The Orville

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  • TV-14
  • 2017
  • 3 Seasons
  • 8.0  (98,367)

The Orville is a science fiction television series that premiered on FOX in September 2017. Created by Seth MacFarlane, who also stars in the lead role as Captain Ed Mercer, the show is set four centuries in the future, where Earth is now part of the Planetary Union, an interstellar organization. The series follows the crew of the USS Orville, a mid-level exploratory vessel manned by humans and aliens who journey through space to explore new worlds and civilizations.

The Orville is a unique blend of humor, action, and drama. The show is often described as a cross between Star Trek and Family Guy, featuring a similar storytelling style and comedic tone to that of MacFarlane's hit animated series. The show is not a parody, however, and takes its sci-fi elements seriously, giving audiences a thoughtful examination of the human condition through the lens of space exploration.

In addition to MacFarlane, the show's ensemble cast includes Adrianne Palicki as First Officer Kelly Grayson, Ed Mercer's ex-wife, and second-in-command on the Orville. Penny Johnson Jerald plays Doctor Claire Finn, the ship's chief medical officer, who often serves as a voice of reason and moral guidance for the crew. Scott Grimes plays Lieutenant Gordon Malloy, Ed's best friend and the ship's helmsman, who often provides comedic relief with his mischief and charm.

Peter Macon plays Lieutenant Commander Bortus, the ship's second officer and a member of the all-male Moclan species, known for their strict adherence to traditional gender roles. Halston Sage plays Lieutenant Alara Kitan, the ship's chief of security, and a member of the Xelayan species, who possess immense strength and durability. J. Lee plays Lieutenant John LaMarr, the ship's navigator, who often provides witty banter with Malloy. Chad Coleman plays Klyden, Bortus' mate, and fellow Moclan. Jessica Szohr plays Talla Keyali, Alara's replacement in season two. Mark Jackson plays Isaac, a member of a highly advanced artificial life-form species known as the Kaylon. Anne Winters plays Charly Burke, an orderly from the 21st century who is briefly transported to the future.

The Orville often examines some of the biggest issues facing humanity, including prejudice, inequality, and intolerance. The show's writing team regularly tackles topics such as sexual identity, gender roles, and cultural differences, providing pointed social commentary on a variety of contemporary issues. However, the show is not heavy-handed when it comes to its social commentary and often relies on its characters' flaws and foibles to explore these themes.

The Orville is also notable for its approach to special effects. While the show does feature impressive CGI moments and detailed ship designs, the series has a more practical feel than other sci-fi shows, relying on makeup effects, puppetry, and models to achieve its unique look. This approach gives the show an almost retro feel, reminiscent of classic science fiction films and shows from the 70s and 80s.

Overall, The Orville is a fun and entertaining addition to the science fiction genre, offering a fresh perspective on space exploration and intergalactic diplomacy. While the show is primarily comedic, it also has moments of real heart and pathos, making it a must-watch for fans of the genre. With a strong ensemble cast and relatable characters, the show is an excellent showcase for MacFarlane's talents as a writer and actor, and fans of both sci-fi and comedy will find plenty to enjoy in this charming series.

The Orville is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (36 episodes). The series first aired on September 10, 2017.

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Future Unknown
10. Future Unknown
August 4, 2022
A celebration is underway aboard the ship on the season three finale of The Orville: New Horizons.
9. Domino
July 28, 2022
The creation of a powerful new weapon puts the Orville crew — and the entire Union — in a political and ethical quandary.
Midnight Blue
8. Midnight Blue
July 21, 2022
The Orville crew visits Heveena's sanctuary world and embarks on a journey that may leave the entire Union more vulnerable.
From Unknown Graves
7. From Unknown Graves
July 14, 2022
The Orville discovers a Kaylon with a very special ability.
Twice in a Lifetime
6. Twice in a Lifetime
July 7, 2022
The crew must rescue Gordon from a distant yet familiar world.
A Tale of Two Topas
5. A Tale of Two Topas
June 30, 2022
Tensions between Kelly and the Moclans result when she helps Topa prepare for the Union Point entrance exam.
Gently Falling Rain
4. Gently Falling Rain
June 23, 2022
The Orville crew leads a Union delegation to sign a peace treaty with the Krill.
Mortality Paradox
3. Mortality Paradox
June 16, 2022
The Orville crew discovers signs of modern civilization on a planet known to be uninhabited.
Shadow Realms
2. Shadow Realms
June 9, 2022
The Orville explores a mysterious region of space.
Electric Sheep
1. Electric Sheep
June 2, 2022
On the season premiere of The Orville: New Horizons, the crew deals with the aftermath of the Kaylon battle.
Where to Watch The Orville
The Orville is available for streaming on the FOX website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Orville on demand at Disney+, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    September 10, 2017
  • IMDB Rating
    8.0  (98,367)