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The Orville

The-series-philosopher-the_Orville_logo.svgThe Orville is an American science fiction comedy-drama series created by and starring Seth MacFarlane that premiered on Sunday, September 10, 2017, with new episodes to air Thursdays on Fox during the 2017–18 season. Seth MacFarlane stars as Ed Mercer, an officer in the Planetary Union’s line of exploratory space vessels whose career took a downturn following his divorce, and who is given the titular ship as his first command, only to discover that his ex-wife, Kelly Grayson (Adrianne Palicki), has been assigned to be his First Officer. Inspired by the television series Star Trek, the series tells the story of Mercer, Grayson, and the crew of the Orville as they embark on various diplomatic and exploratory missions.


The Orville is set on the titular U.S.S. Orville (ECV-197), a mid-level exploratory space vessel in service to the Planetary Union, a 25th-century interstellar state encompassing Earth and many other worlds.

Cast and characters


  • Seth MacFarlane (creator of American Dad, The Griffins, The Cleveland Show) as Ed Mercer, the captain of the Orville. Mercer was an up and coming officer, believed to be on the fast track to commanding his own heavy cruiser by age 40.
  • Adrianne Palicki (About a Boy, Supernatural, Lone Star, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as Commander Kelly Grayson, the first officer of the Orville and Ed Mercer’s ex-wife.
  • Penny Johnson Jerald (Castle, ER, October Road, 24) as Dr. Claire Finn, as the Chief Medical Officer on the Orville, holding the rank of Lt. Commander. 
  • Scott Grimes (NCIS, Justified, ER, Party of Five, Together We Stand) as Lt. Gordon Malloy, the helmsman of the Orville and Mercer’s best friend. 
  • Peter Macon (Shameless) as Lt. Commander Bortus, the second officer aboard the U.S.S. Orville. Bortus is from Moclus, a planet whose primary industry is weapons manufacturing, and whose inhabitants, the Moclans, are a single-gender species.
  • Halston Sage (Crisis, How to Rock) as Lt. Alara Kitan, the Orvilles 23-year-old Chief of Security. She is a member of the Xelayan race, which inhabits a high-gravity planet, granting her greater-than-human strength, allowing her to knock down doors and walls by charging against them, or crush a handheld cube of solid titanium and reshape it into a sphere with her bare hands.
  • J. Lee as Lt. John LaMarr, the navigator of the Orville. He and Malloy strike up an immediate friendship in the pilot, based on their ironic view that they are both “jerks”.
  • Mark Jackson as Isaac, the Orvilles Science and Engineering Officer. A member of the artificial, non-biological race from Kaylon-1 that views biological lifeforms, including humans, as inferior. 


  • Chad Coleman (The Wire, The Walking Dead, I Hate My Teenage Daughter, Arrow, The Expanse) as Klyden, Bortus’s mate and father of their child. He first appears at the end of the series’ second episode.
  • Norm Macdonald (Girlboss, The Middle, The Norm Show) as the voice of Yaphit, an amorphous, gelatinous crew member of the Orville
  • Larry Joe Campbell (The Trouble With Normal, According to Jim, Weeds, The Protector) as Steve Newton, Chief Engineer of the Orville
  • Rachael MacFarlane as the voice of the Orville computer
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