The BEST Episodes of The Orville

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 28, 2020

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 - Aired Feb 28, 2019

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

star 8.14
2,304 votes
Directors: Jon Cassar
Writers: Seth MacFarlane
Identity (1)

#2 - Identity (1)

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 21, 2019

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

star 8.11
2,373 votes
Directors: Jon Cassar
Writers: André Bormanis, Brannon Braga
The Road Not Taken

#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.

star 7.97
2,201 votes
Directors: Gary S. Rake
Writers: David A. Goodman
Lasting Impressions

#4 - Lasting Impressions

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 21, 2019

The Orville crew members open a time capsule from 2015.

star 7.95
2,381 votes
Directors: Kelly Cronin
Writers: Seth MacFarlane
Mad Idolatry

#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.

star 7.92
3,659 votes
Directors: Brannon Braga
Writers: Seth MacFarlane
Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

#6 - Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Apr 18, 2019

A time distortion affects Ed and Kelly’s relationship.

star 7.86
2,179 votes
Directors: Gary S. Rake
Writers: Janet Lin
Nothing Left on Earth Excepting Fishes

#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.

star 7.83
2,468 votes
Directors: Jon Cassar
Writers: André Bormanis, Brannon Braga
If the Stars Should Appear

#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.

star 7.81
5,642 votes
Directors: James L. Conway
Writers: Seth MacFarlane
Sanctuary

#9 - Sanctuary

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Apr 11, 2019

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

star 7.80
2,152 votes
Directors: Jonathan Frakes
Writers: Joe Menosky
New Dimensions

#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.

star 7.76
3,917 votes
Directors: Kelly Cronin
Writers: Seth MacFarlane
Krill

#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.

star 7.75
5,090 votes
Directors: Jon Cassar
Writers: David A. Goodman
A Happy Refrain

#12 - 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.

star 7.73
2,367 votes
Directors: Seth MacFarlane
Writers: Seth MacFarlane
Pria

#13 - 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.

star 7.73
5,445 votes
Directors: Jonathan Frakes
Writers: Seth MacFarlane
Home

#14 - Home

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 10, 2019

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

star 7.71
2,555 votes
Directors: Jon Cassar
Writers: Cherry Chevapravatdumrong
Blood of Patriots

#15 - Blood of Patriots

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 7, 2019

Ed must initiate peace talks with the Krill.

star 7.70
2,224 votes
Writers: Seth MacFarlane
Majority Rule

#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.

star 7.69
4,822 votes
Directors: Tucker Gates
Writers: Seth MacFarlane
Firestorm

#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.

star 7.68
4,086 votes
Directors: Brannon Braga
Writers: Cherry Chevapravatdumrong
Deflectors

#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.

star 7.66
2,239 votes
Directors: Seth MacFarlane
Writers: David A. Goodman
Cupid's Dagger

#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.

star 7.64
4,221 votes
Directors: Jamie Babbit
Writers: Liz Heldens
All the World is Birthday Cake

#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.

star 7.60
2,429 votes
Writers: Seth MacFarlane
Into the Fold

#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.

star 7.54
4,390 votes
Directors: Brannon Braga
Writers: André Bormanis, Brannon Braga
Ja'loja

#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.

star 7.54
2,692 votes
Directors: Seth MacFarlane
Writers: Seth MacFarlane
Command Performance

#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.

star 7.51
6,293 votes
Writers: Seth MacFarlane
Old Wounds

#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.

star 7.45
7,505 votes
Directors: Jon Favreau
Writers: Seth MacFarlane
About a Girl

#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.

star 7.45
5,771 votes
Directors: Brannon Braga
Writers: Seth MacFarlane