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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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.

Cast & Crew

Adrianne Palicki
Commander Kelly Grayson
J. Lee
Lieutenant John Lamarr
Scott Grimes
Lieutenant Gordon Malloy
Peter Macon
Lieutenant Commander Bortus
Halston Sage
Chief Security Officer Alara Kitan
Mark Jackson
Penny Johnson
Dr. Claire Finn
Victor Garber
Admiral Halsey
BJ Tanner
Marcus Finn
Gavin Lee
Henry Park
Rachael MacFarlane
Computer Voice
Brian George
Dr. Aronov
Joel Swetow
Krill Captain
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Critic Reviews for The Orville Season 1

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (20)

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…

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…

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

Sep 11, 2017 | Full Review…

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…

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…

Whatever you may think of The Orville, there is no denying that this is a heartfelt reiteration of Star Trek's 52-year legacy and captures the tradition of what makes that world so distinctive and creative.

Oct 16, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Orville: Season 1

  • 5d ago
    This Star Trek inspired show is way better then any new Star Trek. I'd recommend this show to people who love TNG.
  • Jan 12, 2021
    The best show I have seen in the last 20 years. So addictive and great writing
  • Jan 10, 2021
    Way more Star Treky than ST Discovery. Fun, fun, more fun and pretty good stories. Perfect acting. Easy watching.
  • Jan 10, 2021
    The Orville is a comedy version of Star Trek. It's very funny, but it doesn't only have jokes. It also deals with serious, real-world topics in a mature way.
  • Jan 10, 2021
    This show is the true inheritor of the star trek legacy. Bin and the kurtsman trek and just watch this instead
  • Dec 22, 2020
    This was a surprise. Like most people, I expected a parody rife with slapstick. Instead, it was an earnest copycat of TNG, just with anachronistic pop culture gags. If you yearn for those episodic high-concept TNG days, this is actually a much more satisfying "Trek" than the grittier and legitimate, Discovery.
  • Dec 16, 2020
    Very Good Star Trek drama
  • Nov 23, 2020
    Great show, a comedy with the true spirit of a Star Trek product
  • Nov 18, 2020
    Ok c'è la parte comica che può non piacere ma è lo show di fantascienza migliore degli ultimi 10 anni!
  • Nov 10, 2020
    Not just good comedy, this is excellent SCI-FI. This embodies Star Trek infinitely better than anything current Trek could ever hope for. An absolute must-see for TNG fans in particular, in my humble opinion. It started off as a goof, yes, but it evolved into top-notch TV Sci-Fi in a completely unexpected way. Character development, philosophical themes, gorgeous special effects, the depiction of an utopian human future society just like Gene Roddenberry had envisioned (which Discovery and especially Picard utterly failed at), The Orville has it all and does it all masterfully. Second only to The Expanse as the best Sci-Fi currently on TV.

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