The Orville: Season 1 (2017)


Season 1
The Orville

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



Critic Ratings: 53


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User Ratings: 8863

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Air date: Sep 10, 2017

Series premiere of a comedy-drama that follows the futuristic adventures of the Orville, a spaceship, and its crew of humans and aliens. First up: Ed Mercer is promoted to captain, but his enthusiasm wanes when his ex-wife is assigned first officer; and the crew is ambushed by the Krill, a vicious alien race, who are bent on stealing a device that can cause time to accelerate.

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Air date: Sep 17, 2017

When Ed and Kelly are tricked by a hologram of a ship in distress and find themselves prisoners in a replica of their former home, Alara must step up in her first command of the Orville and attempt a heroic rescue. Meanwhile, Bortus and Klyden receive some happy, yet unexpected news.

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Air date: Sep 21, 2017

The Orville crew is divided between cultures when Bortus and Klyden debate if their newly born offspring should receive a controversial surgery.

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Air date: Sep 28, 2017

Ed and the Orville crew encounter a massive vessel adrift in space, which is in danger of colliding with a star. While some of the crew set out to help the ship's inhabitants, Bortus, Gordon, and John stay behind and fend off a Krill attack on another Union ship.

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Air date: Oct 5, 2017

After the crew saves a stranded ship and its attractive captain, Ed becomes smitten with the Orville's new guest, while Kelly suspects all is not what it seems. Meanwhile, Gordon attempts to teach Isaac the art of pulling off a practical joke.

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Air date: Oct 12, 2017

After the Orville crew defeats a Krill attack on a brand-new colony, the Union sends Ed and Gordon on a dangerous undercover mission to infiltrate a Krill ship and obtain a copy of the Krill bible, the "Anhkana," to better understand the enemy.

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Air date: Oct 26, 2017

When two Union anthropologists go missing on a planet similar to 21st-century Earth, Ed sends a team led by Kelly to find them, but the mission quickly goes awry when they realize the society's government is completely based on a public voting system to determine punishment.

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Air date: Nov 2, 2017

Ed and the crew set out to save Dr. Finn, her two sons and Isaac after their shuttle gets thrown into unchartered space and they crash-land on a moon that is light years from the Orville.

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Air date: Nov 9, 2017

The Orville is called to mediate a peace treaty between two warring cultures, but tensions run even higher between Ed and Kelly when a familiar face boards the ship. Meanwhile Yaphit declares his love for Dr. Finn with surprising results.

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Air date: Nov 16, 2017

When a fire breaks out on the spaceship and a crew member dies, Alara begins to question if she is fit for her job, just as unusual and terrifying things start happening on the ship.

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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
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
Deobia Oparei
as Captain Vorak
Kyra Santoro
as Ensign Turco
Antonio Charity
as Advocate Kagus
Rachael MacFarlane
as Computer Voice
Tim Mikulecky
as Lieutenant Payne
Molly Hagan
as Drenala Kitan
Derek Mears
as Bruidian Ambassador; J Paul Boehmer - Navarian Ambassador; R
Michael Dempsey
as Chief Leidecker
Rena Owen
as Heveena
Jonathan Adams
as Moclan Arbitrator
Robert Picado
as Ildis Kitan
Paul Vogt
as Horbalak Captain
D. Elliot Woods
as Moclan Council Foreman
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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…
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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…

A purposeless piece of Star Trek fan fiction that almost entirely has to exist to keep the talent in question happy regardless of what actually shows up on screen.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…

At the very least, The Orville is worth a little more time and inspection to see if MacFarlane has anything interesting to say.

Jan 2, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Orville: Season 1

  • 1d ago
    The Trek we needed after Discovery
  • 1d ago
    Damn good show that takes its subject matter seriously enough to keep the stakes up while remaining lighthearted enough to make fun of itself and the tropes of science fiction television. This is literally the closest thing to "real" Star Trek we have now, discovery is disgusting, lower decks makes me want to puke. I'm glad we have the Orville to be intellectually stimulating by comparison.
  • 1d ago
    While The Orville has flaws, it's optimistic nature and episodic format are a welcome relief from the dystopian serials which dominate today. Beneath a comic lacquer, which is somewhat overplayed in the marketing materials, viewers will find a smart and relevant sci-fi in Star Trek's allegorical style.
  • 2d ago
    I was absolutely shocked to like this. I saw the trailer and didn't have any interest in it. To be fair I don't the the family guy or that type of humor, but was surprised to enjoy the first few episodes and then they just started getting better and better.
  • 4d ago
    This show has literally taken over my interest in star trek. It's like star trek with more comedy. It has its flaws but is 100% entertaining.
  • Aug 07, 2020
    Great series, and a great season. As usual, the critics are completely out of touch with reality. I can't wait for season 2!. I'd have given it a full 5 stars, but, well, there were a couple of episodes that should have been scrapped. Still a great series overall.
  • Aug 07, 2020
    It's a welcome break from all the popular shows where the protagonist has no flaws, are lightyears smarter than everybody else. This shows characters feel more real. They have strength and weaknesses. It's like I watch a show featuring real people exploring their "human" condition.
  • Aug 04, 2020
    A spiritual successor to TNG, with (mostly) self contained episodes but several ongoing threads and well paced character development. Really enjoyed it.
  • Aug 02, 2020
    Awesome show. I like the ST:TNG look and feel of the show but it is more light hearted and comedic than TNG. Highly recommend
  • Aug 02, 2020
    I am watching episode one, thinking, ok, let's see what cheese he has crafted. Well, well, well Mr. Seth, this is awesome sauce. I wonder who got mad in the chain of reviewers, because the audience is right, it's tops. The effects are pretty damn good too. The scifi is lots of fun, the jokes are funny, I mean a dog licking his balls and hugging the donkey? Three seasons to go, thank you Pandemic. :)

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