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So, you’ve been hearing about this Netflix show, “Orange Is the New Black.” Whispers in the workplace hallways about “chocolate and vanilla… swirl.” You keep seeing pictures of women in orange or taupe scrubs. People at Starbucks keep referencing someone named “Piper” and her sorta-kinda-love-hate girlfriend “Alex” and bemoaning the fact that one of them won’t be around much in Season 2. One actress reminds you of a dark-haired version of that girl that was on “That 70s Show.” And you don’t have Netflix, so you don’t care.

But you should.

What do you need to know about this show, and why should you watch it? To be honest, a released-all-at-once season of a television show keeps writers like this one from figuring out the best way to recap and review a show. And that is a blessing and a curse, because we’re all used to weekly installments slow-cooking our show love. Instead, we get it all at once, an amazing all-you-can-eat buffet that leaves us choking on great stories and trying to figure out how to explain it all to a hungry bystander.
So now (to extend the metaphor juuust a little more) that we’ve digested “OINTB,” here are some things you should know about the show, and why you should bite the Netflix bullet and subscribe. It’s completely worth it, because these kinds of all-at-once shows, available only online, like the new season of “Arrested Development” and the Emmy-nominated “House of Cards” are going to change the way you watch and respond to TV, just like the DVR did, and just like cable shows did before that.

So, why should you watch “Orange is the New Black”?

1. It will make you question everything you think about serving time. Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) is a “good” girl. A good, white, upper-middle-class girl living in Manhattan, planning a wedding to a goofy writer (Jason Biggs). But like we all do, she made some stupid choices in the name of love when she was younger. And they caught up to her, in the form of a jail sentence, unfortunately. But that fall from grace may be the best thing that ever happened to Piper, because she confronts a lot of demons in there. Because, like you perhaps, she just couldn’t be like “those people” in jail. And you could say “it’s a TV show; it’s fiction!” To that, we introduce you to Piper Kiernan. How much is real and how much is fiction? We don’t really care, frankly.
2. The line “I threw my pie for you” is perfect for Thanksgiving, and that’s just around the corner. And when you find out the line was said by a woman nicknamed “Crazy Eyes” while trying to woo Piper, it will make your Thanksgiving quote drop even more meaningful. That same woman also said the “chocolate and vanilla swirl” line, too. Just google that, and see what happens. Which leads us to…

Orange is the New Black “Life” Trailer [HD]

Orange is the New Black Interview – Taylor Schilling and Piper Kerman