In case you hadn’t heard, Amazon Prime is getting into the Original Series game and they’re premiering their first two shows, Alpha House and Betas on November 15th and 22nd respectively. You can stream the pilots for both shows right now. I mean, I know you’re at work and all, but that’s what headphones and monitors angled away from your bosses are for.
1. Alpha House (Stream it here!) is about a frat house full of senators and stars Goodman (who is amazing as always) and features Bill Murray in the first episode. He looks like this. I giggled mightily. Goodman anchors the political comedy and I think it could be great fun.
2. Betas (Stream it here!) is significantly less interesting and stars John Daly (nope, not that one) and that sweet bespectacled kid from Safety Not Guaranteed (that one). I was not at all delighted by this pilot which was both more authentic than The Big Bang Theory and less fun. The show centers around a bunch of computer nerds and the Neverland vibe of start-up tech companies. Maybe it’s hilarious if you work for Google, but I was unimpressed.
Here’s the catch with the new Amazon shows, you can stream those pilots now and get the next two episodes on Amazon for free but after that, you’ll have to be an Amazon Prime member to watch. Is it worth it for Goodman? It might just be. Unlike Netflix, Amazon isn’t rolling out the show in one big Orange Is The New Blackout Marathon chunk.