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Orange Is The New Black: Now in Glorious Technicolor

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For most of us, pretending racial tension doesn’t exist is key to our continued happy existence on this planet. It’s awkward, uncomfortable, alien and most importantly, we really don’t want to make fools of ourselves. In the context of daily life, that’s more or less manageable, depending on where you live, what news sources you engage with and how many idiots you count among your friends on Facebook.

In a fictional US penitentiary like say, Litchfield, less so.

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Golden Oldie: Fringe 

The show that never got cancelled…in the parallel universe.

I know what you’re thinking; that maybe a show that has only been off the air for a little over three years can’t be considered an Oldie, but trust me, for all of Fringe’s loyal fan base it feels more like 10 years have gone by. 
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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Six reasons to watch

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has received almost nothing but plaudits since its launch on Netflix.

It’s not your typical sitcom setting, however; Kimmy is trying to get by in modern New York after spending most of her life in an underground cell, taken hostage at 14 by a cult leader who claimed the apocalypse had taken place and they were the sole survivors.

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Pretty Little Liars: Five years later, five young ladies and five times the drama.

SEASON 6 SPOILER ALERT

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My poor girls; or should I say, my poor beautiful young ladies – now they’re nearly all portraying characters within five years of their birth age. You had five years of peace, of freedom and carefree jovial life; but not any more because you’ve gone home. And so has A(moji)!

It was all going so well away from the lies, suspicion and revenge of Rosewood. Spencer was off being amazing and changing the political world; Aria was fighting the good creative fight from struggling artist to world renowned author; Hanna was living the highlife, travelling all over the world and looking hella cute doing it; Alison had matured from Mean Girl to serene teacher girl and Emily, well Emily was selling her eggs and dropping out of college but we’ll ignore that for the time being.

Normally I’m not a fan of fast forwards in TV series’. It worked fairly well in One Tree Hill, but was the beginning of the end for 90210. Thankfully PLL followed the former and gave us a decisive enough cut from six A – six B for us to buy into the time difference, while the vastly new hair and wardrobes definitely helps. Trust me, I desperately need a stylist in my life!

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Alongside our heroines return, we also have broken hearts to contend with and as Tyler Blackburn points out: “There’s a lot more skin in this series”, and I’m happy to say it’s mostly his, as Celeb and Spencer embark on a romance that I’m proud to say I saw coming in S5. Toby is still struggling in the police force while building a house for a girl who is basically Spencer with melanin and Ezra… Poor Ezra Fitz with your grief and the brooding facial hair that inevitably comes with it. Some say Ezria are meant to be, I say he keeps drawing her in and stunting her life experiences – but hey, what do I know?

Admittedly I’m hugely gutted that Jason has failed to return, but I hold out hope he will return now his little sister so desperately needs him. And does she ever; judging by the final episode that explained Alison had married her cousin (!) who was really the son of her mother’s twin sister, who was also the mother of Charlotte, or Cece, or Charles. Basically A. Once Mona stopped being A, that is.. *

I can’t lie and say I saw the twist coming because I didn’t. But I felt they did it in a sensible enough way that we could empathise with the emotional situation Charles/Charlotte was in, given his, then her life until that point. Yeah, Jason is cute but even I wouldn’t date him if he was my brother. Or at least if I thought he was. Because right now I’m not totally sure who is related to who.

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On the parent front; Ella and Byron are getting remarried, Emily’s Dad had passed away, the Hastings are still papering over the cracks and Ashley is still the hottest Mother on the block. Although I’m not sure if she ever did marry Father Ted… (Answers in a tweet, please).

Either way we have just under three weeks until S7 commences – US speed – and I can’t wait. Hopefully I can watch at the speed they arrive because the opportunities to read spoilers are too fast.

But right now the trailers are coming thick and fast and the #SaveHanna campaign is in full flow. I’d imagine with their fast-paced nature so I’ll expect of too take them at least two episodes to get to the real drama. Not that I care. As long as we find her and she returns to her straight-talking one-liners asap, I’m not bothered.

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Whether this is the final season or not, I am certain that I. Marlene King and team will end of with a hell of a bang and hopefully for us, some serious answers.

* I have to give an honorable mention to Mona, who is probably the best supporting cast member in a teen show since Skills in One Tree Hill.
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Pretty Little Liars is available on Freeform in the US and Netflix for all other regions.

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