Orphan Black: Season 5 (2017)


Season 5
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Orphan Black's final season solidifies its standing as a classic science fiction television show -- and offers yet another persuasive showcase for Tatiana Maslany's dramatic prowess.



Critic Ratings: 15


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Air date: Jun 10, 2017

In the Season 5 premiere, Sarah strives to rescue Cosima while struggling to survive on the island herself. Elsewhere: Cosima reunites with Delphine.

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Air date: Jun 17, 2017

Rachel issues an ultimatum to Sarah, and the outcome sparks a clash with Kira, who begins exploring her own maturity. Also: Felix reconnects with an old ally to help his family get Kira.

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Air date: Jun 24, 2017

Old friendships haunt Alison as she tries to take back control and return and to the community center, but finds that Bailey Downs has moved on from her.

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Air date: Jul 1, 2017

Mrs. S and Sarah team up to investigate a lead on a Neolution defector. Elsewhere: an unexpected reunion takes place on the island and Cosima makes a terrible discovery during her research.

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Air date: Jul 8, 2017

Secrets surface about Kira's special gifts while she spends time bonding with Sarah. Elsewhere: Cosima joins Delphine at the mansion for a strange family dinner.

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Air date: Jul 15, 2017

Cosima is forced into an alliance when an old enemy returns to the island, accelerating PT Westmorland's sinister agenda. Elsewhere: on the mainland, Krystal stumbles onto a vital clue to the Neolution endgame.

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Air date: Jul 22, 2017

As Westmoreland demands a more aggressive action on Kira, and Sarah fights to save her daughter, Rachel finds a dark secret that makes her question her place within Neolution. Elsewhere: Cosima returns with a vital clue to Westmoreland's true identity.

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Air date: Jul 29, 2017

Mrs. S orders the sisters to take a night off from sleuthing to celebrate Felix's art opening. But while Felix attempts to impress a famous gallerist with the help of his sestras, Sarah remains on edge with a nagging suspicion that S is hiding something.

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Air date: Aug 5, 2017

A devastating loss is eclipsed when word reaches Sarah that Helena has been kidnapped. Later: Clone Club band together in a race against time, determined to find her before she has her babies.

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Air date: Aug 12, 2017

With Helena forced to take shelter behind enemy lines, it's a bloody last stand for survival as Sarah and Art struggle to protect her, and end the siege on the sestras once and for all.

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Critic Reviews for Orphan Black Season 5

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (6)

While it's been bittersweet knowing that this is the end of the road for Sarah & co., its strong, individual vision has been a refreshing presence in this crowded TV landscape.

Nov 21, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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Orphan Black has always been most interesting and engaging when it comes to the bond between the sister clones. That continues here, even as the stakes increase and the sestras are more separated than ever.

Nov 21, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

The episodes feel pointed and agile in their narratives (as early as episode two, there are tearful goodbyes), while also indulging in the right doses of pure fun and fan service.

Jun 12, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

As the story draws toward its end, it reframes its original questions about the power and consequences of creation by adding new wrinkles to ponder that echo current conversations about feminism and a woman's right to choice.

Jun 12, 2017 | Full Review…

The plot makes some sense in the final season, but it's trying too hard, too late.

Jun 9, 2017 | Full Review…

The season has had its ups and downs, moments that haven't worked, and others that worked so well that they supplement the rest. [Full Review in Spanish]

Aug 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Parts of Orphan Black were complicated and messy, too, but every time the mythology of the show got too involved or confusing, it always balanced out the lore with the clones' surprisingly ordinary and human moments.

Nov 21, 2018 | Full Review…

If I could open this review with a slow clap, I would!

Jun 21, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Orphan Black, unlike so many other shows of its type, never faltered in the portrayal of the relationships at its center.

Jun 14, 2018 | Full Review…

This is Orphan Black at its best, and it appears season 4 did the work necessary to get us back to this point. It's a new day, indeed.

Jun 10, 2017 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Orphan Black continues to delight and expand in engaging and fulfilling ways.

Jun 8, 2017 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

The fifth and final season of BBC America's Orphan Black finds Emmy winner Tatiana Maslany turning in some of her most subtle, authentic work -- and that's saying something for the sci-fi conspiracy thriller that requires her to play multiple roles.

Jun 8, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Orphan Black: Season 5

  • Aug 26, 2020
    The final season of Orphan Black wraps up the mystery and character arcs in an explosive finale. A good watch for Orphan Black and Maslany fans.
  • Apr 19, 2020
    The proper conclusion for an excellent TV series
  • Mar 22, 2020
    This show ended in 2017, I still think about it, I'm still sad about it. Maslany is a godam star.
  • Sep 23, 2018
    Deep script, incredible Tatiana Masiany performance, I watched the French dubbed show, it is really amazing, amazingly thrilling, suspenseful, characters are very well done. If I can notice one or two lower points about it, I really don't mind, I mean some very few guys who vanish without any light ment or wrinkle , like kira's dad or the heroic black sex friend of madam S, who just appear in 1 time, he could have been more useful. But all these things don't matter much at all, no worry. This is a very moving show, and a pretty hommage to women
  • Jan 05, 2018
    Brings the series to a satisfying conclusion, though I think the plot is thin compared to the previous season. Still manages to be intriguing and exciting all the way through.
  • Dec 15, 2017
    I have loved this show so much since day one. It's never disappointed me in the talent of the cast and writers. Tatiana Maslany is phenomenal! Every single clone is so well acted you almost believe they are clones and not a single, extremely talented actress. If you have been putting off binging this show I wouldn't wait any longer. You will not be sorry.
  • Oct 08, 2017
    Orphan black was phenomenal! To watch one actress play the roll of multiple different people so well and really completely continuing to "wow" you throughout the seasons... well that girl deserved a award!
  • Aug 23, 2017
    Another well-done season and the plot was excellent for this finale season. They did an incredible job making you forgot all the orphans were the same actress.
  • Aug 16, 2017
    one of my best list! love everything since begining till the end ps. especially love Helena's character so much
  • Aug 15, 2017
    I will miss Tatiana Maslany creating magic every episode along with all of the main characters. This show has taken brave chances and almost always succeeded all while making us think without preaching. It's ability to shift genres so while maintaining context is brilliant.

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