There's nothing worse than finishing your favorite show on Netflix. Seriously.
You aimlessly browse show after show, looking for another to make you laugh, cry, to suck you in. You look for that binge-worthy show.
If you're like me, it's hard to find that replacement. I will start twenty different series, discounting it in the first five minutes because it's just not the same.
This is what happened after I finished all my favorites. Jane the Virgin, Reign, Once Upon a Time, Orange is the New Black: after waaayyyy too many hours of binging, I was caught up.
Then my friend Christie mentioned Wentworth.
At first, it was just okay. I liked it, but it wasn't Orange is the New Black. I could stop after just one episode.
And then, around episode eight... I couldn't. I'd found my new binge-watch just in time for summer.
Wentworth Vs. Orange is the New Black
Wentworth is an Australian drama set in a women's prison. Like Orange is the New Black, it gives us a cringeworthy, dramatic look inside prison life. You start to root for the characters, you see the connections develop. You see relationships on the outside fall apart. There's a whole lot of lying, cheating, stealing, killing, crying, and drama. I love that the prison staff isn't immune to all of these things, either.
The only thing hard to get used to is the lack of humor. This IS a DRAMA. It was weird because I kept waiting for the punchline, for the crazy Susan moments. They don't come. There aren't any laugh out loud moments.
But... there are a whole lot of good things.
The main character, Bea, is very likable. Unlike Piper, she really is much easier to feel sorry for. Bea finds herself in a very difficult position, one we can empathize with. I really feel for her throughout the drama.
In my book, Australian accents are awesome, so there's that going, too.
I feel like the atmosphere in Wentworth is a bit more realistic since it is a drama and not a comedy.
The verdict? I'm still an #OITNB fan all the way. It's still my favorite.
But if you find yourself in a "show hole" (Kristin, are you smiling? :) ), Wentworth is a good watch for in-between seasons.
So now... I'm off to watch more of season 2. Happy binging!
P.S: If you're feeling like reading instead, check out the book Orange is the New Black. It's very different from the series, but I found myself "binge reading" it. It's rivoting. Here's my video review on Youtube to check out.