|Created by||Graeme Manson
Maria Doyle Kennedy
|Theme music composer||Two Fingers|
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||30 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Ivan Schneeberg
|Location(s)||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Running time||43 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Temple Street Productions
|Original channel||Space (Canada)
BBC America (U.S.)
|Original release||March 30, 2013– present|
|Official Space website|
|Official BBC America website|
Orphan Black is a Canadian science fiction television series created by screenwriter Graeme Manson and director John Fawcett, starring Tatiana Maslany as several identical people who are, in fact, clones. The series focuses on Sarah Manning, a woman who assumes the identity of one of her clones, Elizabeth Childs, after witnessing Childs' suicide. The series raises issues about the moral and ethical implications of human cloning and its effect on issues of personal identity.
The series is produced by Temple Street Productions in association with BBC America and Bell Media's Space. The series premiered on March 30, 2013, on Space in Canada and on BBC America in the United States. The series was renewed for a ten-episode third season that premiered on April 18, 2015. On May 7, 2015, a fourth ten-episode season was ordered, to air in 2016.
The series begins with Sarah Manning, a con artist by trade, witnessing the suicide of a woman, Beth Childs, who appears to be her doppelgänger. Sarah takes on Beth's identity and occupation as a police detective after Beth's death. During the first season, Sarah discovers that she is a clone, that she has many 'sister' clones spread throughout North America and Europe, and that someone is plotting to kill them and her. Alongside her foster brother, Felix Dawkins, and two of her fellow clones, Alison Hendrix and Cosima Niehaus, Sarah discovers the origin of the clones: a scientific movement called Neolution. The movement believes that human beings can use scientific knowledge to direct their evolution as a species. The movement has an institutional base in the large, influential, and wealthy biotech corporation, the Dyad Institute. The Dyad Institute conducts basic research, lobbies political institutions, and promotes its eugenics program, aided by the clone Rachel Duncan. But it also seeks to profit from the technology the clones embody. It has thus placed "monitors" into the clones' personal lives, allegedly to study them scientifically but also to keep them under surveillance.
Sarah eventually discovers that she's also wanted by the police and by a secret religious group, the Proletheans. A faction of the Proletheans carries out the clone assassinations. They use a clone, Helena, to kill the other clones. Yet Sarah and Helena share a surrogate birth mother and are twins both genetically and with respect to their early maternal environment. The Proletheans assassinate clones because they believe they are abominations.
Eventually, the Dyad Institute and the Proletheans learn that Sarah has a daughter, Kira, the only known offspring of a clone, all other clones being sterile by design. The plot lines of the series revolve around Sarah and Kira's efforts to avoid capture by the clearly sinister Neolutionists and Proletheans as well as around the efforts made by each clone to give sense to her life and origin. The attempt to control the creation of human life is a dominant theme that drives various story lines. A second key theme forms around the intrigues made by the Dyad Group and the Proletheans along with the earlier intrigues made by the authors of Project Leda (see the Greek myth Leda and the Swan) and Mrs. S., Sarah’s foster mother, and her political network.
Both themes intersect in the effort to control the creation of human life. Sarah, who matures because of her struggles, defends the bond between parent and child against the Neolutionists and Proletheans.
Cast and characters
- Tatiana Maslany plays a number of clones (see below), all born in 1984 to various women by in vitro fertilization.
- Dylan Bruce plays Paul Dierden, an ex-military mercenary, who is Beth's monitor and boyfriend. (seasons 1–3)
- Jordan Gavaris plays Felix ("Fee") Dawkins, Sarah's foster brother and confidant. He identifies as a modern artist and moonlights as a prostitute. He is the first person Sarah confides in about the existence of clones.
- Kevin Hanchard plays Detective Arthur "Art" Bell, Beth's police partner.
- Michael Mando plays Victor "Vic" Schmidt, Sarah's abusive, drug-dealing ex-boyfriend. (regular season 1; recurring season 2)
- Maria Doyle Kennedy plays Siobhan Sadler, Sarah and Felix's Irish foster mother. They call her "Mrs. S." She acts as guardian to Sarah's daughter Kira while Sarah is away.
