The Orville Reviews & Ratings

Thursdays, 9:00 PM ET on FOX

60 minutes

From Emmy Award-winning executive producer and creator Seth MacFarlane (FAMILY GUY, “Ted”) and directed by Jon Favreau (“The Jungle Book,” “Iron Man”), THE ORVILLE is a one-hour science fiction series set 400 years in the future that follows the adventures of the U.S.S. Orville, a mid-level exploratory vessel. Its crew, both human and alien, faces the wonders and dangers of outer space, while also dealing with the familiar, often humorous problems of regular people in a workplace…even though some of those people are from other planets, and the workplace is a faster-than-light spaceship.
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Sep 14, 2017 5:46AM EDT
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Pretty mediocre I'm afraid. The comedy parts are flat and juvenile, the drama parts are boring and one-dimensional. Sadly it doesn't work.
Here's the thing: I don’t think MacFarlane intended it to be a parody. I think he meant for it to be a loving homage to Star Trek: TNG, albeit with dick jokes. Compared to something like Galaxy Quest or Other Space, it’s pretty much a straight pastiche of TNG with a lot of Family Guy-style humor designed to appeal to aging Gen-X’ers thrown in at random. It’s kind of bewildering to watch, because MacFarlane clearly loves the source material too much to lampoon it, even in an affectionate way.
I'll keep watching to see if it gets better, but my hopes are low.

Pretty mediocre I'm afraid. The comedy parts are flat and juvenile, the drama parts are boring and one-dimensional. Sadly it doesn't work.
Here's the thing: I don’t think MacFarlane intended it to be a parody. I think he meant for it to be a loving homage to Star Trek: TNG, albeit with dick jokes. Compared to something like Galaxy Quest or Other Space, it’s pretty much a straight pastiche of TNG with a lot of Family Guy-style humor designed to appeal to aging Gen-X’ers thrown in at random. It’s kind of bewildering to watch, because MacFarlane clearly loves the source material too much to lampoon it, even in an affectionate way.
I'll keep watching to see if it gets better, but my hopes are low.

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Sep 12, 2017 9:53AM EDT
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I really like this show so far! I love how it's a Star Trek parody! The effects are awesome and the different alien designs are going to be awesome, too! I can't wait for more and I'm happy this is the first show that's an hour long!! Giggity!

I really like this show so far! I love how it's a Star Trek parody! The effects are awesome and the different alien designs are going to be awesome, too! I can't wait for more and I'm happy this is the first show that's an hour long!! Giggity!

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Sep 11, 2017 5:09PM EDT
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Five minutes in and I know everything I need to know... Star Trek Next Generation meets Galaxy Quest... the Next Gen rip off is so replete that every single character on the bridge is a direct corollary to the Next Gen cast. Its basically Next Gen with some goofy adolescent comedy. It might be fun for a couple episodes, but its definitely going to be canceled.

As a bonus, its misogynistic, as the female co-lead is called a BITCH at least twice in the first episode.

Five minutes in and I know everything I need to know... Star Trek Next Generation meets Galaxy Quest... the Next Gen rip off is so replete that every single character on the bridge is a direct corollary to the Next Gen cast. Its basically Next Gen with some goofy adolescent comedy. It might be fun for a couple episodes, but its definitely going to be canceled.

As a bonus, its misogynistic, as the female co-lead is called a BITCH at least twice in the first episode.

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Sep 18, 2017 10:57AM EDT
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How do the writers not get sued for using everything from Startrek and just making it a different color or giving it a different name?

It's watchable because its Startrek, just with bad jokes thrown in, but I would prefer a space themed show that has something new to say.

I feel I should say I don't think its funny because family guy humor is not funny and, since this is the future people would be more evolved. They will probably have a whole episode about farting. "Space Farts."

How do the writers not get sued for using everything from Startrek and just making it a different color or giving it a different name?

It's watchable because its Startrek, just with bad jokes thrown in, but I would prefer a space themed show that has something new to say.

I feel I should say I don't think its funny because family guy humor is not funny and, since this is the future people would be more evolved. They will probably have a whole episode about farting. "Space Farts."

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Sep 15, 2017 5:18PM EDT
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The Orville, is flat, when I say flat I mean flat lining as in almost dead! I am thoroughly confused, is this a comedy/parody or a drama. There is NO identity , it can't figure out what it wants to be. The jokes were take them or leave them. The drama parts were, ah whatever....it's lost and if someone doesn't right the ship this thing is doomed!

The Orville, is flat, when I say flat I mean flat lining as in almost dead! I am thoroughly confused, is this a comedy/parody or a drama. There is NO identity , it can't figure out what it wants to be. The jokes were take them or leave them. The drama parts were, ah whatever....it's lost and if someone doesn't right the ship this thing is doomed!

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by opal219
Sep 12, 2017 11:15PM EDT
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Someone needed to make a decision about if this is a comedy or not.. potential for good adolescent belly laughs but they didn't pull it off in this episode. There were a couple of grins but nothing to write home about for me.
Maybe they'll get better as they get to know their characters better. The two goof balls at the helm did their jobs.. well.. the rest.. meh.
The SFX are fun .. the sets.. ho hum, like Epcot center's view of the future when it opened but more minimal.
Now if, in the next episode, there are tribble look alikes.. I might be hooked.. give me a little squeaky furry thing and I'm in.

