Even before I had BBC America, I liked to watch a lot of shows like Luther and Doctor Who that aired on the network. So, when the channel started releasing original programming, I was really excited. Orphan Black is one of those shows, so when I moved into a new apartment with new television service that included BBC America I made sure to DVR their re-airing of the show. And boy, am I glad I did.
The show follows Sarah Manning after she witness the suicide of a woman who looks exactly like her. Sarah decides to step into the woman’s shoes to avoid the problems in her own life but finds out that Beth Childs had problems of her own.
I don’t want to give too much away because Orphan Black is a show that works better when you don’t know everything that’s going on, but suffice it to say, Beth’s problems, which become Sarah’s too, have a science fiction twist.
If you’re craving a new show, I’d recommend starting Orphan Black. If you’re not yet convinced, look below for a few reasons why.
A long time ago, I accepted the fact that genre television doesn’t get the respect it deserve at awards shows, so when this year’s Golden Globe nominations were announced last month, I was ecstatic when Tatiana Maslany was nominated for Orphan Black.
The Canadian actress stars in the show as Sarah Manning and also as Alison Hendrix, Cosima Niehaus and four additional characters over the course of the first season. That’s right, she plays seven distinct characters in 10 episodes. This requires a variety of accents, physicalities and of course, hair styles to keep the characters separate.
Maslany already won a Young Hollywood award and a Television Critics Association award for her performance on Orphan Black, and I’d love to see her win the Golden Globe too. Whether she ultimately wins it or not, her performance is still worth tuning in for.
I had heard a lot about this show from Tumblr before I ever watched it, and if you have a dashboard like mine, you might have considered watching the show just to figure out what was happening. To that, I obviously say, “Do it.”
There’s been a lot of critical acclaim for the show as well, including but not limited to praise for Maslany’s performance. Now that the show is getting awards show recognition, more people than ever before will be watching it, and if you start watching it now you’ll know what they’re talking about.
With only 10 episodes in the first season, Orphan Black makes for a show that can easily be watched in just a few days, if not a huge, long, one-day marathon. The show also has a fast paced story line which means it covers a lot of ground very quickly. Both of these factors make Orphan Black an extremely watchable show. Give it a chance and you’ll be watching the season finale before you know it.
Everything I’ve seen so far about the upcoming second season promises more action, more answers and more Tatiana Maslany. Combined with the April season premiere, you have no reason to miss out. Get yourself hooked on Orphan Black ASAP.