- Évelyne Brochu plays Dr. Delphine Cormier, Cosima's monitor, girlfriend, and fellow scientist. (recurring season 1; regular seasons 2–3)
- Ari Millen plays Mark Rollins, a homicidal Prolethean, and a number of other male clones. (recurring season 2; regular season 3–present)
- Kristian Bruun as Donnie Hendrix, Alison's husband. (recurring seasons 1–2; regular season 3–present)
- Skyler Wexler plays Kira Manning, Sarah and Cal's biological, naturally-conceived, daughter. The only child of a clone, she has inherited the apparent accelerated healing ability demonstrated by Sarah and Helena, and has shown the ability to tell the clones apart even when they are posing as each other. (season 1–present)
- Inga Cadranel plays Detective Angela "Angie" Deangelis, Art's new partner, trying to uncover the clone conspiracy behind Art's back. (seasons 1–2)
- Josh Vokey as Scott Smith, a fellow student of Cosima at the University of Minnesota, who develops a crush on her and later joins her and Delphine at the Dyad Institute. (season 1–present)
- Matt Frewer plays Dr. Aldous Leekie, frontman of the Institute and the face of the Neolution movement. (seasons 1–2)
- Matthew Bennett plays Daniel Rosen, a Dyad associated lawyer, assigned to do Rachel's shady work. He had a sexual relationship with Rachel and also acted as her monitor with her knowledge. (seasons 1–2)
- Daniel Kash plays Tomas, responsible for the kidnapping and training of Helena. (seasons 1–2)
- Michiel Huisman plays Cal Morrison, one of Sarah's past con-victims and Kira's father. (seasons 2–3)
- Michelle Forbes plays Marion Bowles, a high-ranking official within Topside–a group controlling Dyad–who outranks both Leekie and Rachel. She contacts Cal and Mrs. S to free Sarah and Kira from Dyad. It is revealed she is raising the youngest Leda clone Charlotte, and is battling the military and their male clones of Project Castor, holding one of the male clones in her home. With Charlotte is the care of Susan Duncan at the end of Season 3, Marion's fate is unknown. (season 2)
- Natalie Lisinska as Aynsley Norris, Alison's neighbor who is also suspected of being her monitor. (season 1)
- Peter Outerbridge plays Henrik "Hank" Johanssen, a Prolethean leader, attempting to revalue their view on science and proliferate Helena's miraculous genes at the expense of everyone closest to him. (season 2)
- Zoé De Grand Maison as Grace Johanssen, Henrik and Bonnie's teenage daughter who eventually rebels against the Prolethean way of life. She marries Mark in an official ceremony after running away from the Prolethean farm. (season 2–present)
- Amanda Brugel as Marci Coates, a woman against whom Alison is running in Bailey Downes's school trustee election. (season 3)
- Kyra Harper as Dr. Virginia Coady, a military doctor who is investigating the Castor sickness and illegally sterilizing common women in order to gather data. (season 3)
- Ksenia Solo as Shay Davydov, a holistic healer whom Cosima meets through a dating app called Sapphire. Delphine begins spying on the relationship, taking photographs and video footage of the two individuals during their dates. (season 3)
- Justin Chatwin as Jason Kellerman, Alison's ex-boyfriend from high school and now hers and Donnie's new boss and supplier in the drug trade. (season 3)
By the end of the first season, ten clones of various nationalities and walks of life are revealed. Additional clones gradually emerge in the second season, including Jennifer, who died from the same respiratory illness that affected Katja and Cosima. In episode 8 of season 2, Tony, a transgender clone, is introduced. In the season one finale, Cosima discovers each clone has a different DNA tag based on ASCII coded basepairs. In addition to the identification code is the text "THIS ORGANISM AND DERIVATIVE GENETIC MATERIAL IS RESTRICTED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY" followed by a series of patent numbers. Sarah is given a photograph whose caption suggests that the cloning project that produced her was called "Project Leda". The season 2 finale introduced Charlotte, an eight-year-old clone with a leg disability.
