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.