Best of the 2010s: The relationships that shaped the decade

SUITS -- "Harvey" Episode 816 -- Pictured: (l-r) Gabriel Macht as Harvey Specter, Sarah Rafferty as Donna Paulsen -- (Photo by: USA Network)
SUITS -- "Harvey" Episode 816 -- Pictured: (l-r) Gabriel Macht as Harvey Specter, Sarah Rafferty as Donna Paulsen -- (Photo by: USA Network) /
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Tatiana Maslany as Sarah Manning & Cosima Niehaus in Orphan Black Photo: BBCA
Tatiana Maslany as Sarah Manning & Cosima Niehaus in Orphan Black Photo: BBCA /

Best of the 2010s in 2013: the sisterhood from Orphan Black

This is the one place in our best of the 2010s listing that we’re going to break away from romantic relationships and talk about something a bit different. When the series premiered in 2013, Orphan Black brought something to the television landscape that was so unique in its main story, and so important in its character dynamics, that giving its best of the 2010s slot to a traditional type of ship would feel like a betrayal. Instead, we’re going to discuss the bond between Tatiana Maslany’s 293834739 (this is, most likely, only a slight exaggeration) characters instead.

From the moment Sarah Manning met her fellow clones, Alison and Cosima, a sisterhood more powerful than any other was formed. And it was becoming a part of that sisterhood—or sestrahood, if you will—that made the murderous Helena finally find a place to belong and a reason to stop murdering what she had been brainwashed to believe were abominations.

Over the course of five seasons, Orphan Black saw this sisterhood go through many changes and face many obstacles; but at its core, it was always the story of a group of women fighting to control their own destiny. Far too few women’s stories ever focus on how vital our friendships and non-romantic love for one another is to our survival; but from the very beginning to the (thankfully) happy end, Orphan Black put those special relationships front and center.

Sometimes, familial relationships rise above all others; and this one was absolutely one of the best of the 2010s.