It is also revealed the military carried on with a male cloning initiative named Project Castor, which created Mark the Prolethean, Rudy or 'Scarface,' Miller the soldier, and Seth the mustached clone. All of the Project Castor clones are self-aware of their clone nature and were raised together by Dr. Virgina Coady in a military setting. The fourth episode of season 3 introduces the Castor clone Parsons, a victim of inhumane brain experiments. It was also discovered by Sarah that Henrik Johanssen attempted to create a Castor clone from a stolen genetic sample but failed, resulting in the death of the infant Abel.
In the season 3 premiere, it is revealed that in 2006, six self-aware Project Leda clones in the Helsinki area were executed. It is also revealed that there is a non-self aware clone named Krystal Goderitch, who works as a manicurist. She is later featured in the eighth episode, also in which an unnamed Polish clone is revealed to have recently died from the respiratory illness. In the third episode of season 3, it is revealed the original samples for Projects Castor and Leda were brother and sister, making all the clones genetic siblings. But the ninth episode of this season 3 shows even more similarity between the Castor and Leda genomes. A single woman, Kendall Malone, biological mother to Siobhan Sadler, is in fact the original of both clone lines by virtue of being a human chimera.
In August 2015, the conclusion of IDW's comic book tie-in to the show revealed another self-aware clone: Veera Souminen. She was thought to be one of the clones executed in Helsinki but survived. The next comic Orphan Black: Helsinki in November 2015, will expand on her character.
Bell Media announced on June 12, 2012, that they had commissioned a 10 episode season of Orphan Black that would be produced by Temple Street Productions and distributed internationally by BBC Worldwide.
The show is executive produced by writer Graeme Manson, director John Fawcett, and Temple Street co-presidents Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier. Co-executive producers are Karen Walton and Kerry Appleyard, while the Temple Street producers are Claire Welland and Karen Troubetskoy.
On June 26, 2012, BBC America announced that they had picked up the show in the U.S. Though Canadian actress Ellen Page was originally considered for the lead role, the casting of fellow Canadian actress Tatiana Maslany as the lead was announced on September 17, 2012. The rest of the principal cast was announced in late October 2012 as production began in Toronto for the first season. On February 7, 2013, it was announced that Matt Frewer had been cast as an edgy philosophical professor, Dr. Leekie, and Évelyne Brochu was cast as a graduate student in molecular and cellular biology.
The show was renewed for a second season of 10 episodes on May 2, 2013. The second season premiered on April 19, 2014. Season 2 features several new recurring characters, including: Cal Morrison, one of Sarah's past lovers, played by Michiel Huisman; Henrik "Hank" Johanssen, a Prolethean religious leader who is against the clone science, played by Peter Outerbridge; Mark, one of Johannsen's most devout followers, played by Ari Millen; and Marion Bowles, Rachel's boss at the Dyad Institute, played by Michelle Forbes. Patrick J. Adams guest stars in the sixth episode of season two and finale of season 3, portraying the character of Jesse, a regular guy who becomes the love interest of one of the clones - Helena.
In March 2014, BBC Worldwide North America signed a deal with Amazon.com for exclusive streaming rights to the series on its Prime Instant Video. The show's "binge-worthy" quality was cited as a major reason for Amazon's interest. In April 2014, the show's second season premiere scored a 91% rise in viewership from the 18- to 49-year-old demographic through DVR playback, the largest for any cable drama premiere that season.
In April 2014, writer Stephen Hendricks filed a lawsuit against BBC and Temple Street for $5 million, alleging that they had stolen the idea for Orphan Black from a screenplay he had written in the late 1990s called Double Double. He had submitted this screenplay to Temple Street in 2004, where it went into review and was ultimately passed on. The suit was filed in United States District Court in California.
