The BEST Episodes of The Orville
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Sep 19, 2021
Follows the crew of the not-so-functional exploratory ship in the Earth's interstellar fleet, 400 years in the future.
#1 - Identity (2)
Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Feb 28, 2019
The Kaylons take control of the Orville with the intention of destroying all biological lifeforms.
#2 - Identity (1)
Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 21, 2019
Ed and the crew travel to Isaac's home planet, Kaylon.
#3 - The Road Not Taken
Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Apr 25, 2019
The crew must contend with the disastrous fallout from Kelly’s decision.
#4 - Lasting Impressions
Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 21, 2019
The Orville crew members open a time capsule from 2015.
#5 - Mad Idolatry
Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 7, 2017
Ed and Kelly seriously reconsider getting back together. However, while Kelly is on a mission with Isaac and Gordon to investigate the origins of an uncharted star, they suddenly crash-land on a planet from another universe. Kelly then makes a decision with unforeseen long-term consequences for the planet, putting Ed in a difficult position.
#6 - Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow
Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Apr 18, 2019
A time distortion affects Ed and Kelly’s relationship.
#7 - Nothing Left on Earth Excepting Fishes
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 17, 2019
Ed finds himself behind enemy lines when he crash-lands on a mysterious planet. Kelly questions why Gordon wants to take the Command Test.
#8 - If the Stars Should Appear
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 28, 2017
Ed and the Orville crew encounter a massive vessel adrift in space, which is in danger of colliding with a star. While some of the crew set out to help the ship's inhabitants, Bortus, Gordon, and John stay behind and fend off a Krill attack on another Union ship.
#9 - Sanctuary
Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Apr 11, 2019
Ed discovers that Moclans aboard The Orville are harboring a secret.
#10 - New Dimensions
Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 30, 2017
Kelly discovers that Lt. John Lamarr is smarter than he lets on. So, she pushes Ed to consider him for a key leadership position on the ship after The Orville gets damaged by a mysterious spatial anomaly causing harrowing effects to all things living.
#11 - Krill
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 12, 2017
After the Orville crew defeats a Krill attack on a brand-new colony, the Union sends Ed and Gordon on a dangerous undercover mission to infiltrate a Krill ship and obtain a copy of the Krill bible, the "Anhkana," to better understand the enemy.
#12 - Pria
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 5, 2017
After the crew saves a stranded ship and its attractive captain, Ed becomes smitten with the Orville’s new guest, while Kelly suspects all is not what it seems. Meanwhile, Gordon attempts to teach Isaac the art of pulling off a practical joke.
#13 - A Happy Refrain
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Jan 31, 2019
The Orville crew is surprised when Claire's personal life takes an unexpected turn. Gordon makes an unusual grooming suggestion to Bortus.
#14 - Home
Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 10, 2019
Ed, Gordon, and Alara visit Alara's home planet of Xelayah.
#15 - Blood of Patriots
Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 7, 2019
Ed must initiate peace talks with the Krill.
#16 - Majority Rule
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 26, 2017
When two Union anthropologists go missing on a planet similar to 21st century Earth, Ed sends a team led by Kelly to find them, but the mission quickly goes awry when they realize the society’s government is completely based on a public voting system to determine punishment.
#17 - Firestorm
Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 16, 2017
When a fire breaks out on The Orville and a crew member dies, Alara begins to question if she is fit for her job, just as unusual and terrifying things start happening on the ship.
#18 - Deflectors
Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 14, 2019
Kelly breaks up with Cassius, while the Orville has its deflectors upgraded by a Moclan engineer who used to be Bortus' boyfriend.
#19 - Cupid's Dagger
Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 9, 2017
The Orville is called to mediate a peace treaty between two warring cultures, but tensions run even higher between Ed and Kelly when a familiar face boards the ship. Meanwhile Yaphit declares his love for Dr. Finn with surprising results.
#20 - All the World is Birthday Cake
Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Jan 24, 2019
The Orville makes First Contact and a new crew member joins the ship.
#21 - Into the Fold
Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 2, 2017
Ed and the crew set out to save Dr. Finn, her two sons and Isaac after their shuttle gets thrown into unchartered space and they crash-land on a moon that is light years from the Orville.
#22 - Ja'loja
Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Dec 30, 2018
The Orville heads towards Moclus for Bortus' special once-a-year ceremony, Ed discovers Kelly has moved on and has started dating. Gordon asks for John's help in getting game. Claire turns to Isaac for parenting advice.
#23 - Command Performance
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 17, 2017
When Ed and Kelly are tricked by a hologram of a ship in distress and find themselves prisoners in a replica of their former home, Alara must step up in her first command of the Orville and attempt a heroic rescue. Meanwhile, Bortus and Klyden receive some happy, yet unexpected news.
#24 - Old Wounds
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 10, 2017
It's 2418 and the Planetary Union promotes Ed Mercer to Captain of the exploratory vessel The U.S.S. Orville. Ed's enthusiasm for his new position is dampened when his ex-wife, Kelly Grayson, is assigned to be his First Officer. While on their first routine mission, the Orville crew is ambushed by the Krill, a vicious alien race, who are bent on stealing a device that can cause time to accelerate.
#25 - About a Girl
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 21, 2017
The Orville crew is divided between cultures when Bortus and Klyden debate if their newly born offspring should receive a controversial surgery.