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A streetwise hustler is pulled into a compelling conspiracy after witnessing the suicide of a girl who looks just like her.
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Series cast summary:
Tatiana Maslany ...  Sarah Manning / ... 50 episodes, 2013-2017
Jordan Gavaris ...  Felix Dawkins 50 episodes, 2013-2017
Maria Doyle Kennedy ...  Siobhan Sadler 50 episodes, 2013-2017
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Kevin Hanchard ...  Detective Art Bell / ... 44 episodes, 2013-2017
Skyler Wexler ...  Kira Manning / ... 39 episodes, 2013-2017
Josh Vokey ...  Scott 38 episodes, 2013-2017
Ari Millen ...  Mark Rollins / ... 36 episodes, 2014-2017
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Dylan Bruce ...  Paul Dierden 29 episodes, 2013-2016
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SPOILER: Orphan Black follows outsider, orphan and street-wise chameleon Sarah. After witnessing a woman's suicide, Sarah assumes the stranger's identity - who happens to look just like her. Expecting to solve all her problems by cleaning out the dead woman's savings, Sarah is instead thrust headlong into a kaleidoscopic mystery as she realizes the dizzying truth - she and the dead woman are clones. As Sarah searches for answers, she discovers the chilling fact that there are more people like her out there - genetically identical individuals who were planted in unsuspecting birth parents and nurtured in completely different circumstances. With no idea who created the clones, she'll need to discover the reason in a hurry as an assassin is killing them one by one. Written by Annonymous

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A clone is never alone. (season 5) See more »

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Canada

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English

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30 March 2013 (USA) See more »

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Crno siroče See more »

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Temple Street Productions See more »
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Trivia

All of the episode titles in Season 1 are the names of chapters in Charles Darwin's "On the Origin of Species" (1859) (although not in the same order as in the book).

Season 2 episode titles are taken from "Novum Organum," which describes a new system of logic, by British author, statesman and philosopher, Francis Bacon (1561-1626).

The episode titles for Season 3 come from the Farewell Address of former United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower in which he discusses the rise of a military-industrial complex.

According to the BBC, episode titles for Season 4 are taken from or inspired by the writings of Donna J. Haraway, Distinguished Professor Emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz - specifically, "Simians, Cyborgs, and Women: The Reinvention of Nature" and "A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century". The show's writers were influenced by her writings in gaining an understanding of how the ethical considerations of human cloning might affect the main character(s)' psyche(s).

The titles for episodes of Season 5 come from the poem 'Protest' by American poet and author Ella Wheeler Wilcox. See more »

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In season 1, Cosima confidently refers to the clone experiment being "double blind." However, this is a factual mistake. A double blind experiment is designed such that neither the participants nor the investigators know which participants belong to the test group(s) versus which participants belong to the control group. If this were a double blind experiment, Cosima would have no way of knowing unless she had designed the experiment herself. She would also know that a double blind design requires a control group, whose existence she would likely seek.

More likely is that the experiment is single blind, where the participants do not know the group(s) to which they belong, but the investigators do know. However, once again, Cosima would have no way of knowing this information about the study design unless she were herself an investigator. As a graduate student scientist, realistically, she would at least know the difference between a double blind and single blind design. See more »

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1 Nominee 5 Times at the Next Emmy Awards
3 January 2015 | by RichardSRussell-1See all my reviews

Really, at the next Emmy Awards, Tatiana Maslany should be all 5 nominees for Best Actress. This has got to be one of the world's all-time most virtuoso performances by anybody anywhere. Not only does she make each of her clones a distinct and memorable character, you can actually tell when one of the clones is assuming the role of a different one — something that happens quite a lot!

So the acting is phenomenal, but if it were only that you could turn it into a kind of FaceOff competition. Instead there's much more. The plot is layer upon layer of intrigue, and every time one layer is peeled away and you think you're down to what's really going on, it turns out to be just a deeper layer.

A Canadian production made with a limited supply of Canadian dollars, "Orphan Black" proves that you don't need megabux worth of fancy special effects if you've got truly inspired writing.

One thing I really admire is that this is a serious show for serious adults, not children or the squeamish. Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel used to bemoan the absence of an "A" rating for movies, for films that were intended for adults and didn't deserve the kiss of death that was the "X" rating (now wussified as "NC-17" but still just as deadly). This series earns its "A" in both meanings of the letter.

Really, the only thing keeping "Orphan Black" from being the best TV series on the air is that it had the misfortune to share the current decade with "Game of Thrones".


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