A third 10-episode season was announced on July 9, 2014, which began production in fall 2014. In November 2014, several new cast members for season 3 were announced, including James Frain as Ferdinand, a ruthless "cleaner," Ksenia Solo as Shay, a holistic healer, Kyra Harper as Dr. Coady, a military doctor, Earl Pastko as Ferdinand’s bodyguard Bulldog, and Justin Chatwin as drug dealer Jason Kellerman. Ari Millen, who portrays Mark Rollins and other Project Castor clones, was promoted to the regular cast for season 3.
In scenes in which Maslany has multiple parts, the production films the scene multiple times with motion control cameras mounted on dollies that replicate the movement between each shot. This apparatus, the Technodolly, is referred to as the "Time Vampire" on the Orphan Black set, due to the amount of time multiple clone scenes take from the production schedule. In these scenes, Maslany first acts the scene with her body double Kathryn Alexandre in the alternate clone role, then again with the roles swapped, and a third time with the scene filmed with just the camera motion for a background plate. Suspended tennis balls help Maslany retain the proper eye lines. In post-production Alexandre and the tennis balls are replaced with the images of Maslany from the alternate shots, thereby allowing for more action in scenes where she interacts with herself. In the season 2 finale, when a dance party scene called for the presence of four different clones, two days of shooting and several additional body doubles were used to create the effect, and post-production work from Geoff Scott and his team at Intelligent Creatures VFX is rumored to have taken hundreds of hours to complete.
Alexandre's performances are central to Maslany's ability to create the characters. Maslany said, of Alexandre, "She's so amazing. She memorizes all of the lines, all of my blocking, all of her blocking, my mannerisms, my impulses; she, somehow, memorizes all of that and gives it back to me with a performance I can play off of." Alexandre had worked as a reader for auditioning actors in the casting stages of Orphan Black 's initial production. She auditioned for the role of Maslany’s double and earned the spot because the producers were in search of, in Alexandre's words, "an actor as opposed to just a double."
Maslany created different music playlists to help distinguish between the many clone personalities she portrays. She also used dance to develop the physicality of the characters, including their postures, gestures, and movements, and relied on her background in improv to develop the characters more fully.
The character of Cosima is named after science historian Cosima Herter, a friend of showrunner Graeme Manson who serves as the show’s science consultant. Herter works with the writers to ensure the plausibility of cloning and other scientific aspects of the series, as well as the complexity of philosophical and ethical concerns the show raises. She also answers fan questions about the show's science in the writer's room blog known as "The Hive". Makeup artist Stephen Lynch, hair stylist Sandy Sokolowski, and wardrobe department head Debra Hanson are instrumental in creating the visual differences necessary to distinguish between each clone, often using these to develop the characters' personalities before any lines of dialogue are written for them. Art drawn by Sarah's daughter, Kira, in the show is created by art department member Sash Kosovic.
Orphan Black is shot on location in Toronto, Ontario. This is apparent from details such as cars with Ontario licence plates, Beth's Ontario driving licence, Mrs. S having an Ontario driving licence, the currency that is used, scripted references to the suburb of Scarborough, Ontario, scripted references to Parkdale, Toronto, and a plane ticket in the pilot episode identifying Toronto Pearson International Airport. Toronto's Bridgepoint Health and Don Jail are stand-ins for the exterior of the "Dyad Institute". Scenes set in the Scarborough suburb where Alison lives are actually filmed in Markham, Ontario, another Toronto suburb. However, details are often deliberately obscured; American pronunciations of words like "lieutenant" are used.
Graeme Manson said that the setting is deliberately ambiguous. "It’s meant to be Generica. It’s part of the price you pay for this kind of co-production." John Fawcett concurred, arguing that "To be honest, we don't want to say we're American and alienate the Canadians, or say we're Canadian and alienate the Americans. The bottom line is we're one big happy family. We're just a little bit further North than you." Grantland's Tara Ariano argued that this ambiguity is "a daring new way for a producer to work within CanCon strictures: Set your show in Canada (technically), employ a Canadian crew, run it on a Canadian channel...and make room for recurring guest stars like Maria Doyle Kennedy...by casting one Canadian to play close to a dozen roles.”
