The Orville: Season 1 (2017)


Season 1
The Orville

Critics Consensus

An odd jumble of campiness and sincerity, homage and satire, The Orville never quite achieves liftoff.



Critic Ratings: 53


Audience Score

User Ratings: 8631
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Air date: Sep 10, 2017
Air date: Sep 17, 2017
Air date: Sep 21, 2017
Air date: Sep 28, 2017
Air date: Oct 5, 2017
Air date: Oct 12, 2017
Air date: Oct 26, 2017
Air date: Nov 2, 2017
Air date: Nov 9, 2017
Air date: Nov 16, 2017
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When officer Ed Mercer (Seth MacFarlane) finds his wife in bed with an alien, his life is turned upside down. After his divorce, he finally gets his own ship to command, the Orville: However, just as he's starting to think his life is finally taking a turn for the better, he finds out his ex-wife Kelly Grayson (Adrianne Palicki) has been assigned to the Orville as First Officer. In Season 1, Mercer assembles an eccentric crew and together they embark on several adventures that take them to far away planets with weird societies, often putting the entire crew in danger.


Seth MacFarlane
as Ed Mercer
Adrianne Palicki
as Kelly Grayson
Scott Grimes
as Gordon
Mark Jackson
as Isaac
Penny Johnson Jerald
as Dr. Claire Finn
Peter Macon
as Lt. Commander Bortus
J. Lee
as John LaMarr
Halston Sage
as Alara Kitan
Larry Joe Campbell
as Steve Newton
Kai Wener
as Ty Finn
Kelly Hu
as Admiral Ozawa
Victor Garber
as Admiral Halsey
BJ Tanner
as Marcus Finn
Gavin Lee
as Henry Park
Charlize Theron
as Pria Lavesque
Ron Canada
as Admiral Tucker
Rachael MacFarlane
as Computer Voice (V.O)
Dylan Kenin
as Captain Haros
Kyra Santoro
as Ensign Turco
Deobia Oparei
as Captain Vorak
Rachael MacFarlane
as Computer Voice
Tim Mikulecky
as Lieutenant Payne
Antonio Charity
as Advocate Kagus
Derek Mears
as Bruidian Ambassador; J Paul Boehmer - Navarian Ambassador; R
Michael Dempsey
as Chief Leidecker
Rena Owen
as Heveena
Molly Hagan
as Drenala Kitan
Jonathan Adams
as Moclan Arbitrator
Robert Picado
as Ildis Kitan
D. Elliot Woods
as Moclan Council Foreman
Paul Vogt
as Horbalak Captain
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Critic Reviews for The Orville Season 1

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (18)

There are few buzzes, though, and little hilarity in this depressing effort.

Sep 28, 2018 | Full Review…

The Orville is trying so hard not to be so many things, it isn't fully any one thing. Which makes it, officially, the strangest misfire of the fall TV season.

Sep 10, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The only unique sounds made by "The Orville" are things we wish we'd never heard.

Sep 8, 2017 | Rating: D | Full Review…

As both series lead and showrunner, MacFarlane has nobody to rein in his worst impulses or augment his considerable talents. The Orville has potential but the show -- and he -- first need to get out of their own ways.

Sep 7, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Let's just say that this is not a frontier we're interested in exploring any further.

Sep 11, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The Orville needs considerable work to accomplish whatever it wants to be -- assuming that MacFarlane and company even have that answer.

Sep 11, 2017 | Rating: C | Full Review…
Top Critic

The third episode, despite its good intentions and even being clearly better than the pilot, fails to completely redeem the series. [Full Review in Spanish]

Aug 12, 2019 | Full Review…

Overall, the show is entertaining, and it's a great look at how we view our favorite sci-fi shows-and how we can make them feel fresh in the modern age.

Feb 4, 2019 | Full Review…

There's something both weighty and rewarding about seeing a generally lighthearted show on network TV wrestle with topics that other shows pointedly ignore. Plus, sometimes there are Billy Joel songs.

Jan 31, 2019 | Full Review…

MacFarlane isn't trying to go where no man has gone before, he is instead attempting to recapture what we loved about previous Star Trek shows. The Orville is throwback television done exceptionally.

Jan 19, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Orville: Season 1

  • 4d ago
    I didn't know what to expect, but I knew I loved it at the intro sequence. Every crew member feels important and the programme seems to explore real-life issues with a bit of serious humour thrown in. This is exactly what I've been looking for to replace ST: Discovery. Seriously, Discovery is awful for too many reasons. Oh! And the quality is highly consistent and nothing drags and hasn't lost my attention span once, and I have a short one.
  • Aug 06, 2019
    If it looks like star trek and feels like star trek , then star trek did alot of things right !!! This show is one good time . Sorry so late to the party
  • Aug 03, 2019
    I loved this slow start but tops.
  • Jul 28, 2019
    Absolutely love it. It is so much fun to watch. Binged season 1 and 2 this weekend. I think you will enjoy it!!
  • Jul 21, 2019
    AMAZING SHOW. The critics are hacks. As someone that has watched most of the great 90s and 20s si-fi shows. The Orville Nails the concept and brings it up to the current age. It has fantastic drama, amazing acting, and the writting is in keeping with the best of si-fi. They even explore our modern politics, in a careful and inquisitive manner, reminiscent of classic Next Generation, Voyager, DS9. There is even plenty of laughs that are artfully sprinkled into each episode leaving the final product deeply meaning and fun. The best Si-fi show of this decade.
  • Jul 14, 2019
    Besides the tv show Roswell, I have never had a tv show grip me from eps one and onward. This is a must see, the humor is great but tones down as the season quantum drives onward, and to be honest, it has amazing heart, and characters you immediately connect with. Screw what the critics say, give this gal a spin around the ol' simulation and fall in love!
  • Jun 30, 2019
    Orville has taken the place of StarTrek kiilled by CBS. It is a respecfull and carefull recreation of all we loved so much in Star Trek for many years. Deep and interesting modern series that will make you love this Universe.
  • Jun 25, 2019
    This Show is Way Better than Discovery
  • Jun 18, 2019
    I am not sure if the critics are suffering from shortage of taste or surplus of snobbery. Really people? You are trying to hold it up against the Start Trek series? I mean it is clear homage to ST but to expect that it will be somehow StarTrek iteration is insanity! Now, back to the review, the show is simply amazing and unique. Not only it is quite sophisticated in terms of CGI, the storyline is super entertaining. Sure some things are quite predictable but even those are portrayed with the lightheartedness and wit. Sort of like "yeah, that's how the StarTrek should have been. The silly humor makes it real (nobody is as uptight in RL as the actual StarTrek characters), which makes the show extremely watchable. Critics, you are fired!
  • Jun 15, 2019
    When all hope of Star Trek's return to TV is crushed; Seth saves us with the most Trek of any recent attempt

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