Screenrant List: 20 Times Orange is the New Black Ruined Our Lives

oitnb-piper-screaming-in-orange-is-the-new-blackOrange is the New Black, Netflix’s first foray into original programming, was a surprise smash. Showrunner Jenji Kohan (Weeds) based the series on Piper Kerman’s memoirs, Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison. Audiences instantly connected with the way in which the show humanizes prisoners, presenting the whole and empathetic people behind the crimes that put them away. In the first season, Kohan established the formula of character introduction, followed by a series of flashbacks showing defining moments or the circumstances that led to their incarceration. These vignettes are almost always poignant and demoralizing. Of course, there are plenty of awful things that happen to the inmates of Litchfield in the present as well. Kohan is a master at introducing likable people and then tearing their lives apart, and because we’ve grown to love these characters, the audience feels their pain in full force.

With season five now streaming, hardcore fans who’ve already done their binge-watching know that the emotional moments didn’t end with that season 4 cliffhanger. But here are 20 times Orange is the New Black proved to be particularly skilled at breaking our hearts.

(Since this is a list of plot points, it probably goes without saying that there are many massive spoilers for the previous seasons ahead, though none for the latest season.)

Read the list at Screenrant!