Parents' Guide to

Orphan Black

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Twisty sci-fi show is thrilling but full of violence, sex.

TV BBC America Drama 2013
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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 16+

Great show, but has violence against women

I love this show, but after checking for violence against women, including sexual violence on this website, I thought I should let other's know that there is a forced marriage, where one of the female clones is drugged and abused. The woman is seen being carried to by her 'husband' and is operated on (by having an invasive procedure having her egg cells removed) while semi-concious . I found this deeply disturbing and wanted to let others know who use this webiste to screen themselves from violence against women on tv and films.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 11+


I think it’s perfectly fine for 11+ There’s some violence and death but I don’t think that it’s a problem.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10):
Kids say (31):

The "oh my gosh, there's another me!" gimmick is a familiar one, both cinematically and on television, where it's been used as a plot device in many a failed show (see: Ringer, Dollhouse). So though the ideas here are nothing new, the zippy plot, realistic dialogue, and appealing actors bring new life to an old premise. It sure doesn't hurt that the (mostly international) cast of actors are unknowns stateside; seeing fresh faces makes the mystery easier to swallow.

Main character Sarah isn't a nice person. She lies, she steals, she apparently asked her foster mom to watch her young daughter for a night and then didn't come back for almost a year. She even fakes her own death. But the actress playing her, Tatiana Maslany, is somehow still sympathetic, making viewers want to follow along with her as she figures out who she is and what part she plays in a big, bad conspiracy. The chemistry between her and wisecracking foster brother Felix is potent, and a lot of fun too. We really believe these two have a history, and want to see what they'll do next.

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