“The Orville”, while not in the “Star Trek” canon, has done much to restore the episodic tradition of the Original Series of Star Trek and its successor, The Next Generation. What I mean by episodic is that for the most part each episode stands alone and is a self-contained story. While there may be some two-parters, you don’t have the half-season or longer “story arcs” which have become common in the more indulgent era of cable and binge-watching on streaming services.
“The Orville” doesn’t take itself too seriously, but it is no sense a parody. There are episodes which explore serious themes such as up-voting and down-voting on social networks.
On 2017-11-16, Seth MacFarlane, creator of the show, star, executive producer, and writer of some of the episodes, and his creative team visited Google for a presentation and question and answer session about the show. It’s well worth watching, even though there are a few naughty words which wouldn’t make it past the network censors but were apparently fine with the Cultural Marxist commissars at Google.
Note how almost every Google attendee who asked a question began it with “So?” This is how they show their submission to the collective.