Seth MacFarlane as Ed Mercer in The Orville.

Family Guy, American Dad!, The Cleveland Show, films Ted, and A Million Ways to Die in the West. Do you know these?

If so, then you’re probably quite familiar with Seth MacFarlane’s work. And now he’s added another show to his arsenal – one with an arsenal.

The Orville is a new path for this traditionally animated storyteller, not only is it live-action but it also takes place in space! Take it as a spoof of Star Trek, this not so serious space adventure has all the action, laughs and aliens you’d expect from a master in comedy like MacFarlane.

Not only did McFarlane create the show but he also plays the lead role of Captain Ed Mercer. But he wasn’t always an award-winning writer.

So where did it all begin?

Born in Kent, Connecticut on October 26, 1973, he studied at Rhode Island School of Design.

His first break after graduating was getting hired by Hanna-Barbera Productions, what is now called Cartoon Network. Seth was hired more for his ability as a writer rather than an animator.

Whilst at Hanna-Barbera, he worked on programmes including Johnny Bravo and Dexter’s Laboratory.

Starting off as an animator and writer for others, he began creating his own projects and writing his own scripts.

In 1995, Seth created The Life of Larry – a short film about the “general mishaps of a loveable but tactless, lower-middle-class mopes by the name of Larry Cummings with his ever-present supportive wife Lois, his slightly over-sized son Milf and his incisive, cynical dog Steve” – sound familiar?

This short starts with a parody of a Star Trek scene – a life-long aspiration to make The Orville perhaps? Watch the first version of The Life of Larry here.

It was meant for use as an in-between for another show called MADtv.

Sadly, the deal fell through but not before FOX Studios saw it and offered him $50,000 to create a pilot.

Using The Life of Larry as inspiration this pilot became what we now know as Family Guy.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Watch the latest episodes of The Orville right here.