The Orville is an American science fiction comedy-drama television series created by and starring Seth MacFarlane for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series premiered on Sunday, September 10, 2017. MacFarlane stars as Ed Mercer, an officer in the Planetary Union's line of exploratory space vessels. After his career takes a downturn following his divorce, he is given the ship Orville as his first command, only to discover that his ex-wife, Kelly Grayson (Adrianne Palicki), has been assigned as his first officer. Inspired by several sources, including Star Trek and The Twilight Zone, the series tells the story of Mercer, Grayson, and the crew of the Orville as they embark on various diplomatic and exploratory missions.
New episodes aired Thursdays on Fox during the 2017–18 season. On November 2, 2017, Fox renewed the series for a second season, which premiered on December 30, 2018. On May 11, 2019, Fox renewed the series for a third season.
|Created by||Seth MacFarlane|
|Theme music composer||Bruce Broughton|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||26 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||43 minutes (season 1)|
48 minutes (season 2)
|Original release||September 10, 2017 –|
The Orville is set on the titular USS Orville (ECV-197), a mid-level exploratory space vessel in the Planetary Union, a 25th-century interstellar alliance of Earth and many other planets.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||12||September 10, 2017||December 7, 2017|
|2||14||December 30, 2018||April 25, 2019|
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|1||1||"Old Wounds"||Jon Favreau||Seth MacFarlane||September 10, 2017||1LAB01||8.56|
|2||2||"Command Performance"||Robert Duncan McNeill||Seth MacFarlane||September 17, 2017||1LAB03||6.63|
|3||3||"About a Girl"||Brannon Braga||Seth MacFarlane||September 21, 2017||1LAB04||4.05|
|4||4||"If the Stars Should Appear"||James L. Conway||Seth MacFarlane||September 28, 2017||1LAB02||3.70|
|5||5||"Pria"||Jonathan Frakes||Seth MacFarlane||October 5, 2017||1LAB05||3.43|
|6||6||"Krill"||Jon Cassar||David A. Goodman||October 12, 2017||1LAB06||3.37|
|7||7||"Majority Rule"||Tucker Gates||Seth MacFarlane||October 26, 2017||1LAB07||4.18|
|8||8||"Into the Fold"||Brannon Braga||Brannon Braga & Andre Bormanis||November 2, 2017||1LAB08||3.83|
|9||9||"Cupid's Dagger"||Jamie Babbit||Liz Heldens||November 9, 2017||1LAB09||3.69|
|10||10||"Firestorm"||Brannon Braga||Cherry Chevapravatdumrong||November 16, 2017||1LAB10||3.32|
|11||11||"New Dimensions"||Kelly Cronin||Seth MacFarlane||November 30, 2017||1LAB11||3.63|
|12||12||"Mad Idolatry"||Brannon Braga||Seth MacFarlane||December 7, 2017||1LAB13||3.54|
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|13||1||"Ja'loja"||Seth MacFarlane||Seth MacFarlane||December 30, 2018||2LAB01||5.68|
|14||2||"Primal Urges"||Kevin Hooks||Wellesley Wild||January 3, 2019||1LAB12||2.82|
|15||3||"Home"||Jon Cassar||Cherry Chevapravatdumrong||January 10, 2019||2LAB02||3.06|
|16||4||"Nothing Left on Earth Excepting Fishes"||Jon Cassar||Brannon Braga & Andre Bormanis||January 17, 2019||2LAB03||3.01|
|17||5||"All the World Is Birthday Cake"||Robert Duncan McNeill||Seth MacFarlane||January 24, 2019||2LAB04||3.18|
|18||6||"A Happy Refrain"||Seth MacFarlane||Seth MacFarlane||January 31, 2019||2LAB05||3.11|
|19||7||"Deflectors"||Seth MacFarlane||David A. Goodman||February 14, 2019||2LAB06||3.07|
|20||8||"Identity"||Jon Cassar||Brannon Braga & Andre Bormanis||February 21, 2019||2LAB07||3.05|
|21||9||"Identity Part II"||Jon Cassar||Seth MacFarlane||February 28, 2019||2LAB08||3.15|
