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Wait! Please! Before the claws come out and we start debating the ending of Lost and whether it was the perfect cap to an amazing journey or a heaping pile of crap, let's instead focus on the early seasons where building character was the most important aspect and watching all the different personalities bounce off each other created compelling drama. Lost was the massive hit that it was because of the well-developed and interesting characters that populated the Island and no matter how crazy things got, it felt like the most important thing was watching how the characters themselves reacted to everything around them.

For awhile it seemed like every network struggled to find "The Next Lost" and our television screens were filled with shows like Flashforward, V, and The Event that all tried to capitalize on the mystery element that made Lost so popular, but they all forgot to put interesting characters into their shows so they floundered. Imagine my surprise to find that "The Next Lost" came from the creator of Weeds and centered on a female prison. I thought Lost was so ingenious because it was able to bring a ton of different individuals with different backgrounds together and stay together for believable reasons. Besides an island in the middle of the ocean, a prison is the perfect place to have this happen. You can fill it with deeply flawed characters whose pasts influence their actions today.

OITNB started off as Piper's show, (just how Lost started off as Jack's show) but very soon the initial stereotypical characters opened up and as we grew accustomed to their personalities, we learn to see them as actual people. That's what makes this show one of the strongest character-driven dramas since Lost and I would like to see if you guys agree, disagree, or if you can think of any other show with as strong character development.
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You are so right.
Having a diverse cast of characters thrown together in an tense situation has to be my favourite starting premise for a story. Whether it be in a film like Alien, or a television series like Lost, there's just something so compelling about watching different personalities interact, and potentially clash, in response to a mutually shared problem.

And you're not wrong, Orange Is The New Black essentially does the same thing, but where Orange Is The New Black differs is that these characters essentially have placed themselves in the difficult situation they are facing - prison. Not only that, but there's rarely an opposing force that they must band together to overcome. Sure, in the latest season you may consider the character of Vee to play that part, but majority of the time the problems caused in these characters lives are once again the fault of themselves and one another.

For this reason I'd say Orange Is The New Black is a far greater character study than Lost because the series is purely based around the characters, with much less focus on plot. I actually prefer Lost as a series overall, but to be honest, I'm probably a rare individual that watched Lost purely for the plot. It was so serialised, and expansive, and intriguing, and like I said, the premise had me hooked from the very beginning - but I was never really all that fond of its characters. For such a large cast, there was only ever a handful of characters I liked or whose backstories/ futures I was interested in, most of the time I either disliked, or even more likely, was indifferent towards majority of the characters.

So while I see that your connection between the two series does make sense, for me personally there's not really a comparison because I watch Orange Is The New Black for the character stories, whereas I really once watched Lost for plot.
Character-wise and ensemble-wise I'd give it to OiTNB.
Nope, Orphan Black is.
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