• Network: IFC
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 9, 2014
  • Season #: 1
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 20
  2. Negative: 5 out of 20

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  1. Jan 9, 2014
    9
    Leave it to IFC to air such a ridiculous, parodical, star-studded miniseries that works so surprisingly well. The Spoils of Babylon throws together farcical sets and costumes, bombastic and shallow dialogue, hilariously awkward acting, and tons of continuity errors to create what may most likely remain the parody series of the year. There are times where you will feel like you're watching a 12:45 SNL sketch. And there are other times where you will be rolling on your couch, gripping your gut and choking out what doesn't even sound like laughter anymore. But most of the time, the show will feel like both.
    What makes the show work the most are the minute details in production and writing. Green screens will malfunction for a millisecond, but that's just enough. The continuity errors are often small and range from geographical to chronological, but someone on the couch will be bound to notice it and share with enthusiasm. If for no other reason, watch for a gut-busting brunch conflict between Kristen Wiig and a gaudily dressed mannequin voiced by Carey Mulligan over the heart of Wiig's adopted brother, Tobey Maguire (and yes, by heart, I mean marriage and everything that comes with it).

    FINAL SCORE: 85 (excitingly great ----------o---------- almost perfect)
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  2. Jan 10, 2014
    10
    The Spoils of Babylon would be completely awful if that was not the point. The acting, plot, and sets are terrible and ridiculous, but I could not stop watching as the comedy derived from this was so rich and satisfying. Honestly, there is nothing about this show to complain about. Some of the humor may be a little hard to grasp at first (since much of the show is focused on a sort of dry wit); however, it is unbelievably hilarious once the jokes are allowed to sink in, and these jokes are balanced enough with instantly gratifying humor to make the show entertaining for days after watching. The Spoils of Babylon is genius, just genius. Expand
  3. Jan 11, 2014
    10
    I found the first 2 episodes really funny and smart!!! Loved it since the 1st second!! AMAZING cast! really enjoyable, great make up, hair style and costumes!
Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Feb 20, 2014
    70
    Smaller tastings of silliness should make for a nice Thursday night alternative this winter.
  2. Reviewed by: Tim Molloy
    Jan 15, 2014
    80
    This is silliness for its own wonderfully ridiculous sake.
  3. Reviewed by: Marlow Stern
    Jan 10, 2014
    80
    While Episode 1 is a bit of a bore, the second episode is flat-out hilarious.