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Watch Danielle Brooks, Laverne Cox, Uzo Aduba, Dascha Polanco, Vicky Jeudy In 4 'Orange Is the New Black' Clips

by Tambay A. Obenson
July 15, 2013 2:45 PM
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Danielle Brooks, Taylor Schilling, Vicky Jeudy, Samira Wiley
Danielle Brooks, Taylor Schilling, Vicky Jeudy, Samira Wiley

I canceled my Netflix account a couple of months ago, so I haven't been able to watch its new original series Orange Is the New Black, which debuted on last week, July 11

Created by Jenji Kohan (Weeds), the dramedy stars Taylor Schilling and is set in a women's prison. As Netflix did with its previous original series, all thirteen one-hour episodes in the series were made available at launch. "Binge-watching" is the term. Anyone watching, or has watched the entire season yet?

If so, thoughts?

Its key cast includes a number of actresses of African descent, including Danielle BrooksSamira Wiley, Vicky JeudyLolita Foster, Michelle HurstUzo AdubaAdrienne C. MooreLaverne Cox and Dascha Polanco.

Here's a synop:

Orange Is the New Black follows engaged Brooklynite Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), whose decade-old relationship with drug-runner Alex (Laura Prepon) results in her arrest and year-long detention in a federal penitentiary. To pay her debt to society, Piper must trade her comfortable New York life with fiance Larry (Jason Biggs) for an orange prison jumpsuit and a baffling prison culture where she is forced to question everything she believes and form unexpected new alliances with a group of eccentric and outspoken inmates. 

Netflix has released a number of clips from the new series, introducing its key characters.

I embedded 4 of them below, featuring Danielle Brooks, Laverne Cox, Uzo Aduba, Dascha Polanco and Vicky Jeudy.

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  • Muse | August 8, 2013 4:11 PMReply

    Trifecta win: stellar acting, stellar cast, stellar writing.

  • Desiree | July 19, 2013 6:34 PMReply

    The show "Orange is the New Black" is excellent! The writing is wonderful. Netflix definitely did something right with this one!

  • Desiree | July 19, 2013 6:42 PM

    I also believe that this show and a few of the ladies of the show (Laverne Cox, Laura Prepon, Kate Mulgrew, Uzo Aduba) should be looking at Emmy nods next year!

  • Yvette | July 16, 2013 11:32 PMReply

    This show and these ladies are the bomb! Great show, I binged on the first 7 Episodes, then didn't want it to end so I broke the last few down to once every two days, lol.

  • Trent | July 15, 2013 5:32 PMReply

    I was a bit skeptical about this show but I started watching last week and I have to say that I like it. I think the show is well written.

  • nichelle | July 15, 2013 5:09 PMReply

    I renewed my Netflix subscription just so I could binge-watched "Orange is the New Black" this past weekend. I loved it and can't wait for season 2.

  • Carla | July 15, 2013 4:34 PMReply

    I binge-watched it this past week and loved it. While I agree about the prison/colored people connection, it occurred to me while watching that many of the shows I've enjoyed most in the previous few years have large casts of color--The Wire, Treme (I'm a big David Simon fan), and now this--so from my perspective kudos to these actors for scoring such quality material. There's a lot more nuance to each of these characters than you'd expect. And it's a thrill to see all those black actresses on screen at once.

  • Toexplian | July 15, 2013 2:55 PMReply

    Love this series. While I bemoan that it takes a prison show to cast Black and Latina actresses I am enjoying the performances and writing. Also it is nice to see some new faces on the screen.

  • DJ | July 15, 2013 2:49 PMReply

    Have a hunch that if Tyler Perry decided to do a reality show about Madea's life in prison, it would look something like this.

  • Miles Ellison | July 15, 2013 9:10 PM

    Except it wouldn't be nearly as well written and the acting would be exponentially worse.

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