Orange Is The New Australian


My life has always been chronicled by films and television series. Each roll of film that was produced, and somehow made it’s way to me, tacked itself onto the corkboard of my life and stayed there to help me remember something or someone.

The lackluster Home Alone 3 was the film my aunt took me to see while my Mom chaperoned my brother to see Kate Winslet’s breasts in Titanic. Along Came Polly was the film a group of friends and I went to see the night I formed a very cliche high school crush on a girl out of my league. Stella & Please Like Me were the television series that I discovered and that got me through my hernia surgery when I was off work for two weeks.

And Orange Is The New Black is the show a best friend and I turned on while her boyfriend was pussy-footing around getting ready to go see the new horror film (at the time) The Conjuring.

It was meant to cure brief boredom but quickly, like the rest of the world, became a favorite of ours. Each season hit my funny bone and at the same time found a few moments that it could take my breath away.

Overall I am just a little too loyal to television series. Once I pop I just can’t stop. But I am still very caught up in all that is OITNB.

I’m very concerned though at the oversight of another show on Netflix that I see everyone missing (with the exception of a few friends). I just want to kidnap people and duct tape them to a metal chair in an abandoned warehouse and make them watch it all in one sitting.

It’s called Wentworth. It’s a drama about a women’s prison and their new inmate “Bea“… a beautician who may or may not have attempted to kill her husband.

A lot of people see it as a rip-off of OITNB and therefore avoid it. Don’t get me wrong – There are a lot of similarities, but… and please don’t grab your torches or light your pitch forks over this… I think Wentworth is… better.

I don’t like trying to sound like a critic – getting all pretentious and over-analytical – so here are just 3 reasons why I think you should give Wentworth a shot.

1. Drama. Wentworth is definitely not as light hearted as OITNB. No, it follows the violence and hierarchy between the inmates and security of the prison. No quirky chicken chases or panty-tainting businesses here.

2. Mystery. It’s not just about the drama. Stories and characters shift and change to the point that sometimes you won’t know what’s going on but you better get ready for the big reveal. From the very beginning the main character supposedly tried to kill her husband and, while a beautician by day, she is not some prissy girl who just hung around the wrong crowd.

3. Quantity. There are four seasons ready to be watched on Netflix. Four seasons! FOURTY SIX EPISODES! With more on the way! Let’s see. With an average of 45 minutes per episode that’s roughly TWO THOUSAND AND SEVENTY minutes of prime Netflix binging! What a perfecy way to kill time waiting for season two of Stranger Things!

4. Familiarity. All the parts we love of OITNB are still present in this show. The show takes us into the stories of Bea’s fellow inmates and allows you to symapthize or judge them for their actions. Plenty of characters will win your hearts over… just be careful who you get attached to.

5. Accents. Did I mention this show is Australian? Wentworth’s characters charm me with their diverse dialects. I don’t know about you but I love a show that takes me to a new place around the globe and as you hear these characters speak and use different slang you will definitely find it more interesting.

What more do you need? The Netflix community has granted it a red, five star rating!

From what I’ve been watching it appears Australia is really bringing their A-Game when it comes to the entertainment industry these days. I’ll keep watching and suggest you do too.

What are you waiting for? 

Start it now while your boss isn’t watching!


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