The BEST episodes of The Orville

Every episode of The Orville ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of The Orville!

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

Last Updated: 6/30/2024Network: HuluStatus: Continuing
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Domino
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8.15
1435 votes

#1 - Domino

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired 7/28/2022

The creation of a powerful new weapon puts the Orville crew — and the entire Union — in a political and ethical quandary.

Directors: Jon Cassar
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Identity (2)
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8.15
2692 votes

#2 - Identity (2)

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 2/28/2019

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

Directors: Jon Cassar
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Identity (1)
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8.09
2761 votes

#3 - Identity (1)

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 2/21/2019

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

Directors: Jon Cassar
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The Road Not Taken
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7.94
2639 votes

#4 - The Road Not Taken

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired 4/25/2019

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

Directors: Gary S. Rake
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Lasting Impressions
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7.94
2796 votes

#5 - Lasting Impressions

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired 3/21/2019

The Orville crew members open a time capsule from 2015.

Directors: Kelly Cronin
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Mad Idolatry
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7.92
3777 votes

#6 - Mad Idolatry

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 12/7/2017

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.

Directors: Brannon Braga
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Twice in a Lifetime
star
7.89
1454 votes

#7 - Twice in a Lifetime

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 7/7/2022

The crew must rescue Gordon from a distant yet familiar world.

Directors: Jon Cassar
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Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow
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7.85
2594 votes

#8 - Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired 4/18/2019

A time distortion affects Ed and Kelly’s relationship.

Directors: Gary S. Rake
Writer: Janet Lin
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Nothing Left on Earth Excepting Fishes
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7.82
2840 votes

#9 - Nothing Left on Earth Excepting Fishes

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 1/17/2019

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

Directors: Jon Cassar
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Sanctuary
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7.81
2559 votes

#10 - Sanctuary

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired 4/11/2019

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

Directors: Jonathan Frakes
Writer: Joe Menosky
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Future Unknown
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7.80
1380 votes

#11 - Future Unknown

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired 8/4/2022

A celebration is underway aboard the ship.

Directors: Seth MacFarlane
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If the Stars Should Appear
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7.80
5490 votes

#12 - If the Stars Should Appear

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 9/28/2017

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.

Directors: James L. Conway
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Midnight Blue
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7.78
1404 votes

#13 - Midnight Blue

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired 7/21/2022

The Orville crew visits Heveena’s sanctuary world and embarks on a journey that may leave the entire Union more vulnerable.

Directors: Jon Cassar
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New Dimensions
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7.76
4006 votes

#14 - New Dimensions

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 11/30/2017

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.

Directors: Kelly Cronin
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A Happy Refrain
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7.73
2744 votes

#15 - A Happy Refrain

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 1/31/2019

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

Directors: Seth MacFarlane
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From Unknown Graves
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7.73
1397 votes

#16 - From Unknown Graves

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 7/14/2022

The Orville discovers a Kaylon with a very special ability.

Directors: Seth MacFarlane
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Home
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7.73
2894 votes

#17 - Home

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 1/10/2019

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

Directors: Jon Cassar
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Krill
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7.72
5000 votes

#18 - Krill

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/12/2017

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.

Directors: Jon Cassar
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Gently Falling Rain
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7.72
1524 votes

#19 - Gently Falling Rain

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 6/23/2022

The Orville crew leads a Union delegation to sign a peace treaty with the Krill.

Directors: Jon Cassar
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Pria
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7.70
5305 votes

#20 - Pria

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/5/2017

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.

Directors: Jonathan Frakes
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Blood of Patriots
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7.70
2589 votes

#21 - Blood of Patriots

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired 3/7/2019

Ed must initiate peace talks with the Krill.

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Firestorm
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7.67
4153 votes

#22 - Firestorm

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/16/2017

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.

Directors: Brannon Braga
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Majority Rule
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7.67
4811 votes

#23 - Majority Rule

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 10/26/2017

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.

Directors: Tucker Gates
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A Tale of Two Topas
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7.65
1530 votes

#24 - A Tale of Two Topas

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 6/30/2022

Tensions between Kelly and the Moclans result when she helps Topa prepare for the Union Point entrance exam.

Directors: Seth MacFarlane
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Deflectors
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7.65
2612 votes

#25 - Deflectors

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 2/14/2019

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

Directors: Seth MacFarlane
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