Why Orange Is the New Black Is the Comedy to Beat at the Emmy Awards

The cast of Orange Is the New Black


updated 09/03/2015 AT 7:49 PM ET

originally published 08/24/2014 AT 6:15 PM ET

Raise your hand if you binge-watched Orange Is the New Black season 2. Yep, we’re guilty too.

It was impossible to avoid the buzz surrounding the Netflix hit’s season 2 debut this summer, and within days most people had lapped up all 13 hour-long episodes – for good reason. It’s nominated for outstanding comedy series, and five of its actresses were nominated for Emmys (one, Uzo Aduba, already won for outstanding guest actress) because the show is just that darn good. Its women’s prison setting is the perfect place for friendships to form and fizzle, backstabbing (sometimes literal) to occur and characters to have full-on breakdowns. It’s hilarious and moving at the same time, towing the line between comedy and drama with moments that make viewers laugh out loud and others that have made me recoil in horror.

Though the series has totally strayed from the book that inspired it at this point, that’s okay. While Piper Kerman’s story was a great read, I’ve gotta admit that watching this show – and its crazy characters – has become way more fun.

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards air Monday on NBC at 8 p.m. ET

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