sense and not leads to anything, it is too tedious, vexatious and meaningless ...

The hook is selling sex with lesbians, but really boring topics are repetitive and vexatious. I do not want to put spoilers, so you judge by yourself, but it's actually the worst series that I've ever see. the first 2 seasons were entertaining, but it exceeds the limits of boredom, no issues, no good performances and episodes no sense to each other.

Orange Is The New Black has just signed their death penalty, the audience will stop watching and writes and directors can't do anything to save it.

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Should have bowed out with season 4
annmoore18 August 2017
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I watched every episode of seasons 1 to 4 of OITNB during a bit of a marathon box set run last year. I thoroughly enjoyed it and was really looking forward to season 5 - but what a disappointment! I watched up to episode 4 last night and that's it for me I'm afraid! The season begins with a prison riot and by episode 4 it's still going on with no hint of authorities taking any action! There is no story line - just a mish mash of barely connected 'happenings' that are so ridiculous that they are not even funny (the 'hand in the pocket gun', the half naked guards in captivity, the talent show, 'Red' acting like a 5 year old on a sugar high and absolutely no screen time for Piper and Alex). The only light on the horizon was Uzo Aduba as Crazy Eyes - she was outstanding as always. Sorry folks, but I think this has run it's course.
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Quickly Degrading
manolo-webmaster10 June 2014
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Season 1 was a refreshing experience. An innocent educated woman sentenced to jail makes up for a great story to tell. The plot is centered around Piper's troubles and tribulations in dealing with her new life as an inmate, it made me curious enough to watch the whole season, and I liked it. Season 1 turned out to be very successful, the dramatic/comic entertainment value was undeniable.

Season 2.

Eager to cash in in their success, the producers must have felt the need to extend the life of the series. Their approach is to develop circumstantial characters as part of the main plot. Risky business!

So, we are no longer following Piper, but a bunch of other uninteresting characters that completely change the entertaining tempo of season 1. The intent is to slow down the show in order to cash in their success. The problem is that they have transformed an interesting story into an inmates soap opera. They attempt to provide continuity by maintaining a similar comical approach to rough situations, and by the already established sexual tensions, mainly on the lesbian side.

I watched season 1 in 2 days, but I can't watch back to back season 2 episodes, I have lost a lot of interest as I feel manipulated by a degrading plot that no longer appeals to me at any level. I am half way into season 2, and I doubt that I will finish it.
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Bad Series
harsshhsatishshah21 August 2013
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I have no clue who all liked this series. Its slow, boring, badly written, poor performances by mostly all characters. There are many good TV shows out there, this is definitely 1/10 rating I could not watch past 7 episodes of season 1 That too, I was forcing myself. It does not flow well and it tests your patience. I feel all those who have given it a thumbs up are not exposed to better cinema Its time people come up with honest ratings and reviews. Gosh, I hope the producers realize their mistake and don't make season 2 the choice of characters is bad, the plot is boring unlike other series where u cant wait to watch the next episode, this one bores the living guts out of you in an episode. Please please stop this torture
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One of the most overrated, dull TV shows i have ever seen..
helena-d-watson3 August 2014
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I heard so many good things about Orange is the New Black and the plot made it seem like it would be interesting so i decided to give it a try....I can now say i have officially wasted hours of my life watching one of the most uneventful, overrated, unrealistic and just plain boring shows on television

Orange is the New Black is a completely unrealistic portrayal of a woman's prison and the drama's that go on inside it. First of all, it paints prison like somewhat of a sorority, there are no gangs/factions, an extremely low level of illegal activity, very soft violence (if any) and all of the inmates seem to be each other's best friends. I also don't appreciate the fact that every inmate seems to be in prison for a reason that is not of her own wrongdoing, like ALL of them are victims of the justice system and have been hard-done by in their life.

