Fans of Orange Is the New Black be ready for Season 4, as Netflix will release it today Friday. If you have not watched the last episodes of season 3, you should start watching them before Season 4 starts. The comedy-drama show is coming back with new characters and new policies in Litchfield.
Netflix has announced a premiere date for its original content, but the exact time for new episode has not been announced yet.
Even though Netflix usually releases its initial series at midnight in Pacific Time, the last season of Orange is the New Black was firstly release six hours ahead of schedule surprising a lot of fans. Therefore, fans should expect the premier of this series at midnight PDT or 3 a.m.
What you should know if you haven’t watched Orange is the New Black
Orange is the New Black is the story of a woman, Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), in her 30s. Chapman has been sentenced to 15 months in Litchfield Penitentiary, a minimum-security women’s federal prison (operated by the “Federal Department of Corrections,” a fictionalized version of the Federal Bureau of Prisons) in upstate New York.
While living a law-abiding life among New York’s upper middle class, Piper has been convicted of transporting a suitcase full of drug money ten years ago for her then-girlfriend, Alex Vause (Laura Prepon), an international drug smuggler. Her life suddenly changes with this stunning indictment which disrupts her relationships with her fiancé, family, and friends.
Alex, who named Piper in her trial, is in prison and reunites with Piper. Piper and Alex re-evaluated their relationship in Litchfield while they deal with other prisoners. Flashbacks are an important part of the show since they show significant events from various inmates and correctional officers’ pasts. These flashbacks give the audience an explanation of how the prisoner came to be in prison or their lives before prison.
The network’s most-watched original show
Orange Is the New Black became the network’s most-watched original show ever since its premiere in 2013. Without disclosing ratings, the story is a mix of comedy and drama that has been hailed for genuine portrayals of lesbian and bisexual relationships. The show offers the audience the heartbreaking stories of the main characters before getting arrested.
In its first season, this original Netflix series garnered 12 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, including Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series, winning three.
For its second season, the series received four Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series, and Uzo Aduba won for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. The series has also received six Golden Globe Award nominations, six Writers Guild of America Award nominations, two Producers Guild of America Awards, an American Film Institute award, and a Peabody Award.
What to expect from Orange is the New Black Season 4
Orange is the New Black’s inmates will experience some changes in their prison of Litchfield just right away it become privatized. New, inexperienced guards, and more prisoners will be one of the main issues in Orange is the New Black fictional prison.
“We start with political agendas, the corporatization of the jail, the stratification of people into their little mosaic groups,” said show runner Jenji Kohan at the 2016 Winter TCA Press Tour.
With new characters, Season4 will have a lot of stories to tell, as well as new romances, relationships and rivalries coming up this year. Since Litchfield got under new management, this season comes with new policies in the prison, and of course with more drama than comedy. Jessica Pimentel (Maria Ruiz) is ready for a brighter spotlight.
This character will be essential to a lot of what is going on, and regarding Piper, she might remain as a minor irritant character comparing to all the problems, drama, and bad events coming up in this new season.
Good news to inmate Litchfield’s fans! Season 4 is not the last one as the show has been renewed for three more seasons with Kohan on board.
“Three more years! Not quite a political term, but still plenty of time to do some interesting things. In some cultures, ‘May you lead an interesting life,’ is a curse, but I don’t live in those cultures,” said Kohan in a statement. “Here’s to keeping it interesting. Thanks, Netflix! Both thanks and you’re welcome Lions Gate! And kudos and gratitude to the stellar cast and crew and writers and producers and editors and musicians and mixers and shleppers… with whom I have the pride and honor of crafting this show. Three more years! Three more years!”