Orange is The New Black Recap: What Happened in Season 1, 2 and 3 Before Watching 4?

By Gerald Lynch on at

Orange is the New Black Season 4 hits Netflix today, with all thirteen new OITNB episodes ready to be binge-streamed for your Friday night Netflix and chill session.

The Netflix original premiered back in July 2013 and has picked up a massive audience for its hilarious and often touching retelling of the (sort of) true story of prison inmate Piper Chapman. Based on Piper Kerman's memoir, it was an early success for Netflix's now-thriving original programming push, picking up consistently high praise from critics and viewers alike.

But three series into Orange is the New Black and it's swelling cast of inmates and prison officers are starting to weave a plot-heavy tale. It'll be quite tough to remember all the twists and turns from earlier Orange is the New Black seasons. So to help jog your memory, we've pulled together this handy list of top-notch recaps you can watch ahead of kicking off OITNB season 4.

Orange is the New Black Recap Season 1

This seasons one recap for Orange is the New Black comes courtesy of Netflix itself, and covers Piper's earliest days in the prison and her first encounters with her fellow inmates. The same clip can be found on Netflix's player too, if you'd prefer to watch it there.

Orange is the New Black Recap Season 2

The second series recap comes from the vid makers over at What's Trending, kicking off with the fallout from Piper's encounter with Pennsatucky and leading into the dark history of Alex's time with drug dealer  Kubra Balik. Alternatively, you can click here to go straight to Netflix's own OITNB Season 2 recap.

Orange is the New Black Recap Season 3

For the best OITNB season 3 recap, your best bet is to go direct to Netflix itself. It's a great four minute rundown of all the events in season, and can be found here. If you're trying to catch it on a smart TV platform rather than through the browser version of Netflix, you can find the recap link on the show's landing page, just below the "play season" button and just above "Episodes and More".