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We all know that friend who has a SERIOUS case of Netflix addiction, and if you don't know which member of your friend group it is… then it's you.

From the Orange is the New Black days, to Black Mirror to the more recent Riverdale phenomenon, certain shows on Netflix really know how to reel us in.

There are days when we don't even get out of bed, all we do is watch shows over and over again and only pause for occasional snacking and bathroom breaks.

It's called dedication, people.

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Here are a few key items on the gift list for those Netflix addicted friends or family members, or even just for yourself.

1. Noise cancelling headphones

If your Netflix-addicted gift recipient really appreciates their streaming game, they NEED noise-cancelling headphones.

Or else how can they show how dedicated they are to their true craft? We recommend these audio-technica headphones, you won't be interrupted by anything except good-quality Netflix.

Buy: Amazon
Price: €108.33

2. Wearable blanket with sleeves…of course…

Any decent Netflix fan needs the ultimate blanket for their watching needs.

This snuggie blanket has SLEEVES, so there's no need to get tangled in your blankie and trip as you take a much-needed bathroom break or stock up on snacks.

It's practical, it's cosy, it's a gift.

Buy: New Chic
Price: €15.06

3. Reusable water bottle 

24Bottles have created the perfect reusable water bottle in their Eclipse pattern, and a Netflix addict has to stay hydrated while they're carrying out all of that bingeing.

This one is great value, environmentally friendly, sleek and lightweight. What better gift for a Stranger Things nerd than the present of H2O hydration?

Buy: Gifts for Guys
Price; €14.93

4. Huggable Alpaca Cooling & Heating Pad

Each and every one of us could make use out of this precious baby alpaca cooling and heating pad.

If we're bingeing on Netflix shows like The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina or Riverdale, temperature has to be taken into account.

You may get overheated watching Archie Andrews on screen, or need some warming up after seeing the creepiest show of aLL TIME; The Haunting of Hill House.

Either way, the alpaca is bae.

Buy: Urban Outfitters
Price: €25

5. Lovato Candles

You'll be needing a top class atmosphere while you dedicate the rest of your life to streaming services.

Candles are ideal for your shrine to Netflix Christmas movies such as The Holiday, Love Actually, The Princess Switch, A Christmas Prince and The Christmas Chronicles.

Get yourself in the mood for some treat yourself time.

Buy: Lovato Candles
Price: €21.95

6. Fairy lights

Setting the mood involves creating the perfect lighting.

Fairy lights are your best buddy when it comes to getting a sense of total relaxation and cool vibes for your Netflix sessions.

Festive Lights have some unreal ones on offer, including these ORCHID ones, which we are frankly dying to buy. Dying. Dead. Deceased.

Buy: Festive Lights
Price: €4.48

7. Ice Cream… for obvious reasons.

Whether you're watching a sob story, rom-com or straight-up horror, you'll be needing some frozen yoghurt or ice cream to keep you company.

Irish brand Nobó make dairy-free frozen yoghurt that is honestly one of the best things we have EVER tasted. 10/10 would recommend for a Netflix friend.

Buy: Nobó
Price: Ranges by product

8. Luxurious fur throw blanket

Surround yourself with luxurious fur as you stretch out on the sofa and watch yet another TV programme.

You know how it is… promise yourself it will only be 'one more episode', and four seasons of Drag Race later, you're sprawled out on the ground covered in popcorn.

Have this gorgeous fur blanket with you for support, at least?

Buy: Urban Outfitters
Price: €119

9. Just Eat voucher

For Netflix nights with the gals, a night in watching movies with your significant other or just to stock up on food for yourself, Just Eat vouchers will go a long way.

You'll need all of that energy to finish Black Mirror, trust us.

Buy: Just Eat
Price; Whatever your bank balance allows

10. Stranger Things Monopoly board

We have no idea who came up with this absolutely outstanding idea but we THANK THEM.

Play the classic monetary board game with Eleven, Mike, Hopper, Lucas, Will, Joyce, Mike and Nancy and prepare to battle against the Upside Down… cash money style.

Buy: Easons
Price: €29.99

11. Rick and Morty mug

The classic animated satiric comedy has resulted in an absolutely MASSIVE fanbase, and every fanbase needs a mug. FACT.

This Rick and Morty mug is the best thing you'll see today, the alcoholic science genius is the perfect face to have on any drink holder.

Buy: Emp
Price: €14.99

12. Riverdale Southside Serpents t-shirt

Riverdale fans, your time has come.

If you want to feel fierce in your Southside Serpents gear, try this Red Bubble t-shirt to get in the gang zone and embody your inner Jughead Jones.

Buy: Red Bubble
Price: €18.36

13. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comic book

Read the basis behind Netflix' hit series, by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.

