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10 Advantages to Having Your Own Clone

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AMC Networks is cloning the season 3 premiere of Orphan Black and airing it across all of it U.S. Networks – IFC, AMC, WE tv, SundanceTV and BBC America on Sat, April 18 9p.

BBC America’s hit sci-fi drama series Orphan Black is coming back for its third season, which means the Clone Club will be back in session. Mark it in your calendars: April 18th at 9 p.m. EST is when we’ll get another dose of Sarah, Alison, Cosima, Helena and the rest of the gang.

In the premiere, the Project Leda sisters are going to have to come to each others’ aide: Sarah is pursuing Helena, who’s trapped in a compound, and Alison and Donnie are having some money troubles. We have faith everything will work out — and if it doesn’t, it’ll surely be entertaining to watch. But most of all we’re super jealous of the sheer awesomeness that comes with having more than one of yourself.

Everyone at one point or another has imagined what it would be like if there were two, or three, or five of you walking around the planet. And watching Orphan Black just makes us want to start funding cloning research so we can have our very own crazy Helena or chill pal Cosima. Here are 10 advantages to having a clone (or two) around to watch your back.

10. There Ain’t No Party Like A Clone Club Party

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We know you have a lot of goals and aspirations, but let’s face it, there are not enough hours in the day to do whatcha wanna do. This will all change when all of a sudden there’s more of you. It warrants an impromptu dance party, too.


9. You Can Get Into So Much Trouble

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Double, double, toil and trouble, amirite? The Weasley twins from Harry Potter aren’t clones, but their shenanigans rival that of the Clone Club. I mean, they’re no Helena, but a little mischief never hurt anyone. The more clones you have, the more fun (or trouble) you can get into.


8. You’re Doubling Your Wardrobe

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It’s a cliche reason at this point, but true nonetheless: Clothes are expensive as hell these days. Old Navy is the new Gap, Gap is the new Banana Republic, Banana is the new J.Crew, and the Crew is too expensive for even suburban housewives like Alison on white wine-tinged shopping sprees. If you have a clone, that means sharing is caring.


7. It’s Great For Experimenting

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There’s no better test subject than a clone. Wanna see if you can handle psychedelics? Or even a particularly spicy sriracha sauce? Get a temperature check first by having your replica give it a go. Thinking about dying your hair? Have your clone look like a tragic mess for a little while. Basically your clone is your own personal human guinea pig.


6. You Can Face Your Faults and Change…Your Clone

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Nothing would make you take a long, cold hard look at yourself more than having, uh, yourself staring right back at you. But who wants to actually change? Make your clone make the hard life changes you’d rather ignore. That way you have more time for the truly important things — like marathoning past seasons of Orphan Black.


5. Staging Group Singalongs Has Never Been Easier

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We’ve all been there. It’s karaoke night, the music’s pumping, and you want to break into a killer group singalong to show everyone around who’s boss. Your friends can’t do, ’cause they’re horribly off-key. That’s why you need more of you in the mix to properly convey the power of “Motown Philly” or Spice Girls’ “Wannabe.”


4. Clones Always Have Each Others’ Backs

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If you’re in trouble, there’s no one you’d rather have in your corner than…well, another you. As Bjork once sang, how about a whole army of you? That’s one thing that made everyone envy Agent Smith from The Matrix. He’s a royal douche, but his ability to copy himself was a pretty sweet trick.


3. There’s Always Someone to Laugh at Your Jokes

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Have you ever tried to tell a joke to your friends, but then no one acknowledges it? Everyone stays silent and then maybe you tell it again just in case they didn’t hear it the first time. If you had a clone, that would never happen. Twice the power, twice the sass, twice the laughs.


2. You Can Get Away With Murder…Literally

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Haven’t you ever watched Law & Order or any soap opera ever made? If you have a sadistic twin who gets his or her kicks from pulling the wings off of flies, it doesn’t help your case. But if you’re the one pulling some off-the-books illegal activity, it’s good to have a scapegoat who looks exactly like you.


1. Every Halloween = Instant Group Costume

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Every Halloween costume competition should just fork over the top prize to you in advance of what will come every October 31st with your clones backing you up. How about taking a nod from The Big Bang Theory and get your clones to join you as The Flash in motion?

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…