The Orville: Season 1 (2017)

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

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1
Air date: Sep 10, 2017
2
Air date: Sep 17, 2017
3
Air date: Sep 21, 2017
4
Air date: Sep 28, 2017
5
Air date: Oct 5, 2017
6
Air date: Oct 12, 2017
7
Air date: Oct 26, 2017
8
Air date: Nov 2, 2017
9
Air date: Nov 9, 2017
10
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.

Cast

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 (52) | Top Critics (18)

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 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…
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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

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…

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