Avenue 5 (HBO) Season Thread *spoilers*

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  1. Jan 20, 2020 #1 of 193

    astrohip Well-Known Raconteur TCF Club

    Jan 6, 2003


    Avenue 5 premiered last night on HBO. It's from Armando Iannucci, the creator of VEEP. It's a 30 minute sitcom-ish (ie, typical HBO-style comedy), comes on after The Outsider. Hugh Laurie and Josh Gad are the biggest names. From wiki:

    Avenue 5 has been described as "set in the future, mostly in space." Onboard the interplanetary cruise ship the Avenue 5, a massive systems malfunction sends the titular vessel far off course. It's estimated it will take the ship 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.

    So what did everyone think? I'm kinda mixed on this one. I thought the silliness become almost overwhelming about halfway thru, but then it started to jell (a little). IOW, I went from "I can't watch this" to "I'll give it a chance".

    In its favor, it has Hugh Laurie, almost universally good. Also Iannucci, who created one of the best shows in HBO history, VEEP. Plus, it's HBO. Going against it is Josh Gad, who (IMHO) is one of those actors that has the magical ability to make almost any show unbearable.

    I'm hoping this follows the VEEP path, which started good but unspectacular, and quickly became... spectacular.

    Your thoughts?
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  2. Jan 20, 2020 #2 of 193

    gossamer88 UHDTV Snob

    Jul 26, 2005
    Da Bronx
    Not one laugh form me. Not even a giggle. No setup whatsoever. I barely lasted 15min. Then again, I did not like Silicon Valley. Not for me.
  3. Jan 20, 2020 #3 of 193
    Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    In defense of Gad, whom I'm never seen before that I know of, in this case his character is meant to be unbearable... ;)

    I can see this show going either way.

    Kind of ironic that Laurie's American accent is more believable than his British accent!
  4. Jan 20, 2020 #4 of 193

    kcarl75 Active Member

    Oct 23, 2002
    Southern NH
    I lasted 15 mins then bailed.
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    ej42137 Well-Known Member

    Feb 15, 2014
    Los Angeles


    The delay between Earth and Saturn is about an hour and twenty minutes, not 26 seconds. On the other hand, the show captures the cruise ship experience pretty accurately.
  6. Jan 20, 2020 #6 of 193

    lparsons21 Active Member

    Feb 17, 2015
    While I didn’t think it was horrible, it wasn’t comedy either. I’ll probably watch at least one more episode to see if they can pull off comedy or at least some better acting, before pulling the plug.

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  7. Jan 20, 2020 #7 of 193
    Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    I wasn't paying the closest attention, but was the company headquarters explicitly said to be on Earth?
  8. Jan 20, 2020 #8 of 193

    Amnesia The Question

    Jan 30, 2005
    Boston, MA
    I generally like Laurie, but I thought this show was terrible. I stuck it out for the first episode, but I don't plan to watch again...
  9. Jan 20, 2020 #9 of 193

    Anubys All About Footwork

    Jul 16, 2004
    I'll continue watching despite the pilot. I hates Veep at first so I'm willing to give this a lot of latitude.

    I wish they cast someone better for the nosy woman. I didn't like her at all and this character can evolve into something great.
  10. Jan 20, 2020 #10 of 193

    trainman Nice to see you

    Jan 29, 2001
    They indicated that the people touring Mission Control were related to (or potentially related to) passengers aboard the ship, but no one specifically said, "Well, here were are at Judd corporate headquarters on Earth!"

    I'd say the only possible answer is that they're willing to ignore actual science for the sake of making a TV sitcom... so I wouldn't keep watching if you want your sci-fi comedy to be more scientific and less fictional.
  11. Jan 20, 2020 #11 of 193

    Gerryex Well-Known Member

    Apr 24, 2004
    Land O...

    I agree with you 100%. I loved VEEP so I was really having high expectations for this and while I did laugh at times it was not as good as I thought. However I definitely will stick with it as it has good potential.

    I also agree with this as I have NEVER been a fan of Josh Gad. I don't know why but in every thing I've seen of him I just don't like. But if the rest of the show gets better then I can somewhat ignore him.

    I know this show is not going to be scientifically accurate but I can't believe the ship doesn't have any spare fuel to adjust their flight path back to where it should be. Rather poor planning of the space cruise line!!!

  12. Jan 20, 2020 #12 of 193

    Tony_T Well-Known Member

    Nov 2, 2017
    I liked it, the movie Aniars (not a comedy) comes to mind.
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  13. Jan 20, 2020 #13 of 193

    dianebrat wait.. I did what? TCF Club

    Jul 6, 2002
    I'm not sure yet what I think, while I always enjoy Hugh Laurie and enjoyed him here, there's nothing in the pilot that spoke to me and the twist wasn't very twisty.
    I never thought someone would make a sitcom based on the movie Passengers, but this sure feels like it :)
  14. Jan 20, 2020 #14 of 193

    zalusky Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Apr 5, 2002
    Cupertino, CA
    I saw Gad on late night promoting this and the clip was terrible. It did nothing to make me interested. Neither has any other marketing. I will wait for s)melody to persuade me otherwise before I waste any time on it.
  15. Jan 20, 2020 #15 of 193

    dswallow Save the Moderatоr TCF Club

    Dec 3, 2000
    Well, the redeeming viewing value is Zach Woods right now. Not sure I'd bother watching any more of it were it not for him. There should really be some sort of rule preventing one person from holding so many positions he/she cannot do any one of them well... "Armando Iannucci" just kept appearing in credit after credit at first (and not having a clue at the time anything about him).
  16. Jan 21, 2020 #16 of 193

    madscientist Deregistered Snoozer

    Nov 12, 2003
    Lexington, MA
    There was a twist? Oh, maybe you mean that the captain wasn't a real captain? I guess that's kind of a twist.

    Or maybe you mean that the captain was English! :)

    I actually kind of liked it and will keep watching. I thought it definitely thumbed its nose at a lot of sci-fi tropes and I'm always a fan of noses being thumbed at tropes.

    My big problem was that I forgot to record it with TiVo so I was watching with HBO Go and it literally could not go more than 5 minutes without buffering for 20+ seconds. It was absolutely maddening. And it's Monday night, not even a weekend! I don't know what's up with HBO: I've never had that with Netflix or even Amazon. Lame!
  17. Jan 21, 2020 #17 of 193

    ej42137 Well-Known Member

    Feb 15, 2014
    Los Angeles
    The orbital track showed them returning to Earth. And there aren't any planets 26 light seconds from Saturn anyway; they are all much further away than that.

    Implicitly, if there are company headquarters on one of the moons of Saturn, rescuing a disabled cruise ship would be easily within the capabilities of the company. And they wouldn't need to be asking NASA for help.
  18. Jan 21, 2020 #18 of 193

    MScottC Well-Known Member

    Sep 11, 2004
    One more episode... so far not amused.
  19. Jan 21, 2020 #19 of 193

    cheesesteak Meh. TCF Club

    Jul 24, 2003
    15 mins...
    The first episode was ok enough for me to set a pass for it. How long that pass lasts is up in the air.
  20. Jan 21, 2020 #20 of 193

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    I thought this show had a lot of potential to be funny (Full disclosure, I've only watch a couple of episodes of Veep, and didn't really like it...but it's on my list to go back and watch at some point and probably never will), but it was really more silly than anything, with dialogue in the typical, "cable style of slightly witty, somewhat ironic and not really quite funny" range. I'll give it another episode and if not any better, I'll bail.

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