The Orville: Season 2 (2018)

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Fun, focused, and surprisingly thoughtful, The Orville's second season makes good use of its talented crew.

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Critic Ratings: 14

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Air date: Dec 30, 2018

In the Season 2 premiere, Ed and the crew race to save a small group of survivors on a planet about to be destroyed by its sun. Meanwhile, Bortus and Klyden start marriage counseling when Bortus' obsession with the ship's simulation room gets out of hand.

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Air date: Jan 3, 2019

Ed and the crew discover a planet about to be destroyed by its sun, while Bortus struggles with a controversial addiction that throws his marriage to Klyden into crisis.

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Air date: Jan 10, 2019

From Emmy Award-winning Executive Producer and Creator Seth MacFarlane The Orville follows The U.S.S. Orville, a mid-level exploratory spaceship, and its crew, both human and alien, who face the wonders and dangers of outer space, while also dealing with the problems of everyday life.

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Air date: Jan 17, 2019

From Emmy Award-winning Executive Producer and Creator Seth MacFarlane The Orville follows The U.S.S. Orville, a mid-level exploratory spaceship, and its crew, both human and alien, who face the wonders and dangers of outer space, while also dealing with the problems of everyday life.

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Air date: Jan 24, 2019

The Orville makes First Contact and a new crew member joins the ship.

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Air date: Jan 31, 2019

The Orville crew is surprised when Claire's personal life takes an unexpected turn, and Gordon makes an unusual grooming suggestion to Bortus.

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Air date: Feb 14, 2019

Follow the members of the U.S.S. Orville, as they juggle between fighting dangers of outer space as well as everyday problems.

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Air date: Feb 21, 2019

Part one of a special two-part episode of The Orville.

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Air date: Feb 28, 2019

Award-winning Executive Producer and Creator Seth MacFarlane The Orville follows The U.S.S. Orville, a mid-level exploratory spaceship, and its crew, both human and alien, who face the wonders and dangers of outer space, while also dealing with the problems of everyday life.

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Air date: Mar 8, 2019

Ed must initiate peace talks with the Krill.

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In Season Two, the ship's crew will meet never-before-seen aliens and face old adversaries, the Krill. They'll make first contact with a new civilization and revisit the planet Moclus. ED (MacFarlane) and KELLY's (Adrianne Palicki) relationship also will take a new turn -- all of which points to a season filled with adventure, mystery, romance and, as always, some poignant social commentary.

Cast & Crew

Seth MacFarlane
Captain Ed Mercer
Adrianne Palicki
Commander Kelly Grayson
Penny Johnson Jerald
Dr. Claire Finn
Scott Grimes
Lieutenant Gordon Malloy
Peter Macon
Lieutenant Commander Bortus
Halston Sage
Chief Security Officer Alara Kitan
J. Lee
Lieutenant John Lamarr
Mark Jackson
Isaac
Jessica Szohr
Lieutenant Talla Keyali
Mike Henry
Dann
Kelly Hu
Admiral Ozawa
Michaela McManus
Lt. Janel Gillis
Chris Johnson
Cassius
Brian Tanner
Marcus Finn
Seth MacFarlane
Executive Producer
Brannon Braga
Executive Producer
David A. Goodman
Executive Producer
Jason Clark
Executive Producer
Liz Heldens
Executive Producer
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News & Interviews for The Orville: Season 2

Critic Reviews for The Orville Season 2

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (2)

[It] may not want to be a space spoof, but if it's able to fully evolve into a character-driven dramedy that just happens to be set in space, then that's adding something unique to the genre. And that could make "The Orville" a show worth watching.

Jan 2, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Irreverent, slightly obnoxious, but time-drainingly watchable.

Apr 13, 2020 | Full Review…

Season 2 is occasionally a bumpy ride for its changes in story and pacing, but it's well worth the journey.

May 6, 2019 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

When The Orville dials down the goofy comedy, it can hold its own with any of the more traditional science fiction properties out there.

Mar 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Last night, I was emotionally moved by an episode about a character's pornography addiction-a concept so ridiculous that only some likeable characters and impeccable writing can pull off.

