Season two of Amazon’s ‘Alpha House’ is a lame duck

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In today’s Lori’s List, TV critic Lori Rackl reviews the second season of “Alpha House.” All 10 episodes of season two will be available to Amazon Prime subscribers Friday.

After watching the first four episodes of the sophomore season of this Amazon Studios original series, two words come to mind: missed opportunity.

The political comedy stars John Goodman, Mark Consuelos, Clark Johnson and Matt Malloy as Republican senators living under one roof in the nation’s capital, finagling to preserve their power or, in the case of at least one roomie, angling for the Oval Office.

The show is packed with potential: a talented cast augmented by a deep bench of guest stars, a creator — “Doonesbury” author Garry Trudeau — well versed in political satire, and no shortage of material begging to be plucked from the real world.

Despite all this, “Alpha House” still manages to fall flat. It feels unoriginal and not very funny, especially when held up to its inevitable competition, HBO’s “Veep,” which wins this contest by a landslide.

Rating: [s3r star=2/4]

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