'Alpha House' Review: Partisan Humor

Unlike other political TV shows, Amazon's first original series aims squarely at the GOP.

Mark Consuelos, John Goodman, Matt Malloy and Clark Johnson play four Republican senators living together in a townhouse on Amazon's "Alpha House."
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Amazon is posting the first three episodes for free on Friday and will require a subscription to Amazon Prime ($79) for future episodes. Unlike Netflix, which releases its shows as entire seasons, Amazon will release one "Alpha House" episode a week at a time – an interesting experiment in testing the appeal Internet television, but not a wise one, as the ability to binge watch shows is often what brings users to streaming services.

Amazon smartly followed Netflix's model by bringing in an impressive cast, talented writers and glossy production. "Alpha House" is not as nimble as "Veep," which sharply pokes at every aspect of political posturing while avoiding any discussion of actual policy. The punch lines on "Alpha House" are partisan in nature.

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  • Correction 11/25/2013: A previous version of this article misspelled the name of "Alpha House" creator Garry Trudeau.