Avenue 5

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Avenue 5
Avenue 5.svg
Genre
Created byArmando Iannucci
Starring
Music byAdem Ilhan
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes9 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
ProducerSteve Clark-Hall
CinematographyEben Bolter
EditorGary Dollner
Running time28–29 minutes
Production companyDundee Productions
Release
Original network
Original releaseJanuary 19, 2020 (2020-01-19) –
present (present)

Avenue 5 is a science fiction comedy television series created by Armando Iannucci that premiered on HBO in the United States on January 19, 2020. It stars Hugh Laurie and Josh Gad in lead roles as captain and owner of a fictional interplanetary cruise ship Avenue 5. The series was produced by HBO in the United States and Sky UK in the United Kingdom. In February 2020, just days before the Covid-19 pandemic led to worldwide lockdowns, the series was renewed for a second season;[1] filming moved forward in late 2021, with a release date of October 10, 2022.[2][3]

Premise[edit]

Avenue 5 has been described as "set in the future, mostly in space."[4] On board the interplanetary cruise ship, the Avenue 5, a momentary loss of artificial gravity and accidental death of its chief engineer sends the titular vessel a few degrees off course.[5] It's estimated it will take the ship three years to return to Earth, and with only enough supplies to sustain her many passengers for the intended eight-week long cruise, the crew of the Avenue 5 must struggle to maintain order and return the craft safely.[5]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Hugh Laurie as Ryan Clark, the captain of Avenue 5.[6][7]
  • Josh Gad as Herman Judd, billionaire owner of Avenue 5.
  • Zach Woods as Matt Spencer, Head of Customer Relations for Avenue 5.
  • Rebecca Front as Karen Kelly, a passenger aboard Avenue 5.
  • Suzy Nakamura as Iris Kimura, an associate owner of Avenue 5.[7]
  • Lenora Crichlow as Billie McEvoy, second engineer on Avenue 5.
  • Nikki Amuka-Bird as Rav Mulcair, head of mission control for Avenue 5 back on Earth.
  • Ethan Phillips as Spike Martin, a former astronaut and first Canadian on the Moon, who is now a womanizing alcoholic on Avenue 5.

Recurring[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
19January 19, 2020 (2020-01-19)March 15, 2020 (2020-03-15)
28[8]October 10, 2022 (2022-10-10)[8]November 28, 2022 (2022-11-28)[8]