I literally watched episode after episode where NOTHING happened, there is an episode at the beginning of the show, centered around the main character Paige, imagining she is seeing a chicken....i was honestly waiting for some kind of amazing cliffhanger or plot twist in this episode....but the entire episode was about a chicken

I have never been a fan of long, overly drawn out weak character progressions, and that's exactly what tho show is. It has a bleak and unrealistic storyline, characters who are so predictable and incredibly dull that they are honestly hard to distinguish from each other, and absolutely NO significant plot twists, cliff-hangers or interesting story lines....

If you want to watch a boring, over-hyped, lesbian sorority then watch this show.....if you want something WAY better...then watch Orphan Black
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No more than daily soap
anand-7458715 July 2015
Well the concept of women prison is something new and I started watching it with blank mind. Start is all in all mildly interesting but as the story progresses there is not much to expect. The leading character, Taylor faces multiple dilemmas, most interesting of which is about her sexual orientation. She used to be gay in past but she has a boyfriend now..and then she bumps into her old girlfriend in that is the most exciting part. But wait there is mild comedy too..she comes across a stalker whose weird acting is to be appreciated the most. The entire season is full of small time accidents and fuss that Taylor comes across. Orange is the new black is not a thriller as a prison based series should be but its close to chick flick. It covers every theme partly so, it is no more than a regular time pass daily soap.
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Season 3 FAIL!
ghatfield691 July 2015
Tell me this series isn't "jumping the shark" already! BORING!!! I loved the first 2 seasons, but I'm forcing myself to finish season 3. Did the writers give up? Main characters are gone, plot lines are non-existent and stupid! What happened and who said wow this season 3 is good stuff? It's like a 15 year old kid wrote this season. This season was pushed out without any heart behind it! A COMPLETE Disappointment!!! Writers re-watch season 1-2 and learn from your mistakes! What a waste of a season! You better hope it doesn't get canceled because of this pile of dung! All these great actors and actress and this is all you can come up with! Panty sniffing business and a dirty book by Crazy Eyes! Lame! There is nothing compelling about any of these story lines! Get a handle on this for season 4! You owe the fans big time!!!
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mll-8457824 June 2015
What happened to Season 3? It lost it's depth! Even Piper has been reduced to vapidity. Episode after episode, I keep hoping it'll get better but there is nothing but shallow characters and story lines. Even the flashbacks, which is basically half of the episode, don't really contribute anything to augment or improve the story. It appears to simply be fillers to just come up with a 55 minute episode. I loved Seasons 1 and 2, and was really looking forward to Season 3. Unfortunately, I find myself bored with every single episode of this season. Even Taylor Schilling, who did commendable acting in the previous seasons, appears to be high on something, in season 3.

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Was good until Season 3
ohdonna-8416114 August 2016
*This review has vague criticisms to prevent spoilers.*

The first two seasons were really good. In fact, if I were to rate these two seasons alone, I would give them a 10. I admired that there was a diverse set of characters in the cast. The characterizations and the backstories were excellent. However, I have a serious problem with Piper and all of her white privilege. At first, I'm like "okay, good that they show that white people have privilege." But after a while, it gets exhausting and disgusting. Not to mention that a year is way too long to have to wait for the new season. Every six months is more preferable.

Not only that, but the show fell off a bit in Season 3. I understand that everything can't be great all the time, but the spark just was not there. And Season 4? Don't get me started.

There was a lot of unsettling things going on in Season 4. There were racial slurs thrown around, racist symbols, etc. As a black woman, it made me extremely uncomfortable. It was hard for me to get through this season, but I pushed through because I didn't want to give up on what started out as a good show. Nearly every episode of Season 4 has some sort of disturbing aspect. For example, perpetrators of crimes get undeserved sympathy. And despite this show being about an all-women prison, it really has a problem with unhealthy lesbian relationships. The depressing stuff was overdone, and the only positive thing about it was ruined.


I hope that Season 5 will "undo" the heartache in S3 & S4 for the sake of those that are still watching. I personally DO NOT plan to watch it. NOPE!
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