Orange is the New Black is without a doubt one of the most popular original series that Netflix has produced. Bringing an array of incredible talents to the small screen through four seasons to-date – and a fifth that is right around the corner – the series has never been afraid to tackle formerly taboo topics, and it looks like that’s not going to change moving ahead.
Speaking as part of a panel event Friday evening at North Hollywood’s Saban Media Center, actress Laverne Cox said of the series: “Our show seems relevant now more than ever. There’s a resistance that’s happening at Litchfield right now, and there’s a resistance that’s happening in the country.”
Former ‘Orange’ star Samira Wiley added: “It’s our responsibility as artists to reflect the time that we’re living in. It’s an incredible responsibility that we have.”
Bringing politics into the mainstream for many is a requirement of shows such as ‘Orange’, but for others it can be a major turn-off. Hopefully, the writers have found some middle ground that will allow their own personal thoughts and views to shine through, whilst also providing entertainment for the masses, rather than a minority.
Orange is the New Black returns to Netflix for its fifth season on June 9.