D.C. Follies turns ’80s politics into puppets in November

Sid and Marty Krofft had created a demented generation of kids with their puppet universe in the late ’60s and early ’70s with H.R. Pufnstuf, Lidsville and Land of the Lost. In the late ’80s, they returned to these older kids with a series that had fun with the more grown up subject of politics with D.C. Follies. The great Fred Willard (This Is Spinal Tap) was the bartender who had ringmaster the puppet versions of the newsmakers at the end of the Reagan era. Now both seasons will be available on D.C. Follies: The Complete Series. Here’s the press release from Shout! Factory:

Los Angeles, CA – Imagine you’re in the hottest bar in D.C., with the biggest names in politics and entertainment, and Fred Willard is your bartender. It’s no dream, it’s D.C. Follies: The Complete Series. All 44 episodes of the outrageous 1980s comedy will be available on DVD from Shout! Factory on November 14.
Brought to you by those masters of trippy TV, Sid & Marty Krofft (H.R. Pufnstuf, Land of the Lost), D.C. Follies stars the one and only Fred Willard (Best in Show, Fernwood 2 Night) as the bartender in the hottest joint our nation’s capital has ever seen … and where the clientele is made up of puppet caricatures of the biggest names in show biz and affairs of state. From the world stage to the puppet stage, Fred and his most-irregular regulars sock it to the culture of the day with a satiric style like none other. Pull up a barstool for a front row seat as Reagan tries to wipe out the national debt with a TV home shopping show, Dolly Parton gives makeup tips to Barbara Bush, Margaret Thatcher confers with Madonna to find a new image, and Nixon’s Presidential Library… is a bookmobile.
An array of timely, non-puppet guest stars are along for the ride, such as Betty White, Martin Mull, Bob Uecker, Mike Tyson, Whoopi Goldberg, Leslie Nielsen, “Weird Al” Yankovic, and many more.
D.C. Follies: The Complete Series is available for pre-order now from Shoutfactory.com.
D.C. Follies: The Complete Series:
Season One, Disc 1
Pilot 04/11/1987
Reagan Parachutes Into D.C. Follies 09/15/1987
Nixon’s Presidential Library Is A Bookmobile 09/22/1987
Sean Penn Escapes From Jail And Heads To D.C. 09/29/1987
Ollie North Raises Money With ‘Adopt-A-Contra’ 10/06/1987
Tammy Faye Bakker Debuts Her Latest 10/13/1987
Jesse Jackson Sings With Dolly, Barbra, And Cher 10/20/1987
George H.W. Bush Schemes To Get Reagan Out Of The White House 10/27/1987
Nixon Gives Fred Financial Advice … And He Loses His Shirt 11/03/1987
Nixon Impeached From Cub 11/10/1987
Nixon Acts As Princess Di’s Divorce 11/17/1987
George H.W. Bush Falls Into A Well 11/24/1987
Reagan Accidentally Gives Fred A Nuke For Christmas 12/01/1987

Season One, Disc 2
Reagan Tries To Wipe Out National Debt With TV Home Shopping 12/08/1987
For Nixon’s Birthday, An Opera Based On His Life 12/15/1987
Astrologer Joyce Jillson Predicts The Future 12/22/1987
Nixon Dreams Of Being A Movie Star With Heather 12/29/1987
Super Bowl At The Follies 01/05/1988
George H.W. Bush Engages Don King As His Manager 01/12/1988
Margaret Thatcher Confers With Madonna To Find A New Image 01/19/1988
Lee Iacocca Becomes Lee Ayatollah And Opens A Chrysler Plant In Iran 01/26/1988
Recording Industry Behind Nixon’s Resignation, Left Clues In Song Lyrics 02/02/1988
Ford Begs Nixon To Read A Story From His Bedtime 02/09/1988
Presidential Candidates Selected For Jury Duty 02/16/1988
George Burns Sends Swaggart To D.C. Follies To Repent His Sins 02/23/1988

Season Two, Disc 1
Mike Tyson Gives Words Of Wisdom To Reagan And Gorbachev For World Peace 09/15/1988
Carter, Nixon, And Ford Perform Ex-President Do-Wop Blues 09/22/1988
Ollie North And Nixon Plan To Take Over The Western Hemisphere 09/29/1988
Freddy Krueger’s Nightmare: Dan Quayle Elected President 10/06/1988
Nixon Impersonates Elvis In A Moneymaking Scheme 10/13/1988
Nixon Impersonates Dangerfield, Dolly Parton And Bette Midler 10/20/1988
Reagan Auditions For A Part On ‘Dynasty’ 10/27/1988
Fred Plays Chess With Yasser Arafat 11/03/1988
Castro And Arafat’s New Show, ‘Terrorists At The Movies,’ Gives Bambi Two Guns Down- 11/10/1988
Reagan Gets An Acting Job On ‘Eightysomething’ 11/17/1988

Season Two, Disc 2
Nixon Schemes To Make Money By Becoming A Surrogate Mother 11/24/1988
The Pope Walks On Water At The Boston 12/01/1988
Nixon Hawks The Watergate Tapes For $29.99 12/08/1988
Joan Rivers Debates Gorbi And Thatcher 12/15/1988
Nixon Contemplates A Parallel Universe Without Watergate 12/22/1988
National Rambo Association Allows Criminally Insane To Possess Guns 12/29/1988
Nixon Has Romantic Fantasies About Bo Derek 01/05/1989
Dolly Parton Gives Makeup Tips To Barbara Bush 01/12/1989
Political Love Connection Profiles Arafat And Joan Rivers’ Dream Date 01/19/1989
The Contras Help Out On Ollie North’s Telethon 01/26/1989

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