Alpha House: Season 1 (2013)

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Season 1
Alpha House

Critics Consensus

A hodgepodge of subtle humor, indifferent characters and an unfocused comedy style, Alpha House contains realistic themes and concrete performances that wrangle sporadic chuckles.

76%

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Critic Ratings: 38

86%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 51
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Episodes

1
Air date: Apr 19, 2013
2
Air date: Nov 15, 2013
3
Air date: Nov 15, 2013

Tv Season Info

Cast

John Goodman
as Senator Gil John Biggs
Clark Johnson
as Senator Robert Bettencourt
Matt Malloy
as Senator Louis Laffer, Jr.
Mark Consuelos
as Senator Andy Guzman
Bill Murray
as Senator Vernon Smits
Yara Martinez
as Adriana de Portago
Alicia Sable
as Tammy Stackhouse
Brooke Bloom
as Julie Carrell
Kobi Libli
as Aaron Stimson
Craig Waletzko
as RNC Official
Ned Noyes
as Simon
Ted King
as Al Hickok
Marvin Avila
as Photographer
Kenneth Tigar
as Senator #1
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Critic Reviews for Alpha House Season 1

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (21)

Alpha House is profane, bitter, hard-edge and often funny. The opening Murray bit is flawless, while Goodman is Goodman throughout -- exactly how you'd want him to be.

May 17, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Alpha offers plenty of wit and clever touches, like the sugar bowl on the breakfast table that the roomies keep filled with flag pins.

Nov 25, 2013 | Full Review…

While I don't love Alpha House, I still like it; mostly because of the easy chemistry between Goodman and his co-stars.

Nov 25, 2013 | Full Review…
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Top Critic

Plenty of partisan shenanigans to satirize, like Veep, but, unlike Veep, nothing addictive about it.

Nov 18, 2013 | Full Review…

The writing is smart, the characters are amusing, the cameos are entertaining, and the political commentary is as pointed as you might suspect.

Nov 15, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Alpha House may be Amazon's first original program, but it doesn't feel all that original.

Nov 15, 2013 | Full Review…
Top Critic

John Goodman, in fine form, is a rumpled, shuffling, barely awake senator.

May 17, 2019 | Full Review…

It's amusing, visually appealing and has a great cast. The quality is there, though it might not be groundbreaking enough to make you cancel your Netflix subscription.

May 17, 2019 | Full Review…

In an era of episodic, thoughtful television... Alpha House feels like you programmed the VCR to tape so you can watch it after the kids have gone to bed.

May 17, 2019 | Full Review…

Regardless of whether it's biased or not, Alpha House has some funny and original thoughts to offer.

May 17, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The acting is, as expected, strong; and the chemistry between the characters is there, though it's not quite developed yet. The two central issues with the show are the base premise and the character construction.

May 17, 2019 | Rating: 7.5/10 | Full Review…

It feels like Trudeau on cruise control, taking easy shots at the most obvious conservative targets.

May 17, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Alpha House: Season 1

  • Jun 24, 2019
    Humorous view of DC politics
  • Jan 22, 2016
    It isn't West Wing, but it's a lot funnier and more savvy than the critics have given it credit for. If you like political humor, give Alpha House a try.
  • Mar 13, 2015
    Way too inconsistent in both plot and comedic effect, the show only rises on the legs of John Goodman's inherent likability.
  • Dec 06, 2013
    My husband and I both crack up over this. If you are at all into any sort of politics or interested in human foibles, Washington D.C. or that particular species of human... "Republican" you should watch. If you like John Goodman... ditto. Watch for Bill Murray's cameo in the opening scene of the pilot... hilarious :-)
  • Nov 16, 2013
    Nothing ruins the suspension of disbelief like political dialog that was too-obviously written by those who disagree with it. I likely share the writers' politics, but this show would be much funnier if it took some rhetorical cues from it's dramatic Netflix analog, House of Cards.

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