• Network: BBC America
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 30, 2013
  • Season #: 1 , 2

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Jeff Jensen
    May 15, 2013
    Slowly, a smartly constructed epic is taking shape.
  2. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Mar 26, 2013
    A head-spinning, yet deeply humane, thrill ride.
  3. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Mar 28, 2013
    It is, flat out, one of the most intriguingly entertaining new series of the year, and it’s so much more than pure entertainment. For a sci-fi series, there’s some real heft to it.
  4. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    Apr 1, 2013
    As Sarah makes one shocking discovery after another, Orphan Black weaves an increasingly intricate, suspenseful tale.
  5. 80
    [A] gritty, visceral, and emotionally engaging thriller.
  6. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Mar 29, 2013
    Orphan Black begins with a solid, well-constructed, one-hour pilot that breezily introduces the characters and the show's conceit. It does allow some questions to linger, but it won't leave viewers scratching their heads in confusion, an important distinction and a balance not all genre shows are capable of getting right.
  7. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Mar 29, 2013
    Funky, freaky and fascinating, Orphan deserves to be adopted by any pulp-fantasy fan.
  8. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Mar 28, 2013
    Orphan Black has the potential to be memorable entertainment, if they [creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcett] can continue to deliver each and every plot development with a human touch.
  9. 75
    The mystery is wonderfully intriguing; the performances are excellent, especially from Maslany but also from Jordan Gavaris as her foster brother and best friend, Felix.
  10. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Mar 29, 2013
    Basically, it's fun: creepy when it needs to be, light when it can be (which is more often than you'd expect, given the life and death stakes), doesn't look too cheap (it has an easier time than "Copper," in that it doesn't have to recreate an earlier time period).
  11. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Mar 21, 2013
    An intriguing new series.
  12. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Mar 29, 2013
    By the end of the second episode, this tasty show starts to reveal that it is not just another identity-swapping story. Something creepily sci-fi is definitely going on.
  13. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Mar 29, 2013
    Orphan Black has the same plain club soda flavor you get in most cable action dramas now, but I have to say that I’m enjoying some of its fizz.
  14. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Mar 29, 2013
    It's just as ridiculous as it sounds, chockablock with clichés, predictable exposition (two taps of the keyboard and entire histories are revealed) and some fairly whacked-out plot twists. But it doesn't matter because Orphan Black isn't so much about plot as it is performance, and as the series continues, the performances are pretty astonishing.
  15. Reviewed by: Laurel Brown
    Mar 29, 2013
    The beginnings of answers do appear by the end of the episode, and they are definitely compelling enough to encourage continued viewing.
  16. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Mar 29, 2013
    It takes a bit longer than it should for the viewer to assemble a working knowledge of the show's core mystery, and there are some tonal issues (some attempts at jokey moments are a bit jarring), but overall, Orphan Black is a quite watchable thriller that plunges its heroine into a murky world that almost seems designed to drive her mad.
  17. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Apr 1, 2013
    The settings never seem authentic for the Big Apple, and accents veer like partygoers after last call.... Still, Maslany shows skill in her many alternate guises, and the show has a dark sense of humor.
  18. 50
    Orphan Black is a cool, clever show, and I don’t discount the possibility that it could become great, or at least excellent; but for now, both its tone and its premise seem worrisomely limited.
  19. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Mar 29, 2013
    Aside from the performances by Maslany, especially, and Gavaris, who gets some of the show's best lines, it takes until the third and fourth episodes for Orphan Black to start growing on you.
  20. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Mar 25, 2013
    Other than enjoying Maslany in multiple characters, wigs and accents, there’s nothing so distinctive about the plot as to provide an incentive to hang around long enough to sort out all the gory details regarding who might want to eliminate them.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 290 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 44
  2. Negative: 5 out of 44
  1. Mar 31, 2013
    Tatiana Maslany dazzles. Good mix of suspense, humor, and heart. Definitely going to stick with it as I'm curious how much will be character vs conspiracy. Was impressed and entertained. Full Review »
  2. Apr 2, 2013
    Pilot was FIERCE. I really enjoy the filmography and the acting thus far. And the storyline is awesome so far. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. Fantastic. Full Review »
  3. Apr 21, 2013
    I reviewed this after the pilot and gave it an 8, the show is good, they have built on the premise and Tatiana Maslany is doing a great job for such a strange character. I raised my rating to 9. I'm actually looking for this actress in some other stuff now.

    This idea was a windfall for the writers, they have so much to work with.
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