Wentworth is an Australian TV serial drama about a women’s prison. The setting and some of the characters naturally had me comparing to Orange is the New Black in the beginning, but aside from the similarity of setting, it is a very different show. Less funny/goofy and as it turns out, a superbly well-written and well-acted drama.
It is available on Netflix streaming. I watched the first two seasons a while back and kind of forgot about it for a time. But the third season is on Netflix now, which I just finished watching, and wow! It floored me. I’d go so far as to put it in my top 5 drama shows of all time. From the ending of season 3, it looks like they are set up for a season 4 as well - which given the timeline of stuff getting onto Netflix may have already aired or be airing now, but since it’s an Australian show I have no idea how one would catch that in the US.
The main protagonist (Bea Smith) is played by Danielle Cormack, and while she gives a very solid performance (as does basically everyone in the cast), for me Nicole da Silva steals the show as a delightfully charismatic and rebellious inmate (Francesca “Franky” Doyle). They are offset by some equally excellent antagonists, played by Kris McQuade (Jacs Holt) and Pamela Rabe (“The Governer” - yeah, you get to hear Australians say “Guv’nah” a lot!). I also loved Kate Atkinson, who plays one of the prison guards and is just an adorable character that is very easy to empathize with.
I did a board search and was shocked that there has never been a thread about this show (at least, not one with the name mentioned in the title). Surely, some of you have seen it and have some thoughts? If you haven’t watched it yet, and you have Netflix streaming, I highly recommend it.