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Best-selling novelist Eric Jonrosh sets the stage for "The Spoils of Babylon," his epic masterpiece of a family filled with lust, greed, and plenty of drama.

Episode Title: The Foundling
Airs: 2014-01-9 at 10:00 pm
  • Ed Bark

    These first two episodes are gut-busting, non-stop fun.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Curt Wagner

    The Spoils of Babylon is an entertaining and spot-on spoof of the overdone potboiler miniseries of the 1970s and '80s.

    RedEye Full Review
  • Melissa Maerz

    The real laughs come from seeing so many famous people in absurd situations waxing nostalgic for the age of the melodrama, hen the romance was good, the green screens were bad, and the fashion was even worse. [10 Jan 2013, p.67]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Tim Molloy

    This is silliness for its own wonderfully ridiculous sake.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Marlow Stern

    While Episode 1 is a bit of a bore, the second episode is flat-out hilarious.

    The Daily Beast Full Review
  • Willa Paskin

    [A strange, zany, funny, and very star-studded six-episode series.

    Slate Full Review
  • Terri Schwartz

    The new comedy delivers on its crazy promise.

    Zap2it (Inside the Box) Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    If the first two installments are any indication, Spoils of Babylon will be a short-lived but entertaining hoot, an ideal addition to the IFC "Always On. Slightly Off" comedy brand that includes "Portlandia," "The Birthday Boys" and "Maron."

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Michael Starr

    It’s all in good fun, lets us in on the joke and--save for one dumb plot device--is well done and believable in its contextual universe.

    New York Post Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    The show has enough originality and sheer wackiness to maintain viewer interest, not to mention ridiculous effects that are anything but special.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Erik Adams

    Reproduction isn’t The Spoils Of Babylon’s comic strong suit, absurdity is. Crummy special effects are cute, but the miniseries finds its voice by bursting Jonrosh’s bubble, illuminating his shortcomings as a filmmaker through mealy mouthed dialogue, incomprehensible blocking, and continuity errors.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Chuck Bowen

    The Spoils of Babylon is a dada high-wire act presided over by quasi-satirical nutters, and the chaos they invoke is oddly life-affirming.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Lori Rackl

    The Spoils of Babylon is a star-studded, droll spoof of television miniseries from the ’80s.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Tom Gliatto

    This parody of bad vintage miniseries is asinine--it's supposed to be--and from time to time hilarious. [13 Jan 2014, p.49]

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    Smaller tastings of silliness should make for a nice Thursday night alternative this winter. Full Review
  • Allison Keene

    The comedy is at its best when Babylon behaves like a real melodrama--with tropes taken to exaggerated extremes — rather than relying too much on the visual gags of a bygone era.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Christopher Muther

    It’s a brave, and at times uneven, experiment. It’s also a reminder of a time when television was a much simpler and campier place.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    It’s good for some dumb laughs, and--important in this age when complex television dramas consume so many of our brain cells--it doesn’t demand much of a mental commitment.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    The casting should be a modest draw, though again, the nature of the exercise feels better suited to Web shorts than even half-hour episodes. That said, the show is fitfully funny, and while perhaps unworthy of Jonrosh’s full daylong opus, as ways of idly killing time go, hey, it beats dying.

    Variety Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    Over six episodes, almost no cliche of TV epics is left unlampooned. In the end, ironically, Spoils of Babylon creates some excess of its own.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • David Hiltbrand

    As enjoyable as it is to watch, it seems at the same time ridiculously far to go for a joke. You can't escape the feeling that an extraordinary amount of time, money, and talent have been spent on a thin premise.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Diane Werts

    The first two episodes prove as tiresomely pleased-with-themselves as my run-on sentences. A half-hour is too much of not enough.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    Some of these bits work very well, albeit as free-floating shards of comedy.... But parody works best when its subject is either truly iconic or still relatively fresh in the minds of the audience and, mercifully, the B-list miniseries of yesteryear are neither.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    Some of the stylistic touches are amusing, including a bombastic theme song belted by Steve Lawrence, but the strain shows as Babylon's sketchy premise is elongated to miniseries length.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    The behind-the-scenes story that Jonrosh lays out for us is, alas, more amusing, even sight-unseen, than anything in the story proper.... What we do see is curiously tone-deaf and rarely pays off as you hope it will.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    Part of the joke is that The Spoils of Babylon was utterly unwatchable, and that’s why the network never showed it; it seems they achieved that goal a little too well.

    Washington Post Full Review

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