The Spoils of Babylon: Season 1 (2014)

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Critic Consensus: 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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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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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…
Top Critic

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…

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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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…

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…

Audience Reviews for The Spoils of Babylon: Season 1

½

It started out slow, but so far the first and second episode have been the funniest so far. The problem with this show is that it's focusing more on the story than the jokes. The story should just be a frame to hang the jokes on. The beginning and ending with Will Ferrel as Eric Jonrosh is absolute gold. The rest wavers between fantastic satire to "when is it going to do something funny" territory. It reminds me of Casa De Mi Padre. This is despite Casa De Mi Padre being much funnier because it was contained in an hour and a half, not a mini-series style like The Spoils of Babylon. It does have an awesome cast though, so there's that.

ChrisM

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