Review: Amazon’s ‘Betas’

Review: Amazon’s ‘Betas’
Anyone can get lucky once, but it’s that second winner – “Breaking Bad,” in AMC’s case, or Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black” – that establishes a service as a genuine player. Amazon started promisingly with “Alpha House,” and moving along the Greek alphabet, follows up with “Betas,” a breezy look at twentysomethings trying to launch a Silicon Valley startup that, just to contextualize matters, would instantly qualify as one of MTV’s better scripted offerings. Set in a familiar nerd-chic setting – think “The Social Network,” with a touch of “The Big Bang Theory” – it’s aptly named, inasmuch as “Betas” earns a solid “B” or “B+.”

The premise has a nice serialized aspect to it, with two pals, Trey (Joe Dinicol) and Nash (Karan Soni), trying to create their own elaborate, social-media-informed online dating service, as they watch contemporaries mining for similar startup gold all around them. They
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