Avenue 5: Season 1

Avenue 5: Season 1

Avenue 5: Season 1

Sci-fi comedy created by Armando Iannucci (Veep, Alan Partridge, The Death of Stalin). The Avenue 5, a passenger liner designed for space tourism, is thrown wildly off-course by a mishap that threatens to stretch its journey from weeks to years. Avenue 5’s captain (Hugh Laurie) finds himself trying to maintain order among the passengers, while finding a way home before they run out of supplies. Helping to maintain morale is the ship’s Head of Customer Relations (Silicon Valley’s Zach Woods), but complicating matters is a potential passenger revolt on one side, and the ship’s spoiled billionaire owner (Josh Gad) on the other.

2020Rating: 16USAHBO
ComedyScience Fiction

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EPISODE 1.1
23 January 2020

I Was Flying

When a malfunction occurs aboard the luxury space cruise ship Avenue 5, it's up to engineer Billie McEvoy to warn Capt. Ryan Clark, owner Herman Judd and his right-hand woman Iris Kimura that the incident... MORE may have a cataclysmic knock-on effect.

EPISODE 1.2
30 January 2020

And Then He's Gonna Shoot Off...

Rav and her team meet with a NASA representative to plot a potential rescue mission. An engineer working in a hidden part of the ship has a surprisingly optimistic theory about the ship's future. Karen... MORE becomes a vocal advocate for passengers.

EPISODE 1.3
6 February 2020

I'm a Hand Model

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... MORE an unruly press conference.

EPISODE 1.4
13 February 2020

Wait a Minute, Then Who Was That on the Ladder?

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.

EPISODE 1.5
20 February 2020

He's Only There To Stop His Skeleton Falling Over

Billie seeks praise for helping Ryan during the ship's new crisis.

EPISODE 1.6
27 February 2020

Was It Your Ears?

Ryan & Billie look for the source of an incessant beeping. Rav appeals to the President for rescue funds.

EPISODE 1.7
5 March 2020

Are You a Spider, Matt?

Judd enlists Ryan to charm an intimidating, super-wealthy passenger. Rav deals with media outrage.

EPISODE 1.8
12 March 2020

This is Physically Hurting Me

As Karen supervises the throwing of all non-essential items from the ship, the passengers start to suspect all is not as it seems.

EPISODE 1.9
19 March 2020

Eight Arms But No Hands

A seat on a rescue shuttle sends the ship into chaos. Meanwhile, Matt takes extreme measures to quiet his guilty conscience.

Avenue 5: Season 1 / Reviews

Variety

Variety

This works, for the most part... If Avenue 5 wants to get more mileage out of its premise, it'll have to find some newer gears within it for its excellent cast and intriguing characters to play with beyond pure frustration.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

The biggest surprise is a disappointing one: that Veep creator Armando Ianucci's first TV series since he left behind Selina Meyer is kind of an unwieldy mess.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

What we're left with is a not terribly funny workplace comedy, with the saving grace of some accomplished and likable performers.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

In most respects, and like most Iannucci projects, "Avenue 5" has little to no heart; sentiment is not the point. There are few characters to root for... But most characters simply prove good bad company while they go about their self-serving.. business.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

The setup is interesting, and there's certainly plenty of material for creator Armando Iannucci to play with moving forward. Unfortunately, the premiere is fractured, spending so much time setting up its plot and introducing its massive ensemble.

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Independent

Independent

At the risk of sounding like another of Iannucci's immortals, Alan Gordon Partridge, Avenue 5 is not just good - it's galactically good.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

It mines comedy gold from the awful and the absurd, often mixing the two like some crazed alchemist cackling away in a medieval tower.

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The New Yorker

The New Yorker

The show generates a good deal of screwball energy with these constant scrambles to its own verbal surface, which variously evokes Airplane! and Pirandello.

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The Times

The Times

I'm amazed someone as talented as [Armando] Iannucci had a hand in any of this.

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