Orange Is the New Black

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Name: Orange Is the New Black
Abbreviation(s): OITNB
Creator: Jenji Kohan
Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison by Piper Kerman
Date(s): July 11, 2013 – present
Medium: live-action television series
Country of Origin: United States
External Links: Orange Is the New Black, official site, IMDB
Official Show Twitter, Official Writer's twitter
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Orange Is the New Black is a Netflix original dark comedy-drama television series that is based off a memoir of the same name by Piper Kerman about her experiences in prison.


Orange Is the New Black follows Piper Chapman, a woman whose past history with a drug dealer (Alex Vause) eventually causes her to be sentenced to 15 months in prison. Piper aims to do her time and keep her head down so that she can return to her life in New York, however she’s quickly dragged into the drama and politics of the prison. The show is loosely based on the autobiographical novel Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, by Piper Kerman.

Main Characters

  • Piper Chapman
  • Alex Vause
  • Sam Healy
  • Galina "Red" Reznikov
  • Suzanne 'Crazy Eyes' Warren
  • Tasha 'Taystee' Jefferson
  • Poussey Washington
  • Dayanara "Daya" Diaz
  • Gloria Mendoza
  • Joe Caputo
  • Lorna Morello
  • Nicole "Nicky" Nichols
  • Tiffany 'Pennsatucky' Doggett
  • Larry Bloom
  • Cindy "Black Cindy" Hayes


Orange is the New Black is usually abbreviated to OITNB. In 2016, OITNB was ranked number sixteenth in the Top 20 "most reblogged" live-action television show on Tumblr, losing thirteen spots in popularity from the previous year[1].

After season 4 the fandom become somewhat fractured due to the death of fan favorite, Poussey Washington. The death came at a time where there was already a larger discussions happening online around the Bury Your Gays trope which was sweeping the 2016 TV landscape. Some fans swore off the show as they did not want to support what some perceive as a use of the trope. Others noted that the death was not related Poussey's sexuality, but to her race, and that only talking about the Bury Your Gays trope took away from other important issues at work.[2]

In 2017, 10 episodes of season 5 were leaked online after Netflix refused to meet ransom demands to prevent it.[3] The leaks made some fans step away from OITNB related communities in hopes to avoid spoilers.


Common Tropes in Fanworks

  • Hurt/Comfort: characters helping each other after traumatic events that have occurred in the series
  • Pastfic: the lives of characters before they went to prison, or the prison community before Piper arrived
  • Futurefic: the lives of characters after they are released from prison


Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.







Archives and Fannish Links



  1. ^ 2016′s Top TV Shows - Live Action
  2. ^ Does Orange Is the New Black Fall Into the 'Bury Your Gays' Trope?
  3. ^ The Real Reason Hackers Leaked Season 5 of ‘Orange Is the New Black’