Alpha House: Season 1 (2013)

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

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Critic Ratings: 38

82%

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User Ratings: 56

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Air date: Apr 19, 2013

A comedy featuring John Goodman. Re-election battles, looming indictments, parties, their Party... these senators need a drink. And a new housemate. (C) Amazon

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Air date: Nov 15, 2013

The senators adjust to their new roommate, and his girlfriend, as preparations for the Congressional Delegation to Afghanistan continue. (C) Amazon

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Air date: Nov 15, 2013

As the re-election battles heat up the four senators travel to Afghanistan as part of a Congressional Delegation. (C) Amazon

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Critic Reviews for Alpha House Season 1

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (22)

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…

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…

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…

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…

While Alpha House isn't mind-blowing or groundbreaking, it is a darn good time. If you're in agreement with the writers, that is.

May 17, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Alpha House: Season 1

  • Dec 13, 2019
    Ken Jacowitz was in the pilot for this series, so as a person of moral conscience, I must give it 1/2.
  • 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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