The Orville is one of the most sincere and well-created love letters to Star Trek: The Next Generation, taking not just the cues and themes of it to present compelling original stories, but also using the directing and writing talent of those who originally contributed to it. The Orville is admittedly a lot different from what I expected it to be, but different in ways I appreciate. Comedy takes a back seat, only coming out in small doses when appropriate as to not be too intrusive. And at the forefront is a genuine science fiction story that subtly dips and weaves into topical and ethical dilemmas that are neither condescending nor ham-fisted.
Just like Star Trek: The Next Generation was.