The Orville (2017– )
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The Orville makes First Contact; A new crew member joins the ship.


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
Jessica Szohr ... Lt. Talla Keyali
J. Lee ... Lt. Cmdr. John LaMarr (as J Lee)
Mark Jackson ... Isaac
Chad L. Coleman ... Klyden
Ted Danson ... Admiral Perry
Chris Johnson ... Cassius
Mike Henry ... Dann
John Rubinstein ... Prefect
Niko Nicotera ... Rokal
Jennifer Landon ... Ukania


The Orville makes First Contact; A new crew member joins the ship.

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Release Date:

24 January 2019 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


At the beginning of the scene where the crew of the Orville is show the communications array control center, a city landscape is shown. There is a slightly pyramidal tower to the left of the array (from within the control center, it is to the right of the array). This building is an exact replica of the Landmark Tower in Yokohama, Japan. See more »


At state dinner, candelabra on table is first seen creased from being bent previously. Lt. Keyali picks up candelabra and it is not bent. Appears this was filmed out of sequence. See more »


Cmdr. Kelly Grayson: Bortus, you have a kid; any suggestions?
Lt. Cmdr. Bortus: Will there be an egg?
Cmdr. Kelly Grayson: Okay, that's a "No".
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It's entertainment not real life
27 January 2019 | by mattbogart-21044See all my reviews

I've noticed that some reviews are so serious that every detail is analysed to death. There will be blogs analysing this episode for weeks. Do people have actual lives or do they just watch tv programmes and criticise them as if they are all important and hours of discussion is warranted? Those people blaming poor writers for destroying the universe or whatever should get out more or become writers themselves and show how clever they are. This was a entertaining episode, but for goodness sake stop taking it so seriously! It's tv ..... not religion!!!

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