D.C. Follies

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D.C. Follies
DC Follies promotional image containing the show's logo, star Fred Willard, and a puppet caricature of Elvis Presley
Genre Comedy
Created by Sid & Marty Krofft
Written by Larry Arnstein
Steve Barker
Wayne Kline
Bob Dolan Smith
John Debilis
Mike Kirchenbaum
E. Jeffrey Smith
Jeff Zimmer
Directed by Rick Locke
Presented by Fred Willard
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 33 (list of episodes)
Production
Producer(s) Sid & Marty Krofft
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Sid & Marty Krofft Pictures
Cannon Films (1988-1989)
Negative Entertainment (1987-1988)
Distributor Access Syndication (1987-1988)
Raymond Horn Syndication (1988-1989)
MGM International Television Distribution (current)
Release
Original network Syndication
Original release 26 September 1987 – 1 September 1989

D.C. Follies is a syndicated sitcom which aired from 1987–1989 and was set in a Washington, D.C. bar, where bartender Fred Willard would welcome puppet caricatures of politicians and pop culture figures. The show was satirical, and frequently commented on politicians and the political process. Although Willard was the only live actor appearing regularly, each episode brought a celebrity guest into the bar, such as Martin Mull, Robin Leach, Bob Uecker, and Betty White. In one episode, Robert Englund showed up as his Freddie Kruger character, and in a special Christmas episode an un-billed actor played Santa Claus. Another episode had Mike Tyson confront his own puppet character.

The show's use of puppets that mimicked pop culture and political figures was similar to the British series Spitting Image; it was produced by Sid and Marty Krofft, well-known puppeteers in the United States who were responsible for popular children's television shows including The Banana Splits, H.R. Pufnstuf, and Sigmund and the Sea Monsters. The show was syndicated, although it frequently aired during off hours (7:30 pm in Los Angeles, but 12:30 in Portland and Chicago, or 11:45 in New York, but 1:30 am in Washington, D.C.).

Frequently appearing puppet characters included[edit]

Video releases[edit]

A series of three "Best of D. C. Follies" VHS tapes were released, with each volume containing two episodes.

The show has been made available via video on demand at Hulu, Amazon Video, and iTunes.

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