What Time Will ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Be Available on Netflix?

The sixth season of Orange Is the New Black will premiere in full on Netflix Friday at 3:01 a.m. ET. Netflix announced in 2016 that the show had been renewed through a seventh season. Season 6 will consist of 13 episodes.

Details of the sixth season have been kept tightly under wraps. As revealed in the trailer, the story will pick up in the aftermath of the prison riots of Season 5 and will follow the inmates through unfamiliar surroundings in a new prison.

Following the riots that took up the entirety of Season 5, a number of inmates of Litchfield Penitentiary, a minimum security prison, have been transferred to new locations. Netflix also released a new title sequence via the show’s official Twitter account, which shows glimpses of the Max, the maximum security facility in Litchfield.

Season 5 consisted of 13 episodes that took place in a condensed timeline of three days. The episodes followed the lives of Piper (Taylor Schilling), Suzanne (Uzo Aduba), Red (Kate Mulgrew), Taystee (Danielle Brooks), and the rest of the women as they attempted to survive the 72 hours of rioting incited by the death of prisoner Poussey Washington (Samira Wiley) in Season 4.

OITNB_S6_Horizontal-Main_RGB Season 6 of 'Orange Is The New Black' will premiere July 27 at 3:01 a.m. ET. Courtesy of Netflix

The new season opens with a five-minute fantasy sequence, a significant tone-shift from the fifth season. Showrunner Jenji Kohan upped the stakes with the death of Poussey and used this tragedy as an opportunity to flip the storyline, as well as the power dynamics within the prison.

In the Season 5 finale, riot police stormed the building, separated the inmates, bussed them to unknown destinations, and exploded a bunker that held ten of Litchfield’s highest-profile inmates. As the Season 6 trailer reveals, almost all ten of these inmates have survived as well as most of the core cast. Kohan could use this opportunity to refocus the story and shift the course of the show.

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