If you’re a fan of The Office, or Parks and Recreation, then this new intergalactic comedy from HBO is sure to strike a chord. Written and produced by the team behind political satire, Veep, Avenue 5 is set to be a success with those who like their comedy narratives sitting just outside of the box.
Avenue 5 Season 1 TV Preview
Avenue 5 is an interplanetary commercial cruise ship that takes the paying public on trips to Saturn, but when a system failure turns the vessel into the outer reaches of space, the crew have two pressing problems – they have no idea how to turn the ship around, and have just about enough food to last a month.
Faced with this unlikely situation, the ship’s team aim to calm and reassure passengers whilst finding a way to get the vessel back on course, with some hilarious results. Avenue 5 is a comedy science fiction story, unlike anything that has been attempted before by HBO, with an original narrative that is both farcical and deadpan in its humour, delivered by some real standout performers.
Starring Hugh Laurie (Doctor), Suzie Nakamura (Veep), Rebecca Front (The Thick Of It), and Zach Woods (Silicon Valley), the much anticipated Avenue 5 TV series has arrived in Australia, and using the information in this guide, you won’t have to miss a moment.
Where to Watch or Stream Avenue 5
Avenue 5 starts airing exclusively on FOX SHOWCASE on January 21, 2020. Here in Australia, there are several options for accessing FOX SHOWCASE including Foxtel, Foxtel Now or Foxtel from Telstra. To watch on Foxtel with a set-top box using a Standard or HD TV, the best option is the Foxtel Plus pack, which offers over 50 channels of entertainment, drama, lifestyle, docos, reality and more. Additionally, every Foxtel channel pack includes the option to stream the content free using the Foxtel Go app.
You also have the option to watch the Avenue 5 TV series online using Foxtel Now. For good measure, Foxtel Now currently offers a 10 day FREE trial so that you can check out all of its content before choosing your preferred pack (Pop, Lifestyle, Sport, Drama, Movies, Docos, Kids), and should you decide to subscribe you can cancel anytime if you’re no longer using it. Avenue 5 is available as part of the Foxtel Now Pop pack, which gives you instant access to hundreds of TV shows Live and on demand. Foxtel Now can be accessed using your favourite browser, or via the Foxtel Now app and a variety of internet connected devices (see table below). To watch on Foxtel Now with a Standard or HD TV, you can access the platform with a Foxtel Now Box.
Alternatively, you can access FOX SHOWCASE with Foxtel from Telstra. Foxtel from Telstra (including Foxtel Now from Telstra) offers the exact same programming as Foxtel, but is often available at reduced pricing or with no lock-in contract. With every Foxtel from Telstra package you can likewise stream Avenue 5 S1 for free using the Foxtel Go app, and one of the devices in the table below. Plus, you can also watch more binge worthy shows from other drama channels, including BBC First, Binge, Universal Channel, and more. For a list of episodes and their air dates, see the TV schedule below.
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Avenue 5 Season 1 Live TV Schedule
Each episode of Season 1 airs on FOX Showcase. Season 1 has eight episodes in total. There is no Avenue 5 free to air coverage in Australia, it is exclusively available on Foxtel and Foxtel Now. Here’s the live TV schedule for season 1 shown as Sydney time:
|S1 Episode 1||Jan 21, 8.00am & 8.30pm||Foxtel/Foxtel Now|
|S1 Episode 2||Jan 28, 8.00am & 9.00pm||Foxtel/Foxtel Now|
|S1 Episode 3||Feb 4, 8.00am & 9.00pm||Foxtel/Foxtel Now|
|S1 Episode 4||Feb 11, 8.00am & 9.00pm||Foxtel/Foxtel Now|
|S1 Episode 5||Feb 18, 8.00am & 9.00pm||Foxtel/Foxtel Now|
|S1 Episode 6||Feb 25, 8.00am & 9.00pm||Foxtel/Foxtel Now|
|S1 Episode 7||Mar 3, 8.00am & 9.00pm||Foxtel/Foxtel Now|
|S1 Episode 8||Mar 10, 8.00am & 9.00pm||Foxtel/Foxtel Now|
Mobile Device List (Foxtel and Foxtel Now)
The following are the list of compatible mobile and internet connected devices for which you can stream Avenue 5 whether at home or on the go, with new apps and devices being added as they become available.
|PC/Mac||Foxtel Now / Foxtel / Foxtel From Telstra||Web browser only (Chrome for PC; Chrome & Safari for Mac, Firefox, Microsoft)|
|iOS Mobile Devices||Foxtel Now / Foxtel / Foxtel From Telstra||iPhone 4s or above, and iPad 2 or above (iOS 9.35 or above)|
|Android Mobile Devices||Foxtel Now / Foxtel / Foxtel From Telstra||All Android mobile and tablet devices (Lollipop 5.0 or above)|
|Google Chromecast||Foxtel Now / Foxtel / Foxtel From Telstra||Via casting (only on Multiroom service)|
|Apple TV||Foxtel Now / Foxtel / Foxtel From Telstra||Via AirPlay (only on Multiroom service)|
|Smart TVs||Foxtel Now / Foxtel / Foxtel From Telstra||TV with Android TV operating system |
(Android 7.0 or above)
|Telstra TV||Foxtel Now / Foxtel / Foxtel From Telstra||Via casting only (only on Multiroom service)|
|Foxtel Now Box||Foxtel Now||Direct via Foxtel Box|
Must See TV for Avenue 5 fans
Avenue 5 consists of eight episodes and looks set to be a hit with audiences around the world, creating some truly hilarious storylines. Once you’ve watched all the episodes, we have suggested a few series below that may also take your fancy.
The Righteous Gemstones (Foxtel Now)
Eli, Jesse, Judy and Kelvin have made a great living out of their megachurches, becoming household names to churchgoers around the world. But with such stardom comes greed and jealousy, and before long there’s an attempt to bring down their empire by rival pastors. The Righteous Gemstones is a comedy drama based on the real life televangelists that have made a multi-million dollar business out of selling Christianity. Catch seasons 1 with Foxtel on demand or stream on Foxtel Now free for 10 days.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (Foxtel & Foxtel Now)
British comedian John Oliver made his name as a writer on the Daily Show alongside John Stewart. He now presents his own show which pretty much sits in the same genre, covering political and news topics of the day in laugh out satirical fashion. The show has won two Emmy Awards and became famous worldwide for tackling current events that are often seen as taboo by normal media outlets. Catch every series with Foxtel On Demand or Foxtel Now free for 10 days.
Upright (Foxtel & Foxtel Now)
Lucky Flynn is a bit of a family outcast, but when he learns that his mother is ill he takes a trip across the Nullabor in his old trusty pick-up, with nothing but an old piano in the back. When he picks up a young hitchhiker called Meg (Milly Alcock) she is cold and defensive, but after a while, they start to strike a close friendship and find they have more than a few things in common. Catch all episodes of Upright with Foxtel Go, or stream on Foxtel Now free for 10 days.