Series / DC Follies

Created by TV puppet show legends Sid and Marty Krofft, this 1988-1990 syndicated American show could be seen as a less biting version of the UK's Spitting Image. Set in the Washington DC bar "D.C. Follies", lifesize puppets depicting celebrated people from both the world of Entertainment and the world of Politics engaged in various storylines. The cast were all puppets except for Fred Willard — who played Bartender Fred Willard — and a Guest of the Week.

"DC Tropes":

  • Author Avatar: For the second season two puppets named Sid and Marty ran a newsstand in front of the bar. See also Running Gag.
  • Big Eater: A number of the jokes focusing on then-Attorney General Edwin Meese fit this, such as one episode featured a commercial Gerald Ford did for a personal injury firm where Meese does a testimonial of winning $20,000 when he got his hand stuck in a cookie jar.
    Santa: "And what would you like for Christmas, Mr. Meese?"
    Meese: "Fewer chins."
  • Christmas Episode: Reagan gives what he thinks is an audio cassette tape as a present to Fred, only for them to later realize it was actually a new A-bomb developed by the Defense Department, and it needs to be defused, and quickly.
    • Throughout the rest of the episode, various characters appeared sitting on Santa's lap, asking for ridiculous and childlike things for Christmas.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Gerald Ford.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Most often Richard Nixon.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: The only reason Freddy Krueger doesn't go through with killing George H.W. Bush is because it would make Dan Quayle President of the United States.
  • Expansion Pack Past: A Running Gag was that Fred had shared history with nearly every regular cast member.
  • Jury Duty: One early 1988 episode prior to the South Carolina primary has the Presidential candidates still in the race at this point having been campaigning in the state so long they were called in for jury duty in a room with no air conditioning, resulting in Pat Robertson praying for the air to turn on and Dick Gephardt complaining that the air conditioner failed because it was made in South Koreanote .
  • Laugh Track
  • Muppet: Many, many puppets of the Krofft variety.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: aside from the "Guest of the Week"
  • Noodle Implements: The items Gerald Ford needs to disarm the Operation: Doomsday A-bomb tape include wire cutters; jumper cables; jar of leeches; enema bottle; jaws of life; wet swimsuit; sand wedge; bottle of vodka note ; a Teamster (who quickly asks "Which way to the donuts?"); two plastic explosives and an Symbionese Liberation Army beret once worn by Hearst heiress and hostage-turned-accomplice Patty Hearst".
  • Ripped from the Headlines: Marty said in one interview about the show, "If you were in the paper, you were going to be on this show."
  • Running Gag:
    • The first season ended each episode with Fred chatting with Ronald Reagan over something pertaining to his movie career, which Reagan is shown never quite getting the details right on.
    • In the second season, each episode would end with the puppet caricatures of Sid and Marty arguing or bantering with each other; some thing like Sid and Marty themselves later said it was an in-joke for the writers.
    • Every time Woody Allen appears in a scene with Fred; Allen would whine about his really being a guy named Karl Maldennote .
  • Title Drop: Each episode begins with a Cold Opening sketch, ending with a character saying some form of "Let's go to D.C. Follies!"
  • Transatlantic Equivalent: Of Spitting Image
  • Voice Actor: Although there were puppeteers working the puppets, the Kroffts usually employ voice actors to dub the voices; this series had the likes of Joe Alaskey and Maurice LaMarche.