Thursday, 9 p.m., Fox


Set 300 years, Captain Ed Mercer (Seth MacFarlane) of the U.S.S. Orville and his crew — that includes his ex-wife (Adrianne Palicki) and best friend (Scott Grimes) — explore space and deal with life on a spaceship in Seth MacFarlane’s sci-fi dramedy

What The Critics Say (Metascore 36)

  • The show’s smirky tone, embodied in MacFarlane’s smug frat-boy demeanor as the captain, never quite gels with the universal humanism the episode is aiming for. — Matt Roush, TV Guide
  • The Orville needs considerable work to accomplish whatever it wants to be–assuming that MacFarlane and company even have that answer. For now it’s boldly but very unsteadily going forth, with its jokes working here and there while the action and “messages” bump along at best. — Ed Bark, Uncle Barky
  • While The Orville clearly demonstrates its fondness for a show that promised to boldly go where others hadn’t, it feels like MacFarlane and his crew are taking a sizable step backwards. — Brian Lowry, CNN