Netflix Releases ‘Orange is the New Black’ Trailer: Comedy in Prison

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The return of Arrested Development has gotten all the ink and attention, but Netflix has another original comedy series on the horizon in the form of Orange is the New Black, a “fish out of water and into prison” story from Weeds creator Jenji Kohan, – and now we have our first look at the trailer.

The series, which is based on the samely named novel by Piper Kerman, stars Taylor Schilling, Jason Biggs, Kate Mulgrew, Natasha Lyonne, Danielle Brooks, Matt McGorry, Laverne Cox, Taryn Manning, and Laura Prepon, as well as Weeds alums Pablo Schreiber and Michael Harney.

Here’s a look at the synopsis from Netflix, which is set to release all 13 episodes of the series on July 11th.

Created and executive produced by Jenji Kohan (“Weeds”) and based on the U.S. best-selling memoir of the same name by Piper Kerman, the comedic drama starring Taylor Schilling follows engaged-Brooklynite Piper Chapman (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 fiancé  Larry (Jason Biggs) for an orange 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.

orange is the new black Netflix Releases Orange is the New Black Trailer: Comedy in Prison

Of course, it’s hard to weigh eight seasons of a fan-favorite TV show and use a 3 minute trailer for a new series in order to compare and contrast differences. Still, for many, the last few seasons of Weeds suffered from an identity crisis and came loose from its satirical suburban moorings, fluttering away before it turned into a more broad road comedy – only to try and pivot back.

Orange is the New Black could lose its way too, even over the course of these 13 episodes, but at the very least, the trailer seems to portray a series that seems as if it is welded to the (prison) ground. It also appears to portray a story that is going to try and find both the lightness and ridiculousness in a seemingly un-winnable and totally foreign set circumstances, just like Weeds, so here’s hoping that Kohan has learned from some of her past missteps and that Orange is the New Black can have even half the impact that her previous series did.


Orange is the New Black is set to premiere on Netflix on July 11th.

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  1. Yeah, I have no interest in this show at all.

    I also didn’t know from watching the video that it was meant to be a comedy. I had to re-read the article headline several times to make sure I didn’t imagine that part.

    • It’s a dark comedy in the same vein as Weeds. Not every comedic piece of entertainment is like The Hangover

      • Comedy would imply that there’s humor. I didn’t even chuckle.

  2. I’ll check it out. I work in the federal prison system and am kinda interested in seeing how this goes. They got the uniforms right anyway.

  3. Even though Hemlock Grove was a complete fail IMO Netflix still has a winning record overall with House of Cards and Arrested Development so I’ll give this a shot.

    • When is tv going to catch up to what sells in movies. In the age of the dvr, they just go off what old people want. I am tired of reality shows, crime procedurals, and laugh track sitcoms.

      Give me the superhero, good sci-fi (not crappy hunger games ripoffs or anything on syfy for that matter), and fantasy shows. s***!

      • Wow, that’s an old man rant right there.

  4. This looks interesting. I actually thought Hemlock Grove was pretty okay and a lot better than a lot of the series out on network TV. I will give this show a try as well. Netflix is starting to provide some good shows although Arrested Development was a complete fail IMO


  6. Love this show!

  7. I feel like not being a suburban, white yuppie who enjoys things because they’re supposed to be smart, this show is just not meant for me.

  8. I loved them all especially when the main person got back together with Alex i really hope that they make more episodes because I love this show. It would really be special because I get so connected with this show.

  9. My daughter and I watch all 13 episodes, when will more be released??? I can’t believe the way it ended…we need more now!!!

  10. Watched all 13 episodes in the span of a few days and am totally addicted!
    More please and soon too.