Avenue 5: Season 1 (2020)


Season 1
Avenue 5

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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.



Critic Ratings: 51


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User Ratings: 350

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Air date: Jan 19, 2020

Series premiere. A malfunction occurs aboard the luxury space cruise ship Avenue 5, and it's up to engineer Billie McEvoy to warn Captain Ryan Clark, Avenue 5 owner Herman Judd and his right-hand-woman, Iris Kimura, that the incident may have serious consequences. As Rav Mulcair manages the situation from mission control on Earth, Matt Spencer, head of customer relations, tries his best to calm frayed nerves on board, and passenger Karen Kelly discovers the crew may know more than they admit.

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Air date: Jan 26, 2020

Rav and her team meet with a NASA representative to plot a potential rescue mission, and Ryan learns that Cyrus, an engineer working in a hidden part of the ship, has a surprisingly optimistic theory about the ship's future. Judd donates a lavish personal item to help commemorate a fallen crew member. Karen becomes a vocal advocate for passengers. Mia and Doug receive marital counseling from Matt.

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Air date: Feb 2, 2020

Avenue 5 staff slacks in their customer service, so Ryan offers Karen the opportunity to channel her unique talent for speaking the passengers' language. Judd outlines the plan for a rescue mission and tasks Iris with organizing a vigil on Earth to raise the money to fund it. Rav endures a barrage of messages from the ship and handles an unruly press conference.

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Air date: Feb 9, 2020

With Judd worried about his reputation, Iris arranges a meet-and-greet with several passengers in his luxury suite. Frustrated by a bridge crew with no answers, Ryan and Billie bond with the engineers below deck. Matt encourages Frank to become the man he always wanted to be.

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Air date: Feb 16, 2020

Billie seeks her moment in the limelight after stepping in to help Ryan during the ship's newest crisis. Iris vets comedian Jordan Hatwal's material for the Halfway Home Party, which Judd has decided should go on as planned. Doug tries to get in the way of Mia's newfound sexual freedom.

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Air date: Feb 23, 2020

Avenue 5 celebrates the birth of a space baby, while Ryan and Billie try to identify the source of an incessant beeping, and Judd shares his latest grand idea at Karen's passenger-crew liaison meeting. In the nation's capital, Rav appeals to the President for rescue funds but, in exchange, is faced with an ethical dilemma.

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Air date: Mar 1, 2020

Judd enlists Ryan to help charm Harrison Aimes, an uber-wealthy passenger who has a strange effect on Judd. Meanwhile, the passengers become transfixed by a divine image circling the ship; and Rav deals with the fallout when the ship's moral quandary hits the media.

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Air date: Mar 8, 2020

Karen oversees an effort to jettison non-essential passenger items, while Billie tries to teach an inattentive Ryan how to dock the ship. Also: Matt learns of Judd's plan to make the "ultimate sacrifice" by returning to Earth; the passengers suspect all is not as it seems with the journey.

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Air date: Mar 15, 2020

In the Season 1 finale, a search party commences for Matt, who's in hiding with a guilty conscience—and the airlock codes. Meanwhile, Iris questions Karen about her rumored affair with Ryan; Rav seeks an apology from Judd for ruining her life; and chaos ensues when a seat on a rescue shuttle suddenly becomes available.

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Cast & Crew

Zach Woods
Matt Spencer
Josh Gad
Herman Judd
Suzy Nakamura
Iris Kimura
Rebecca Front
Karen Kelly
Nikki Amuka-Bird
Rav Mulcair
Hugh Laurie
Ryan Clark
Lenora Crichlow
Billie McEvoy
Ethan Phillips
Spike Martin
Andy Buckley
Himesh Patel
Jordan Hatwal
Will Smith
Executive Producer
Simon Blackwell
Executive Producer
Tony Roche
Executive Producer
Kevin Loader
Executive Producer
Daisy Cooper
Sean Gray
Charlie Cooper
Will Smith
Will Stefan Smith
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Critic Reviews for Avenue 5 Season 1

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (27)

Proved to be funny enough, a half-hour-ish distraction from the Sunday scaries with snort-worthy one-liners, ominous asides about the future, and a sterling cast topped by Laurie and Gad.

Aug 6, 2020 | Full Review…

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…

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…

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…

[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…

A biting social satire.

Apr 13, 2020 | Full Review…

Avenue 5 is adrift, not exactly voicing a perspective that feels fresh or relevant. It doesn't know what it wants to be, and it doesn't know where it wants to go, leaving it stuck in an unsatisfactory middle.

Mar 24, 2020 | Full Review…

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…

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…

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…

Audience Reviews for Avenue 5: Season 1

  • 6d ago
    Avenue 5 is just whacky enough to keep you watching every episode. Of course you have to suspend reality to get into the story line, but that's the purpose of this show. Think of The Love Boat goes to Saturn.
  • Feb 23, 2021
    Avenue 5's concept might be too complicated to land all of the laughs that are expected from a writing and acting team as strong as this one. I'll tune in for season 2, but unless the way has been paved for sharper writing and stronger jokes I doubt I'll be back for season 3.
  • Feb 01, 2021
    Boy I loved this show. From the plot through the science through the characters through the music, I can't wait for season 2.
  • Jan 10, 2021
    This show is so bad and it had so many opportunities to be great. A boring writer and a boring director had an abortion, and they named it Avenue 5.
  • Dec 29, 2020
    If you like comedy & sci fi, this series will have you hooked! Think star trek with less exotic adventures but much more incompetent starship management. I can't wait for season two!
  • Dec 04, 2020
    I watched 15 minutes The characters were all awsul. Disappointing waste of good actors and surprising, as Iannucci created Veep and the Thick of IT.
  • Oct 27, 2020
    So poorly written, same stereotypes, and just stupid. Every character is a fat loser with no sense, and they all just shoot one another for tiny bags of baking soda. Just sad storytelling. Ghetto stereotypes. This is the kind show which'll make you think BLs don't M.
  • Sep 24, 2020
    NOT GOOD. Seems the writers forgot to set up any of the characters, or give them any reality of backstory. Instead, we're presented by a slew of one-dimensional cartoon-character type caricatures, who are completely annoying and unlikable. Why should I care about what happens to them? Or even care to watch their stories? I don't Oh, none of the jokes re very funny either. And the style...without any music. Or random music that conflicts with the tone of the scene, is also very annoying. Like a bad kids show from the 1970s.
  • Sep 01, 2020
    I really enjoyed watching these characters make terrible mistakes in space. Every ridiculous facet of this society feels authentic.
  • Aug 11, 2020
    The dark and macabre comedy these guys are doing is pretty great. Looking forward to the next season.

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