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Alpha House 

TV-MA | | Comedy, Drama | TV Series (2013– )
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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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 Senator Rosalyn DuPeche 14 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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19 April 2013 (USA)  »

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Cynthia Nixon (Senator Carly Armiston) and Matt Malloy (Senator Louis Laffer) were also both cast member in two of the other politically themed TV series that Garry Trudeau has helped to create: "Tanner '88" and "Tanner on Tanner". See more »

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

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Entertaining and Insightful
9 February 2014 | by See all my reviews

It's not easy to hear the voice of 'Doonesbury' cartoonist Garry Trudeau in the mouths of John Goodman and the other solid actors of Alpha House. The satire here is more subtle, and surprisingly affectionate. We tend to like these characters, even though they're ambitious, incompetent, self-serving and immoral. The show rarely goes for obvious one-liners. Instead, it gives Washington culture more of a slow-roasting.

Alpha House may be a deliberate attempt to create a US counterpart to such behind-the-scenes British political satires as Yes Minister and The Thick of It. Like those classics, Alpha House depicts politicians not as evil, or Machiavellian, but rather as very human products of a certain unique culture. These are people who wield great power, yet they're just as slow-witted as the rest of us, and just as unaware of their own blinkered viewpoint. Their priorities are shaped by the relentless pursuit of re-election; the needs of the populace hardly enter into it.

By letting us get to know these characters, and even to like them, Alpha House gives us a very different understanding of their world than we'd get from serious political commentary. It's a show you can't help thinking politicians themselves would enjoy, just as Maggie Thatcher was reputed to enjoy Yes Minister.

I hope the Daily Show/Colbert/Realtime audience discovers Alpha House, and gives its approach a chance. This is political humor that's a bit more subtle, but just as worthwhile.


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