'Orphan Black' - 13 Best TV Shows (Spoilers)
(Part of OTRC.com's list of the 13 Best TV Shows)
12. "Orphan Black": Not to be confused with "Orange Is the New Black," "Orphan Black" is probably one of the best new shows on television that you may not have heard of, but should start watching immediately because we're going to have to spoil a major plot point of the show. There's really no way around it.
The series stars Tatiana Maslany, Jordan Gavaris, "Arrow" actor Dylan Bruce, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Evelyne Brochu and Kevin Hanchard. "Orphan Black" finished its first 10-episode season on BBC America in June.
Why we love it: Maslany is everything. That's not an exaggeration. The 28-year-old actress carries the show by playing seven different roles. Why seven? We quickly find out in the season that the main character, Sarah Manning, is actually one of several clones and the whole story begins to unravel in the pilot when Sarah sees someone who looks exactly like her commit suicide by throwing herself in front of the train. She takes on the other person's identity, Elizabeth Childs, and learns about her fellow clones.
Maslany does a phenomenal job of making each of the seven clones she plays on the show very distinct characters, complete with their own mannerisms and accents from British to Canadian to Ukrainian to American -- and that's just for the clones we've been shown in the first season of the show.
Not only does she impeccably play these distinct clones, Maslany occasionally has to play one clone pretending to be another. It's a task not a lot of actors could play convincingly, but Maslany makes it seem like a cakewalk. So, it makes sense Maslany recently scored a Golden Globe nomination for her role(s) on the show.
Oh yeah, did we mention the clones occasionally interact with each other on screen at the same time? The "Orphan Black" team pulls off some amazing visual trickery. The show also subtly raises philosophical questions about the ethics of cloning and how the clones should be treated as individuals, much like "Battlestar Galactica" did during its run.
The supporting actors, particularly Jordan Gavaris as Sarah's wise-cracking foster brother Felix, do a great job of rounding out the cast of characters.
Spoiler alert! We're looking forward to how the clones handle the fallout from learning they are patented and finding out what happened to Sarah's daughter, Kira.
When does it return? It was announced in May that the show was picked up for a second season, which kicks off on April 19, 2014.