HBO’s ‘Avenue 5’ is the perfect companion to this crapfest of a year

HBO's 'Avenue 5' is the perfect companion to this crapfest of a year

As we hurtle helplessly toward the end of a terrible, misery-filled 2020, it’s clear that Hollywood has forgotten one of the most important rejoinders of the modern era: Too soon.

From Donald Trump to the coronavirus pandemic, the unfolding year has piled up a growing number of productions that comment on or in some way reflect or dramatize Our Current Moment. But before we bid 2020 adieu, I want to spend a little time honoring the value of a good metaphor and, by association, HBO’s blisteringly funny Avenue 5.

There is zero possibility that the series was conceived as some kind of response to the coronavirus pandemic. It premiered on Jan. 19, only a couple months after we first learned of COVID-19’s existence. But that doesn’t mean it’s got nothing to say, albeit indirectly, about our current dilemma. Read more…

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