Spitting Image (1984–1996)

TV Series   |    |  Comedy


Episode Guide
Spitting Image (1984) Poster

A satire show using puppets that are charicatures of major public figures.


7.4/10
1,833

Videos


Photos

  • Spitting Image (1984)
  • Spitting Image (1984)
  • Spitting Image (1984)
  • Spitting Image (1984)
  • Steve Nallon in Spitting Image (1984)
  • Spitting Image (1984)

See all photos

Get More From IMDb

For an enhanced browsing experience, get the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet.

Get the IMDb app

Cast & Crew

Top Series Cast



Creators:

Peter Fluck, Roger Law

Reviews & Commentary

Add a Review


User Reviews


20 June 1999 | G.Spider
Ignore the dreadful 1994/1996 era and you have the best satire series ever made.
What on earth went wrong? From its start in 1984 through to 1993 this was the best satire series on TV, but when Giles Pilbrow took over as producer in 1994 things went from bad to worse. The witty humor turned into spiteful name-calling and the whole thing adopted a very down-market, tacky feel to it. Though the first 1994 series shows promise to begin with, before long it descends into childish, playground-style sniping at people. Satire is much more effective if it's subtle, but 'subtle' is a word which is obviously missing from Pilbrow's dictionary. By the 1996 (final) series, things were at an all-time low. The comical, imaginative voices were replaced by the same smug, self-satisfied tones which cropped up time and time again, the series seemed to center more on pop groups rather than politicians and public figures and most of the songs had become dire. Though the 1996 series had a few good ideas, rather than humorous sketches there was an insufferably smug voice relating political facts and lists of statistics. More of a documentary than a satire show. This approach also displays a very lazy, interest-lacking attitude.

The older Spitting Image series are unmissable - hilarious, well-made, well-thought-out. But Pilbrow ought to be ashamed for running this great series into the ground. The only good he ever did the show was stopping it in 1996 rather than dragging it to even more ignoble depths.

Critic Reviews


More Like This

Harry Enfield's Television Programme

Harry Enfield's Television Programme

Alas Smith & Jones

Alas Smith & Jones

Harry Enfield and Chums

Harry Enfield and Chums

The Brittas Empire

The Brittas Empire

Not the Nine O'Clock News

Not the Nine O'Clock News

They Think It's All Over

They Think It's All Over

The Kenny Everett Television Show

The Kenny Everett Television Show

The Two Ronnies

The Two Ronnies

Shooting Stars

Shooting Stars

One Foot in the Grave

One Foot in the Grave

The Morecambe & Wise Show

The Morecambe & Wise Show

Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em

Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em

Storyline

Plot Summary


Genres

Comedy

What to Watch: "Mrs. Maisel," "Vikings," and More

Save yourself from endless browsing with our list of top TV picks for the week, including a 16-time Emmy winner, the final season of "Vikings," and Scarlett Johansson's latest film.

Watch our video

Featured on IMDb

Check out the action from New York Comic Con check out what IMDb editors are watching this month, and more.

Around The Web

 | 

Powered by ZergNet

More To Explore

Search on Amazon.com