• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 19, 2020

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Lucy Mangan
    Jan 23, 2020
    Avenue 5 is taking its time to find a theme and story to coalesce round them. By the end of the four episodes available for review, the plot had been back and forth along a few grooves that were already beginning to feel well-worn. The rest remained a disparate collection of delights and longueurs, despite the formidable talent before and behind the cameras.
  2. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Jan 18, 2020
    It's like the miscegenated offspring of a quickie three-way between Lost in Space, Love Boat and Veep: sometimes funny, often inane, and usually obsessed with conjugation of fornicational verbs.
  3. I’ve seen four episodes provided for review, and so far Avenue 5 is silly, sometimes uproarious, and even occasionally moving as it explores these questions. The series takes a minute to find the right rhythm, which it unfortunately can’t maintain with any regularity, but there’s a spark of imagination and enough narrative complication to make the show an intriguing watch as it attempts to find its balance.
  4. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Jan 16, 2020
    The show threatens to become unwieldy at certain points, as Iannucci tries to keep all the many characters — and their secrets — in the mix while establishing the world of the future and moving the story line forward. But then “Veep” took a little while to come together, and I have faith in Iannucci’s guiding hand.
  5. Reviewed by: Caroline Framke
    Jan 13, 2020
    Some of them [characters], most notably Gad’s petulant Judd, are best in small doses. Others, like Laurie’s shapeshifting captain and his unexpected foil of Billie, get better and better the more we get to know them. ... 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jan 17, 2020
    HBO made the first five episodes available for review, and in the early going “Avenue 5” doesn’t entirely work but neither is it the disaster that befalls the show’s ship and passengers.
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jan 17, 2020
    A goofy HBO comedy from "Veep" creator Armando Iannucci, which has its moments but never consistently feels out of this world.
  8. Reviewed by: Tom Long
    Aug 14, 2020
    “Avenue 5” seems more likely to just drift off into the void. There are, of course, good people at work here. Hugh Laurie stars as the spaceship’s clueless commander, Josh Gad is the clueless zillionaire funding the spaceship, Suzy Nakamura plays the tycoon’s clueless assistant. You get the drift.
  9. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Jan 17, 2020
    One of the show’s major problems, through four of the season’s nine episodes, is that it’s hard to tell what the targets are. ... These characters banter and kvetch and berate one another in dialogue that’s cutting and foul-mouthed and largely flat, or at least not as sharp as we’ve come to expect from these writers.
  10. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Jan 17, 2020
    “Avenue 5” has impressive visuals and cool sets. And every once in a while, someone from the gifted cast makes contact with a real zinger. Mostly, though, this is a stunningly off-key effort, delivered in a broad and ear-shattering tone.
  11. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jan 14, 2020
    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. The good surprises may eventually solve the bad one, but it’s hard to tell based on the four episodes provided for review.
  12. Reviewed by: Carol Midgley
    Feb 7, 2020
    Avenue 5 has a great premise, an excellent cast and, in its creator, Armando Iannucci, a satirical comedy genius at its helm. So how come it wasn't very funny? ... This still feels like something Iannucci might have done at the beginning of his career, not at its peak.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 44 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 44
  2. Negative: 15 out of 44
  1. Feb 8, 2020
    Took a while (the first two episodes) to get into it. While the first two were not much funny, the third one got me. Excellent cast, fantasticTook a while (the first two episodes) to get into it. While the first two were not much funny, the third one got me. Excellent cast, fantastic set. Don't give up too early and also do not expect to get a Veep II or copy of any previous show by Armando Iannucci.

    This is not Orville and does not want to be like it. The whole show is more like watching a social experiment or an ant farm going crazy. It is set in space but could be placed everywhere else with a bunch of wanna-bes and impostors on a collision course. Hilarious!
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  2. Jan 22, 2020
    I gave it a shot solely because of Hugh Laurie, he didn’t carry me to the end, i just don’t get what the creators are trying here, its gotI gave it a shot solely because of Hugh Laurie, he didn’t carry me to the end, i just don’t get what the creators are trying here, its got some of the hallmarks of great British comedies but they have been bastardised as if they are aiming for an American audience, there is a Douglas Adams vibe in the setting, a big fake cruise so confident in its automation that all the crew are essentially just actors incapable of facing catastrophe, but the scope is too big, British comedy doesn't work with large ensembles, there is no identifiable straight man to tether the crazy too and the characters are too pigeon holed into roles, someone desperately needed to be on set to tell all the actors “never go full retard”

    Compare these characters to say Dave Lister, yes he is a slob and yes he is stupid and yes he’s thrown into wacky catastrophe in episode 1 but his reactions to this are believable and relatable and thats where the humour came from, Dave was never full retard slob, he was that roommate you had at Uni slob.

    Or to Hugh’s own prince/lieutenant George the mans a caricature of British upper class which made his isolated madness and general ignorance of reality a cross that the normal man personified as blackadder must bear. Even george wasn't full retard ignorant snob

    The engineer seems like shes set up to be the straight man, but making her responsible for a death in the first half robs her of that and she cant be everywhere at once to balance out the infuriating interactions between stock unfaithful couple with stock nihilist PR guy or stock busybody with stock rich moron.
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  3. Jan 21, 2020
    Good production values & reasonable performances in service of dumb jokes and cruel snark passing for wit. Just not my taste.