Orphan Black (BBC America, April 19)
2013 was one of the best years of television for any genre, and while I thought Breaking Bad and Veep were the pinnacles of drama and comedy, respectively, TV just didn’t get any more satisfying than BBC America’s clone drama Orphan Black. From the constantly unfolding mystery to the often onyx-black humor, this is a series with a firm lockdown on its lofty central concept, and there is no one better equipped to handle the multi-clone multitasking than the abundantly talented actress Tatiana Maslany, who deserves all the performance awards available for crafting such complex and distinctive characters who all came from the same DNA.
Even though the first season packed more story than most series do in their entire run, Orphan Black will likely up its own ante for its second trip out the gates. Viewers will get to go further into the Dyad Institute’s implicitness involving how Sarah and her quasi-sisters were created, beginning with a hunt for Sarah’s missing daughter and foster mother. Plus, a new group of characters (and clones) will arrive to offer a few other plot tangents for these characters to get mixed up in, as the top-notch cast will be joined by Michelle Forbes, Michiel Huisman, Patrick J. Adams, Ari Mullen and Peter Outerbridge.
Will Cosmia’s sickness end in death? Will Soccer Bitch realize just how bad her new life is? Will Felix find a regular sex partner who doesn’t mess with dead people? These and much bigger questions will hopefully be answered when this future classic comes back in April. – Nick