The Spoils of Babylon: Season 1 (2014)

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Season 1
The Spoils of Babylon

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Kristen Wiig, Will Ferrell and a cast of other famous characters make The Spoils of Babylon a worthy watch for comedy fans, satirizing the classic television melodrama miniseries with hilarious visuals and clever content.

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Critic Ratings: 32

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User Ratings: 139
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Episodes

1
Air date: Jan 9, 2014
2
Air date: Jan 9, 2014
3
Air date: Jan 16, 2014
4
Air date: Jan 23, 2014
5
Air date: Jan 30, 2014
6
Air date: Feb 6, 2014

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Tv Season Info

This spoof of miniseries that chronicle the dynastic, multigenerational sagas of dysfunctional families is a grand spectacle. Each episode is introduced by "Spoils" author Eric Jonrush (Will Ferrell) and the adventure commences with entrepreneur Jonas Morehouse (Tim Robbins) hoping to strike it rich in the oil fields of Texas, while his adopted son, Devon (Tobey Maguire), begins an affair with his daughter, Cynthia (Kristen Wiig). Later, World War II breaks out and Devon enlists, is shot down over the Pacific and becomes a POW. In England after the war, Devon meets and marries Lady Anne, who is literally, a mannequin (voiced by Carey Mulligan). An enraged Cynthia vows revenge and a showdown is imminent. Business booms, Cynthia's diabolical and duplicitous son Winston (Haley Joel Osment) takes over management of the Morehouse Conglomeration and the potboiling melodramatics boil over into an explosive conclusion.

Critic Reviews for The Spoils of Babylon Season 1

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (22)

The Spoils of Babylon is both a loving and completely silly send-up of a certain sort of dead-serious period piece, full of bad acting, over-the-top twists, and a swelling score.

Jan 9, 2014 | Full Review…
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The first two episodes prove as tiresomely pleased-with- themselves as my run-on sentences.

Jan 9, 2014 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

If these guys are having so much fun mocking TV's past - and they genuinely seem to be - how can we not merrily go along for the ride?

Jan 9, 2014 | Full Review…

Now the genre is low-hanging comedy fruit, ready for picking and juicing into silliness, as Spoils so aptly demonstrates.

Jan 9, 2014 | Full Review…

The Spoils Of Babylon isn't a drama, and isn't even must-see - but it's fun.

Jan 8, 2014 | Full Review…
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The good parts of Spoils of Babylon are funny enough that you almost feel churlish saying the jokes stretch a couple of absurdities too far.

Jan 9, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

If you have seen those limited-run, overly epic minis that have so often populated cable networks (and, in the past year, certain conventional networks), you'll be spoiled - in the too-much-good-in-one-place way - by the whole, wickedly ridiculous thing.

Jan 10, 2014 | Full Review…

Spoils targets the more niche miniseries and does so with a meta flair that will be most appreciated by avid media consumers.

Jan 9, 2014 | Full Review…

There's plenty of funny in the miniseries' script... And the various sight gags, from cheap miniature sets to Hot Wheels-like toy cars to Halloween-worthy wigs and costumes, had me laughing out loud.

Jan 7, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

In other words, Babylon is asinine - it's supposed to be - and from time to time hilarious.

Apr 25, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The purposely phony miniatures serving as sets and car chases add to the oddball charm. It's fun.

Jan 10, 2014 | Full Review…

Many of the gags (which tend to wear thin quickly) derive from the ridiculously cheesy production design, which includes toy cars and obvious miniature houses, horrendous special effects and phony backdrops for action or outdoor scenes.

Jan 9, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Spoils of Babylon: Season 1

  • Mar 05, 2017
    Dear "Spoils of Babylon," I understand you want to be just like your big brother "Dark Place," and you started out on the right track, but unfortunately you tripped up along the way and have fallen hard. Let's hope you can learn from these valuable life lessons: 1) Don't cast comedic actors in a parody; the characters need to take everything absolutely seriously, and comedic actors already have an uphill fight to achieve that (See "Hot Shots," "Police Squad" and "Top Secret" for successful examples.) 2) Don't use the same joke over and over and over again. Once is funny, twice is mildly amusing, three or more times is simply annoying. 3) Don't let Will Ferrell riff and then feel obliged to use ALL of it; a little bit goes a long way. 4) When constructing a parody, don't try to be intentionally cheesy. Use the best effects that they could during the time period you are emulating. No mini-series ever used toy cars pulled with string or cardboard houses surrounded by lichen-trees. You made the cardinal mistake of trying to be funny instead of entertaining, and you succeeded in neither. I hope you are able to take these suggestions to heart, and in the spirit in which they are offer. I'd hate to have others waste valuable time in their lives watching mediocrity disguised as humor. Yours, A Concerned Viewer
  • Aug 08, 2016
    De?tept, poate prea pe alocuri
  • Sep 06, 2015
    Groseramente absurda y genial!
  • Apr 05, 2015
    Not quite as good as Casa de mi Padre, but definitely worth watching.
  • Mar 30, 2015
    Love It. Read the full review: http://wp.me/p5EQnP-31
  • Jan 04, 2015
    Very funny/oddball mini-series.
  • Sep 07, 2014
    I know this show is joking about being the best show of all time when it says it, but honestly this might be the best satire show of all time. It's utterly hilarious, the visual style is legitimately pretty (the little models are wonderful), the acting is wonderfully over the top, and the fake story is actually really interesting. I have no idea how IFC was able to sign this show before anyone else or how they managed to get these actors to do it but it turned out great. The Rise of The Empire is the best episode but the other 5 are all damn fine episodes.
  • Sep 03, 2014
    A wonderfully spirited parody of soapy yawn-inducing melodrama, this epic miniseries is the best kind of parody: biting, yet affectionate. Though far shorter than I would like to enjoy, it's also minutely tuned so nothing interferes. Not to mention, kudos for hilarious performances from Osment, Wiig, Maguire and Ferrell. Hurry up sequel!
  • Sep 01, 2014
    I haven't seen any of the melodramatic miniseries that THE SPOILS OF BABYLON parodies, but there was a keen absurdist sense of humor which appealed to me (at least initially). Despite being quite funny, it did become quite repetitive at times.
  • Feb 11, 2014
    very interesting mocking style mini series...funny, attractive, very nice casting film.....should be watch for everyone....

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