The co-production also influenced another important aspect of the show: Sarah's British accent and background. John Fawcett explained that BBC America asked them to make the lead character British, which she was not originally, to better fit the BBC brand. Fawcett, however, saw this directive as an advantage, as it allowed for an easy differentiation of Sarah from the other clones and a broadening of the geographical scope of the show's plot.
Despite the co-production-induced lack of textual specificity, Washington Post TV critic Hank Stuever called the show "quintessentially and undeniably Canadian; even its grittiness and violence have a way of looking clean and orderly."
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||10||March 30, 2013||June 1, 2013|
|2||10||April 19, 2014||June 21, 2014|
|3||10||April 18, 2015||June 20, 2015|
The series received generally favourable reviews, with the first season scoring a 73 out of 100 on Metacritic. On Rotten Tomatoes, it received a 92% approval rating from critics, with an average score of 8 out of 10 based on 26 reviews. The site' consensus reads: Orphan Black is a wild science fiction ride that incorporates dramatic sensibilities which can turn from suspenseful to light at a moment's notice." Tatiana Maslany has received broad acclaim for her performance as the various clones. Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter called her performances "fantastic".
Orphan Black continued to receive very positive reviews from critics, with the second season scoring a 79 out of 100 on Metacritic. On Rotten Tomatoes, it received a 97% approval rating from critics, with a rating average of 8.3 out of 10. The critical consensus reads: "Anchored by Tatiana Maslany's brilliant multi-role performance, Orphan Black is as densely-layered, thought-provoking, and wildly entertaining as ever." Mary McNamara of The Los Angeles Times wrote that "Beneath the twists and turns...lie the even more basic theme of revelation: How would you react if you discovered that what you had come to know as your life was based on misinformation." Alan Sepinwall of HitFix praised the show, calling it "a good, solid show that understands its strengths and keeps playing to them in season 2."
The third season received positive reviews from critics. On Metacritic, the season has a score of 70 out of 100 based on 12 reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, it holds a 83% approval rating from critics, with a rating average of 7.5 out of 10. The critical consensus reads: "Season three of Orphan Black lures viewers into an expanded series mythology while continuing to highlight Tatiana Maslany's multiple standout performances."
Awards and accolades
Maslany's failure to receive a nomination for Lead Actress in a Drama Series at both the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards and 66th Primetime Emmy Awards was seen as a snub by critics. Goodman called it an "outrageous oversight". However, for the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards, Maslany received a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
|2013||Critics' Choice Television Award||Best Actress in a Drama Series||Tatiana Maslany||Won|
|Television Critics Association Award||Individual Achievement in Drama|
|Outstanding New Program||Orphan Black||Nominated|
|Young Hollywood Awards||Breakthrough Performance—Female||Tatiana Maslany||Won|
|EWwy Award||Best Actress in a Drama Series|
|Best Drama Series||Orphan Black|
|Tubey Award||Most Underrated Show|
|Best New Show|
|2014||Satellite Award||Best Television Series or Miniseries, Genre||Nominated|
|Best Actress in a Drama Series||Tatiana Maslany|
|People's Choice Award||Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Actress|
|Golden Globe Award||Best Performance in a Television Series – Drama Actress|
|2nd Canadian Screen Awards||Shaw Media Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role||Won|
|Shaw Media Award for Best Dramatic Series||Orphan Black|
|Best Costume Design||"Instinct"||Nominated|
|Best Direction in a Dramatic Series||"Endless Forms Most Beautiful"||Won|
|Best Photography in a Dramatic Program or Series|
|Best Writing in a Dramatic Series||"Natural Selection"|
|Best Picture Editing in a Dramatic Program or Series||Won|
|Best Production Design or Art Direction in a Fiction Program or Series||"Conditions of Existence"|
|Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Series||Michael Mando||Nominated|
|Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Series||Maria Doyle Kennedy|
