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
Created bySid & Marty Krofft
Written byLarry Arnstein
Wayne Kline
Bob Dolan Smith
John Debilis
Mike Kirchenbaum
E. Jeffrey Smith
Jeff Zimmer
Directed byRick Locke
Presented byFred Willard
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes44 (list of episodes)
Producer(s)Sid & Marty Krofft
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Sid & Marty Krofft Pictures
Negative Entertainment (1987–1988)
Cannon Films (1988–1989)
DistributorAccess Syndication
Original networkSyndication
Original releaseSeptember 26, 1987 (1987-09-26) – September 1, 1989 (1989-09-01)

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 popular 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 Freddy Krueger 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 popular 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 H.R. Pufnstuf and Sigmund and the Sea Monsters. The show was originally funded and syndicated nationally by New York-based Syndicast Services Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Australian-based Network Media Limited.

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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.

On August 4, 2017, it was announced that Shout! Factory had acquired the rights to the series and was released D.C. Follies – The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1 on November 14, 2017.[1]


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