Alpha House: Season 1 Reviews

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May 17, 2019
There are chuckles to be had -- some grim, some quite light -- as John Goodman plays a Republican senator in the new satire from Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau.
May 17, 2019
John Goodman, in fine form, is a rumpled, shuffling, barely awake senator.
May 17, 2019
The laughs are sometimes too few and far between. Still, there's a specificity here that's impressive as Garry Trudeau is deeply familiar with the minutiae of the American political landscape and it shows.
May 17, 2019
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
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
Regardless of whether it's biased or not, Alpha House has some funny and original thoughts to offer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
May 17, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 17, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
May 17, 2019
It feels like Trudeau on cruise control, taking easy shots at the most obvious conservative targets.
May 17, 2019
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
If you can look past a few failed jokes and some awkward silences, you'll find enjoyment. I do think it's a good show. I'm just not sure I'm ready to move in just yet.
May 17, 2019
An interesting look at how to rise in the Republican party. [Full Review in Spanish]
May 17, 2019
The show is amusing, but the promise of the pilot goes unfulfilled in the two subsequent episodes, which seem overly familiar. It's not a bad show, but it's not must-see either.
December 5, 2013
Alpha House isn't entirely success, but it's certainly watchable, and comedies tend to take more time to find their center than dramas.
December 2, 2013
Trudeau's been mixing the personal and the political for more than four decades in the panels of Doonesbury, but none of his living, breathing Alpha House politicians feel as alive as the former residents of Walden Commune.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
November 25, 2013
Alpha offers plenty of wit and clever touches, like the sugar bowl on the breakfast table that the roomies keep filled with flag pins.
Top Critic
November 25, 2013
While I don't love Alpha House, I still like it; mostly because of the easy chemistry between Goodman and his co-stars.
November 22, 2013
Political comedies tend to work best when they're absurdist or much, much subtler. Alpha House falls somewhere in the middle and gets stranded there, though the company is so likable that it's a limbo you may not mind being stranded in.
November 21, 2013
Writing and acting are the strengths of Alpha House, with Trudeau's keen satiric sensibility brought to life through engaging performances from a veteran cast led by Goodman and Johnson.
November 21, 2013
Political comedy is fresh, funny, but full of iffy content.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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