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: 8881

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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
Seth MacFarlane
Captain Ed Mercer
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 (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…
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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…
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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…
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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

  • 3d ago
    Great show! The Orville is an offspring of Star Trek The Next Generation, but with much more humour, at least in some aspects. In the beginning, it may seem weird but the producers have really managed to make it work and seem realistic. In contrast to the almost militaristic TNG aura, The Orville is a lot more laid back – without that meaning that the characters (well, most of them anyway) lack professionalism. If you like the Roddenberry vision of a generally optimistic future for mankind, The Orville is the show to watch, sitting in stark contrast to the dark and grimy "thing" modern Star Trek has become. Oh… and when it's funny, it's funny! Unlike a recent animated Star Trek show which is imbecilic and annoying, The Orville can make you chuckle and genuinely laugh.
  • 5d ago
    The CGI is beautiful, the stories are deep, and sometimes it's more like Star Trek than things bearing the Star Trek logo now days. I wasn't sure about The Orville with it's first episode, but I kept watching and fell in love. It's corny, but it knows it's corny. It's a parody of Star Trek, and makes fun of Star Trek a bit, but since it doesn't have the Star Trek logo on it, it's allowed to do that. Also, it doesn't make fun of the Star Trek fans like Star Trek seems to be doing now days.
  • Sep 24, 2020
    Thoroughly enjoyable. Has heart. Is smart. Makes interesting points. Good sci fi.
  • Sep 19, 2020
    Fun, smart, and in the same style of the original star trek with occasional humorous characters that never come across as silly or that they are spoofing the original inspiration that was clearly its origin.
  • Sep 08, 2020
    The tomato take is completely off. This show is amazing, as you can see from the audience rating.
  • Sep 03, 2020
    Great! Much better than Star Trek Discovery.
  • Sep 01, 2020
    I think the issue with the first season of the orville was the way drama and comedy were handled in respect to each other. Mcfarlen's sense of humour tended to conflict with the serious elements of the show which would often retract my investment in them. The second season resolves this by focusing in on the character cast rather than being detached from them for the sake of attempts at comedy.
  • Aug 31, 2020
    Great Show. Only flaw imho is the comedy that i feel is somewhat offbeat more often than not. But that doesnt change the fact that you get a real Star Trek feel that i have sorely missed on all the other modern incarnations of the series and for that alone its a "must see" for me.
  • Aug 19, 2020
    So happy I found this show since Star Trek past away recently. RIP Keep up the great work!
  • Aug 18, 2020
    At first a copy of Star Trek but then you recognize that they do what cbs or the producers cannot do: Create Star Trek with good scripts and interesting characters. Additionally I think the Orville is more than a Star Trek Rip off thanks to the great cast roles, science fiction stories and wonderful soundtrack.

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