Critic’s picks: Television


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Orange Is the New Black Netflix

If you get Netflix, then you really ought to try this series. It’s thoroughly engrossing, as it follows a yuppie into a low-security prison for an old drug-related crime. Made by Jenji Kohan of “Weeds,” the show is funny but also dramatic, and all of the female characters are fully fleshed out, Taylor Schilling’s Martha Stewart-type most of all.


First Comes Love 9 p.m., HBO

This entry in HBO’s excellent documentary series is about director Nina Davenport’s journey to motherhood and the ad hoc family she forms. Single and heading into her 40s, she decided to have a baby on her own, using her gay friend’s sperm and another friend as her birth partner. Twist: While pregnant, she begins to seriously date a guy.

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