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
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.
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
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.
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 18, 2013
If your heaving, capacity-deprived DVRs are up for it, add another potential winner to the list of shows you're already watching.
November 18, 2013
It's all a little bit funny, but, again, it's not the sort of funny in which you repeat the best lines to your friends.
November 18, 2013
Plenty of partisan shenanigans to satirize, like Veep, but, unlike Veep, nothing addictive about it.
November 15, 2013
It's an accomplished piece of work. And it gains heft from a number of impressive cameos.
November 15, 2013
The writing is smart, the characters are amusing, the cameos are entertaining, and the political commentary is as pointed as you might suspect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 15, 2013
Alpha House may be Amazon's first original program, but it doesn't feel all that original.
November 15, 2013
What separates it from Veep is that Alpha House almost seems possible, and it's not just because of similarities between the characters and real pols. It's about the mind-set, the dealing, arrogance and boorishness of our shaky legislative branch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 15, 2013
Alpha House's problem, so far, is that it's set its story among its own Neidermeyers: broadly stereotyped, largely unsympathetic characters it scores points off like bumpers in a rigged pinball machine.
November 15, 2013
[Creator Gary] Trudeau has a feel for not just political hypocrisy but also character, and this cast manages to bring life and even some charm to these Capitol Hill caricatures.
November 14, 2013
But once you get past that novelty, there's not much differentiating this mediocre show from anything you can see on one of the broadcast networks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 14, 2013
Ultimately, it's too hard to see if the series is going for satire, farce or character-driven humor. Alpha House could have benefited from some beta testing.
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