I have come late to the party, because everyone and their dog was talking about this show, and that made me not want to watch it, if that makes sense.
I am just floored at how good this was. This might be some of the most powerful women's programming I have seen since Maude. Brilliant writing, complex characters, and very real portrayals of how women end up in prison.
I am so moved by this show. Really, some of the best television I have seen.
There isn't much I didn't like, actually. I found the wrap-up to Vee and Rosa's stories a little on the nose, but supremely satisfying, so I didn't care.
I wish I had a fave character...but I don't. I alternately like and hate them all. Again, that speaks to the intelligence of the scriptwriters. I suppose if I had to choose, Boo fascinates me more than many of the others. But there isn't a one of them I don't find compelling in some way. It's a show that challenges on so many levels, and forces me to really confront some of my own prejudices.
I rarely feel enriched as a person after tv, quite the opposite usually, but this program really makes me feel like I learned, and changed, from who I was when I started. Thanks to all the posters here who are so prolific in their praise. Were it not for some of you, I might never have bothered with what I thought was an overrated 'women in jail' drama. It was only after reading some posters' thoughts about the show that I decided to give it a try. Now I am off to see what else you guys liked, so I can try that, too.