The Orville

10 Worst 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 - S1E10

#10 - Firestorm (Season 1 - Episode 10)

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.

The episode was rated 7.65 from 3643 votes.

The Orville - S2E7

#9 - Deflectors (Season 2 - Episode 7)


One of Bortus's old lovers is assigned to help upgrade the ships defences and makes a surprising admission to Talla.

The episode was rated 7.62 from 2329 votes.

The Orville - S1E9

#8 - Cupid's Dagger (Season 1 - Episode 9)

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.

The episode was rated 7.57 from 3750 votes.

The Orville - S2E5

#7 - All the World is Birthday Cake (Season 2 - Episode 5)


The Orville makes First Contact and a new crew member joins the ship.

The episode was rated 7.56 from 2527 votes.

The Orville - S2E1

#6 - Ja'loja (Season 2 - Episode 1)

As The Orville heads towards Moclus for Bortus' special once-a-year ceremony, Ed discovers Kelly has moved on and has started dating. Meanwhile, Gordon asks for John's help in getting game, and Claire turns to Isaac for parenting advice.

The episode was rated 7.49 from 2792 votes.

The Orville - S1E8

#5 - Into the Fold (Season 1 - Episode 8)


Ed and the crew set out to save Dr. Finn, her two sons and Isaac after their shuttle gets thrown into uncharted space and they crash-land on a moon that is light years from the Orville.

The episode was rated 7.49 from 3903 votes.

The Orville - S1E2

#4 - Command Performance (Season 1 - Episode 2)

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.

The episode was rated 7.48 from 5580 votes.

The Orville - S1E1

#3 - Old Wounds (Season 1 - Episode 1)


It's 2417, 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.

The episode was rated 7.42 from 6651 votes.

The Orville - S1E3

#2 - About a Girl (Season 1 - Episode 3)

The Orville crew is divided between cultures when Bortus and Klyden debate if their newly born offspring should receive a controversial surgery.

The episode was rated 7.40 from 5091 votes.

The Orville - S2E2

#1 - Primal Urges (Season 2 - Episode 2)


Ed and the crew race to save a small group of survivors on a planet about to be destroyed by its sun. Meanwhile, Bortus and Klyden start marriage counseling when Bortus' obsession with the ship's simulation room gets out of hand.

The episode was rated 7.30 from 2584 votes.

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