The prison drama was a landmark series of a time when the format and faces of TV were drastically changing.

Orange Is the New Black, finishing its seven-season run on July 26, was big. Big in its reach (presumably, though actual viewing figures for Netflix series are still an occult mystery). Big in its influence, as one of the first genuinely original programs in the new medium of streaming. Big in its ambitions to represent faces and situations that had been left off TV screens.

But also, it was simply big — teeming, packed to the ceiling with characters and


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