Season 1 (2020)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S viewers
(millions)
11"I Was Flying"Armando IannucciTeleplay by : Armando Iannucci, Simon Blackwell, and Tony Roche
Story by : Armando Iannucci
January 19, 2020 (2020-01-19)0.571[9]
Luxurious passenger spaceship Avenue 5, owned by eccentric billionaire Herman Judd, is on an eight-week trip through the solar system when a course malfunction means it will now take three years to get home. After the main engineer is killed, Captain Ryan Clark is found to have been hired as a reassuring figurehead for the automated ship. The deceased engineer was the actual pilot. Passenger service employee Matt Spencer attempts to calm the passengers.
22"And Then He's Gonna Shoot Off..."Natalie BaileyTeleplay by : Georgia Pritchett and Will Smith
Story by : Armando Iannucci, Georgia Pritchett, and Will Smith
January 26, 2020 (2020-01-26)0.500[10]
Cyrus finds the trip duration could be reduced to six months by jetisoning some passengers or crew. On Earth, Judd meets with NASA. Joe's coffin is jettisoned. Another gravity mishap interrupts a funeral for three passengers who died in the first gravity mishap. The four coffins orbit the ship.
33"I'm a Hand Model"Natalie BaileyTeleplay by : Peter Fellows and Ian Martin
Story by : Armando Iannucci, Peter Fellows, and Ian Martin
February 2, 2020 (2020-02-02)[a]0.297[12]
The crew struggles to adjust to their new arrival time of three-and-a-half years. Clark discovers the crew are as false as he is; they are actors and models, and the bridge is no more than a stage. Billie reveals the existence of two crews, one for show matching Judd's wish for his ship to be crewed by the most attractive, and another to actually pilot the ship 'backstage'.
44"Wait a Minute, Then Who Was That on the Ladder?"Natalie BaileyTeleplay by : Peter Fellows and Ian Martin
Story by : Armando Iannucci, Peter Fellows, and Ian Martin
February 9, 2020 (2020-02-09)0.275[13]
Realizing he will have to keep up the charade for longer than anticipated, Clark contemplates studying the spacecraft and has Billie introduce him to the actual crew. The distraction from their duties has disastrous consequences. Clark has to go on a spacewalk to conduct an emergency repair on the ship's 'wetsuit', a sewage-filled compartment which is the ship's radiation shield.
55"He's Only There to Stop His Skeleton from Falling Over"Annie GriffinTeleplay by : Peter Baynham
Story by : Armando Iannucci and Peter Baynham
February 16, 2020 (2020-02-16)0.386[14]
The ship is saved by Billie, who is annoyed that Clark is declared the hero. Clark's perceived recklessness results in the breakdown of his trilateral marriage. The initial accident is blamed on Frank, who suspects the captain is trying to seduce his wife. The rest of the passengers and crew celebrate what should have been the voyage's half-way point.
66"Was It Your Ears?"Peter FellowsTeleplay by : Jon Brown
Story by : Armando Iannucci and Jon Brown
February 23, 2020 (2020-02-23)0.371[15]
A woman gives birth and her baby causes Judd to have an identity crisis. Billie and Clark realize a mysterious beeping might be a warning that the ship is leaking oxygen. On Earth, Rav tries to secure government funds for a rescue mission.
77"Are You a Spider, Matt?"Becky MartinTeleplay by : Charlie Cooper and Daisy Cooper
Story by : Armando Iannucci, Charlie Cooper and Daisy Cooper
March 1, 2020 (2020-03-01)0.400[16]
Frank sees an image of Pope John Paul II in the debris orbiting the ship. Trillionaire passenger Harrison threatens to sue Judd, compromising a potential rescue. On Earth, the public becomes aware that Rav's negotiation for rescue funds potentially puts lives on the line.
88"This is Physically Hurting Me"David SchneiderTeleplay by : Georgia Pritchett and Will Smith
Story by : Armando Iannucci, Georgia Pritchett and Will Smith
March 8, 2020 (2020-03-08)0.384[17]
Ryan is de-captained in an argument with Judd. After Ryan accidentally reveals to the passengers that he isn't American and is wearing a toupee, they question whether their situation is real or if they are in a prank reality show. Harrison and six others self-eject through the airlock in the belief they will end up back on Earth. Rav realizes that the rescue craft having just two seats means she must either leave Judd aboard Avenue 5 or take his place for the duration.
99"Eight Arms But No Hands"William Stefan SmithTeleplay by : Ian Martin, Peter Fellows, and Sean Gray
Story by : Armando Iannucci, Sean Gray, Ian Martin, and Peter Fellow
March 15, 2020 (2020-03-15)0.415[18]
Guilt-ridden over the deaths of the airlock seven, Matt decides to hide for the duration and changes the airlock codes. The crew search for him, to shorten the journey to six months by jettisoning unnecessary objects to the equivalent weight of 500 people. When found Matt reveals the code, but due to a misunderstanding the objects are jettisoned from the portside instead of the rear, extending their journey time to eight years. After squabbling over the supply shuttle's second seat, Iris is accidentally sent back to Earth early leaving Rav aboard.


Season 2[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date [8]U.S viewers
(millions)
101"No One Wants an Argument about Reality"[19]TBATBAOctober 10, 2022 (2022-10-10)TBD
112"What an Unseasonal Delight"[20]TBATBAOctober 17, 2022 (2022-10-17)TBD
123"Is It a Good Dot?"[21]TBATBAOctober 24, 2022 (2022-10-24)TBD
134"How It Ends: As a Starter and a Main"[22]TBATBAOctober 31, 2022 (2022-10-31)TBD
145"Let's Play with Matches"[23]Annie GriffinRose Heiney, Armando Iannucci, and Tony RocheNovember 7, 2022 (2022-11-07)TBD
156"Intoxicating Clarity"[24]Ollie ParsonsGeorgia Pritchett, Armando Iannucci, Ian Martin, and Marina HydeNovember 14, 2022 (2022-11-14)TBD
167"I Love Judging People"[25]David SchneiderSean Gray and Armando IannucciNovember 21, 2022 (2022-11-21)TBD
178"That's Why They Call It a Missile"[26]Armando IannucciArmando Iannucci, Simon Blackwell, and Rose HeineyNovember 28, 2022 (2022-11-28)TBD

