The Best Episodes of Orange Is the New Black

Last Updated: Dec 5, 2018

Piper Chapman is a public relations executive with a career and a fiance when her past suddenly catches up to her. In her mid-30s she is sentenced to spend time in a minimum-security women's prison in Connecticut for her association with a drug runner 10 years earlier. This Netflix original series is based on the book of the same title. Forced to trade power suits for prison orange, Chapman makes her way through the corrections system and adjusts to life behind bars, making friends with the many eccentric, unusual and unexpected people she meets.

We Have Manners. We're Polite.

#1 - We Have Manners. We're Polite.

Season 2 - Episode 13

Several futures hang in the balance as the inmates face and confront their worst nightmares: Life will never be the same again.

star 8.57
2,784 votes
Writers: Jenji Kohan
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Toast Can't Never Be Bread Again

#2 - Toast Can't Never Be Bread Again

Season 4 - Episode 13

Corporate bureaucracy and simmering anger work against Caputo's efforts to keep a sensitive situation under control.

star 8.34
3,257 votes
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Can't Fix Crazy

#3 - Can't Fix Crazy

Season 1 - Episode 13

Red's scheme to reclaim her kitchen backfires; the inmates stage a Christmas pageant; Piper's plans unravel even as she realizes her life is in jeopardy.

star 8.34
2,895 votes
Directors: Michael Trim
Writers: Jenji Kohan, Tara Herrmann
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Be Free

#4 - Be Free

Season 6 - Episode 13

Piper gets surprising news and a boost from her friends. The jury returns with a verdict, and the big kickball game is on.

star 8.16
770 votes
Directors: Nick Sandow
Writers: Brian Chamberlayne
Storm-y Weather

#5 - Storm-y Weather

Season 5 - Episode 13

As chaos descends on Litchfield three days into the riot, the inmates wonder what the future holds and seek solace in loved ones.

star 8.15
2,165 votes
Directors: Jesse Peretz
Writers: Lauren Morelli
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Trust No Bitch

#6 - Trust No Bitch

Season 3 - Episode 13

Miracles and conversions occur, but Piper and Caputo know that some situations can't be dealt with through spiritual means.

star 8.09
2,433 votes
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It Was the Change

#7 - It Was the Change

Season 2 - Episode 12

Tensions run high as a prison power outage forces several issues to come to light. Piper finds herself compromised and is forced to think on her feet.

star 8.08
2,573 votes
Directors: Phil Abraham
Writers: Sara Hess
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The Animals

#8 - The Animals

Season 4 - Episode 12

Alliances shift among the prison "families" as Piscatella and his guards crack down. Poussey, Judy and Alex prefer to look ahead to the future.

star 8.07
3,128 votes
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Tall Men with Feelings

#9 - Tall Men with Feelings

Season 1 - Episode 11

The prisoners mourn one of their own and even a drunken Pornstache reveals surprising emotions; Larry gives a revealing radio interview.

star 8.05
2,814 votes
Writers: Lauren Morelli
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Bora Bora Bora

#10 - Bora Bora Bora

Season 1 - Episode 10

Pennsatucky discovers a new skill; the inmates try to scare delinquent teenagers straight; Pornstache's side business suffers a tragic setback.

star 8.04
2,907 votes
Writers: Nick Jones
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Little Mustachioed Shit

#11 - Little Mustachioed Shit

Season 2 - Episode 10

The guards get tougher in a bid to turn up prison contraband; a big, lingering secret is finally revealed.

star 7.99
2,559 votes
Writers: Sian Heder
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Fucksgiving

#12 - Fucksgiving

Season 1 - Episode 9

Thanksgiving arrives with the promise of a visit by Larry, but Piper's raunchy dance moves land her in solitary with a holiday feast of moldy bologna.

star 7.99
2,954 votes
Directors: Michael Trim
Writers: Sian Heder
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Thirsty Bird

#13 - Thirsty Bird

Season 2 - Episode 1

Piper's world is turned upside down when she is forced to confront the consequences of her actions and face new challenges.

star 7.96
3,064 votes
Directors: Jodie Foster
Writers: Tara Herrmann, Jenji Kohan
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Fool Me Once

#14 - Fool Me Once

Season 1 - Episode 12

Painful truths reorient several relationships and careers; Pennsatucky feels disrespected by Piper, which is not good; Larry delivers an ultimatum.

star 7.95
2,800 votes
Writers: Sara Hess
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40 Oz. of Furlough

#15 - 40 Oz. of Furlough

Season 2 - Episode 9

Piper's relationship with Larry faces a real-world test; Red's effort to redeem herself is finally rewarded. A familiar figure returns to Litchfield.

star 7.93
2,529 votes
Directors: S.J. Clarkson
Writers: Lauren Morelli
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People Persons

#16 - People Persons

Season 4 - Episode 11

Caputo's leadership is challenged and the inmates are in for a long night of lockdown after workers make an unsettling discovery.

star 7.91
2,996 votes
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Take a Break from Your Values

#17 - Take a Break from Your Values

Season 2 - Episode 11

Piper is shocked at an unexpected change in her status; Soso's hunger strike attracts new support that takes on a religious fervor.

star 7.90
2,527 votes
Writers: Nick Jones
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You Also Have a Pizza

#18 - You Also Have a Pizza

Season 2 - Episode 6

Love is in the air as the inmates prepare for a Valentine's Day party; Red makes an intriguing new discovery. Larry asks Piper to be his prison mole.

star 7.85
2,647 votes
Directors: Allison Anders
Writers: Stephen Falk
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Imaginary Enemies

#19 - Imaginary Enemies

Season 1 - Episode 4

Piper gets to know her stern new roommate; the prisoners prepare a farewell party for one of their own; a misplaced screwdriver has dire consequences.

star 7.85
3,403 votes
Directors: Michael Trim
Writers: Gary Lennon
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A Whole Other Hole

#20 - A Whole Other Hole

Season 2 - Episode 4

Sophia gives the women a much-needed lesson in female anatomy; Morello takes a detour; Larry makes some life changes.

star 7.84
2,748 votes
Directors: Phil Abraham
Writers: Sian Heder
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Appropriately Sized Pots

#21 - Appropriately Sized Pots

Season 2 - Episode 8

Piper faces a new backlash over special privileges; Caputo feels pressure to toughen up, resulting in administrative changes.

star 7.84
2,530 votes
Writers: Alex Regnery, Hartley Voss
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Hugs Can Be Deceiving

#22 - Hugs Can Be Deceiving

Season 2 - Episode 3

Piper is challenged by her Soso experience; Morello gets her heart broken; a figure from Taystee's past arrives to disturb the status quo.

star 7.83
2,761 votes
Directors: Michael Trim
Writers: Lauren Morelli
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Lesbian Request Denied

#23 - Lesbian Request Denied

Season 1 - Episode 3

Targeted for romance by a fellow prisoner, Piper finds that subtlety is an ineffective approach to letting her suitor down.

star 7.81
3,478 votes
Directors: Jodie Foster
Writers: Sian Heder
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WAC Pack

#24 - WAC Pack

Season 1 - Episode 6

The inmates campaign along racial lines for positions on a prisoners council, but Piper tries to stay above the increasingly raucous competition.

star 7.80
3,122 votes
Directors: Michael Trim
Writers: Lauren Morelli
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Work That Body for Me

#25 - Work That Body for Me

Season 4 - Episode 1

With a major security breach and a lot of new inmates, Caputo has to call in the big guns. Things get a little too real for Crazy Eyes and Lolly.

star 7.78
3,902 votes
Writers: Jenji Kohan
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