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: 8746
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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 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 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…
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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…

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…

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…

Audience Reviews for The Orville: Season 1

  • 1d ago
    This show has gone beyond doing Star Trek right. Its Just better than Star Trek with its own universe to explore.
  • 2d ago
    Very original and funny. One of the best spoof TV shows I have ever seen. I'm not a fan of Seth Macfarlane, but I have to say he really surprised me with this show. Maybe it's because I such a big fan of Star Trek series, and it was really enjoyable to see this characters do things I might have wanted to see in the Star Trek series, only because it would seem more realistic in what I thought should have happen. The to see this show put their own spin on the outcomes, made it just that more enjoyable. There are a few rough edges to it, but I believe that it's because they are trying to feel out their audience and their own capabilities of what they can get away with in this new series. All I can say is I can't wait until the next episode.
  • 6d ago
    It's a pretty good show. The CGI is a bit cardboardy in the first episodes. Sometimes the show doesn't seem to know if it is making fun of Star Trek, or if it actually is Star Trek but just with some oddball characters and weird alien situations. Maybe it is up to the viewer to decide. I decided that for me it is the latter and thus I enjoyed it.
  • Jan 18, 2020
    The critics would appear to have been watching a different show to the one I saw. This is a fantastic blend of comedy and thought provoking science fiction,
  • Jan 12, 2020
    `Love love love this series. This is now the real Star Trek for me, this is true well written SciFi with great characters. I have no idea what the professional critics watched or if they are blind, deaf and I already know they're pretty dumb. Can't wait to watch season 2!!
  • Jan 12, 2020
    What starts as a comedy turns into an amazing SCIFI show and it is the best "new" Star Trek. This show is x2 better than Star Trek Discovery. Even as a parody The Orville has a voice of its own. The Orville is written and super interesting.
  • Jan 10, 2020
    Yet more evidence critics haven't the foggiest. Really well done, nostalgic and funny. I'd recommend.
  • Jan 10, 2020
    The greatest thing since sliced bread. I think the "professional" critics have been brainwashed by film school, etc. I ADORE this show - in the true spirit of Roddenberry. He would be proud. Thank you Hulu for picking up this excellent series. I am so happy it will not become another victim of "professional" critics like the superlative Firefly.
  • Jan 09, 2020
    WHY are the seasons so short....make them full again.
  • Jan 09, 2020
    If you enjoy the old style Star Trek universe vibe you will enjoy this weird Seth MacFarlane space comedy, the show that's very cheap but jokes are rich in abundance

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