September 26, 2017

Hulu and Amazon enter the original programming fray

Netflix has been getting most of the press for streaming service original programming, but Hulu and Amazon have been toiling away in that direction as well.

“Alpha House” on Amazon Prime Video will touch your funny bone if you happen to take an interest in our ever-engaging national political scene. Four Republican senators share a Washington D. C. townhouse with hilarious peccadillos ensuing, especially since one of those politicos is John Goodman. Clark Johnson, Matt Malloy and Mark Consuelos round out the quartet of Congressional house-mates. No less than Bill Murray makes an appearance in the first episode as one of the previous tenants who is seen being carted off to prison by federal marshals of the Department of Justice. Did I mention that the show was written and created by Doonesbury cartoonist Gary Trudeau? While the humor is razor sharp, the cameos alone make this show worth watching. Trudeau’s wife, Jane Pauly makes an appearance as does Consuelos’ media spouse, Kelly Ripa. Other supporting characters include Wanda Sykes, Amy Sedaris, Cynthia Nixon and Haley Joel Osment.

And then there’s “The Wrong Mans,” a Hulu and BBC comedic collaboration currently on Hulu Plus. Younger male friends turned me on to this hilarious series about two office workers who inadvertently get mixed up into murder, kidnapping, theft and general criminal mayhem. Imagine a cross between “The Office” and “Breaking Bad.”

Network television execs not only have cable programming breathing down their necks but now Netflix, Amazon and Hulu as well. Give me funny and mentally stimulating, and I’m there wherever I may find it.

“Alpha House’ currently available on Amazon Prime Video ($79 annual fee includes free streaming of selected programs and free shipping from Amazon Prime sellers)

“The Wrong Mans” available on Hulu (free internet viewing)

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