Raven in Spicy City
|Created by||Ralph Bakshi|
|Voices of||Michelle Phillips|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||6 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Ralph Bakshi|
|Running time||25 min.|
|Original run||July 11, 1997 – August 22, 1997|
The plot was described as a science fiction anthology series set in a futuristic city with a seamy side. Each episode is introduced by Raven, a nightclub hostess who also makes brief appearances in the tales.
Discussions involving a series based upon Trey Parker and Matt Stone's video Christmas card, Jesus vs. Santa, led HBO to contact Ralph Bakshi in order to produce the first animated series targeted specifically toward adults. Bakshi enlisted a team of writers, including his son, Preston, to develop Spicy Detective, later renamed Spicy City.
- Michelle Phillips - Raven
- James Kean - Lem
- Barry Stigler - Boxer
- Mary Mara - Alice/Geisha
- John Hostetter - Jake
- Vince Melocchi - Shark
- Alex Fernandez - Mano
- Cecilia Noel - Red Beans
- James Hanes - Big Vinnie
- Ralph Bakshi - Stevie/Connelly/Goldblum
- Pamala Tyson - Bruja/Ebony and Venus Sartori
- Tuesday Knight - Prostitute/Virus
- James Keane - Flaxson
- Darrell Kunitomi - Loh
- Grace Zandarski - Driver
- James Asher - Harry
- Tasia Valenza - Margo
- Tony Amendola - Skankmeyer
- Julie DeMita - Frenchy
- Rick Naiera - Vic Guapo
- Lewis Arquette - Farfelson/Corbin
- Jennifer Darling - Elvira
- E.G. Daily - Nisa
- Joey Carmen - Max
- Michael Yama - Otaku
- Brock Peters - Bird
- Charlie Adler - Additional Voices
- Matthew Flint - Additional Voices
- Letitia Hicks - Additional Voices
- Matt K. Miller - Additional Voices
- Andy Philpot - Additional Voices
- Marnie Mosiman - Additional Voices
- Brendan O'Brien - Additional Voices
- David Fennoy - Additional Voices
- Danny Mann - Additional Voices
Although critical reaction was mixed and largely unfavorable, Spicy City received acceptable ratings. The Los Angeles Times called the series "Adolescent Humor for Adults" The Dallas Morning News said the series "exploits the female form".
A second season was approved, but the network wanted to fire Bakshi's writing team and hire professional Los Angeles screenwriters. When Bakshi refused to cooperate with the network, the series was cancelled.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||"Love is a Download"||John Kafka||Preston Bakshi||July 11, 1997|
|A woman seeking escape from her abusive boyfriend finds true love in a virtual world in the guise of a geisha, while a one-armed former boxer tries to save the woman from being stalked.|
|2||"Mano's Hands"||Ralph Bakshi||Lawrence Chua & Willie Perdomo||July 18, 1997|
|A strange tale of a bongo player's hands coming to life and terrorizing civilians after mob members chop them off.|
|3||"Tears of a Clone"||Ennio Torresan, Jr||Franz Henkel & Lou Walker||August 1, 1997|
|A detective goes on a search to find a rich man's daughter, only to return with her clone instead.|
|4||"An Eye for an Eye"||Ennio Torresan, Jr||Douglas Brooks West||August 8, 1997|
|A ruthless female cop named Margo, known for her striking blue eyes and betraying and blackmailing people, gets her comeuppance when she is arrested for killing her partner's wife.|
|5||"Sex Drive"||Ralph Bakshi||Preston Bakshi||August 15, 1997|
|A female police detective who's being mistreated by her coworkers teams up with a cyborg prostitute whose business is struggling thanks to her male clients using virtual prostitutes when the virtual prostitutes begin sucking the intelligence out of their johns.|
|6||"Raven's Revenge"||John Kafka||Douglas Brooks West||August 22, 1997|
|Raven is hounded by futuristic police forces for being born with a DNA pattern that brands her as a freak.|
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- McConville, Jim (October 7, 1996). "HBO creates animation division; HBO Animation will focus on adult-oriented fare.". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 2008-09-01.
- Gibson, Jon M.; McDonnell, Chris (2008). "Ups & Downs". Unfiltered: The Complete Ralph Bakshi. Universe Publishing. pp. 234–235. ISBN 0-7893-1684-6.
- Grant, John (2001). "Ralph Bakshi". Masters of Animation. Watson-Guptill. pp. 18–29. ISBN 0-8230-3041-5.
- Solomon, Charles (July 11, 1997). "TV Review; 'Spicy City': Adolescent Humor for Adults". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2008-09-01.
- Mendoza, Manuel (July 18, 1997). "`Spicy City' is seasoned with sex, but its stories are half-baked". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2008-09-01.