• Network: Netflix
  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 11, 2013
Season #: 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 12 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
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Critic Reviews

  1. TV Guide Magazine
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jul 18, 2019
    90
    There are moments throughout the 13 episodes when you might also wish to seek release, but don't bail before the poignant final bows over the credits, which reminds us what a remarkable and diverse ensemble once wire the orange. [22 Jul - 4 Aug 2019, p.7]
  2. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Jul 10, 2019
    90
    This closing run of 13 episodes is the most focused season in years, a steady reminder of how smartly political, energetically funny and devastatingly dramatic this show could be.
  3. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jul 24, 2019
    88
    Moving, emotional final season that hits mostly high notes, and satisfactorily resolves a whole lot of stories.
  4. Reviewed by: Sonia Saraiya
    Aug 6, 2019
    85
    Season seven is the most satisfying it’s been in years because the story gets the chance to lay itself to rest. It’s the same show, but tweaked and trimmed, well-oiled and screwed-down, to a few major relationships in a few essential places.
  5. Reviewed by: Kristen Baldwin
    Jul 15, 2019
    83
    Ending a long-running series is fraught with obligation — story lines must be wrapped up, questions must be answered, characters must be honored. It’s a daunting task for a show with such a sprawling ensemble — there are 19 stars listed in the opening credits alone — but overall, OITNB delivers.
  6. Reviewed by: Rebecca Nicholson
    Dec 3, 2019
    80
    The show mostly resists the temptation to say goodbye with a greatest hits tour, but it certainly gets the band playing some familiar tunes. It will be hard to find any fan with a complaint, given that all the favourites, and some surprises, get at least a little screen time, especially in the final episode. Even the chickens make a comeback. Not all of it works – Daya’s evolution into ice-cold top dog is cartoonish, for example – but it never lacks heart.
  7. Reviewed by: Emily VanDerWerff
    Jul 30, 2019
    80
    This sense of coming together perversely helps excuse some of the show’s excess.
  8. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Jul 29, 2019
    80
    The show’s humor is key to its appeal, but in the weaker midseason episodes, it can feel like spoonfuls of sugar to make the pedantic bitterness go down. ... And yet for all its faults, it’s difficult to think of another show that stares so unblinkingly at the most egregious excesses of American capitalism and bureaucracy and injustice, and does so while rarely losing sight of the humanity of the people, especially the women, involved.
  9. Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Jul 25, 2019
    80
    A conclusion that feels true and honorable, that isn’t necessarily a happy ending but a right one that satisfies.
  10. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Aug 5, 2019
    70
    There are several strong threads, including standout work here by Diane Guerrero, Laura Gomez and Taryn Manning, as well as a #MeToo storyline that actually sees a male character deal with whether actions he deemed innocuous at the time truly were.
  11. Reviewed by: Caroline Framke
    Jul 10, 2019
    70
    For as impossible a task as tying every loose end is, these last 13 episodes acquit themselves fairly well. But repetitive flashbacks and a couple hugely ambitious new plots unbalance the season and cause the series to make a shakier landing than it might have with some sharper focus.
  12. Reviewed by: Isabel Mohan
    Jan 3, 2020
    60
    There are so many characters with so many varied issues that we can be left feeling a little short-changed.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 64 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 64
  2. Negative: 8 out of 64
  1. Jul 29, 2019
    10
    It isn’t very often that a show has such a satisfying ending. The entire season is filled of heartbreaking scenes followed by life affirmingIt isn’t very often that a show has such a satisfying ending. The entire season is filled of heartbreaking scenes followed by life affirming and hilarious moments that I cannot imagine any showing pulling off as well as the constantly excellent, diverse and charismatic cast. The new characters introduced to explore topical issues are fantastic and you feel as strongly for them as even characters who have been a regular since season 1. Full Review »
  2. Jul 26, 2019
    7
    ***I am changing this review because I did not watch the entire season before posting it.
    The first five episodes seemed to be a liberal
    ***I am changing this review because I did not watch the entire season before posting it.
    The first five episodes seemed to be a liberal whine-fest and I was very disappointed in what it had seemed to turn into (revenge for the election results? Yawn..) After that, it got back to the main characters and settled down a lot with the politics (mostly). The thing I always liked about this show was the warmth and caring of the characters on both sides of the law, along with some clever humor.. Not a perfect show but it does have its powerful and moving moments for sure.
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  3. Aug 1, 2019
    10
    A season full of emotionals moments, heatbreaking, we see closure for some of the characters and a open ending. Excelent season finale, aA season full of emotionals moments, heatbreaking, we see closure for some of the characters and a open ending. Excelent season finale, a fine goog bye for such a great serie Full Review »