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 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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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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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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by LoveSyFy
Sep 20, 2017 1:35PM 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!

Well folks I have now sat through to rather shitty episodes of The Orville. I can tell you this humor is one of the things that is subjective. In MY OPINION this is not a funny show. You get a chuckle or two at most, so the folks who are screaming it's hilarious, I just don't get it. On a positive note. I will say this much, the SFX are pretty good. However, I keep getting drawn back to the fact that this is NOT Star Trek, nor is it really a parody. This show has no focus. The direction is just awful, again, it's not a space comedy/parody nor should it even be mentioned in the same sentence as Star Trek or Galaxy Quest. I guess, one can hope the writing get's funny.... idk :(

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!

Well folks I have now sat through to rather shitty episodes of The Orville. I can tell you this humor is one of the things that is subjective. In MY OPINION this is not a funny show. You get a chuckle or two at most, so the folks who are screaming it's hilarious, I just don't get it. On a positive note. I will say this much, the SFX are pretty good. However, I keep getting drawn back to the fact that this is NOT Star Trek, nor is it really a parody. This show has no focus. The direction is just awful, again, it's not a space comedy/parody nor should it even be mentioned in the same sentence as Star Trek or Galaxy Quest. I guess, one can hope the writing get's funny.... idk :(

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by LucR
Oct 6, 2017 3:06PM EDT
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Is it wrong for me to like this show more than the new Star Trek Discovery ? Sure, the humor in this is pretty adolescent, but I love shows set in space. Kind of like another show called "Other space". Let's see where this takes us. I like how there is consistency where that each time the captain ask Alara to open a door he repeats the same phrase in each episodes : " Alara, you want to open this jar of pickles ? ".

Is it wrong for me to like this show more than the new Star Trek Discovery ? Sure, the humor in this is pretty adolescent, but I love shows set in space. Kind of like another show called "Other space". Let's see where this takes us. I like how there is consistency where that each time the captain ask Alara to open a door he repeats the same phrase in each episodes : " Alara, you want to open this jar of pickles ? ".

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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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by WayneC1
Sep 11, 2017 11:40AM EDT
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I love this show. It's definitely Family Guy humor in Star Trek platform.

I love this show. It's definitely Family Guy humor in Star Trek platform.

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by ALCON
Nov 5, 2017 8:57AM EST
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I anticipated this to be terrible - either a low grade TV clone, or a cheap parody. This is neither.
I think a lot of people are missing the boat, or they're expecting something else than what this is. This not a StarTrek show, nor a StarTrek parody or clone. Sure it has humor, but knowing Seth McFarlane's body of work, if it was too serious, he'd probably explode - he's definitely a guy who appreciates and needs humor (not that I'm saying that's a bad thing).

The "professional" critics have panned this, but then again, they're frequently wrong about most things, calling flat movies rich and rich movies flat (often because it doesn't fit their narrow view of what's good).

This is light-hearted, with, yes, initially more rough humor, but as it has progressed, less and less so, and more nuanced "smile" humor.
It's trying to be a light commentary, and remind us how we used to think things could be bright - even though times are dark.

It's a hell of a better time killer than 90% of the garbage out there, even what the critics say is "certified fresh."

Take a chance, give it some time, don't think this is StarTrek, and you'll be pleasantly surprised.

I anticipated this to be terrible - either a low grade TV clone, or a cheap parody. This is neither.
I think a lot of people are missing the boat, or they're expecting something else than what this is. This not a StarTrek show, nor a StarTrek parody or clone. Sure it has humor, but knowing Seth McFarlane's body of work, if it was too serious, he'd probably explode - he's definitely a guy who appreciates and needs humor (not that I'm saying that's a bad thing).

The "professional" critics have panned this, but then again, they're frequently wrong about most things, calling flat movies rich and rich movies flat (often because it doesn't fit their narrow view of what's good).

This is light-hearted, with, yes, initially more rough humor, but as it has progressed, less and less so, and more nuanced "smile" humor.
It's trying to be a light commentary, and remind us how we used to think things could be bright - even though times are dark.

It's a hell of a better time killer than 90% of the garbage out there, even what the critics say is "certified fresh."

Take a chance, give it some time, don't think this is StarTrek, and you'll be pleasantly surprised.

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Oct 13, 2017 12:21PM EDT
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Though a lot of people are calling this a Star Trek Parody series.. I don't think it is to be fair. Sure, this series has a lot in common with Star Trek but it does its own thing. The show is brilliant and comical at times with fantastic stories each episode, with the show getting better and better with each one. The sets, costumes, visual cgi, music, cast and just about everything else is top notch quality. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes Sci-Fi space shows. I really hope this show will get a season 2 and many more after that.

Though a lot of people are calling this a Star Trek Parody series.. I don't think it is to be fair. Sure, this series has a lot in common with Star Trek but it does its own thing. The show is brilliant and comical at times with fantastic stories each episode, with the show getting better and better with each one. The sets, costumes, visual cgi, music, cast and just about everything else is top notch quality. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes Sci-Fi space shows. I really hope this show will get a season 2 and many more after that.