The Orville

10 Best Episodes of The Orville

Follow the crew of the not-so-functional exploratory ship in the Earth's interstellar fleet, 400 years in the future.

Written by Sophie and last updated on feb 12, 2023.

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The Orville - S1E5

#15 - 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.

The episode was rated 7.67 from 4766 votes.

The Orville - S2E10

#14 - Blood of Patriots (Season 2 - Episode 10)


Ed must initiate peace talks with the Krill.

The episode was rated 7.69 from 2308 votes.

The Orville - S2E3

#13 - Home (Season 2 - Episode 3)

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

The episode was rated 7.70 from 2608 votes.

The Orville - S1E6

#12 - 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.

The episode was rated 7.71 from 4521 votes.

The Orville - S2E6

#11 - A Happy Refrain (Season 2 - Episode 6)

The Orville crew is surprised when Claire's personal life takes an unexpected turn, and Gordon makes an unusual grooming suggestion to Bortus.

The episode was rated 7.72 from 2481 votes.

The Orville - S1E11

#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.

The episode was rated 7.75 from 3531 votes.

The Orville - S1E4

#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

The episode was rated 7.76 from 4920 votes.

The Orville - S2E4

#8 - Nothing Left on Earth Excepting Fishes (Season 2 - Episode 4)


Ed finds himself behind enemy lines when he crash-lands on a mysterious planet. Meanwhile, Kelly questions why Gordon wants to take the Command Test.

The episode was rated 7.78 from 2581 votes.

The Orville - S2E13

#7 - Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow (Season 2 - Episode 13)

A time distortion affects Ed and Kelly's relationship.

The episode was rated 7.81 from 2332 votes.

The Orville - S2E12

#6 - Sanctuary (Season 2 - Episode 12)


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

The episode was rated 7.81 from 2351 votes.

The Orville - S1E12

#5 - Mad Idolatry (Season 1 - Episode 12)

Ed and Kelly consider the possibility of reforging their relationship, but Kelly soon crash-lands on a planet in another universe with Isaac and Gordon.

The episode was rated 7.92 from 3402 votes.

The Orville - S2E11

#4 - Lasting Impressions (Season 2 - Episode 11)


The Orville crew members open a time capsule from 2015.

The episode was rated 7.93 from 2501 votes.

The Orville - S2E14

#3 - The Road Not Taken (Season 2 - Episode 14)

The crew must contend with the disastrous fallout from Kelly's decision.

The episode was rated 7.94 from 2381 votes.

The Orville - S2E8

#2 - Identity (1) (Season 2 - Episode 8)


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

The episode was rated 8.05 from 2456 votes.

The Orville - S2E9

#1 - Identity (2) (Season 2 - Episode 9)

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

The episode was rated 8.13 from 2408 votes.

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