Avenue 5 is Worth Binge Watching
Netflix has had a run of bad luck recently. But a recent show reminded me that the streaming service still takes chances on some off-the-wall concepts that actually pan out. The latest one is a comedy called Avenue 5, which showed up in my listings with no fanfare, but has since become one of my favorite shows. I just pray Netflix gives it another season to develop the story.
Avenue 5 is brought to you by creator Armando Iannucci, who was the genius behind Veep, another favorite show of mine. The show is set far in the future. The crew and passengers of the space cruise ship Avenue 5, are trying to deal with the fact that the ship has been thrown off-course and is now needing three years to return to earth.
The spoiled and rich passengers are stunned to find out the crew isn’t real. The ship is programmed to run automatically, and the crew is just actors hired to reassure the passengers. There is a real team of engineers on board, but they have no idea how to solve the ship’s problem.
The humor comes from a large cast of characters that uses present-day memes and tropes to present the calamities happening on the ship. There’s an I-want-to-speak-to-your-manager type named Karen, appropriately. The engineers seem to be a bunch of smart stoners, who like hanging out ‘backstage’. The captain (played by Hugh Laurie) is an actor who, because of his fake position, is put in charge and tries to hold things together. The owner of the ship is also on board. He’s a ‘trillionaire’ slyly hinting at Elon Musk, who is consumed with his image over all else.
The show drew very mixed reviews, with as many viewers hating it as loving it. But I can’t wait for the next season.