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‘Orange Is the New Black’: Yuppie, interrupted

‘You may NOT come back with a unibrow,” Piper Chapman’s best friend warns her in the first episode of Netflix’s excellent “Orange Is the New Black.” A Brooklyn yuppie who runs an artisanal bath soap business, Piper is about to go to federal prison for 15 months, for a drug-smuggling crime she committed 10 years earlier.

Hey, no worries. Our plucky 32-year-old heroine, played with manic energy by Taylor Schilling, plans to use her time behind bars creatively, to whittle down her Amazon reading list and build up her abs. Piper does have one serious anxiety, though: “Promise you’re not watching ‘Mad Men’ without me,” she begs her menschy fiance, Larry (Jason Biggs).

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