LOS GATOS, Calif., June 12 (UPI) -- The highly anticipated third season of Orange is the New Black released a few hours ahead of schedule Thursday.
The Netflix original series starring Taylor Schilling, Laura Prepon, Uzo Aduba and Jason Biggs was scheduled for release in the wee hours of Friday morning at 3 a.m. eastern but instead became available for streaming at around 9 p.m. the night before.
"Released early for good behavior," read the service's mobile notification announcing the online event. As per Netflix's custom, all 13 hour-long episodes of the new season are available for streaming immediately so fans don't have to wait.
Thousands of OITNB lovers responded with shock and excitement to the news, immediately logging on to binge watch the show -- which would take at least 13 hours, minus bathroom breaks.
WHAT ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK IS NOW RELEASED ON NETFLIX?????? MY HEART AKJSSK@/$/@:JKAHS @OITNB— ⠀ (@arianaadelrey) June 12, 2015
SEASON THREE GOT DROPPED EARLY WORLDWIDE?! SEE YOU ALL IN THIRTEEN HOURS. @OITNB— Emma Blackery (@emmablackery) June 12, 2015