ByBrooke Geller, writer at Creators.co
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Good news, Clone Club! Our favorite sassy sisters are set to grace our screens in just a few months' time. Orphan Black fans have been waiting in sad suspense for any details of the sci-fi series' fifth and final season, but the wait is almost over: Tatiana Maslany's myriad of kooky characters will return June 10.

The last four seasons of all aired around between March and April, so Season 5's June return is a little late. Season 4 left viewers on some pretty epic cliffhangers, and there are still so many questions that remain unanswered.

Suffice to say, Orphan Black Season 5 is bound to be absolutely loaded with drama, danger and more than a few hilarious interactions between the most unique bunch of sestras ever to be cooked up in a morally questionable science experiment.

Orphan Black [Credit: BBC America]
Orphan Black [Credit: BBC America]

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Four Whole Months?!

Admittedly, four months seems like an awful long time to wait. Luckily, it's also the perfect amount of time to get amped up for the return of Orphan Black by sinking your teeth into a similar series.

If you love government conspiracies, dystopian sci-fi and kick-ass female leads, then you'll definitely want to check out some of these amazing shows:

7. Dollhouse

Dollhouse [Credit: Fox]
Dollhouse [Credit: Fox]

Joss Whedon put his trust in Fox once more after the cancellation of Firefly to create Dollhouse, a sci-fi with a very different tone to his iconic space Western mashup. The show follows Echo, a woman programmed and rented out to whoever needs her, for whatever purpose. Much like Orphan Black, it's a store rife with ethical dilemmas, dodgy scientific practices and of course, a plethora of personalities all brilliantly acted by Eliza Dushku.

6. Utopia

One of the darkest and most brilliant dystopian sci-fi shows that was of course cancelled way too soon, Utopia bears some striking similarities to Orphan Black. It explores the unearthing of a sinister conspiracy theory that goes much deeper than expected, with plenty of dangerous twists in the search for the truth; it's hard to say much more without giving anything away. Its characters are likable but flawed, and it delves into the many moral grey zones between "right" and "wrong" in a truly fascinating way.

5. Sense8

Sense8 [Credit: Netflix]
Sense8 [Credit: Netflix]

You've surely been living in some sort of technologically devoid black hole if you haven't seen the Wachowskis' gripping first crack at TV. Sense8 is a riveting sci-fi show about a group of people across the globe who all find themselves telepathically connected. Brought together in spirit, they must fight together to escape the clutches of an group of scientists who seek to eliminate them. It's all the friendship and teamwork of Orphan Black, but way, way sexier.

4. Misfits

Misfits [Credit: E4]
Misfits [Credit: E4]

If you're after foul-mouthed, crime-loving British deviants like Orphan Black's Sarah Manning, then Misfits might be just your thing. A ragtag bunch of juvenile delinquents who meet during their court-ordered community service find themselves affected by a freak storm that gifts them each with unique superpowers. Don't expect a Marvel-level tale of epic valiance; this group of teenagers are as dysfunctional as they are hilarious.

3. The Americans

The Americans [Credit: FX]
The Americans [Credit: FX]

No one knows more about leading a double life than a secret KGB Agent in 1980s America. Despite a narrative centered around loyalty, patriotism and politics, it explores the challenges of maintaining the illusion of white-picket-fence suburban normalcy amidst some seriously intense drama. This is one show that Orphan Black's own cookie-cutter housewife Alison Hendrix could take some advice from.

2. United States of Tara

United States of Tara [Credit: Showtime]
United States of Tara [Credit: Showtime]

Tatiana Maslany isn't the only one to win an Emmy from playing a multitude of identical yet incredibly different characters on the same show. Tara Gregson isn't a clone, but an artist, wife and mother who lives with Dissociative Identity Disorder. She shares her mind with a host of alternate personalities who each take turns in turning her life upside down on a regular basis. Toni Colette absolutely kills it as Tara, and viewers will find themselves torn between laughing, cringing and crying whilst watching this touching comedy series.

1. Travelers

Travelers [Credit: Netflix]
Travelers [Credit: Netflix]

Trying to save the world is hard enough without also having to live someone else's life. Five time-travelers from a dystopian future go back in time by sending their consciousness into other people's bodies. They're tasked not only with carrying out missions to try and save their own doomed future, but also maintaining the lives of the bodies they now inhabit. Maclaren's attempt to play the role of an FBI agent is incredibly similar to Sarah's ploy to pass as her own dead clone, Detective Beth Childs, in Orphan Black.

Do you have any recommendations for shows similar to Orphan Black?

Orphan Black [Credit: BBC America]
Orphan Black [Credit: BBC America]


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