With its (nearly) feature-length episodes, chemistry-laden cast, and high-quality production values—we didn’t even mention the show’s incredible use of music, from its orchestral score to its sly integration of show tunes (Annie on far-future Earth, anyone?)—The Orville: New Horizons felt like you were getting a new movie every week. It kept in its sci-fi lane, but along the way it also brought in romance, horror, high-stakes action, and a bit of comedy to boot. The Orville’s structure allows for both standalone episodes and continuing storylines that introduce new characters and settings in ways that are both logical and entertaining. It sure feels like the show’s storytelling and worldbuilding have just barely begun to scratch the surface—and there’s plenty of room for more.
The Orville’s first three seasons are now streaming on Hulu. Starting August 10, you can also catch them on Disney+.
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