• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 19, 2020
User Score
4.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 44 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 44
  2. Negative: 15 out of 44

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  1. Feb 8, 2020
    9
    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, 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
    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, 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 21, 2020
    9
    This is the next best thing to a new Douglas Adams show. A slow burn, but right on the money. Well worth your 30 minutes.
  3. Jan 22, 2020
    8
    Avenue 5 looks really promising. I love the basic premise of the show and I have no doubt Armando Ianucci will fully exploit the show’s comical potential in future episodes. I’m on board!
  4. Jan 21, 2020
    8
    Seems witty and interesting and really want to see where its going so far seems entertaining. I don't see how this is trying to be Orville or how this is "all over the place" especially considering it was only a 30 minute pilot episode but hope to see more
  5. Jan 31, 2021
    7
    While not to the same standard as the The Thick Of It or Veep, Armando Iannucci's sci-fi comedy is still a funny journey.
Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  1. Reviewed by: Tom Long
    Aug 14, 2020
    50
    “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.
  2. Reviewed by: Carol Midgley
    Feb 7, 2020
    40
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Sean O'Grady
    Jan 23, 2020
    100
    Avenue 5 is not just good – it’s galactically good.