Avenue 5: Season 1 (2020)

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Season 1
Avenue 5

Critics Consensus

If Avenue 5's maiden voyage isn't as smooth as its creative clout implies, it's still a hilarious step in a completely new -- while still enjoyably caustic -- direction for creator Armando Iannucci.

66%

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Critic Ratings: 47

45%

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User Ratings: 213
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Episodes

1
Air date: Jan 19, 2020
2
Air date: Jan 26, 2020
3
Air date: Feb 2, 2020
4
Air date: Feb 9, 2020
5
Air date: Feb 16, 2020
6
Air date: Feb 23, 2020
7
Air date: Mar 1, 2020
8
Air date: Mar 8, 2020
9
Air date: Mar 15, 2020

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Critic Reviews for Avenue 5 Season 1

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (23)

That it takes Avenue 5 a while to find its footing makes sense, I suppose, given how often the ship's gravity keeps conking out. But there are promising signs.

Jan 21, 2020 | Full Review…
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This far in, it's hard to tell if "Avenue 5" can keep up the pace, but there's enough talent steering this ship to believe it can fly.

Jan 16, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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[S]ome of the performances are promising and, in the case of Hugh Laurie, Zach Woods, and Suzy Nakamura, instantly indelible. I'm in wait-and-see mode, with a side of optimism.

Jan 16, 2020 | Full Review…

Be patient and you'll find that Avenue 5 develops into its own bizarre creation, a commentary with memorable characters on how disaster makes actors of us all.

Jan 15, 2020 | Full Review…

It's a bland allegorical satire built on an obvious point that unfolds in outer space where days (or nights) never end, and the passengers are irritating, and the ship is girdled by stiffs and human excreta.

Jan 17, 2020 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
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It mines comedy gold from the awful and the absurd, often mixing the two like some crazed alchemist cackling away in a medieval tower.

Feb 21, 2020 | Full Review…

It's a wildly ambitious ride of a show, which feels most comfortable at its silliest, but most exciting the darker it's willing to go...

Jan 24, 2020 | Full Review…

So-so sci-fi comedy has cursing, violence, some sexy stuff.

Feb 7, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

HBO's Avenue 5 isn't stellar yet...but dang, if it isn't thiiiiiis close.

Feb 3, 2020 | Full Review…

It is appreciated that someone as sharp as Armando Iannucci insists on putting a very classic bet into orbit. [Full review in Spanish]

Jan 30, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Hugh Laurie's new comedy is a string of hysterical punchlines, but it's steering aimlessly through the void.

Jan 24, 2020 | Full Review…

Both sci-fi and black comedy are hard to master, but Avenue 5 looks on course to match John Carpenter's Dark Star in terms of impact and humour. It may not be a laugh riot, but it may well be brilliant.

Feb 7, 2020 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Avenue 5: Season 1

  • 1d ago
    Bad. And I mean really bad- You expect HBO quality with some things but this just falls flat on it's face. At least shows like "Superstore" have archetypal characters that follow shows like "The Office" and "Parks & Rec" to make up for their bad writing but there's nothing here, except for Zach Woods who occasionally hits one home. It's such a good premise gone to waste. It's really unfortunate they didn't find some good *contemporary* comedy writers for this show.. This stuff might have passed in the early 2000's but it just smacks of too much effort, not enough talent.. My guess is that having Will Smith tied to this project gave all parties involved enough of a reason to push it out, even if it wasn't completely realized for the public. Somewhere behind the scenes there's groups of insiders patting themselves on the back for this one, some aware of the mess this is, some ambivalent, and others in total denial. Give it a try, see what I'm talking about.
  • 2d ago
    I have given it about 5 shows now to get better and in fact it's getting worse. Last night's was a real stinker and I am not talking about all the shite.
  • 3d ago
    Love the show. No complicated analysis, it simply makes me laugh. The cast is great.
  • 4d ago
    An interesting take on the future of Space Tourism. The comedy can be a hit or miss. One character appears to be written straight from the "I want to see the Manager" meme of "Karens"...and the character's name is literally Karen. The funniest elements are the Advertisement especially the ones portrayed by the slightly insane head of customer relations played by Zach Woods. They come across as "Twitter brand accounts" gone to the extreme. The design of the spaceship is an allegory to the entire faux crew. A futuristic ultra modern flashy spacecraft front half essentially tacked onto a waste treatment plant. A few "Hollywood physics" moments had me cringing. In one example, where one character is describing to another how gravity physics work (incorrectly) and then the show proceeds to throw all three of Newton's laws of motion out an airlock along with a gold plated coffin. The show then proceeds to bury Kepler's Third Law by proclaiming that all objects create a gravitational field (true...) and that the ship gravitational field is why the coffins are orbiting...wait what? The density of the ship must be close to that of a small neutron star for coffins to orbit like that. Looking at Kepler's Third Law, with a orbital period of 1 hour (as stated by Hugh Laurie's character) and what appears to be approximately a 100m orbital radius we are looking at a mass of just under 45 million metric tons...or just shy of 2/3 the mass of the Moon. In another scene the "wet jacket" sewage radiation shield begins to burst into space at an incredible flow rate...which appears to have no effect on the ships trajectory...ironically it is jetted in the exact opposite direction of the initial "gravity accident" that caused the ship to be off course. In essence, I don't mind "Hollywood physics" as long as you don't have the show's characters explain what is happening to the audience in a manner of fact. Physics aside, it's fun, it's sci-fi, I'll watch it.
  • 4d ago
    Amazingly funny constant humour that doesn't degrade the intriguing story, can't wait to see more of this show!
  • 5d ago
    Not much to like on this series that had so much promise. Hugh is good but the jokes fall flat. I think once one gag is not funny its tough to get on the laughing train. They should take a cue from the office. The characters were inept but you pulled for all of them. There is not one character that you can even care about on this show because. Its just not funny.
  • 5d ago
    I think its a fantastic show. Entertainment at its finest. Veep and The Thick Of It just with cruiseliner characters in space. The premise is ridiculous and it pokes fun at it. Hilarious dialogue. Great Acting. Just funny.
  • 5d ago
    I love Hugh Laurie and Lenora Crichlow, but this is painfully unfunny. Cringe is not funny wft is this?!.
  • 5d ago
    i've given up after 5 episodes. none of the jokes land ... ever. armando where did this all go wrong?
  • 5d ago
    Love the idea of the show. The cast is great, save for Josh Gad who ruins every scene he's in. Over all I like the show and will keep watching it!

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