Someone needed to make a decision about if this is a comedy or not.. potential for good adolescent belly laughs but they didn't pull it off in this episode. There were a couple of grins but nothing to write home about for me.
Maybe they'll get better as they get to know their characters better. The two goof balls at the helm did their jobs.. well.. the rest.. meh.
The SFX are fun .. the sets.. ho hum, like Epcot center's view of the future when it opened but more minimal.
Now if, in the next episode, there are tribble look alikes.. I might be hooked.. give me a little squeaky furry thing and I'm in.

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by hmab
Sep 19, 2017 4:28PM EDT
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This hilarious Trek doppelganger is the best!
Although I have never been a Seth McFarland fan, this vehicle is perfect for him. Conversely, I have always been a fan of Adrianne Palicki, so I am enjoying The Orville.
Most of the drama takes place on a not-so-top-of-the-line exploratory ship in Earth's interstellar Fleet which helps expose the acting chops of Halston Sage (Neighbors,Paper Town) and Scott Grimes (Justified, Republic of Doyle).
All in all this is a great vehicle to jump-start the fall season .

This hilarious Trek doppelganger is the best!
Although I have never been a Seth McFarland fan, this vehicle is perfect for him. Conversely, I have always been a fan of Adrianne Palicki, so I am enjoying The Orville.
Most of the drama takes place on a not-so-top-of-the-line exploratory ship in Earth's interstellar Fleet which helps expose the acting chops of Halston Sage (Neighbors,Paper Town) and Scott Grimes (Justified, Republic of Doyle).
All in all this is a great vehicle to jump-start the fall season .

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by Gmaan
Sep 16, 2017 7:20AM EDT
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boring. comedy is out of place and the graphics just doesnt seem real; very obvious it is done in the studio. "cliamatic" ending was just meh. will give it 5 episodes before deciding to follow it or not

boring. comedy is out of place and the graphics just doesnt seem real; very obvious it is done in the studio. "cliamatic" ending was just meh. will give it 5 episodes before deciding to follow it or not

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Sep 11, 2017 6:37PM EDT
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I have mixed feelings about this show. As a comedy it works, and will be a good show for a couple of seasons. But the graphics on this are great, If it was a more serious sci-fi/space exploration TV show, I could have seen this on par with Star Trek, as long as they replaced certain actors ( to make it less of a comedy).

However as a comedy, it is good. I will admit, I kept pausing the show, to look on IMDB to see if a certain actor had been in American Dad/Family guy, which didnt help, but I remember doing the same with Ted. For anyone who wonders though, Only one main regular from American dad, is in the show. I won't spoil who, but he voiced Steve.

I hate to say it, but I think Seth Macfarlane is ruining it. He cannot act, his lines are at the wrong timing etc and I dont feel chemistry between him and the character who plays his ex wife. When people have been married then tends to be a Chemistry, even after a divorce. But because of the poor acting, the chemistry seems false.

This show is a play on many Star Trek shows, such as a character who was similar to B'Elanna Torres From Voyager, but white and called Alara Kitan. Then there is Bortus who will remind you of Worf.

As a comedy value its not brilliant, but then again, take off the canned laughter from The Big Bang Theory and that looses it's comedy too.

I will however be watching this show again. Despite my negativism reviews, I did enjoy the show. The graphics on it though, deserves an award. Although I found aa space ship dancing around another space ship unrealistic, but you have to remember it's a comedy and not serious.

I have mixed feelings about this show. As a comedy it works, and will be a good show for a couple of seasons. But the graphics on this are great, If it was a more serious sci-fi/space exploration TV show, I could have seen this on par with Star Trek, as long as they replaced certain actors ( to make it less of a comedy).

However as a comedy, it is good. I will admit, I kept pausing the show, to look on IMDB to see if a certain actor had been in American Dad/Family guy, which didnt help, but I remember doing the same with Ted. For anyone who wonders though, Only one main regular from American dad, is in the show. I won't spoil who, but he voiced Steve.

I hate to say it, but I think Seth Macfarlane is ruining it. He cannot act, his lines are at the wrong timing etc and I dont feel chemistry between him and the character who plays his ex wife. When people have been married then tends to be a Chemistry, even after a divorce. But because of the poor acting, the chemistry seems false.

This show is a play on many Star Trek shows, such as a character who was similar to B'Elanna Torres From Voyager, but white and called Alara Kitan. Then there is Bortus who will remind you of Worf.

As a comedy value its not brilliant, but then again, take off the canned laughter from The Big Bang Theory and that looses it's comedy too.

I will however be watching this show again. Despite my negativism reviews, I did enjoy the show. The graphics on it though, deserves an award. Although I found aa space ship dancing around another space ship unrealistic, but you have to remember it's a comedy and not serious.

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Sep 11, 2017 1:25PM EDT
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I really find this show refreshing and well made, but i must confess that i feared the worst since I'm also a star trek fan but hey why not its new and i sure hope its not a satiric TV show it will disappoint me a lot...

I really find this show refreshing and well made, but i must confess that i feared the worst since I'm also a star trek fan but hey why not its new and i sure hope its not a satiric TV show it will disappoint me a lot...