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Ranking the Best Seasons of 'Orange Is the New Black' 

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Updated July 26, 2019 1k votes 321 voters 9.4k views 7 items

This list features the best seasons of Orange Is the New Black, listed from best to worst with pictures of season posters when available. Fans may debate which season of Orange Is the New Black is the best, but each installment of the comedy-drama features memorable episodes. Some Orange Is the New Black seasons focus on Piper's adjustment to life in Litchfield while other good seasons find the inmates fighting for their rights.

This list of Orange Is the New Black seasons has been voted on by fans from all over the world, helping to decide once and for all which collection of episodes from the mind of creator Jenji Kohan are the best. Season One focused on Piper's journey while later seasons highlighted the stories of Taystee, Nicky, Red, and several other inmates.

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Orange is the New Black ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Ranking the Best Seasons of 'Orange Is the New Black'
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The fourth season of Orange Is the New Black premiered on June 17, 2016, and contains 13 episodes. This season focuses on the inmates coping with worsening conditions at Litchfield.

This season contains several memorable episodes including: "Doctor Psycho," "The Animals," and "Toast Can't Never Be Bread Again."

Memorable moments from Season 4 include:

  • Taystee gets a promotion.
  • Sophia is placed in isolation.
  • CO Bayley goes too far with Poussey.
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Orange is the New Black ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Ranking the Best Seasons of 'Orange Is the New Black'
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The first season of Orange Is the New Black premiered on July 11, 2013, and contains 13 episodes. This season focuses on Piper Chapman's transition to life behind bars.

This season contains several memorable episodes including: "I Wasn't Ready," "Lesbian Request Denied," and "Can't Fix Crazy."

Memorable moments from Season 1 include:

  • Piper enters Litchfield Penitentiary.
  • Flashback to Sophia's gender transition.
  • Piper fights back when Pennsatucky attacks.
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Orange is the New Black ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Ranking the Best Seasons of 'Orange Is the New Black'
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The second season of Orange Is the New Black premiered on June 6, 2014, and contains 13 episodes. This season focuses on the power struggles unfolding inside Litchfield Penitentiary.

This season contains several memorable episodes including: "Thirsty Bird," "Comic Sans," and "We Have Manners. We're Polite."

Memorable moments from Season 2 include:

  • Piper lies under oath.
  • Red is assaulted by Vee.
  • Rosa "runs into" Vee outside prison walls.
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Orange is the New Black ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Ranking the Best Seasons of 'Orange Is the New Black'
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The fifth season of Orange Is the New Black premiered on June 9, 2017, and contains 13 episodes. This season focuses on the Litchfield inmates rioting for their rights.

This season contains several memorable episodes including: "Litchfield's Got Talent," "Flaming Hot Cheetos, Literally," and "Storm-y Weather."

Memorable moments from Season 5 include:

  • CO Humphrey gets shot.
  • Piscatella gets captured by the inmates.
  • The Bunker gets blown up.
     
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