The Orville (2017– )
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Kelly leads a team to find two missing Union anthropologists on a planet similar to Earth.


Tucker Gates


Seth MacFarlane (created by), Seth MacFarlane

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Seth MacFarlane ... Capt. Ed Mercer
Adrianne Palicki ... Cmdr. Kelly Grayson
Penny Johnson Jerald ... Dr. Claire Finn
Scott Grimes ... Lt. Gordon Malloy
Peter Macon ... Lt. Cmdr. Bortus
Halston Sage ... Lt. Alara Kitan
J. Lee ... Lt. John LaMarr (as J Lee)
Mark Jackson ... Isaac
Giorgia Whigham ... Lysella
Steven Culp ... Willks
Ron Canada ... Admiral Tucker
Catherine Shu ... Hoshel
John Viener ... Man Spilling Coffee
Roy Abramsohn ... Morning Host
Loren Lester ... Lewis


Admiral Tucker orders the Orville to investigate the disappearance of two Union anthropologists undercover on a planet akin to 21the century earth. The captain must stand by observing Kelly's small away party, including suitably empathetic doc, Alara -who headdress proves inefficient- and lieutenant John LaMarr, whose childish dance on a statue is considered an utter outrage. The society has no actual authorities, juts a system of voting by the general public o everyone's behavior, and John's is deemed bad enough for tele-voting which may result in 'social correction', a primitive electric brainwashing. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

26 October 2017 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


John LaMarr comments to the group that "maybe there's a Bustin' Jeeber walkin' around somewhere" - obviously referring to Justin Bieber See more »


John was four votes away from ten million votes. Why would he tell off the prison staff after winning? There were enough of them there to vote him down to reach ten million. See more »


Admiral Tucker: Exactly what did you navigator do down there?
Capt. Ed Mercer: I'm told he... dry-humped a statue.
Admiral Tucker: My God - what kind of ship are you running out there, Captain?
Capt. Ed Mercer: Look, Admiral, he's an impulsive guy, yeah, but he's fantastic at his job.
Admiral Tucker: Part of his job is to maintain a low profile when observation lesser-developed alien cultures.
Capt. Ed Mercer: I, I know that, and I promise it will not happen again; I will personally order him... not to hump things.
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References American Idol (2002) See more »

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This a fantastic episode!
26 October 2017 | by Chaz ConeSee all my reviews

I've always thought Seth MacFarlane was a clever writer but this episode (an allegory of present-time social media) was fantastic. A "true" democracy and why it cannot work in the real world. I loved it!

This series continues to impress: the writing, the production values, the special effects -- all just terrific.

I hope it continues for many years.

Go go, Seth!

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