The Orville: Season 1 (2017)

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Season 1
The Orville

Critics Consensus

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

30%

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Critic Ratings: 53

94%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 8657
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Episodes

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 (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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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…
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 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…

Audience Reviews for The Orville: Season 1

  • 1d ago
    This is what Star Trek should be. It's the best Sci-Fi Show since over a decade.
  • 2d ago
    Funny show, with funny twists.
  • 4d ago
    This show is just right.
  • Sep 11, 2019
    One of the best SciFi shows in years!
  • Sep 10, 2019
    Great show. a serious setting populated by normal, goofy humans.
  • Sep 09, 2019
    Fun and some seriousness. A Seth McFarland I can get behind.
  • Sep 05, 2019
    The best science fiction in I don't know how long. It rivals the best of Star Trek and towers the worst.
  • Sep 04, 2019
    Awesome Show. I wish current Star Trek was more like this.
  • Sep 01, 2019
    Somehow The Orville turned down way better than Star Trek: Discovery. Why? Probably because people who made The Orville understand that you can have action and drama AND a story with moral. And even some humor. I am not a huge fan of Seth MacFarlane's way of humor, but I enjoyed everything else about this show and I am glad that I saw it
  • Aug 25, 2019
    To me, this show is what you'd get if you had TNG rewritten by some moderately talented high schoolers, and performed by second-rate actors who were forced to down a few Ambien pills before shooting their scenes.

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