Orange Is The New Black was released too late to be considered for the 2013 Emmy nominations, but the brand new Netflix series has quickly established itself to be one of the frontrunners for next year’s competition. The show, which is the latest series from Weeds creator Jenji Kohan, revolves around the travails of Piper Chapman (played by Taylor Schilling), a blonde WASPy type whose seemingly picture perfect life is turned upside-down when she’s sent to prison on drug smuggling charges. The series is drawing raves from critics and being streamed at record rates, thanks to its outstanding balance of comedy, drama and sexytimes, not to mention its ethnically diverse (and largely female) ensemble cast.
As a means to help you figure out who’s who on Orange Is The New Black—the show is only rivaled by Game Of Thrones in terms of the number of recurring characters with speaking parts— we’ve broken down the major players on the show for you in this easy-to-digest character guide. In it, you’ll find photos of the character, the actor who won the role (and where you know them from), as well as their role in the show’s plot. Because Netflix’s binge-friendly release schedule allows viewers to watch the show at whatever pace they like, we intentionally kept this information contained here as spoiler-free as possible — meaning, if it’s in one of the many trailers for the program, it’s fair game for this guide. We hope you enjoy the show as much as we did (we’ll be rewatching the entire series starting this weekend!).
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