Orphan Black: Season 3 (2015)

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Season three of Orphan Black lures viewers into an expanded series mythology while continuing to highlight Tatiana Maslany's multiple standout performances.

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Air date: Apr 18, 2015

Season 3 begins with Sarah pursuing the missing Helena who is being held in a faraway compound. Sarah uses her wiles and acting chops to deter a Topside investigator who threatens the Leda sisters' lives.

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Air date: Apr 25, 2015

Castor pursues the Leda clones for original tissue samples. Meanwhile, Helena, who is pregnant and imprisoned, is examined by a mysterious villain.

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Air date: May 2, 2015

Leda and Castor hunt for the original clone DNA; Mark and Gracie pursue new leads to find the samples that will free them; Art and Sarah reunite to track down Mark and Gracie.

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Air date: May 9, 2015

Mark is taken down in a Prolethean shootout and Sarah steps in to help. But as she gathers intel that puts her on the trail of the original Castor DNA, a familiar foe is not far behind.

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Air date: May 16, 2015

Helena and her sestra are reunited at the Castor camp when Sarah is captured. While Sarah suffers testing, Paul appears to chide her but his allegiances begin to strain.

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Air date: May 23, 2015

Paul is pushed into action when he discovers the ugly truth behind the Castor Boys' logbooks of names. Meanwhile, Felix becomes desperate for information on Sarah's whereabouts and presses the still-ailing Rachel for any shred of a lead.

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Air date: May 30, 2015

Alison tries to get a store front in order to take her and Donnie's business to the next level; Cosima faces familiar health issues and asks Alison for a favor.

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Air date: Jun 6, 2015

Rachel makes a promise to Sarah, but it carries a price; Helena and Gracie work with the Hendrixes; Donnie reprimands Kellerman; Coady and Benchman plan to track down the Castor Original.

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Air date: Jun 13, 2015

Sarah, Felix and Mrs. S search for the Castor Original, but they are not alone. Elsewhere, Donnie tries saving the family business when Pouchy defects.

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Air date: Jun 20, 2015

In the Season 3 finale, Castor and Topside force Sarah to make uneasy alliances, while Clone Club races toward the truth. Elsewhere, Donnie presents Helena with an unexpected "gift"; and Alison hears the results of her candidacy.

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Season 3 of this sci-fi thriller finds many of the clones in grave danger. The season kicks off with Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) learning that Topside killed six clones over 24 hours and is planning a similar assassination, with her, Cosima and Alison as targets. Later, Leda and Castor hunt for original clone DNA and both groups face adversaries who aggressively try to stop them. Further, Project Leda is left reeling after a shocking revelation provides new details about their relationship with Project Castor.

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Critic Reviews for Orphan Black Season 3

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (8)

It's also the show's biggest weakness. The parade of clones and situations makes it difficult for new or casual fans to stay connected. And if the mythology gets too dense, viewers can stop caring about the characters.

Nov 26, 2019 | Full Review…
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This is good for viewers, who get to enjoy watching the show skillfully weave ever more complex entanglements.

Aug 13, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

We enter the third season following a shocking discovery that adds a delicious new dimension to the series.

Aug 13, 2015 | Full Review…

Maslany still remains Orphan Black's biggest draw. Her nuanced performances help offset the fact that there's arguably too much happening at the start of season three.

Apr 17, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Orphan Black lost its grip on the story sometime early in season 2, and introducing even more characters has not proven to be a way to reclaim it.

Aug 13, 2015 | Full Review…

Orphan Black's finales have offered a series of escalating twists, and this one is the most bonkers of all of them - taking the series from the realm of weird sci-fi to hard sci-fi in one fell swoop.

Jun 15, 2018 | Full Review…

The protagonists and antagonists in Orphan Black are TV and movie archetypes -- stoic sorts who endure trials and pain only to emerge either stronger or dead.

Apr 17, 2015 | Full Review…

The good news is, Sarah, Cosima and the other clones retain most of the real estate in this gorgeously grimy biothriller, and watching the established characters relate to each other is still a lot of fun.

Apr 17, 2015 | Full Review…

Following a second season reveal that left audiences floored, the show's ready to do the most important thing it can going into season three: expand.

Apr 17, 2015 | Full Review…

Brilliant, bizarre and occasionally bat-crap bananas, season three will assuredly leave newcomers high and dry, but the well-initiated Clone Clubbers can rest assured: this is Orphan Black at its vertiginous best.

Apr 17, 2015 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Even with a terrific supporting cast, Maslany is this show. Her ability to create so many well-defined characters is astonishing, one of the best juggling acts on any TV series ever.

Apr 16, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…

It's a welcome re-set that may prevent "Orphan Black" from becoming more complicated than it already is.

Aug 13, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Orphan Black: Season 3

  • Aug 22, 2020
    Maslany continues to impress, but even that cannot stop the boredom of the Caster plotline. The story is confusing and contrived to give the impression of drama. It picks up nearer the end of the season, but that is more due to the Maslany's screen downtime and less about the story.
  • Apr 03, 2020
    If I ignore the overarching mystery, Orphan Black is still as good as it used to be solely because of Alison, Helena, and Cosima. The plot at this point, however, has become so increasingly tangled in its own convoluted web that it's boring and not worth my effort anymore to try and figure it out. I don't know who is a good guy or a bad guy. I don't know the difference between Topside, Dyad, Neolution, Proletheans, and whatever's up with the military woman, or what any of them have to do with each other. I don't know why Leda and Castor are even against each other. It seems like every other episode Mrs. S and Delphine are good guys then bad guys again. In fact every episode some series-long character is revealed to have had a sinister secret that's convenient to the plot at that moment in time. Most of the cliffhangers involve someone getting kidnapped then getting rescued in the next episode (it's usually Kira). This is an unsolvable mess, and I gave up long ago trying to pay attention to every minute detail in order to piece it all together. Now I just watch to make sure my favorite characters survive episode-to-episode.
  • Mar 05, 2018
    Problematic The depiction of the abuse of women on tv may be common, however, it will never be normal to me. I Was already watching the show because there was nothing else and I needed to put something on. I gave up completely on the series in season 2 due to the unnecessary inclusion of a scene where one of the clones had been forcibly inseminated. I have had it with shows like this especially like the handmaid's tale, in normalizing this kind of sick fascination with the abuse towards females. I don't understand why this kind of sht is fed into by the general masses but you should ask yourself WHY if you do.
  • Jan 05, 2018
    Kind of a digression from the series up to this point, but introduces developments important to the conclusion of the show.
  • Dec 07, 2017
    I skipped this season when I rewatched the series. Just gets convoluted, but they bring the storyline back in full AMAZING force in Season 4.
  • Nov 07, 2016
    it's good as the two previous seasons, but gets really dark and more evil, and the story more and more mixed up and complex. a bit too depressing for my liking. if not the comical release from the soccer mom and Felix, i would quit watching probably.
  • Oct 30, 2016
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  • Jul 21, 2016
    While still a very solid season, season 3 of Orphan Black really, REALLY dropped the ball in quality compared to the last 2. Tatiana is as good as before, but the introduction of the male clones (wonderfully acted by Ari Millen by the way) was a muddled storyline.
  • Jun 10, 2016
    Amazing actress playing such different characters so well. Highly recommend this series.
  • Apr 09, 2016
    Arguably less satisfying than the previous series, Season 3 of Orphan Black is as gripping and well-acted as ever. The welcome addition of Ari Millen and the continued killer performance by Tatiana Maslany keeps Orphan Black on its feet, despite not being as cerebral as previous seasons.

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