|22||10||"Blood of Patriots"||Rebecca Rodriguez||Seth MacFarlane||March 7, 2019||2LAB09||2.94|
|23||11||"Lasting Impressions"||Kelly Cronin||Seth MacFarlane||March 21, 2019||2LAB10||2.94|
|24||12||"Sanctuary"||Jonathan Frakes||Joe Menosky||April 11, 2019||2LAB11||2.59|
|25||13||"Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow"||Gary Rake||Janet Lin||April 18, 2019||2LAB12||2.68|
|26||14||"The Road Not Taken"||Gary Rake||David A. Goodman||April 25, 2019||2LAB13||2.97|
MacFarlane originally wrote The Orville as a spec script, which was given a 13-episode order by Fox on May 4, 2016, making it the first live-action television series created by MacFarlane, as well as his first live-action show on television. Following the project's greenlight, MacFarlane stated, "I've wanted to do something like this show ever since I was a kid, and the timing finally feels right. [...] I think this is gonna be something special." According to MacFarlane, The Orville was inspired by The Twilight Zone and Star Trek. He was also encouraged to sell the series due to the success of Guardians of the Galaxy and Deadpool.
On November 2, 2017, Fox renewed the series for a second season. On November 15, it was reported that one of the thirteen episodes for season one would be held back and instead air during the second season due to a gap in broadcast dates caused by the broadcaster's lengthy Christmas programming. It will be a sequel to "About a Girl".
On July 29, 2016, MacFarlane's role was revealed to be Ed Mercer, the captain of the Orville, while Adrianne Palicki had been cast as Kelly Grayson, Ed's ex-wife and the newly appointed first officer of the Orville, and Scott Grimes, who voices Steve Smith on American Dad! (another show created by MacFarlane), was cast as Gordon Malloy, Ed's best friend whom he has assigned to pilot the Orville. On August 19, Peter Macon and J Lee were cast as series regulars. On October 31, Halston Sage and Penny Johnson Jerald joined the cast. On December 8, Mark Jackson was cast. On April 3, 2017, Chad L. Coleman was added as a series regular and Larry Joe Campbell was cast in a recurring role.
At San Diego Comic-Con in July 2017, MacFarlane said that Charlize Theron would guest-star in an episode. The two had previously co-starred in A Million Ways to Die in the West. Theron appeared in the series' fifth episode, "Pria".
On August 24, 2016, Jon Favreau signed on to direct the pilot. Production on the pilot episode began in late 2016, and the rest of the episodes began filming on March 27, 2017. Production wrapped on August 23, 2017, with a total of $56.2 million spent in California. Star Trek veterans Jonathan Frakes and Robert Duncan McNeill, who have directed episodes within the Star Trek franchise, have each directed an episode of The Orville. Four episodes were directed by Brannon Braga, a long-time Star Trek alum who began as an intern on Star Trek: The Next Generation, was producer of Star Trek: Voyager, and co-created Star Trek: Enterprise.
Filming for the second season began on February 26, 2018, and Frakes and McNeill each returned to direct another episode. Production for the second season concluded on October 16, 2018, having spent $69.2 million.
The show uses a 75-piece orchestra for the music in each episode, written by several different composers, such as John Debney, Joel McNeely and Bruce Broughton, who wrote the show's theme and composed the score for the pilot. MacFarlane said "We score it like a movie" and "We really put as much into that as we do into the effects." A soundtrack album for season 1 was released by La-La Land Records on January 22, 2019.
