October 30, 2020

HBO’s ‘Avenue 5’ charts a ballsy voyage to comedy’s final frontier

HBO's 'Avenue 5' charts a ballsy voyage to comedy's final frontier

The following is a spoiler-free review of HBO’s Avenue 5.

HBO’s Avenue 5 isn’t stellar yet…but dang, if it isn’t thiiiiiis close.

When Veep creator Armando Iannucci announced he’d be taking on the sci-fi genre, fans of his sharp satire yearned for Selina Meyer in space — a witty workplace comedy with punchy quips and intergalactic stakes.

Instead, viewers are getting a send-up of the space industry twice as vicious and ten times as brutal as the beloved political comedy ever got. It’s a risk that doesn’t pay off entirely in the first four episodes I’ve seen, but could set the stage for a new HBO comedy staple. …

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