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On September 25, 2017, it was announced that HBO had given a pilot order to a new comedy series created by Armando Iannucci, who was also set to serve as writer and executive producer. In addition to the pilot order, the network also reportedly ordered backup scripts.[4] In April 2019, a series pickup was commissioned by HBO for nine episodes.[27] On February 13, 2020, the series was renewed for a second season,[1] which would also consist of nine episodes.[28]

Casting[edit]

In August 2018, it was announced that Hugh Laurie and Suzy Nakamura had been cast in the pilot's lead roles as Captain Ryan Clark and Iris Kimura.[6][7] On November 7, 2018, it was reported that Rebecca Front had joined the pilot's cast in another leading role as Karen Kelly.[29] In February 2019, Zach Woods, Josh Gad, Nikki Amuka-Bird and Lenora Crichlow were cast as series regulars Matt Spencer, Herman Judd, Rav Mulclair, and Billie McEvoy.[30][31][32][33] Himesh Patel was added in June as comedian on the ship Jordan Hatwal.[34] The main cast members were returned for the second season by the time of its announcement.[28]

Writing[edit]

By July 2021, the first six episodes of the second season were plotted out, leaving only the final three to be outlined "next month".[35] Iannucci added, "It's basically about people in isolation. So, we're just waiting to see what the mood might be as to how we pitch. Is it going to be bleak despair, or is it going to be very, very silly? Or maybe silly despair? I don't know. We tried to make season one as silly as possible, but it seems to have strangely become a kind of documentary about present-day conditions."[28][35]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography for the pilot took place in 2018 in London, England.[4] While filming was taking place at Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden in July 2019, a fire damaged one of the show's sets.[36] Production for the second season was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In August 2021, creator Armando Iannucci confirmed on Twitter that season two would begin filming, "in a matter of days." A post by Josh Gad confirmed the start of filming in August.[37] Another post by Gad also confirmed the end of filming in late November 2021.[38]

Release[edit]

The series premiered on January 19, 2020, on HBO..[39] In New Zealand, the series is distributed by Sky satellite television provider's SOHO2 channel and Neon streaming service.[40] The second season is scheduled to premiere on October 10, 2022, on HBO.[3]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season has an approval rating of 67% based on 52 reviews, with an average rating of 6.3/10. The website's critical consensus states, "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."[41] On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 64 out of 100, based on 28 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[42]

Ratings[edit]

Viewership and ratings per episode of Avenue 5
No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "I Was Flying" January 19, 2020 0.2 0.571[9] 0.296 0.867[43]
2 "And Then He's Gonna Shoot Off..." January 26, 2020 0.1 0.500[10] 0.1 0.385 0.2 0.885[44]
3 "I'm a Hand Model" February 2, 2020 0.1 0.297[12] 0.1 0.358 0.2 0.655[45]
4 "Wait a Minute, Then Who Was That on the Ladder?" February 9, 2020 0.1 0.275[13] 0.1 0.347 0.2 0.622[46]
5 "He's Only There to Stop His Skeleton from Falling Over" February 16, 2020 0.1 0.386[14] 0.1 0.292 0.2 0.678[47]
6 "Was It Your Ears?" February 23, 2020 0.1 0.371[15] 0.1 0.302 0.2 0.673[48]
7 "Are You a Spider, Matt?" March 1, 2020 0.1 0.400[16] 0.1 0.336 0.2 0.736[49]
8 "This is Physically Hurting Me" March 8, 2020 0.1 0.384[17]
9 "Eight Arms But No Hands" March 15, 2020 0.1 0.415[18] 0.1 0.236 0.2 0.651[50]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The episode was first made available on January 31, 2020, through HBO's digital platform.[11]

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