Netflix announces Orange Is The New Black Season 5 air date

Alex Kidman 9 February 2017

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Head back to Litchfield Prison in early June.

You can hardly fire up Netflix these days without being assaulted with a dazzling array of "Originals" programming, whether your preferences run to The White Rabbit Project or Fuller House. It's OK, we won't judge your taste... much.

There was a time, prior to Netflix’s launch in Australia, when it was only just dipping its toes into its own funded content. Back its strategy rested on just a few titles. The Kevin Spacey-led remake of House Of Cards and the original Orange Is The New Black were at the forefront of the original Netflix Originals plan, and they have continued in production even as Netflix has massively expanded its Originals footprint.

Netflix has run with Orange Is The New Black for several seasons and shifts in the continuing tale of a US women’s prison, alternating between outright comedy and quite serious drama, often as fast as you can draw a prison shiv.

The latest teaser for Orange Is The New Black season 5 doesn’t spoil much of anything that you couldn’t have guessed if you watched season 4, but it does reveal when we can expect to be able to binge watch the entire season.

Orange Is The New Black will hit Netflix on 9 June 2017. Typically with Netflix Originals series Australia sees them appear at the precise same time as the US, so it should still hit our shores on that date, even allowing for time differences.

However, as Orange Is The New Black dates from a period where Netflix wasn’t officially available in Australia those rights were also sold to Foxtel. There’s no official word from Foxtel as to whether the rights deal extends to season 5, but it’s likely that you’ll also see it pop up on Foxtel Now at the same time.

As always, you can check what’s due out on Netflix this month in our handy guide.

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