Weather forecasts are showing balmy temperatures and cloudless skies across most of the country this weekend, but if you're the type who bursts into flames after ten minutes of sunshine, fear not:
You now have a perfectly good excuse for staying inside all weekend, as critics are saying Orange is the New Black Season 4, which dropped on Netflix at midnight, may be the show's strongest outing to date.
The 13-episode run currently holds an astonishing 100% on review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, and for the many fans who fear the show veered too deep into sitcom territory last season, the critics offer assurances that Season 4 is as dark as it is brilliant.
Check out some of the reviews below:
"Orange is a thing unto itself, and based on the brilliant fourth season, it's sturdy enough to hold up for years to come." - Joshua Alston, AV Club
"For a show that has always played on themes of privilege and power, this season's dark trajectory is as inevitable as it is haunting." - Bethonie Butler, Washington Post
"While this fourth chapter in the saga of Litchfield Penitentiary gets off to a bumpier start than usual, it ends on such powerful notes that if you've ever been a fan, you simply have to view all 13 episodes." - Jen Chaney, New York Magazine
"I would say that if you love Orange Is The New Black, you're going to be pleased with the way the new season unfolds. If you're more skeptical of its ongoing strength, you may feel, as I did, that some of the show's irritating habits have increased." - Ken Tucker, Yahoo!
"Based on the first six episodes of the 4th season, OITNB remains fresh, funny/sad, smart, inventive, well-written, and particularly well-acted." - Verne Gay, Newsday
"Netflix's Orange Is the New Black is better than ever in its dark, dauntless fourth chapter." - Isaac Feldberg, Boston Globe
"There might be new stories to tell, but on Orange, just like in Litchfield, the OGs still rule." - Melissa Maerz, Entertainment Weekly
"This ambitious mix of comedy and drama is about to get more ambitious. A complex show is about to get more complex. An acclaimed series is about to earn more acclaim." - Mark Dawidziak, Cleveland Plain Dealer
So binge away, children. The sun will be there next weekend, right?