The young half-witch Sabrina Spellman must decide between an unearthly destiny or her mortal life on her sixteenth birthday.

Archie Comics' most recent horror sensation is a decent read, consider it 'research' for your Netflix binge.

Buy: Book Depository
Price: €13.94

14. 'I Do Marathons' t-shirt

Ah, the classic humorous t-shirt relating to how lazy you are. Perfect for a gift.

We're all human, and good quality humans have extreme Netflix marathons. It's just life.

If you don't do it, we can't understand you as a person.

Buy: Red Bubble
Price: €17.72

15. Gourmet popcorn maker

Why make microwave popcorn when you can create your own gourmet popcorn in this gourmet contraption from Brown Thomas?

Your Netflix loving pal will shower you with gratitude for this present, we promise.

Buy: Brown Thomas
Price: €30

There you have it, friends.

All of the gifts and goods you'll need for the perfect Netflix bingeing session this Christmas.

Enjoy waking up covered in melted chocolate and regret at losing the last 26 hours to whatever show has changed your life.

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Orange is the New Black (OITNB) fans, today is a sad day.

Netflix and the show's cast has confirmed that one of its biggest shows will come to an end after its seventh and final series.  

The forthcoming seventh season of the Jenji Kohan-created prison comedy will be its last, with the final episodes to debut in 2019.

"After seven seasons, it’s time to be released from prison. I will miss all the badass ladies of Litchfield and the incredible crew we’ve worked with. My heart is orange but fade to black," Kohan said.

The show, which was hailed for its original and groundbreaking commentary on a variety of women's issues from its airing in 2013, sought to break the mould and fought against stereotyping subjects such as female sexuality. 

In a video on the show's official Twitter account, cast members including Uzo Aduba and Taylor Schilling lamented the show's end, but promised that everyone would come together to make the last season the best one yet.

Rumours that the series was to come to an end first surfaced last year, but now that it has been confirmed, we'll have an OITNB-shaped hole in our lives after 2019.  

Schilling, who plays Piper, told The Hollywood Reporter that the series' end felt surreal. "As an actor getting ready to say goodbye to a role that I’ve lived with for six years, it’s very poignant. It’s a very kind of surreal time. It’s as surreal as it was when the thing came out of the gate and was so powerful those first few seasons. It’s equally as surreal now to be ending it all." 

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Netflix are introducing a cool new feature to user profiles and we are rather excited about it.

Their profile icons are getting a major makeover in honour of a very special anniversary.

In August 2013, Netflix launched profiles. Netflix became uniquely yours, personalised to you and your taste. You no longer had to see your roommate’s movie suggestions in your Top Picks or your little sister’s cartoons in your Continue Watching. Your profile features the best suggestions based on what you watch.

The profile icons you’ve used for the last five years are getting a fun makeover. They’re also introducing a bunch of new icons — including some of the most beloved characters from Netflix shows and movies. Get excited, things are about to get a lot more personal.

Cathy Conk, Director, Product Innovation said “We know the series and movies on Netflix are more than just things you watch to pass the time. The stories — and the characters in them —are also your heroes, frenemies, soulmates and everything in between. We’re thrilled to give you a way to show your fandom and make your connection with Netflix more unique.”

“Profiles are key to creating a highly personalized Netflix experience. By watching on your own profile, we can showcase suggestions for TV shows and movies we’re sure you won’t want to miss,” she added.

“We’re always working to make it easier for our members to connect with stories they’ll love and creating your profile is the first step. If you don’t have one yet, we highly suggest you make one — and personalize it with an icon like Luke Cage, Crazy Eyes, or another one of your favourite characters.”

The new profile icons will be rolling out on the website, mobile, and TV devices over the next few weeks.

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Netflix fans, prepare to get excited. 

Orange is the New Black season 6 drops onto Netflix on July 27th.

The streaming service took to Twitter nto give OITNB viewers a look at what's to come. 

Season five went down in real time, stretching the season over three days as the inmates gained control of Litchfield Prison after Poussey's death. 

In a sneak preview, Netflix revealed that the new season is headed "to the Max."

In prison terms, this hints that the rioting inmates are being sent to a new maximum security prison. 

The now iconic series has already been renewed for a seventh season, so we can expect plenty more from Piper, Alex and co. 

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We're all dying for the new season of OITNB to come to Netflix, but we don't want to watch it by any ill-gotten means. 

According to reports, the newest season of Orange is the New Black has been hijacked by a hacker who is blackmailing Netflix for ransom.

The hacker, who goes by the name The Dark Overlord, claims to have stolen the upcoming season, and is asking for an unspecified ransom to not release the entire fifth series online.

The hacker has already uploaded the first episode to an illegal file-sharing service, according to the Associated Press

Season 5 consists of 13 episodes and was set to be released on June 9 this year

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Orange Is the New Black left us on a total cliff hanger at the end of season four.

