Alpha House: Season 1
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Emmy® award winner John Goodman (Roseanne, Argo) stars in Alpha House, an inside-the-beltway comedy series from Garry Trudeau (Pulitzer-Prize winning creator of Doonesbury) about four Republican senators all living together in one Capitol Hill townhouse. Cantankerous senator Gil John Biggs (Goodman) makes winning look easy, but that's because he's never had a real fight for his seat. When former rival Digger Mancusi announces he's running, the race gets real. His roommates have their own set of issues: Former Mormon missionary Louis Laffer (Matt Malloy) has his masculinity questioned when he runs against a macho man’s man. Ethically challenged Robert Bettencourt (Clark Johnson) worries that his home state of Pennsylvania is turning against him. And then there’s the not-so-distinguished gentleman who makes this a full house: Florida senator Andy Guzman (Mark Consuelos) – freshly divorced, with presidential ambitions as over the top as his frequent sexual adventures. Season one features a roll call of high-profile guest stars including Bill Murray (Saturday Night Live), Wanda Sykes (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City), Amy Sedaris (Strangers With Candy) and Stephen Colbert (The Colbert Report). The first season of Alpha House will win your vote.
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Alpha house pretty closely parallels a real-world house of (more than one) scandalous members of congress that shared a house on Capitol Hill. With reality in politics being so wacked-out is it really satire or a realistic presentation of the status quo? I don't think it matters.
John Goodman leads the cast and production with the comedic and acting skill I've come to expect from his performances. I'm impressed with most of the rest of the cast too. Wanda Sykes character in particular.
The reelection arc of the season is so natural and full of potential. The Afghanistan trip and aftermath had me laughing out loud. The Louis Laffer character's over the top attempts not to appear gay are also very funny. Especially the shotgun in the basement.
I wish season 1 were longer with more episodes. I'm looking forward to season 2 to see if Bill Murray will play more than a cameo role in the upcoming events.
Hope this helps someone decide if they want to see Alpha House.
Please please: binge watch before every election, maybe this country will turn around because of this show and you the voter waking up to the reality of government.
That being said, some folks may not like the political slant the producers have chosen (bashing stereotypical Republican views) but the quality of the production, including a smart script, hilarious twists, and credible acting should convince you to stick it out for a couple more episodes.
On a personal note, I enjoy John Goodman's acting skills and appreciate him even in a series at odds with my personal political views. I would withhold judgement until I see a few more episodes.
It is funny at times, but it sure does not make me feel good about our government...
Now it sure is not meant to be a government up lifting comedy either, but if our government is truly being represented here it is time, way past time, to throw ALL the BUMS out of office... Both sides of the isles...
I would love to be proud of our government once again...but I guess after JFK died, we have gone down hill from there...
Good show, but not for feeling good about our government...