The BEST Episodes of The Orville

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 26, 2019

Network: FOX

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 8.12
2,003 votes
Directors: Jon Cassar
Writers: Seth MacFarlane
Identity (1)

#2 - Identity (1)

Season 2 - Episode 8

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

star 8.08
2,045 votes
Directors: Jon Cassar
Writers: André Bormanis, Brannon Braga
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 7.96
1,908 votes
Directors: Gary S. Rake
Writers: David A. Goodman
Lasting Impressions

#4 - Lasting Impressions

Season 2 - Episode 11

The Orville crew members open a time capsule from 2015.

star 7.94
2,066 votes
Directors: Kelly Cronin
Writers: Seth MacFarlane
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 7.91
3,322 votes
Directors: Brannon Braga
Writers: Seth MacFarlane
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 7.81
2,197 votes
Directors: Jon Cassar
Writers: André Bormanis, Brannon Braga
Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

#7 - Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

Season 2 - Episode 13

A time distortion affects Ed and Kelly’s relationship.

star 7.81
1,885 votes
Directors: Gary S. Rake
Writers: Janet Lin
Sanctuary

#8 - Sanctuary

Season 2 - Episode 12

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

star 7.80
1,919 votes
Directors: Jonathan Frakes
Writers: Joe Menosky
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 7.78
5,108 votes
Directors: James L. Conway
Writers: Seth MacFarlane
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 7.77
3,473 votes
Directors: Kelly Cronin
Writers: Seth MacFarlane
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 7.74
4,638 votes
Directors: Jon Cassar
Writers: David A. Goodman
Blood of Patriots

#12 - Blood of Patriots

Season 2 - Episode 10

Ed must initiate peace talks with the Krill.

star 7.71
1,927 votes
Writers: Seth MacFarlane
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 7.71
2,099 votes
Directors: Seth MacFarlane
Writers: Seth MacFarlane
Pria

#14 - 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 7.69
4,940 votes
Directors: Jonathan Frakes
Writers: Seth MacFarlane
Majority Rule

#15 - 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 7.69
4,420 votes
Directors: Tucker Gates
Writers: Seth MacFarlane
Home

#16 - Home

Season 2 - Episode 3

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

star 7.69
2,267 votes
Directors: Jon Cassar
Writers: Cherry Chevapravatdumrong
Firestorm

#17 - 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 7.66
3,609 votes
Directors: Brannon Braga
Writers: Cherry Chevapravatdumrong
Deflectors

#18 - 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 7.64
1,946 votes
Directors: Seth MacFarlane
Writers: David A. Goodman
Cupid's Dagger

#19 - 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 7.59
3,722 votes
Directors: Jamie Babbit
Writers: Liz Heldens
All the World is Birthday Cake

#20 - All the World is Birthday Cake

Season 2 - Episode 5

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

star 7.58
2,133 votes
Writers: Seth MacFarlane
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 7.53
3,944 votes
Directors: Brannon Braga
Writers: André Bormanis, Brannon Braga
Command Performance

#22 - 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 7.50
5,860 votes
Writers: Seth MacFarlane
Ja'loja

#23 - 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 7.50
2,436 votes
Directors: Seth MacFarlane
Writers: Seth MacFarlane
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
6,980 votes
Directors: Jon Favreau
Writers: Seth MacFarlane
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 7.41
5,311 votes
Directors: Brannon Braga
Writers: Seth MacFarlane