|1.||"The Orville Main Title"||Bruce Broughton||1:04|
|2.||"Shuttle to the Ship"||Bruce Broughton||Old Wounds (1LAB01)||1:54|
|3.||"She Requested It / Departing for Landing"||Bruce Broughton||Old Wounds (1LAB01)||1:09|
|4.||"Krill Attack / Shuttle Escape"||Bruce Broughton||Old Wounds (1LAB01)||4:14|
|5.||"Emergency Docking"||Bruce Broughton||Old Wounds (1LAB01)||2:27|
|6.||"Kelly Has a Plan / Asking Kelly to Stay"||Bruce Broughton||Old Wounds (1LAB01)||3:51|
|7.||"The Bio-Ship / Exploring the Hull"||Joel McNeely||If the Stars Should Appear (1LAB02)||2:22|
|8.||"Exploring the Bio-Ship"||Joel McNeely||If the Stars Should Appear (1LAB02)||2:45|
|9.||"Finding Alara / Space Battle"||Joel McNeely||If the Stars Should Appear (1LAB02)||2:53|
|10.||"Dorahl / The Roof Opens"||Joel McNeely||If the Stars Should Appear (1LAB02)||4:05|
|11.||"Distress Signal Received / Alara Freaks Out / Explosion"||John Debney||Command Performance (1LAB03)||5:54|
|12.||"Alara Gets the Cold Shoulder / Approaching Calivon"||John Debney||Command Performance (1LAB03)||3:52|
|13.||"Extermination Process Continues / Bortus Hatches His Egg"||John Debney||Command Performance (1LAB03)||2:39|
|14.||"Western Simulation"||Joel McNeely||About a Girl (1LAB04)||1:01|
|15.||"Asteroid Destroyed / Relieved of Duty"||Joel McNeely||About a Girl (1LAB04)||1:07|
|16.||"Arriving on Moclus"||Joel McNeely||About a Girl (1LAB04)||1:42|
|17.||"Trip to the Mountains"||Joel McNeely||About a Girl (1LAB04)||2:15|
|18.||"Tribunal Adjourned / Epilogue"||Joel McNeely||About a Girl (1LAB04)||3:27|
|19.||"Rescuing Pria"||John Debney||Pria (1LAB05)||3:51|
|20.||"Searching Pria's Room / Dark Matter Storm / Navigating the Storm"||John Debney||Pria (1LAB05)||4:06|
|21.||"Approaching the Coordinates / Isaac Saves the Crew"||John Debney||Pria (1LAB05)||3:19|
|22.||"Pria's Theme"||John Debney||Pria (1LAB05)||1:41|
|23.||"Distress Call"||Joel McNeely||Krill (1LAB06)||1:29|
|24.||"Krill Attack the Orville"||Joel McNeely||Krill (1LAB06)||2:49|
|25.||"Bomb Found"||Joel McNeely||Krill (1LAB06)||4:54|
|26.||"Intruder Alert / Preparing the Weapon"||Joel McNeely||Krill (1LAB06)||2:59|
|27.||"Turning on the Lights / New Enemies"||Joel McNeely||Krill (1LAB06)||2:29|
|1.||"Lysella Wakes Up / Looks Like Earth / Rescue Mission"||John Debney||Majority Rule (1LAB07)||1:39|
|2.||"John Gets Arrested / Alara Seems Suspicious"||John Debney||Majority Rule (1LAB07)||2:05|
|3.||"Ed Has a Plan"||John Debney||Majority Rule (1LAB07)||1:33|
|4.||"Bringing Lysella Aboard / Casting the Votes / Their World Can Do Better"||John Debney||Majority Rule (1LAB07)||6:06|
|5.||"Sucked In"||Joel McNeely||Into the Fold (1LAB08)||2:44|
|6.||"Claire Breaks Out"||Joel McNeely||Into the Fold (1LAB08)||1:26|
|7.||"The Fight"||Joel McNeely||Into the Fold (1LAB08)||1:21|
|8.||"Claire Returns to the Wreck"||Joel McNeely||Into the Fold (1LAB08)||2:11|
|9.||"The Attack"||Joel McNeely||Into the Fold (1LAB08)||1:55|
|10.||"Claire Thanks Isaac"||Joel McNeely||Into the Fold (1LAB08)||1:21|
|11.||"Archaeologist Arrives / Claire Visits Yaphit / Claire Kisses Yaphit"||John Debney||Cupid's Dagger (1LAB09)||3:12|
|12.||"Fleets Approach / War Before Peace / Cleared for Duty / Darulio Departs"||John Debney||Cupid's Dagger (1LAB09)||4:38|
