Netflix has released the trailer for the sixth season of their critically acclaimed dramedy "Orange Is The New Black." Following the events of season 5, which depicted a mutiny in the Litchfield Penitentiary, the protagonists of the show are transferred to a maximum security prison where they will face a new set of challenges and horrors.
Based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Piper Kerman, the Netflix original series follows a fictionalized version of the author, named Piper Chapman (played by Taylor Schilling), an upper middle class white woman who lands herself in prison after assisting her girlfriend in an international drug trade. Since the publication of the book, Kerman has become a staunch activist for prison reform.
The TV series has followed several characters who Piper meets while incarcerated, diving back into the family histories of both correctional officers and criminals to explore the complexities of the American justice system.
Not too much is revealed in the teaser, but it appears that Chapman must now navigate a turf war of rival factions, separated (seemingly arbitrarily) by the color of their shirts. Returning characters include "Red" (Kate Mulgrew), Lolly (Lori Petty), and Suzanne AKA "Crazy Eyes" (Uzo Aduba).
Washington Post critic Hank Stuever extensively praised the show in 2013.
"Watching the show, one begins to realize that all the good parts for women truly have been kept locked up somewhere; now, here they all are, free (in at least one sense) to be portrayed," he wrote. "Within the first six episodes, they are expertly and fully sketched, textured and realized: Latinas, lesbians, an activist nun, a fireman who transitioned into a woman, a housekeeper-turned-murderer, a Russian inmate ... who runs the kitchen and serves Piper a used-tampon sandwich out of initial spite. (Warning: The show is full of gross and intentionally unsettling moments; it is a prison, after all. With any luck, the sandwich will be the worst of it.)"
"Orange is the New Black" has been nominated for and received won several Emmy awards and SAG awards since the first season ran in 2013.
Check out the new trailer, below.
The entirety of Season 6 will be available on Netflix on July 27.
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