Speaking of guest stars, Alpha House has plenty: Senator Molloy's wife is played by Amy Sedaris. Haley Joel Osment has a recurring role as a television reporter. Wanda Sykes is a Democratic senator who has little time for the shenanigans of any of these goofs. People also appear as themselves, so you know this is a world where Stephen Colbert exists. Although it probably wasn't that hard for Garry Trudeau to convince Jane Pauley to show up, since they're married.
What makes it not so great?
It has a point of view that might not be to your taste. The four main characters are all Republicans, and most of the people they interact with are also Republicans. And because this is a comedy, pretty much every character is some combination of self-serving, venial, or corrupt. Sure, the occasional Democrat sneaks in there, but it's always possible that maybe a show created by Garry Trudeau just won't be up your alley. After doing Doonesbury for 44 years, he's pretty much decided what team he's on.
You basically just have to decide if you're offended or entertained when someone says something like "Mr. President, when I was in school, they didn't teach climate change. We didn't need it then and we don't need it now." Although to be fair, the character who says that is considered as old and out-of-touch even by the main Republican characters.
What's the math?
The West Wing times Animal House minus the food fights and toga parties.
So, how is it?
It's a funny show. You can do a lot worse than to have John Goodman as a central character on a half-hour situation comedy.
How may hours should I watch at a time?
Five. You heard me! This show goes down very smoothly, and you can knock out a season in one marathon viewing without it feeling like a chore. Then watch the second season the next day.
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