Orphan Black: Season 1 (2013)



Critic 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.


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Air date: Mar 30, 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

This show is really fun, and Tatiana Maslany was totally robbed. Her performance will blow you away.


Super Reviewer

Overall good-great, but can border on the ridiculous at times


Super Reviewer


A bit of mindless fun with a stellar performance(s) by Tatiana Maslany, an intriguing premise, an obnoxious soundtrack that never stops for a minute, a cool entertaining story with plenty of holes but that rolls along nicely and excellent pacing from episode 1 and until the last episode, which was a bit lackluster on it's ending.

Francisco G

Super Reviewer

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