The Orville (2017– )
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Majority Rule 

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 »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


This episode shares many similarities with the Black Mirror season 3 episode "Nosedive", in which your social rating determines your societal value. In both, certain establishments will refuse service if you have a low enough rating See more »


At 38:55 minutes into the episode we see a shot of 'the feed' which shows people in the up-vote section already commenting on the video of John and his dog Chuckles, but the crew haven't yet uploaded the video. See more »


Lt. Cmdr. Bortus: Who would need such a large cup?
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References American Idol (2002) See more »

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This a fantastic episode!
26 October 2017 | by Chaz-12See 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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