Thanks to ER, I once dreamed of stitching up wounds and managing an onslaught of trauma in the emergency room. Buffy the Vampire Slayer had me gunning for a spot on a vampire-killing dream team and Dexter made me wish I could track down serial killers with Miami Metro. Now, I want to go to prison, too.
Season one of Orange is the New Black rocked winning performances, unforgettable characters and stellar writing from start to finish, but the quality that made it especially engaging and binge-watch-worthy was the success of the cast as an ensemble. Taylor Schilling served as a strong anchor until the show blew the doors to Litchfield wide open, letting you pick the character you identified with most. But, whether you stuck with Piper, were swayed by Red (Kate Mulgrew), fell for Alex (Laura Prepon) or preferred goofing around with Taystee (Danielle Brooks) and Poussey (Samira Wiley), being in anyone’s company made the place feel like home because they all came together to form one big, strange and very lovable family.
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