|13.||"Plasma Storm / It Was Late Evening"||John Debney||Firestorm (1LAB10)||3:08|
|14.||"Alara Blows off Steam / There Was a Clown"||John Debney||Firestorm (1LAB10)||3:04|
|15.||"Alara Hallucinates / Deserted Ship"||John Debney||Firestorm (1LAB10)||6:55|
|16.||"Cannot End Simulation / Back to Normal"||John Debney||Firestorm (1LAB10)||4:03|
|17.||"Damage Report / What Happened to the Plants?"||Andrew Cottee||New Dimensions (1LAB11)||2:00|
|18.||"Krill Ships Approaching"||Andrew Cottee||New Dimensions (1LAB11)||2:30|
|19.||"Within the Anomaly / Time to Reflect / Quantum Bubble Is Deteriorating"||Andrew Cottee||New Dimensions (1LAB11)||2:25|
|20.||"Engaging Tractor Beam"||Andrew Cottee||New Dimensions (1LAB11)||2:17|
|21.||"Mission Complete / Commander Lamarr"||Andrew Cottee||New Dimensions (1LAB11)||2:48|
|22.||"Investigating an Anomaly"||Joel McNeely||Mad Idolatry (1LAB13)||1:09|
|23.||"Emergency Landing"||Joel McNeely||Mad Idolatry (1LAB13)||3:41|
|24.||"Searching the Planet"||Joel McNeely||Mad Idolatry (1LAB13)||2:38|
|25.||"Walking Through Town"||Joel McNeely||Mad Idolatry (1LAB13)||2:21|
|26.||"Spread the Word"||Joel McNeely||Mad Idolatry (1LAB13)||1:17|
|27.||"Isaac Steps Up / Civilization Restored"||Joel McNeely||Mad Idolatry (1LAB13)||3:14|
|28.||"The Orville End Titles"||Bruce Broughton||0:34|
On May 15, 2017, the Fox Broadcasting Company released the first trailer of The Orville as part of their upcoming slate of television series including the X-Men series The Gifted and the supernatural sitcom Ghosted. To promote the series, Fox organized a panel at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con on July 22 featuring cast members Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Scott Grimes, Penny Johnson Jerald, Peter Macon, Halston Sage, J. Lee, Mark Jackson and Chad Coleman, and producers David A. Goodman and Brannon Braga. In addition, Fox established an Orville Space Training Station at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Law with a "Cryopreservation program" for fans.
On July 22, 2018, Fox released the trailer for the second season of The Orville at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con. To promote the series, Fox sponsored a series of Orville-themed pedi-cabs for people attending the San Diego Comic Con. In addition, Goodman moderated a Q&A panel on July 21 at the Comic Con alongside cast members MacFarlane, Palicki, Jerald, Scott Grimes, Braga and Jon Cassar.
To promote the series, Dark Horse Comics will be releasing a spinoff four-issue comic book set between the first and second seasons of The Orville. The comic book will be written by series executive producer and writer David A. Goodman, illustrated by David Cabeza, and colored by Michael Atiyeh. It will be released on July 17, 2019. The first storyline "New Beginnings" deals with Captain Mercer and Lieutenant Gordon responding to a distress call from a lost Union ship while Commander Grayson has to contend with a domestic dispute between Bortus and his spouse over their son's education. The second storyline "The Word of Avis" deals with the Orville crew investigating an Union ship heading into Krill space.
