The Best Episodes of The Orville

Last Updated: May 1, 2019

Follows the crew of the not-so-functional exploratory ship in the Earth's interstellar fleet, 400 years in the future.

Identity (2)

#1 - Identity (2)

Season 2 - Episode 9

The Kaylons take control of the Orville with the intention of destroying all biological lifeforms.

star 8.15
1,672 votes
Directors: Jon Cassar
Writers: Seth MacFarlane
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Identity (1)

#2 - Identity (1)

Season 2 - Episode 8

Ed and the crew travel to Isaac's home planet, Kaylon.

star 8.15
1,708 votes
Directors: Jon Cassar
Writers: André Bormanis, Brannon Braga
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The Road Not Taken

#3 - The Road Not Taken

Season 2 - Episode 14

The crew must contend with the disastrous fallout from Kelly’s decision.

star 8.01
1,109 votes
Directors: Gary S. Rake
Writers: David A. Goodman
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Lasting Impressions

#4 - Lasting Impressions

Season 2 - Episode 11

The Orville crew members open a time capsule from 2015.

star 7.99
1,675 votes
Directors: Kelly Cronin
Writers: Seth MacFarlane
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Mad Idolatry

#5 - Mad Idolatry

Season 1 - Episode 12

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.

star 7.92
3,197 votes
Directors: Brannon Braga
Writers: Seth MacFarlane
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Nothing Left on Earth Excepting Fishes

#6 - Nothing Left on Earth Excepting Fishes

Season 2 - Episode 4

Ed finds himself behind enemy lines when he crash-lands on a mysterious planet. Kelly questions why Gordon wants to take the Command Test.

star 7.86
1,920 votes
Directors: Jon Cassar
Writers: Brannon Braga, André Bormanis
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Sanctuary

#7 - Sanctuary

Season 2 - Episode 12

Ed discovers that Moclans aboard The Orville are harboring a secret.

star 7.84
1,478 votes
Directors: Jonathan Frakes
Writers: Joe Menosky
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Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

#8 - Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

Season 2 - Episode 13

A time distortion affects Ed and Kelly’s relationship.

star 7.84
1,328 votes
Directors: Gary S. Rake
Writers: Janet Lin
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If the Stars Should Appear

#9 - If the Stars Should Appear

Season 1 - Episode 4

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.

star 7.79
4,998 votes
Directors: James L. Conway
Writers: Seth MacFarlane
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New Dimensions

#10 - New Dimensions

Season 1 - Episode 11

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.

star 7.78
3,362 votes
Directors: Kelly Cronin
Writers: Seth MacFarlane
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Krill

#11 - Krill

Season 1 - Episode 6

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.

star 7.75
4,521 votes
Directors: Jon Cassar
Writers: David A. Goodman
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Blood of Patriots

#12 - Blood of Patriots

Season 2 - Episode 10

Ed must initiate peace talks with the Krill.

star 7.75
1,582 votes
Writers: Seth MacFarlane
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A Happy Refrain

#13 - A Happy Refrain

Season 2 - Episode 6

The Orville crew is surprised when Claire's personal life takes an unexpected turn. Gordon makes an unusual grooming suggestion to Bortus.

star 7.74
1,811 votes
Directors: Seth MacFarlane
Writers: Seth MacFarlane
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Home

#14 - Home

Season 2 - Episode 3

Ed, Gordon, and Alara visit Alara's home planet of Xelayah.

star 7.73
2,000 votes
Directors: Jon Cassar
Writers: Cherry Chevapravatdumrong
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Pria

#15 - Pria

Season 1 - Episode 5

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.

star 7.71
4,833 votes
Directors: Jonathan Frakes
Writers: Seth MacFarlane
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Majority Rule

#16 - Majority Rule

Season 1 - Episode 7

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.

star 7.70
4,306 votes
Directors: Tucker Gates
Writers: Seth MacFarlane
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Deflectors

#17 - Deflectors

Season 2 - Episode 7

Kelly breaks up with Cassius, while the Orville has its deflectors upgraded by a Moclan engineer who used to be Bortus' boyfriend.

star 7.69
1,650 votes
Directors: Seth MacFarlane
Writers: David A. Goodman
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Firestorm

#18 - Firestorm

Season 1 - Episode 10

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.

star 7.67
3,509 votes
Directors: Brannon Braga
Writers: Cherry Chevapravatdumrong
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All the World is Birthday Cake

#19 - All the World is Birthday Cake

Season 2 - Episode 5

The Orville makes First Contact and a new crew member joins the ship.

star 7.62
1,858 votes
Writers: Seth MacFarlane
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Cupid's Dagger

#20 - Cupid's Dagger

Season 1 - Episode 9

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.

star 7.61
3,618 votes
Directors: Jamie Babbit
Writers: Liz Heldens
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Into the Fold

#21 - Into the Fold

Season 1 - Episode 8

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.

star 7.55
3,830 votes
Directors: Brannon Braga
Writers: Brannon Braga, André Bormanis
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Ja'loja

#22 - Ja'loja

Season 2 - Episode 1

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.

star 7.52
2,168 votes
Directors: Seth MacFarlane
Writers: Seth MacFarlane
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Command Performance

#23 - Command Performance

Season 1 - Episode 2

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.

star 7.51
5,735 votes
Writers: Seth MacFarlane
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Old Wounds

#24 - Old Wounds

Season 1 - Episode 1

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.

star 7.43
6,839 votes
Directors: Jon Favreau
Writers: Seth MacFarlane
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About a Girl

#25 - About a Girl

Season 1 - Episode 3

The Orville crew is divided between cultures when Bortus and Klyden debate if their newly born offspring should receive a controversial surgery.

star 7.42
5,204 votes
Directors: Brannon Braga
Writers: Seth MacFarlane
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