The company announced today that the first three episodes of Alpha House, its new comedy created by Doonesbury cartoonist Gary Trudeau and starring John Goodman, are available for streaming through Amazon Instant Video. Every Amazon user will get access to the the first three episodes of the show for free, and Amazon Prime subscribers will get the next episodes once a week on Fridays after that.
The show follows four Republican senators as they share a house in Washington, D.C., and has been given tentatively positive reviews from television critics. The general consensus seems to be that the show has a lot of potential and is fairly well-executed, but has room to improve it wants to be truly great.
Amazon has a high bar to meet in the online original content space. Netflix’s House of Cards, which also focuses on national politics, won an Emmy award this year for best directing, the first for an online series.Unlike Netflix, which deploys its entire season of a new show all at once for maximum binge watching potential, Amazon has decided to attempt a more graduated approach.
Next week, Amazon will be launching Betas, its second sitcom, which focuses on a group of programmers hoping to make it big with a new app.