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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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Garry Trudeau
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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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USA

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English

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19 April 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Альфа-дом See more »

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Several regulars or guest stars on this show were also regulars on The West Wing, another series about the inner workings of US government. These include: John Goodman (Senator Gil John Biggs on Alpha House; Speaker of the House/President Glenallen Walken on The West Wing), Janel Moloney (Senator Peg Stanchion on Alpha House; White House staffer Donna Moss on The West Wing),and Bradley Whitford (Senator Ned on Alpha House; Josh Lyman on The West Wing), See more »

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Entertaining and Insightful
9 February 2014 | by fung0See 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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