|Best Performance in a Guest Role, Dramatic Series||Natalie Lisinska|
|Peabody Awards||Peabody Award||Orphan Black|
|GLAAD Media Award||Outstanding Drama Series||Orphan Black||Nominated|
|Gracie Award||Outstanding Female Actor in a Breakthrough Role||Tatiana Maslany||Won|
|Writers Guild of Canada Award||Drama Series||"Variations Under Domestication"|
|"Parts Developed in an Unusual Manner"|
|Canadian Cinema Editors Award||Best Editing in Long Form Television Series||Variation Under Nature||Won|
|Critics' Choice Television Award||Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series||Tatiana Maslany||Won|
|Television Critics Association Award||Individual Achievement in Drama||Tatiana Maslany||Nominated|
|Constellation Award||Best Male Performance in a 2013 Science Fiction Television Episode||Jordan Gavaris||Won|
|Best Female Performance in a 2013 Science Fiction Television Episode||Tatiana Maslany|
|Outstanding Canadian Contribution to Science Fiction Film or Television in 2013|
|Best Science Fiction Television Series of 2013||Orphan Black|
|Best Overall 2013 Science Fiction Film or Television Script||"Variations Under Domestication"||Nominated|
|EWwy Award||Best Actress in a Drama Series||Tatiana Maslany||Won|
|Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series||Jordan Gavaris|
|Hugo Award||Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form||"Variations Under Domestication"||Nominated|
|Directors Guild of Canada||Best Direction TV Series||John Fawcett||Won|
|Best Drama TV Series||Orphan Black|
|Best Picture Editing||Stephen Lawrence|
|2015||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series||Tatiana Maslany||Nominated|
|3rd Canadian Screen Awards|
|Shaw Media Award for Best Dramatic Series||Orphan Black||Won|
|Best Direction in a Drama Series||TJ Scott – "Mingling Its Own Nature With It"|
|Best Original Music Score for a Series||Trevor Yuile – "By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried"|
|Best Photography in a Dramatic Program or Series||Aaron Morton – "By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried"|
|Best Picture Editing in a Dramatic Program or Series||D. Gillian Truster – "Governed as It Were By Chance"|
|Best Production Design or Art Direction in a Fiction Program or Series||Liz Calderhead, John Dondertman – "Things Which Have Never Yet Been Done"|
|Best Sound in a Dramatic Program or Series||Tom Bjelic, Hervig Gayer, John Laing, Dale Lennon, Rudy Michael, Stephan Traub, Marilee Yorston – "By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried"||Nominated|
|Best Visual Effects||Anthony DeChellis, Eric Doiron, Nathan Larouche, Lon Molnar, Geoff D.E. Scott, Sarah Wormsbecher – "By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried"|
|Best Writing in a Dramatic Series||Graeme Manson – "By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried"||Won|
|Graeme Manson, Karen Walton – "Governed by Sound Reason and True Religion"||Nominated|
|Best Achievement in Casting||Sharon Forrest, Susan Forrest – "Governed by Sound Reason and True Religion"||Won|
|Shaw Media Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role||Tatiana Maslany – "By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried"|
|Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Series||Jordan Gavaris – "Mingling Its Own Nature With It"|
|GLAAD Media Award||Outstanding Drama Series||Orphan Black||Nominated|
|Hugo Award||Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form||"By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried"||Won|
|67th Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series||Tatiana Maslany||Nominated|
In Canada, the series originally airs on Space, and it made its broadcast network television debut on CTV on August 16, 2013. In the U.S., it airs on BBC America. It began airing in the UK on September 20, 2013, on BBC Three, and season 2 debuted on April 30, 2014. It premiered in Australia on January 14, 2014, on SBS2. The series premiered in the Philippines on April 7, 2014, on Lifetime.
In July 2014, it was announced that a comic book series published by IDW Publishing would begin in early 2015. The first issue was released in February 2015, and the comic book series is co-written by series creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson.
In May 2015, two soundtracks were released by Varèse Sarabande Records featuring music from seasons 1 and 2. The score includes music composed by Trevor Yuile and the soundtrack includes the music featured in Orphan Black by other artists.
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