All the inmates of Litchfield decided to revolt against authority and when Daya ended up with a gun, all hell broke loose.

We've been waiting to see what comes next in season five, and finally the first minute is here for us to pick apart and analyse.

Carrying on from the last episode, it looks like Alex and Piper are still looking to avoid trouble, but it doesn't seem easy with everything that's going on.

And then we see Daya, who still has the gun in her hand. She doesn't seem to be handling the situation very well, and tries to tell everyone to be quiet as they're shouting at her to shoot the police officer.

Then, as the screen goes black, we hear a gunshot.

Will someone die? Did she just shoot the roof for people to be quiet? Who knows…

Orange Is The New Black season 5 will debut on June 9 on Netflix.

Oh, and while we have you; don't forget to have your say in the inaugural SHEmazing Awards this May! It's time to vote, and you can do it right here!

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We've waited a long time for this.

Orange Is The New Black left us on the most intense cliffhanger in season 4. It was a totally crazy final episode, and posed so many questions for fans.

Well, now the release date is here and we couldn't be more excited.

The TV show shared a short video on Twitter, and without giving away too much, we can expect the show to be back on June 9. Yaaaas!

Looking at the clip, all of our favourite characters will be making a return, and we're sooo delighted. 

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It was just last night that one of our fave Orange Is The New Black stars, Samira Wiley, got engaged to the show's writer.

And now it's been confirmed that the series main star, Laura Prepon has also said 'yes'!

Laura is tying the knot with Ben Foster after a whirlwind romance, Us Weekly reports. They only began their relationship back in July.

The actress showed off her engagement ring last night at the LA premiere of The Girl on the Train – and it was actually their red carpet debut as a couple too.

Laura placed her hand on Ben's arm in order to show off her round-cut diamond gold band.

This will be the first marriage for both stars, and we're totally delighted for them.

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Samira Wiley was certainly one of Orange Is The New Black's breakout stars, and we don't only love her character, but we love the woman behind it too.

The actress announced her engagement last night, and you won't be able to wipe the smile off your face after you see it.

 

Love it when she whisks me away for a weekend…

A photo posted by Samira Wiley (@whododatlikedat) on

Samira is getting married to OITNB's writer Lauren Morelli and took to Instagram to post a adorable picture of the pair.

Sam can't contain her happiness as she holds up her ring finger, and Lauren is laughing beside her.

 

Yes.

A photo posted by Samira Wiley (@whododatlikedat) on

The star simply captioned her post, "Yes."

Have you seen a couple more in love?!

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In just over a month, the season 4 premiere of Orange Is The New Black will make its way to our Netflix screens – and we're totally ready for it.

The TV screening website just released a new teaser trailer for the series and it looks like there's going to be a LOT packed into the show.

We see the women make the most out of their sticky situations, with different jobs and roles now being handed out on the prison ground.

Piper is more paranoid than ever and maybe her fears might come true as a LOAD of new inmates are squeezed into the prison (hence, the sardines comment).

The new season will premiere on Netflix on June 17, and we think it's going to be the darkest one yet. Yes!

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It's still a few months until season four of Orange Is The New Black hits Netflix – four months and two days to be exact – but if you're a fan, this might just speed up the wait a bit for you.

Netflix have released an epic compilation of the best behind-the-scenes bloopers from season three, and it's full of clangers that will have you giggling like a loon.

That feeling when you get so giddy that anything anyone says makes you laugh? Yeah, the OITNB cast have that Every. Damn. Day.

Watch below, and prepare to get a fit of chuckles watching Red trying – and failing – to master the line, "I'm back, b*tch."

 

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Reports are circulating today that Taryn Manning was involved in a serious altercation with her make-up artist, Holly Hartman. 

According to TMZ, the 37-year-old actress has been accused of attacking Holly, headbutting her as well as putting her in a headlock. 

In scenes that sound like a particularly dark scene from Orange is the New Black, the incident allegedly occurred in Taryn's New York home in November. 

Holly has since filed a restraining order against the actress but her request was subsequently rejected.

"The court has already denied the request by Ms. Hartman for a temporary restraining order. The application for the order is suspect because Ms. Manning has had no contact with Ms. Hartman in many months," Taryn's legal team has since told People magazine. 

In a bizarre twist to this tale, this is not the first altercation between the duo who were one described as lifelong friends. 

Taryn was actually arrested back in 2012 for alleged assault against her supposed pal, though these charges were later dropped.

However, since then there seems to have been an increasing amount of issues developing between the two. 

"Ms. Hartman is under investigation for stalking Ms. Manning and for theft and other crimes. It is clear that Ms. Hartman's camp has leaked these allegations which were not available publicly to elevate her own position and obscure her own wrong doing."

Bonkers. 

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