Jan 24, 2019 | Full Review…

An understated, character-driven second season premiere that functions more like a day-in-the-life starship story than anything involving aliens or galactic peril.

Jan 2, 2019 | Full Review…

There is a sensitivity, skill and structural balance at work here which demonstrates what continues to make The Orville so special.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…

A surprising follow up to a Season 1 storyline... It's also welcoming, and another point of evidence that Seth McFarlane's Fox series is more than a parody of Star Trek.

Jan 4, 2019 | Full Review…

The Orville decided to play it safe rather than deliver some edgy material in its second season premiere.

Jan 2, 2019 | Full Review…

Goofy, busy, and with a juvenile bent, but ultimately enjoyable.

Jan 2, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

If the season 2 premiere of The Orville is any indication... [the show] has found its footing and maybe its identity in telling smaller, more character-driven stories, that better serve its sometimes confounding mix of sincerity and irreverence.

Jan 2, 2019 | Full Review…

The Orville is playing to it strengths right out of the gate. If any of the tonal wonkiness of the first season was off-putting for anyone, this second season debut seems to be sending a clear message: This show is a sitcom first.

Jan 2, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Orville: Season 2

  • Mar 01, 2021
    More truly Star Trek than any of the recent so called Star Trek shows or movies. If you loved The Next Generation, Voyager, or Deep Space Nine - you'll enjoy the Orville.
  • Feb 23, 2021
    Everything I loved about season 1 but better. Has one of the best sad episodes ever.
  • Feb 06, 2021
    Loved season 1 and season 2 continues to help me get over Star Trek Discovery.
  • Jan 25, 2021
    Featuring a notably more compelling central narrative and greater emphasis on character development, Season 2 takes the solid foundation of Season 1 and escalates in almost every way. Like the first Season, the episodes are hardly of equal quality and at times I feel like some of the episodes are in the wrong order, but the content of this Second Season is a very strong indicator that Comedy and Legitimate Sci-Fi can be fused successfully, allowing for an often light tone, but telling a few stories that are intense, or even really quite sad (Home and Lasting Impressions being highly emotional at the end, especially the latter). Seth MacFarlane had mentioned before the Season 2 release that he was going to concentrate more on the Sci-Fi and Storytelling than Season 1, and lowering the Comedy, and honestly I think it was a gamble that paid off, as overall, Season 2 is notably superior to Season 1. After Season 1, I anticipated Season 2 because I loved the characters and the world, but now I anticipate Season 3 because I really, really want to know how this story now unfolds!
  • Jan 25, 2021
    Really love the series. Looking forward to the new season
  • Jan 24, 2021
    Honestly, I loved this show from the beginning, but it is obvious that the they were trying to find their tone and by season two, they've managed to make something terrific. Unlike most of the current sci-fi spinoffs, this show actually has a love for its predecessors and it is evident in the thoughtful scripts. There is still humor (that actually works), but also the characters are given the chance to be human and believable. The connections between characters actually feels real and the show isn't afraid to turn on the lights and let characters have ship-based episodes rather than constantly flinging themselves around distant space and time chasing some epic battle scene. I also appreciate the lack of torture scenes (former Alara episode notwithstanding). Our entire family enjoys this show and it is extraordinarily re-watchable, just like the classic Sci-fi series it takes its inspiration from. I absolutely love it and hope they are able to bounce back after Covid threw wrenches in filming season three. I hope that they manage to preserve the tone and continue to tell interpersonal stories, and that they can continue for many more seasons...
  • Jan 22, 2021
    Just keeps better and better. The 1st season was really good, the 2nd season feels like they got there formula for a great episode.
  • Jan 17, 2021
    They are moving in a much better direction and not just copying the original series. One star removed for the jokes not being more seamless. Still chuckled a few times though. Keep up the good work.
  • 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.
  • Dec 22, 2020
    Seth MacFarlane as the captain is the only big misfire but when you put this much effort into plagiarising a show you love, I guess you earn the right to roleplay as captain.

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