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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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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.


Tatiana Maslany
as Sarah, Sarah/Beth/Alison/Cosima, Sarah/Beth/Alison/Cosima/Rachel/Helena
Kristian Bruun
as Donnie Hendrix
Josh Vokey
as Scott Smith
Matt Frewer
as Dr. Aldous Leekie
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Critic Reviews for Orphan Black: Season 1

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (12)

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

March 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.

March 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.

March 25, 2013 | Full Review…

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

November 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.

August 21, 2018 | Full Review…

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

October 20, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Orphan Black: Season 1


Super Reviewer

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

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