Orphan Black: Season 1 (2013)


Season 1
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Orphan Black is a wild science fiction ride that incorporates dramatic sensibilities which can turn from suspenseful to light at a moment's notice.



Critic Ratings: 31


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Air date: Mar 30, 2013

Sarah, an orphan, gets caught up in a deadly conspiracy after learning that she is a clone. In the opener, Sarah witnesses the suicide of a woman who looks just like her and assumes the victim's identity in hopes of escaping her troubled life.

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Air date: Apr 6, 2013

Sarah continues to impersonate Beth and gets her a second chance on the force.

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Air date: Apr 13, 2013

After learning she's a clone, Sarah's only intention is to get the money and leave town. Everything changes when the body she buried is found and 'Beth' is assigned the case. Now the hunter becomes the hunted and Sarah is close to finding the killer.

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Air date: Apr 20, 2013

Sarah gets closer to finding the killer, but her efforts threaten to end her chances of a reunion with her daughter.

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Air date: Apr 27, 2013

Evidence suggests that the orphans are part of an ongoing experiment. Sarah suspects Paul, but her probing inadvertently triggers Paul's own investigation.

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Air date: May 4, 2013

Even as Sarah searches for answers, Allison's paranoia becomes an urgent concern for the Orphans. Sarah has to decide who to entrust with her secret after the separate worlds of Sarah, Alison and Beth collide.

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Air date: May 11, 2013

Sarah confronts the conspiracy head-on, while the trust between herself and Paul weakens. Meanwhile, Cosima grows closer to Delphine and the mysterious Dr. Leekie.

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Air date: May 18, 2013

Sarah's actions pit the orphans against each other; Paul tries to cover up Sarah's existence; Alison takes vengeance on her suspected monitor.

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Air date: May 25, 2013

Dr Leekie gives Sarah pause for thought about seeking revenge after Kira's life is threatened. Cosima must choose sides when she realizes the truth about Delphine, and the truth about where Sarah came from changes everything.

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Air date: Jun 1, 2013

The Orphans must decide whether to make peace with their creators; Sarah is forced into a showdown with the enemy.

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In Series 1 of this sci-fi thriller an orphan named Sarah Manning (Tatiana Maslany) gets caught up in a deadly conspiracy after learning that she is a clone. In the season premiere episode, "Natural Selection," Sarah witnesses the suicide of a woman who looks just like her and assumes the victim's identity in hopes of escaping her troubled life.

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Critic Reviews for Orphan Black Season 1

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (17)

The series Ringer might have been, with an added science-fiction twist, is Orphan Black, a BBC America original. This one is good.

Mar 30, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Orphan Black is a spiraling tale whose plot, through the four episodes I've seen, just gets thicker and thicker.

Mar 26, 2013 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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Sarah isn't your typical dragon-tattooed tough chick. Both the script and Tatiana Maslany's performance give her an appealing vulnerability.

Mar 25, 2013 | Full Review…
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The show flits happily between creepy and comic without missing a beat.

Nov 3, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's...smart, sometimes funny, stylish to look at, and intriguing enough to persevere with.

Sep 23, 2013 | Full Review…
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For my money, it's all calculated, not to mention weirdly delicious.

Aug 30, 2013 | Full Review…

The performance of its lead actress, Tatiana Maslany, whose nuanced turns as a series of clones is nothing short of breathtaking.

Nov 16, 2018 | Full Review…

The show is suspenseful and addictive. By the time you finish watching the first season, you may not even realize that it's examining deep questions about the meaning of selfhood.

Aug 21, 2018 | Full Review…

In Orphan Black there is no escaping Maslany. For now, that's reason enough to tune in.

Oct 20, 2017 | Full Review…

Orphan Black is a slick, deeply intriguing thriller with a lot of promise.

Oct 5, 2016 | Full Review…

Orphan Black... boasts terrific writing that's packed with plenty of twists and turns and merrily straddles genres.

Jul 16, 2013 | Full Review…

You really should catch up on this awesome show.

Jun 10, 2013 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Orphan Black: Season 1

  • Nov 16, 2020
    AMAZING plot, fully fleshed-out characters, INCREDIBLE acting, a really good mystery and still open-ended enough to continue for many great seasons! :-)
  • Sep 28, 2020
    why is this show so highly rated ? it had a great pilot episode but it does nothing with it ... i wasted many hours of my life to watch this shitty show
  • Aug 16, 2020
    A great balance of funny, drama, action, and sci-fi. Maslany is superb in the main role and handles it's demands brilliantly, it is worth watching just to see this. She is well-supported by Gavaris who brings good comic relief. Well worth a watch.
  • Aug 01, 2020
    I have been putting off watching this show for a long time, in fear of being disappointed by it. Although now during this COVID-19 Lockdown I decided I required something different. I am usually not a huge Si-Fi Fan, but this show took my breath away right from the start. Tatiana Maslany plays many roles and makes each one individual. The absolute talent she holds to give all of 6 main Clones their own lives, accents and their individual identities is amazing. You find yourself blown away at the end of each episode when you are reminded that each clone is not played by multiple actors but just her. It is truly amazing. As a member of the LGBT Community, I feel like it is my place to cast light on the LGBT aspects of the show. Cosmia and Delphine's relationship is not defined by the fact that they are two women, but by the idea that they are in a relationship, their trials and complications are true to the show and not far fetched. The relationship feels true and real and that is something that so many shows these days seem to forget about. Felix is another obviously gay character but again it isn't his only trait, he is a complex character and Jordan Gavaris does an amazing job of creating this character who loves deeply and strongly for his family. I feel very deeply connected to this show that has made me cry, and laugh out loud in the same 10 minutes. I feel this is a must-watch for anyone. I feel in love with all of Maslany's identities and the supporting cast. This show is a work of art. I love it!
  • Jun 10, 2020
    Literally perfect! A true acting feat!
  • May 13, 2020
    Orphan Black is competently filmed and written, but it is a one-dimensional sci-fi thriller that does not try to do anything interesting with it premise. It is populated entirely by stock characters, including some very dated stereotypes, like a "gay best friend" and Indian tech support guy. For all of the acclaim Tatiana Maslany's performance has received, the characters she she portrays are all stereotypes. Protagonist Sarah drives the plot forward by making impulsive decisions that get her in trouble; then the writers rescue her from her predicaments with deus-ex-machina. That is as complex as the plot gets. It is repetitive and formulaic, and will likely not interest anyone except fans of sci-fi thrillers who do not care about innovation in the genre.
  • Apr 09, 2020
    A great show, too bad that it got cancelled...
  • Mar 14, 2019
    This is a great show; I haven't seen later seasons yet, but the first season was incredible.
  • Jan 20, 2019
    If you can get over all the annoying SJW elements this shows has (it's BBC, after all), it can feel a bit cheap at times, but is a fun watch, overall.
  • Jan 15, 2019
    i really like this movie.

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