Orphan Black: Season 1 (2013)


Season 1
Orphan Black

Critics Consensus

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


Audience Score

User Ratings: 1292
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Air date: Mar 30, 2013
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Air date: May 25, 2013
Air date: Jun 1, 2013

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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 (13)

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…
Top Critic

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…
Top Critic

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…

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…
Top Critic

For my money, it's all calculated, not to mention weirdly delicious.

Aug 30, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Orphan Black: Season 1

  • 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.
  • Feb 23, 2018
    BBC creates a fascinating new series in the tradition of Logan’s Run Newcomer Tatiana Maslany gives a tremendous performance given the task of playing multiple characters The show opens with a young woman named Sarah, she’s a street hustler who lives with her foster brother She’s also disassociated with her daughter due to her drug problem One day at the subway she sees a woman who looks exactly like her commit suicide, after taking her belongings she finds out this woman had several identities Sarah then tries to piece together the mystery of a shooting while also keeping the police in the wind Someone might actually be killing people like her off and might have some religious context behind it There’s also a mysterious man named Thomas who’s somehow involved A genetics company called Neolution comes into the mix the finale is so surprising with new developments and bigger challenges This truly is a suspenseful, intense nail-biter of a British tv program with great twists and turns and a knockout performance from one leading woman playing so many faces there's also deep analyses about genetic modification, science, nature vs nurture, and identity crisis a very well done first season I'm addicted and interested to see how much further they go :)
  • Dec 07, 2017
    This show is absolutely phenomenal - it's gets complex in Season 3, but not too unwieldy. I'm a big fan!!
  • Jul 29, 2017
    Never heard of this show and just got tired of watching the same ole shit so I found Orphan Black and I Love it ! Great story line and addictive to watch. Its different from other shows I've watched so I rate it 5 stars
  • Nov 07, 2016
    i decided to take a quick peak after hearing some good reviews, and was mesmerized by Maslany's work, and totally hooked. watched the entire season within a couple of days. amazing!
  • Aug 07, 2016
    Tatiana Maslany is the best actress on screen! Her talent is almost godlike in her ability to portray multiple characters and make you forget the same person is playing them.
  • Jun 18, 2016
    Terrible! Stupid story and horrible "acting". I got as far as the 4th episode of season 1. No more.
  • May 29, 2016
    Orphan Black is a sci-fi thriller with an horizontal plot mysterious enough to grab the audience interest. The leading actress, Tatiana Maslany, does a terrific job and so does her (almost comedy) sidekick, Jordan Gavaris. The show is well crafted with great recognizable soundtraks. Overall the suspense, the drama and the action are softened by some funny and smart moments creating a balanced and enjoyable show.

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