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Alpha House 

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Four Republican senators share the same D.C. house rental, and face re-election battles, looming indictments, and parties -- all with a sense of humor.

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John Goodman ...  Senator Gil John Biggs 21 episodes, 2013-2014
Clark Johnson ...  Senator Robert Bettencourt 21 episodes, 2013-2014
Matt Malloy ...  Senator Louis Laffer, Jr. 21 episodes, 2013-2014
Mark Consuelos ...  Senator Andy Guzman 21 episodes, 2013-2014
Yara Martinez ...  Adriana de Portago 21 episodes, 2013-2014
Julie White ...  Maddie Biggs 20 episodes, 2013-2014
Alicia Sable ...  Tammy Stackhouse 19 episodes, 2013-2014
Brooke Bloom ...  Julie Carrell 18 episodes, 2013-2014
Ben Rameaka ...  James Whippy 17 episodes, 2013-2014
Kobi Libii ...  Aaron Stimson 16 episodes, 2013-2014
Natalie Gold ...  Katherine Sims 15 episodes, 2013-2014
Amy Sedaris ...  Louise Laffer 14 episodes, 2013-2014
Wanda Sykes ...  Senator Rosalyn DuPeche 14 episodes, 2013-2014
Haley Joel Osment ...  Shelby Mellman 12 episodes, 2013-2014
Willa Fitzgerald ...  Lola Laffer 12 episodes, 2013-2014
Richard Cox ...  Graydon Talbot 10 episodes, 2013-2014
William Thomas Evans ...  Senator Lamar Farkus / ... 9 episodes, 2013-2014
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Four Republican senators share the same D.C. house rental, and face re-election battles, looming indictments, and parties -- all with a sense of humor.

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Debate. Legislate. Cohabitate.

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Comedy | Drama

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Alpha House was inspired by a 2007 New York Times article, "Taking Power, Sharing Cereal," about the living arrangements of senators Dick Durbin, Chuck Schumer and two other senators. See more »

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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #32.37 (2015) See more »

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West Wing meets Newsroom...Thumbs way up
25 October 2014 | by TamPalmSee all my reviews

I have now completed the second season and thought that based on the small number reviews, it would be a good idea for me to write a review to give those who haven't seen it or don't know about it, to give an idea of what to expect.

If you liked West Wing, you'll like this show. Just as witty and equally thought-provoking on current-day political culture without Aaron Sorkin's lightning speed dialogue style (thank goodness). Like West Wing, the acting is superb and there are numerous cameos of newspeople and politicians for your political/news junkie pleasures.

If you like Newsroom, you'll like this show. Newsroom was satire at its core. So is Alpha House. Both mostly pokes fun at the current day Republican Party but AH does it better. Both use characters who are Republicans to satirize the party's platform but AH is less preachy and thus more effective than Newsroom was. So far AH hasn't gotten too preachy but there is a possible vulnerability there that I hope the show manages to avoid going forward. This specifically surrounds one of the biggest subplots of the show concerning one of the characters and his inability to reconcile the conservative values he feels pressured to uphold with his sexuality. In fact this character and his family provide the bulk of not only the humor but the backdrop for the overall satirical message of the show. I will stop here to avoid giving too much of the show away.

I hope Amazon continues this show. It really is a breath of fresh air. And I think it's better that it's on a forum like Amazon versus television. I didn't think so at the time but in hindsight I concede that HBO may not have been the best venue for Newsroom. The type of audience it and shows like AH attract is quite specific. It's not a general audience type of show. I'm glad the powers that be apparently realize this. Speaking of those producers, I noticed Jonathan Alter, a regular commentator on MSNBC is executive producer of AH. This is simultaneously fascinating, impressive and alarming. It alarms me because MSNBC has become way too biased and preachy for its own good. I am hoping the kind of disingenuous proselytizing it does doesn't spill over to this show. I am hoping the setup of the show--the interaction of four Republican lawmakers--keeps it grounded and somewhat balanced. I am looking for a positive future for this show.

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19 April 2013 (USA) See more »

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