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. …