Usually, when I think of TV shows about politics I think of a lot of boring monologues, a lot of extra conjugal affairs, lots lying and people using other people. When I saw Amazon Original’s Alpha House on my list of suggested shows I didn’t feel that inclined to watch it, even with John Goodman as one of the main characters. But then one evening while I was trying to find some new comedy to watch, I decided to give this one a try. And I am so glad I did.
Four Republican Senators share a row house in Washington DC. Despite being from the same party, they all have very different dilemmas, especially considering three of them are running again for office and the fourth aspires to become president. Sen. Gil John Biggs (John Goodman), a former basketball coach from North Carolina, is running against the current coach. He is struggling to understand if it’s worth the trouble. Sen. Robert Bettencourt (Clark Johnson), from Pennsylvania, is known as the love doctor. He’s always helping people find love, but throughout the two season of Alpha House, struggles to find love for himself. Sen. Loius Laffer Jr. (Matt Malloy), from Nevada, is the owner of the house they all live in. His reputation as an anti-LGBT legislator is highly questionable, especially when his opponent says he’s not a real man. He sees out ways to prove how manly he really is. Last but not least, is the new resident of the house Sen. Andy Guzman (Mark Consuelos), from Florida. His recent divorce is what led him to move in with the other senators. Despite that, he’s already in a relationship with one of his major contributors, Adriana de Portago (Yara Martinez).
For those of you who think politics shows are not entertaining, think again. Alpha House is more of a satire than actual politics. Even though most of the republicans are men and the democrats are women, their actual view isn’t what the show is about. It’s more about what goes on behind the scenes in the lives of these senators. Their relationships with them and their wives; their staff and what they do to make these man happy; their constant conflict with what they believe in and the party’s views. It’s interesting to imagine what actually happens, not to mention that it’s funny as heck.
This is another show that I was so happy to have watched. My husband and I have a few routines, and one of them is watching a comedy show for breakfast. This one, however, did not go to the breakfast type shows, despite being a comedy. Its plot is so rich that it became an evening show for us (same as Nurse Jackie). It’s sad that there’s no sign of a fourth season.
I’d love to know what you think about TV on politics. I’m wondering if I should give them another chance. Share what you think with me on the comment section bellow.