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The Spoils of Babylon 

TV-14 | | Comedy | TV Series (2014– )
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Cynthia and Devon are two siblings whose intense love drives everything and everyone around them to ruin.
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Series cast summary:
Tobey Maguire ...  Devon Morehouse 6 episodes, 2014
Kristen Wiig ...  Cynthia Morehouse 6 episodes, 2014
Will Ferrell ...  Eric Jonrosh / ... 6 episodes, 2014
Cal Bartlett ...  Cyrus Mego 5 episodes, 2014
Tim Robbins ...  Jonas Morehouse 4 episodes, 2014
Jessica Alba ...  Dixie Melonworth 4 episodes, 2014
Haley Joel Osment ...  Winston Morehouse 4 episodes, 2014
Val Kilmer ...  General Cauliffe 4 episodes, 2014
Steve Tom ...  General Maddoxton 4 episodes, 2014
Robert Pike Daniel ...  Board Member #1 4 episodes, 2014
Jelly Howie ...  Marianne Morehouse 4 episodes, 2014
Ned Schmidtke ...  Board Member #2 4 episodes, 2014
Brian Chapman Brian Chapman ...  News Reporter / ... 3 episodes, 2014
Tony Mirrcandani ...  Amed 3 episodes, 2014
Carey Mulligan ...  Lady Anne York 2 episodes, 2014
Molly Shannon ...  Meredith Sennheiser 2 episodes, 2014
Michael Sheen ...  Chet Halner 2 episodes, 2014
David Spade ...  Talc Munson 2 episodes, 2014
Isabella Acres ...  Young Cynthia Morehouse 2 episodes, 2014
Toby Huss ...  Seymore Lunts 2 episodes, 2014
Phillip Wampler ...  Young Devon Morehouse 2 episodes, 2014
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Patriarch Jonas Morehouse shepherds his daughter Cynthia and adopted son Devon from meager beginnings in the oil fields of Texas to powerful boardrooms in New York City. Cynthia and Devon, entwined in undeniable love, stumble through war-torn battlefields, blazing mansions, filthy drug dens and velvet-sheeted bedrooms on their quest for power and influence. Despite Jonas's best efforts to intervene, Cynthia and Devon's merciless love sets into motion a wave of destruction that crashes down on Devon's graceful wife Lady Anne, his daughter Marianne, his colleague and lover Dixie, Cynthia's hen-pecked husband Chet, her evil son Winston, the scheming Generals and far beyond. Written by IFC

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USA

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English

Release Date:

9 January 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bogaci i rozpustni See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Funny or Die See more »
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2.35 : 1
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Includes four former Saturday Night Live (1975) cast members. Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Molly Shannon, and David Spade. See more »

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Followed by The Spoils Before Dying (2015) See more »

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Amusing in a limited context
18 January 2014 | by mocrashSee all my reviews

Any fan of the Abraham-Zucker-Zucker send-ups who hated pretentious '70s mini-dramas should find some amusement in "The Spoils of Babylon." There's a ridiculousness to the entire project, including its heavy promotion, that plunges deeply into absurdity. This is parody that produces chuckles rather than guffaws, and the humor is in the details.

Effort was expended to make every scene excessively cheesy, although when sustained at this extreme level can dull the senses. An excellent cast can be commended for executing such ludicrous material in the straight deadpan manner required.

This is a show that doesn't work for those needing their satire to be clever or witty. Instead, TSOB bludgeons the viewer with the preposterous, from the overblown melodramatic dialog to the intentionally fake props and special effects to the blatant references to previous directorial styles.

To best appreciate TSOB, take it at face value and don't expect more than what it is, which is unadulterated spoof without refinement or sophistication.


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