Needless to say, Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black -- the only series in TV history to win Emmys in both the Best Comedy Series and Best Drama Series categories -- will always be remembered as a phenomenon -- a series that went there long before most others in terms of gender and racial identity and inclusion. Since it’s 2013 debut it has been honored with 47 major awards and been nominated for over 120 others. More importantly, though, it has been a champion of women’s rights, LGBTQ+ rights, and prison reform, all while giving us some of the best storytelling and most iconic celebrities that we’ve come to know over the past decade. Now, in its seventh and final season, Orange has the daunting task of tying up all its loose ends and shaping a satisfying ending. Given what I’ve seen so far (which is all of it), not only do series creator Jenji Kohan and the gang pull that off, they do so while tackling some seriously heavy issues with a level of grace the likes of which very few television series have been capable of achieving. Ever.
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