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Best female prison show: 'Wentworth' or 'Orange Is the New Black'?

"Wentworth" and "Orange Is the New Black" came out months apart from each other in 2013 with some similarities—both shows have ensembles, both feature similar character types and both series balance gritty drama with dark comedy.

Here's the synopsis of "OITNB," per IMDB:

The story of Piper Chapman, a woman in her thirties who is sentenced to fifteen months in prison after being convicted of a decade-old crime of transporting money to her drug-dealing girlfriend.

Here's the synopsis of "Wentworth," also thanks to IMDB:

Bea Smith is locked up while awaiting trial for the attempted murder of her husband and must learn how life works in prison.

Still, which female prison drama is the best? Read more perspectives and decide with a vote.


Watch the opening scene from "OITNB" season five and tell us that this show doesn't have you on the edge of your seat. 


And let's not forget how popular "OITNB" has been for Netflix. Season four started to veer in a new, darker and grittier direction. Fans loved it!

The Verge's Kwame Opam called season four the best yet:

And make no mistake: things have gotten desperate. By midseason, it’s clear that Kohan is railing harder against the prison industrial complex than ever before. Where previous seasons might have painted the overall prison experience as deplorable, there was sufficient humor to make things feel like being stuck in a really awful summer camp.

If the teaser for the season premiere is any indication, the show is picking up right where it left off—opening with a bang!

Yep, "OITNB" still got it. 


But naw—the international following of "Wentworth" disagrees.

Here are Metro's Duncan Lindsay's 10 reasons why "Wentworth" is far better:

  1. The cast is sublime
  2. Ruby who? It’s all about Nicole da Silva
  3. It has television’s best ever villain
  4. The black comedy
  5. The twists
  6. It can be sexy
  7. It has atmosphere
  8. It has the strongest females on TV
  9. It knows what it is

Back in 2015, Amos Irwin wrote for the Huffington Post about some inaccuracies in "OITNB." Of course it's very dramatized and probably the closest thing to a romanticized look at female life in prison. It tries to balance the rough edges with dark comedy, but factually, critics have found issues with overarching storylines.

Here are four facts Irwin pointed out two years ago about women in prison:

  1. Most women in federal prison committed low-level drug crimes.
  2. Most women in federal prison have children under 18.
  3. Many women need counseling and medical help, not prison.
  4. This is all new.



Are you switching from "OITNB" to "Wentworth"? 


#TeamOITNB is still heavily dedicated.


... Thanks to the cast of "OITNB."

Best female prison show: 'Wentworth' or 'Orange Is the New Black'?
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