One of Netflix’s longest-running shows is officially coming to an end.
The streaming platform has confirmed today that the upcoming seventh season of “Orange is the New Black” will also be the show’s last. The announcement was made with a video featuring several members of the show’s cast discussing the news.
Based on the novel of the same name by Piper Kerman and created by Jenji Kohan, “Orange is the New Black” focuses on the lives and relationships of the female inmates serving time in Litchfield Minimum Security Prison. The series’ large ensemble includes Taylor Schilling, Kate Mulgrew, Uzo Aduba, Laura Prepon, Laverne Cox, Selenis Leyva, Taryn Manning, Dascha Polanco, Danielle Brooks, Yael Stone, Jackie Cruz, Lea DeLaria, Adrienne C. Moore, Elizabeth Rodriguez Michael Harney, Nick Sandow, and more.
While some of the show’s seasons have proven more divisive than others, “Orange is the New Black” has been on the receiving end of consistent critical praise over the years, most of which usually focuses on highlighting the strong performances of its cast.
Like all of the other streaming services, Netflix does not release any ratings or official viewership statistics for its shows, including “Orange is the New Black.” So outside of the occasional release of viewership numbers, the size of the actual “OINTB” audience has never been certain, but there’s no doubt that the show has maintained a strong presence in Netflix’s ever-growing originals roster. Its final season is expected to premiere on the streaming platform sometime next year.