Creator Jenji Kohan and executive producer Tara Herrmann offer fans a guide on how to prep for season 7.
Orange is the new black "I Wasn't Ready" Season 1 Episode 1 July 11, 2013 Taylor Schilling (front), Vicky Jeudy (back left) and Dascha Polanco
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As Orange Is the New Black fans count down the days until the seventh and final season premieres July 26 on Netflix, they’re no doubt tempted to re-binge past seasons in preparation. Not everyone has time to watch 78 hours of television in a week, of course — but fortunately, creator Jenji Kohan and executive producer Tara Herrmann have selected 13 key episodes fans can rewatch as a prelude to Litchfield’s swan song. Check out the list below and get more binge suggestions from Netflix’s What to Watch account on instagram.

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Season 1

Episode 1: “I Wasn’t Ready”
In which we meet upper-middle-class Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) as she begins her 15-month sentence for carrying a suitcase of money 10 years earlier. Featured backstory: Piper

Episode 5: “The Chickening”
Piper sees, and becomes obsessed with catching, a chicken in the exercise yard. Featured backstory: Aledia (Elizabeth Rodriguez) and Daya (Dascha Polanco)

Season 2

Episode 2: “Looks Blue, Tastes Red”
Taystee’s (Danielle Brooks) mother figure/mentor Vee (Lorraine Toussaint) arrives at Litchfield. Featured backstory: Taystee

Episode 4: “A Whole Other Hole”
Lorna (Yael Stone) takes a very dangerous detour while driving the prison van. Featured backstory: Lorna

Episode 12: “It Was the Change”
Vee’s rivalry with Red (Kate Mulgrew) heats up. Featured backstory: Taystee and Vee

Season 3

Episode 10: “A Tittin’ and a Hairin’”
Daya (Dascha Polanco) contemplates who should raise her baby while she’s in prison. Featured backstory: Pennsatucky (Taryn Manning)

Episode 12: “Don’t Make Me Come Back There”
Sophia (Laverne Cox) is attacked and beaten by two inmates. Featured backstory: Aleida and Daya

Season 4

Episode 12: “The Animals”
Poussey (Samira Wiley) dies after being restrained by a guard during a melee. Featured backstory: CO Bailey (Alan Aisenberg)

Season 5

Episode 6: “Flaming Hot Cheetos, Literally”
During a riot and hostage standoff, the governor sends the Litchfield inmates Flaming Hot Cheetos as a peace offering. Featured backstory: Taystee

Episode 13: “Storm-y Weather”
The riot ends in an explosive and bloody fashion.

Season 6

Episode 1: “Who Knows Better Than I”
The inmates are held in isolation as the prison authorities investigate the causes and perpetrators of the riot. Featured backstory: Suzanne (Uzo Aduba) and Cindy (Adrienne C. Moore)

Episode 8: “Gordons”
Aleida goes on a date with CO Hopper (Hunter Emery). Featured backstory: Taystee and Tamika Ward (Susan Heyward)

Episode 13: “Be Free”
Piper, Sophia, and Blanca (Laura Gomez) await release, while Taystee awaits the verdict in her murder trial. Featured backstory: Carol (Henny Russell) and Barb (Mackenzie Phillips)

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Orange Is the New Black

Jenji Kohan’s absorbing ensemble dramedy, based on Piper Kerman’s memoir of the same name, takes viewers inside the walls of Litchfield, a minimum security women’s prison where nothing’s as simple as it seems—especially the inmates.

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