The Orville is available in the United States on the Fox website as well as the Hulu, Amazon Prime, and iTunes streaming platforms. In Canada, The Orville airs on CityTV (former home of Star Trek series Star Trek: The Next Generation to Star Trek: Enterprise). In the United Kingdom, the series is available on Fox UK's streaming service. In Australia, The Orville is available on the television channel SBS Viceland and streams on SBS on Demand. In New Zealand, the series is available on the free TVNZ OnDemand streaming service. In The Netherlands, the series airs on Comedy Central.
|1||31% (52 reviews)||36 (36 reviews)|
|2||100% (13 reviews)||77 (9 reviews)|
For the first season, the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 31% approval rating, with an average rating of 5.22/10 based on 52 critic reviews. The website's consensus reads, "An odd jumble of campiness and sincerity, homage, and satire, The Orville never quite achieves liftoff." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 36 out of 100, based on 21 reviews, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".
Liz Miller writing for IndieWire compared the series to Star Trek, calling it a rip-off and "bankrupt: creatively, morally, and ethically." She criticized the lack of creativity, the blatant imitation, and was surprised that the show is "uninterested in being a comedy".
Tim Surette at TV Guide says, "The truth is, The Orville was never going to win over critics because it's a throwback and goes against everything modern television is. It's not that The Orville doesn't know what it wants it to be, as critics assume, it's that it wants to be a little bit of everything".
A 100% approval rating for the second season was reported by Rotten Tomatoes, with an average rating of 7.6/10 based on 13 reviews. The website's critic consensus states: "Fun, focused, and surprisingly thoughtful, The Orville's second season makes good use of its talented crew."
Nick Wanserki of The A.V. Club praised the season's first episode "Ja'loja" for its character-driven drama and focus on low-stakes plots which built upon the first season's efforts to develop the crew of the Orville into a group of people that the audience cared about. Liz Shannon Miller of IndieWire awarded The Orville a B rating, expressing hope that the series could evolve into a character-driven "dramedy" set in space, which she described as something unique that could make the show worth watching. Ryan Britt of Den of Geek praised the second season for playing to its strengths as a sitcom and addressing the "wonkiness" of the first season.
Kevin Yeoman of Screen Rant opined that the series "had 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."
Will Harris of The Verge similarly noted that the two-part episode "Identity" demonstrated the series' ability to downplay its humor and "hold its own with any of the more traditional science fiction properties out there."
In the October 15, 2017 episode of The Angry Joe Show, "The Orville Mid-Season Angry Review", host Joe Vargas noted the gulf between the response to the series among critics and viewers, contrasting the Rotten Tomatoes' 19% approval rating from professional critics to the 91% viewer approval rating. Vargas compared this to Star Trek: Discovery, which received an 83% rating from critics but a fairly low audience score of 54%, and stated "Star Trek fans—at least the ones that watch my show—like The Orville way more than they like Star Trek: Discovery". Tim Surette of TV Guide also wrote about the critic-to-viewer Rotten Tomatoes rating, noting the balance had shifted to 21/93, and that its Metacritic score was 36% approval from critics, and 82% from viewers. As a critic himself, Surette notes that, as a throwback, The Orville is an anomaly in modern television, and found showrunner David A. Goodman's admission that MacFarlane wants to vary between serious or dramatic and lighter or comedic episodes a potentially dangerous or risky strategy, but concedes that the show's viewers appear to like it for that reason.
After its premiere on Sunday, September 10, 2017, the show moved to Thursday nights at 9 p.m. In its first broadcast in the new time slot, The Orville became Fox's highest rated Thursday 9 p.m. broadcast in two years. After taking into account DVR and VOD, The Orville was Fox's most-viewed drama debut since the premiere of Empire in 2015.
