86% of the critics like it.
Tough, occasionally oppressive, and – against all odds – still funny when least expected. But how will “OITNB” ever resolve this particular story?
Over the last five years, Orange has done a solid job of expanding its supporting characters to the point where it’s truly an ensemble drama. And this year, out of all of that talented cast, it’s Danielle Brooks who really shines.
There’s an even darker and more tragic tint to the ongoing stories of the women of Litchfield in season 5 of Orange is the New Black, but the mix of humor and ample heart is as masterful and empowering as it’s ever been.
Thankfully, the show rarely loses sight of the humanism and resiliently twisted humor that made Orange our favorite Netflix color during less uneven seasons.
While the comedy-drama still delivers its share of colorful flourishes, season five plays like a sentence that should have been commuted for just so-so behavior.
Orange Is the New Black has always been invested in the dual concepts of freedom and power.