Why We Love 'Orange Is the New Black'

Netflix's new series takes on race, white privilege and transgender issues with a serious dose of humor.

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How awesome is it to see an actual transgender woman playing the role of a transgender woman?! Cox plays the sassy Sophia Burset, a former firefighter who works as the prison's resident hairstylist. If Cox looks familiar, you may have seen her playing a sex worker on Law and Order, one of the most common roles available for transgender women in Hollywood -- and even then, those gigs are often given to men. In a land where minority roles are routinely given to nonminority actors, this bit of casting is so encouraging. Also, Cox is an amazing actress with a powerful story. Seeing her on-screen is a joy.

4. It's Funny!

Uzo Aduba as Crazy Eyes (Netflix); Danielle Brooks as Taystee (Netflix)

Even Shakespeare had his clowns. Without some humor interjected, the women's stories and hardships could leave you downright depressed, but thankfully characters like Taystee, Crazy Eyes and even Sam Healy (who is occasionally laughable in his horribleness) are there to lighten the load. Also, Crazy Eyes may have given us the best new slang ever with "I threw my pie for you."

5. It's So Tweetable


Since Orange Is the New Black is a Netflix show, live-tweeting is kind of difficult; rather than the show being released at a certain time each week, the whole season hit the Internet. Still, there's no shortage of people talking about the show (#OITNB) on social media.

6. Matt McGorry

Matt McGorry as prison guard John Bennett (Netflix)

That man is just too fine.

Tracy Clayton is a writer, humorist and blogger from Louisville, Ky.

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Tracy Clayton is a writer, humorist and blogger from Louisville, Ky.