|Season||Timeslot (ET)||Episodes||First aired||Last aired||TV season||Rank||Avg. viewers
|1||Sunday 8:00 pm (1–2)
Thursday 9:00 pm (3–12)
|12||September 10, 2017||8.56||December 7, 2017||3.54||2017–18||63||6.55||2.0|
|2||Sunday 8:00 pm (Premiere)
Thursday 9:00 pm
|14||December 30, 2018||5.68||April 25, 2019||2.97||2018–19||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|2018||International Film Music Critics Association Awards||Best Original Score for Television||Bruce Broughton, John Debney, Joel McNeely, Andrew Cottee||Won|||
|Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards||Best Special Make-Up Effects – Television and New Media Series||Howard Berger, Tami Lane, Garrett Immel||Nominated|||
|Publicists Guild Awards||Maxwell Weinberg Publicist Showmanship Television Award||Erin Moody||Nominated|||
|Saturn Awards (44th)||Best Science Fiction Television Series||The Orville||Won|||
|Best Actor on Television||Seth MacFarlane||Nominated|
|Best Actress on Television||Adrianne Palicki||Nominated|
|Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a TV Series – Recurring Young Actor||Kai Wener||Nominated|||
|2019||Saturn Awards (45th)||Best Science Fiction Television Series||The Orville||Pending|||
|Best Actor on Television||Seth MacFarlane||Pending|
|Best Actress on Television||Adrianne Palicki||Pending|
Season 1 of The Orville was released on DVD on December 11, 2018.
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Scott Christopher Grimes (born July 9, 1971) is an American actor, voice artist, singer, and songwriter. Some of his most prominent roles include appearances in ER as Dr. Archie Morris, Party of Five as Will McCorkle, Band of Brothers as Technical Sergeant Donald Malarkey, and the animated sitcom American Dad!, voicing Steve Smith. He is also well known by cult movie fans for his role as Bradley Brown in the first two Critters films. Since 2017, he has been a regular on the Fox sci-fi comedy-drama The Orville.
As a singer, Grimes is best known for co-writing and performing the soft rock single "Sunset Blvd", which spent several weeks on the Billboard charts.Seth MacFarlane
Seth Woodbury MacFarlane (; born October 26, 1973) is an American actor, animator, filmmaker, comedian, and singer. MacFarlane is the creator of the TV series Family Guy (1999–2003, 2005–present) and The Orville (2017–present), and co-creator of the TV series American Dad! (2005–present) and The Cleveland Show (2009–2013). He also wrote, directed, and starred in the films Ted (2012), its sequel Ted 2 (2015), and A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014).
MacFarlane is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, where he studied animation. Recruited to Hollywood, he was an animator and writer for Hanna-Barbera for several television series, including Johnny Bravo, Cow and Chicken, Dexter's Laboratory, I Am Weasel, and Larry & Steve. He made several guest appearances on TV series such as Gilmore Girls, The War at Home and FlashForward. In 2008, he created his own YouTube series titled Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy. He won several awards for his work on Family Guy, including four Primetime Emmy Awards and an Annie Award. In 2009, he won the Webby Award for Film & Video Person of the Year. He occasionally speaks at universities and colleges throughout the United States, and is an active supporter of gay rights.
MacFarlane has performed as a singer at several venues, including Carnegie Hall in New York and the Royal Albert Hall in London. MacFarlane has released five studio albums, in the same vein of his musical idol Frank Sinatra, beginning with Music Is Better Than Words in 2011. He has been nominated for four Grammy Awards for his musical work.
MacFarlane hosted the 85th Academy Awards in 2013 and was also nominated for Best Original Song for the song "Everybody Needs a Best Friend" from Ted.
MacFarlane served as executive producer of the Neil deGrasse Tyson-hosted Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, an update of the 1980s Cosmos series hosted by Carl Sagan. MacFarlane was instrumental in providing funding for the series, as well as securing studio support for it from other entertainment executives.The Orville (season 1)
The first season of the comedy-drama science fiction television series The Orville was broadcast on Fox from September 10 to December 7, 2017.The Orville (season 2)
The second season of the comedy-drama science fiction television series The Orville was originally broadcast on Fox from December 30, 2018 to April 25, 2019. The season consists of 14 episodes.
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