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  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 8, 2015
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  • Summary: The "prequel" to The Spoils of Babylon is Eric Jonrosh's (Will Ferrell) novel set in the jazz clubs of 1950s Los Angeles.
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Movie/Mini-Series

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Dennis Perkins
    Jul 8, 2015
    83
    The Spoils Before Dying is almost too well-made at times.
  2. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jul 7, 2015
    80
    Gleefully absurd and filled with terrific comic performances--Wiig and Rudolph are stand-outs in the first two episodes--The Spoils Before Dying marks another winning offbeat comedy from IFC.
  3. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Jul 9, 2015
    75
    The Spoils Before Dying is a huge step up, arguably even better than its predecessor, but it could have shed some of the weight and become truly great.
  4. Reviewed by: Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Jul 6, 2015
    70
    Even when it drags a tad early on, there is always something good coming down the pike.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Jul 7, 2015
    70
    The Spoils Before Dying fluctuates wildly from very clever to somewhat exhausting, but it gets better as it goes along, or perhaps I just got accustomed to its unique sense of humor.
  6. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Jul 7, 2015
    60
    The Spoils Before Dying requires some time and in return offers some rewards.
  7. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Jul 4, 2015
    40
    This three-hour miniseries from Will Farrell and some of his Saturday Night Live buddies is a send-up of 1950s film-noir that more closely resembles another classic Hollywood product: an overinflated boob job.

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  1. Positive: 0 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 2 out of 2
  1. Jul 9, 2015
    0
    Wow I'm truly astonished that this got any positive reviews, I couldn't make it past 10 minutes in. Maybe if it was speeded up to "Airplane"Wow I'm truly astonished that this got any positive reviews, I couldn't make it past 10 minutes in. Maybe if it was speeded up to "Airplane" pace so the dead jokes went by quickly. I think the lesson here is that just 'cause your Mom tells you that you are fantastic comedy writer, it ain't necessarily so. Expand
  2. Jul 19, 2015
    0
    TantricSky has it right. What's so sad is that the first set of these shows, "The Spoils of Babylon," was so so funny. It was one of myTantricSky has it right. What's so sad is that the first set of these shows, "The Spoils of Babylon," was so so funny. It was one of my favorites.

    And then... What happened?

    I guess they didn't realize that "Babylon" was so funny because everyone played it straight, as if they were in a drama and not in a comedy. Whoever was responsible for season 1, bring that person back, he or she knew how to do it.
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