Along with House of Cards, Orange Is the New Black is one of the programs responsible for cementing Netflix’s reputation at the forefront of creative programming. Unsurprisingly, it’s been in high demand with each returning season, and this June, the show will have its third season dropped onto Netflix in full, ready for a good binge-watch. To see what’s getting everyone riled up, watch the season three teaser below.
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