This Hulu series is the internet’s favorite sci-fi comedy
The Orville is one of my favorite shows right now. It’s so well written.
I thought The Orville would be silly because, well, Seth McFarlane, but it’s a deeply moving show. He tackles difficult societal issues with grace and thoughtfulness
The Orville is so good. Please Disney write a blank check to Seth Macfarlane and let him do like 5 more seasons of this show.
It’s the kind of unqualified praise you see over and over again on social media (the tweets above are here, hereand here) viewers in response to The Orvillean epic space adventure series set 400 years in the future that comes from family guy creator Seth MacFarlane. If you’re not a fan of the often crude, boundary-pushing style of family guy humor, listen, I understand. See MacFarlane’s name attached to a show like The Orville might give you pause.
But boy, oh boy, would you miss a sci-fi gem with heart, humor, and top-notch writing.
The Orville – Cast, synopsis and more
Before moving to Hulu, the series started on Fox, where the first season debuted in 2017. At the time, critics didn’t seem to really know what to make of it. There didn’t seem to be a clear purpose and the humor gave the show a rambling feel. However, the show quickly turned into a sometimes heartfelt meditation on some deep aspect of the universe. And Rotten Tomatoes scores make this progression of this stellar Hulu series crystal clear.
The first season of The Orville has an awful 31% review score on the review aggregation site.
Seasons 2 and 3? Both have 100% perfect scores at the time of this writing.
“Easily some of the best sci-fi writing in a while,” said a viewer on Rotten Tomatoes. “Socially relevant and incredibly provocative.”
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Learn more about the show
The Orville: new horizons is the title of the new season available to stream now. Hulu says this season “finds the crew of the USS Orville continuing their mission of exploration, as they navigate both the mysteries of the universe and the complexity of their own interpersonal relationships.”
Additionally, the show transformed from being a star trek knockoff with the visuals of a SNL sketch on an artwork that dealt with suicide, race, abortion and showed us protagonists existing as pilgrims in the forever infinity of the universe. It’s entertaining and heady stuff.
The ensemble cast includes MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Penny Johnson Jerald, Scott Grimes, Peter Macon, J Lee, Mark Jackson, Chad L. Coleman, Jessica Szohr and Anne Winters.
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