Avenue 5

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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So-so sci-fi comedy has cursing, violence, some sexy stuff.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 2 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

It’s a comedy pointing to potential future problems with space tourism; keeping customers happy and working together are themes. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Most of the crew is incompetent. Clark isn’t who he seems to be. 


People fall, get hurt. A gruesome accident is shown; blood is shown spurting in a funny context.


Strong innuendo, including lots of crude references and jokes.  


Lots of cursing includes "s--t" and "f--k." 


The ship is part of Judd Corporation, which runs JuddSpace. There are references to Google, Richard Branson, Kindle, Gone Girl, and other things that are culturally relevant in 2020.  

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking (wine, cocktails, champagne) visible. There are bars on board the ship. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Avenue 5 is a futuristic science fiction comedy series about the captain (House's Hugh Laurie) and crew aboard a cruise ship in space. It contains strong sexual innuendo, lots of cursing and crude references including "s--t" and "f--k," and some drinking. There are some references to contemporary cultural iconic things like Google, Kindles, and popular books like Gone Girl. This HBO genre-bender is edgier than similar shows like The Orville and Other Space, but families who like their sci-fi with jokes may enjoy it. 


User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byHair May 2, 2020
Teen, 13 years old Written byLord of doop August 1, 2020

Very funny show but has voilence, scariness, sexual references and a lot of coarse lenguage

Avenue 5 is a really funny show about a space captain (Hugh Laurie)who’s ship gets knocked off coarse in space and the adventures of the crew to get it on coars... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byMaddySher55555 March 22, 2020

For Older Kids

I absolutely love this show, although there is alot of swearing, sexual references and a little violence. There hasn't been any actual sex so far in the se... Continue reading

What's the story?

From the creator of Veep comes AVENUE 5, a futuristic comedy series about the captain and crew aboard a space cruise ship. Ryan Clark (Hugh Laurie) is the captain of Avenue 5, the most luxurious JuddSpace space cruiser to navigate the galaxy. Helping him keep the ship running smoothly is Rav Mulcair, (Nikki Asuka-Bird) the head of mission control on Earth, and engineer Billie McEvoy (Lenora Chrichlow). But after a major technical glitch, they find themselves scrambling to figure out a way to get the ship home. It’s up to Matt Spencer (Zach Woods), the head of passenger services, to handle the 5000 disgruntled passengers, while Herman Judd (Josh Gad), the head of Judd Corporation and the mastermind behind luxury space tourism, handles the public relations nightmare with his his right-hand woman, Iris Kimora (Suzy Nakamura).

Is it any good?

This uneven satire, set 40 years in the future, offers some funny, fast-talking banter thanks to the solid talent that comprises the ensemble cast. Part of the fun comes from the incompetent crew, but the best examples of wit are mainly references to contemporary people, companies, and popular culture, either to highlight how they were once (in 2020) culturally relevant, or to point to their demise. But the jokes don’t often land long enough for audiences to appreciate them, and sometimes the comedy and science fiction elements don’t come together very well. But Avenue 5's premise is worth a try. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Avenue 5 portrays the future of space travel. Do you think it will look like this in 40 years? Why or why not? Would you want to go on a "space cruise?"

  • What are some of the ways the series combines science fiction with comedy? Does it do so effectively?

  • What are some of the challenges that come with writing and producing comedy shows and movies? Who decides what is funny and what isn’t? 

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