Season 1 of The Orville first aired on September 10, 2017, with 8.56 million viewers, the most-watched debut on Fox since Empire in 2015. It was renewed for a second season on November 2 of that year. Because of the show's elaborate production costs, The Orville was intended for a limited 13-episode run. However, on November 14, Fox confirmed that it would change the original Season 1 finale to a Season 2 premiere. While Fox did not comment on its decision, the move is not unusual for the company.
Filming each episode took an average of eight days.
List of episodesEdit
|Commander Ed Mercer gets promoted to captain of a ship, the USS Orville. Mercer's ex-wife is assigned as his First Officer. The Krill attempt to steal powerful Union technology.|
|002||01||02||S01E02||1LAB03||Command Performance||2017-09-14||2.17/6.63||Third series production, fourth-produced episode overall.|
|When Mercer and Grayson are trapped in a replica of their old apartment, inexperienced Alara Kitan is placed in the captain's chair.|
|003||01||03||S01E03||1LAB04||About a Girl||2017-09-21||1.1/4.05|
|The Orville visits Bortus's planet. Bortus and Klyden make a controversial request that sends the crew into a tailspin.|
|004||01||04||S01E04||1LAB02||If the Stars Should Appear||2017-09-28||1.05/3.7||First series production.|
|The crew intercept a bioship about to drift into a star.|
|The Orville saves the attractive Pria Lavesque, but Kelly Grayson is suspicious of her motives.|
|Gordon Malloy and Mercer infiltrate a Krill destroyer to obtain a copy of the Krill holy text.|
|A landing party explore a parallel Earth at the dawn of the 21st-century level of culture and technology, which exercises an extreme form of democracy.|
|008||01||08||S01E08||1LAB08||Into the Fold||2017-11-02||1/3.83|
|The Finns and Isaac are stranded on an unknown moon.|
|Darulio returns to cause havok during tense war negotiations|
|A crew member dies, forcing Alara Kitan to question whether she is fit for command.|
|The ship is crippled by a spatial anomaly. Meanwhile, Mercer must decide who to promote to Chief Engineer.|
|012||01||12||S01E12||1LAB12||Mad Idolatry||2017-11-30||1.2/4.2||Season 1 finale.|
|The crew discovers a planet from another universe. Ed and Kelly consider getting back together.|
The premier opened to mostly negative reviews by critics who said the show did not know whether it wanted to be a comedy or a serious science fiction drama. As of December 7, 2017, the show 21 percent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and critic reviews are 36 percent positive according to Metacritic.
However, viewer response has been mostly positive. Users on IMDB rate The Orville 7.9/10.
- ↑ "The Orville: Season One Ratings". TVSeriesFinale.com. Online. https://tvseriesfinale.com/tv-show/the-orville-season-one-ratings/ (Last accessed Dec. 6, 2017).
- ↑ Nellie Andreeva. "'The Orville' Renewed For Season 2 By Fox". Deadline. Nov. 2, 2017. Online. http://deadline.com/2017/11/the-orville-renewed-for-season-2-fox-seth-macfarlane-1202200369/.
- ↑ Tim Surette. "The Orville's Season Will be Cut Short". TVGuide. Nov. 14, 2017. Online. http://www.tvguide.com/news/the-orville-season-1-episode-count/
- ↑ "8 days". MacFarlane, Seth. Twitter. Oct. 12, 2017. Last accessed Dec. 25, 2017. (Answering the question, "How long does it take to film one episode?")
- ↑ "The Orville: Season One Ratings". TVSeriesFinale.com. Online. https://tvseriesfinale.com/tv-show/the-orville-season-one-ratings/ (Last accessed Dec. 6, 2017). (First figure is the 18-49 demographic; second is the overall number of viewers.)