11 Ways “Orange Is The New Black” Is Doing It Right

When it comes to having honest portrayals of queer women in high-quality television shows, this Netflix original series may have finally cracked the code.

Quality television shows are usually lacking in lesbian characters with real depth and true character.

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Orange Is the New Black is not one of those shows.

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There are many reasons we all should be thankful the series not only exists, but will be around for a second season:

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1. The show is written by women, for women, starring a whole lot of different women.

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The show comes from Emmy Award-winning writer Jenji Kohan, creator of the series Weeds.

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2. In the first five minutes, you get to see this:


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3. Because unlike other shows that only give lesbian subtext…

We are looking at you, Rizzoli and Isles.

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…or avoid portraying them at all…

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…this show is full of lesbians!

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4. It manages to give an honest portrayal of the great mystery that is bisexuality:

No, it’s not a mystery, but most shows tend to treat it as such.

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The writers don’t shy away from the characters’ sexualities.

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5. In fact, it’s discussed openly:

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And often:

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6. The show touches upon one of the most important lady-loving life lessons:

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7. Bonus? You get to crush on Laura Pepron, aka Donna from That ’70s Show, all over again.

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8. The goddess that is Natasha Lyonne will be brought back into your life.

And you’ll wonder how you’ve been getting on without her.

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The moments they grace the screen together, it’s almost too much.

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9. And, frankly:

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10. Out comic Lea DeLaria steals many a scene, like so:

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11. Newcomer Danielle Brooks is going to make you laugh so hard you cry.

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Correction: She will make you laugh so hard you sob.

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So, although you will most likely waste hours of your day binge-watching the series…

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It’s totally going to be worth it.

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Sarah Karlan is the Deputy LGBT Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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