The BEST Episodes of Avenue 5

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 27, 2020

Network: HBO

40 years in the future, space captain Ryan Clark and the crew of the luxury space cruise ship Avenue 5 navigate disgruntled passengers and unexpected events after experiencing technical difficulties onboard.

This Is Physically Hurting Me

#1 - This Is Physically Hurting Me

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 8, 2020

While Karen oversees an effort to jettison non-essential passenger items, Billie tries to teach an inattentive Ryan how to dock the ship. Matt learns of Judd's plan to make the 'ultimate sacrifice' by returning to Earth. The passengers suspect all is not as it seems with the journey.

star 7.71
553 votes
Directors: David Schneider
Writers: Armando Iannucci, Georgia Pritchett, Will Smith (II)
Eight Arms But No Hands

#2 - Eight Arms But No Hands

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 15, 2020

A search party commences for Matt, who's in hiding with a guilty conscience—and the airlock codes. Iris questions Karen about her rumored affair with Ryan. Rav seeks an apology from Judd for ruining her life. Chaos ensues when a seat on a rescue shuttle suddenly becomes available.

star 7.46
516 votes
Writers: Armando Iannucci, Ian Martin, Peter Fellows, Sean Gray
Wait a Minute, Then Who Was That on the Ladder?

#3 - Wait a Minute, Then Who Was That on the Ladder?

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 9, 2020

With Judd worried about his reputation, Iris arranges a meet-and-greet with several passengers in his luxury suite. Frustrated by a bridge crew with no answers, Ryan and Billie bond with the engineers below deck. Matt encourages Frank to become the man he always wanted to be.

star 7.31
696 votes
Directors: Natalie Bailey
Writers: Armando Iannucci, Ian Martin, Peter Fellows
Are You a Spider, Matt?

#4 - Are You a Spider, Matt?

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Mar 1, 2020

Judd enlists Ryan to help charm Harrison Aimes, an uber-wealthy passenger who has a strange effect on Judd. Meanwhile, the passengers become transfixed by a divine image circling the ship and Rav deals with the fallout when the ship's moral quandary hits the media.

star 7.27
569 votes
Directors: Becky Martin
Writers: Armando Iannucci, Charlie Cooper, Daisy May Cooper
Was It Your Ears?

#5 - Was It Your Ears?

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 23, 2020

As Avenue 5 celebrates the birth of a space baby, Ryan and Billie try to identify the source of an incessant beeping, and Judd shares his latest grand idea at Karen’s passenger-crew liaison meeting. Rav appeals to the President for rescue funds but, in exchange, is faced with an ethical dilemma.

star 7.22
607 votes
Directors: Peter Fellows
Writers: Armando Iannucci, Jon Brown
I'm a Hand Model

#6 - I'm a Hand Model

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Feb 2, 2020

With Avenue 5 staff slacking in their customer service, Ryan offers Karen the opportunity to channel her unique talent for speaking the passengers’ language. Judd outlines the plan for a rescue mission and tasks Iris with organizing a vigil on Earth to raise the money to fund it. Rav endures a barrage of messages from the ship and handles an unruly press conference.

star 7.17
786 votes
Directors: Natalie Bailey
Writers: Armando Iannucci, Ian Martin, Peter Fellows
He's Only There to Stop His Skeleton Falling Over

#7 - He's Only There to Stop His Skeleton Falling Over

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 16, 2020

Billie seeks her moment in the limelight after stepping in to help Ryan during the ship's newest crisis. Iris vets comedian Jordan Hatwal's material for the Halfway Home Party, which Judd has decided should go on as planned. Doug tries to get in the way of Mia's newfound sexual freedom.

star 7.10
657 votes
Directors: Annie Griffin
Writers: Armando Iannucci, Peter Baynham
I Was Flying

#8 - I Was Flying

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 19, 2020

When a malfunction occurs aboard the luxury space cruise ship Avenue 5, it’s up to engineer Billie McEvoy to warn Captain Ryan Clark, Avenue 5 owner Herman Judd and his right-hand-woman Iris Kimura that the incident may have a cataclysmic knock-on effect. As Rav Mulcair manages the situation from mission control back on Earth, Matt Spencer, the head of customer relations, tries his best to calm frayed nerves on board, and persistent passenger Karen Kelly discovers the crew may know more than they’re letting on.

star 6.98
1,171 votes
Writers: Armando Iannucci, Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche
And Then He's Gonna Shoot Off...

#9 - And Then He's Gonna Shoot Off...

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 26, 2020

As Rav and her team meet with a NASA representative to plot a potential rescue mission, Ryan learns that Cyrus an engineer working in a hidden part of the ship, has a surprisingly optimistic theory about the ship’s future. Judd donates a lavish personal item to help commemorate a fallen crew member. Karen becomes a vocal advocate for passengers. Mia and Doug receive marital counselling from Matt.

star 6.98
921 votes
Directors: Natalie Bailey
Writers: Armando Iannucci, Georgia Pritchett, Will Smith (II)