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Avenue 5

Avenue 5

HBO 2020

40 years in the future, space captain Ryan Clark and the crew of the luxury space cruise ship Avenue 5 navigate disgruntled passengers and unexpected events after experiencing technical difficulties onboard.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Avenue 5

Avenue 5 - S1E8

#1 - This Is Physically Hurting Me


Season 1 - Episode 8

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

The episode was rated from 881 votes.

Avenue 5 - S1E9

#2 - Eight Arms But No Hands


Season 1 - Episode 9

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

The episode was rated from 860 votes.

Avenue 5 - S1E4

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


Season 1 - Episode 4

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.

The episode was rated from 978 votes.

Avenue 5 - S1E7

#4 - Are You a Spider, Matt?


Season 1 - Episode 7

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.

The episode was rated from 871 votes.

Avenue 5 - S1E6

#5 - Was It Your Ears?


Season 1 - Episode 6

Rav attempts to secure funds for a rescue mission, while on the ship the stress begins to show when what appears to be an oxygen leak is detected. Meanwhile Judd hits on a plan to beautify the ship's recently gained orbital ring.

The episode was rated from 908 votes.

Avenue 5 - S1E3

#6 - I'm a Hand Model


Season 1 - Episode 3

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.

The episode was rated from 1053 votes.

Avenue 5 - S1E5

#7 - He's Only There To Stop His Skeleton From Falling Over


Season 1 - Episode 5

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.

The episode was rated from 935 votes.

Avenue 5 - S1E2

#8 - And Then He's Gonna Shoot Off...


Season 1 - Episode 2

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 becomes a vocal advocate for passengers.

The episode was rated from 1202 votes.

Avenue 5 - S1E1

#9 - I Was Flying


Season 1 - Episode 1

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 may have a cataclysmic knock-on effect.

The episode was rated from 1515 votes.

Last updated: jun 12, 2022



This show is absolutely terrible. 4 episodes out of 6, still cant recommend.


Wow. This is deeply unfunny. When terrible writing happens to great casts... with HBO money... Just astonishingly bad.


They should have invited Jack Black to play Judd.


People need to stop being so obnoxiously negative. This show is extremely entertaining. Maybe not always funny, in a sense, but certainly always entertaining. Entertaining isn't as subjective as funny. And if you don't find it to be entertaining, at the very least, you're doing something wrong. Lower your negativity, lingering expectations, and I bet you'll begin to find it entertaining, a little bit, at first. Anyway, all that aside, I enjoyed watching this show very, very much. The fictional history of the in-show world and the subtle references to little bits and pieces of it came out of nowhere and was probably one of the most shocking aspects of it if not the most. But it was super interesting from the start, and then began to be entertaining and a very wonderful running gag, so to speak. The gradual descent into anguish and madness made for a compelling theme and didn't disappoint. The VFX (or CGI?) of outer space, and maybe the space ship itself as well, something that I think I've seen a person or two complain about and call bad, or at least comparing it to a much older show that had "bad" VFX/CGI that also didn't age very well, didn't look remotely bad to me. In actuality, it looked quite good and...crisp or whatever, I don't know. Each significant character was entertaining. Yes, even Karen. Sure, if you're more passionate and generally immersive in what you watch than I am, you probably hate her and don't particularly like any of the other characters. That's fine. Moving on, the main issue which a lot of people have with the show that I've seen is that it isn't funny, and I think that's a load of bollocks. While the show is advertised as a comedy or considered to be a comedy, first and foremost, you're supposed to be entertained. Not to mention, this is, without a doubt, and very obviously, a much different version of the comedy genre than usual. That alone should've been obvious before going off and complaining about how much the show sucks, and how remarkably unfunny it is. That being said, feel free to freely act negatively towards the show, most of you probably already have. I liked it and I'm looking forward to the second season, and it's a good thing for the show that those of you who I've mentioned, you know who you are, have been weeded out and won't be returning. Goodbye.


Not sure why people are so down on this show, I think it's really funny. Great set, good actors, humourous premise.


I can’t watch anymore of this. What is supposed to be humor is just ridiculous, and the storylines are junk.


[Initial Impression] Completely and utterly ridiculous and entertaining. Bizarre concept. Great comedic timing. The absurdity is matched by a keen understanding of human behaviour and social constructs, so much so, as to be a commentary on both. Hugh Laurie is the anchor of the show but is surrounded by some brilliant work by the support cast (including some great :flag_gb: talent with American accents). I give this HBO series an 8 (oddly clever) out of 10. [SciFi Comedy]


After first episode I was already disappointed, but thought I should give it a shot and watch at least three episodes. Turned off at the middle of third episode. I love good comedy (which this show isn't), I love good Sci-Fi (which this show isn't) and I dig absurd comedy (which this show also isn't). This is not even bad, that you just couldn't watch, but it's so annoying, that it gets on your nerves..


This is not as bad as some of the comments here. I don't know what people are expecting to get from a show like this. Meaning of life? That's 42 btw. If you like "The IT Crowd" or even "The Orville" you will enjoy this show.


I think why people are not enjoying this is because its not your typical American comedy. The creator/writer of this show is Armando Iannucci who is from the UK. The humor is decidedly British in nature and is actually quite funny. But if one does not enjoy British humor they will most likely not enjoy this show.


- Story 4/5 - Comedy 4/5 - Characters 4/5 - Depth 3/5 - Cast 5/5 - Artistry 4/5

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