Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - FRONT PAGE - with Kylie Wil­son

THE voice of Seth Mac­Far­lane will be fa­mil­iar to many from his years of work on his an­i­mated sit­com Fam­ily Guy – which, while its bound­ary­push­ing, adult hu­mour might not be to ev­ery­one’s taste, still ranks among my favourite an­i­mated shows.

In re­cent years, he has branched out into movies – be­com­ing the voice of the ti­tle char­ac­ter in the crude but hi­lar­i­ous Ted, and star­ring as a hap­less sheep farmer deal­ing with the harsh re­al­i­ties of prairie life in A Mil­lion Ways to Die in the West.

His lat­est show, The Orville, is his foray into live ac­tion sit­coms and along with cre­at­ing the show, Seth stars as the cyn­i­cal Ed Mercer, who gets the chance to cap­tain his own space­ship.

The wrin­kle in his plan comes when the first of­fi­cer as­signed to his ship is his exwife, Kelly Grayson, whom he di­vorced when he dis­cov­ered her cheat­ing on him.

Modelled most closely on the likes of Star Trek, while also be­ing sim­i­lar in tone to the un­der­rated movie satire, Gal­axy Quest, this show – while not al­ways laugh a minute – is a slick, well cast com­edy and is plenty of fun to watch.

In the vein of how Star Trek has used its plot­lines over the years to ex­plore the is­sues of the day, The Orville also in­fuses its com­edy with plenty of so­cial com­men­tary.

There are also sev­eral en­gag­ing celebrity cameos along the way, fea­tur­ing the likes of Char­l­ize Theron, Rob Lowe and Liam Nee­son.

If you want to catch up or binge on this show, it is also avail­able to stream at SBS On­De­mand.

◆ BOLDLY JOK­ING: The cast of Seth Mac­Far­lane’s space com­edy, The Orville.

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