Spicy City

Spicy City

Raven in Spicy City
Genre Science fiction
Created by Ralph Bakshi
Written by Various
Directed by Various
Voices of Michelle Phillips
Composer(s) John McCarthy
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 6 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Ralph Bakshi
Producer(s) Catherine Winder
Running time 25 min.
Original network HBO
Original release July 11 – August 22, 1997

Spicy City is an animated television series which was created by Ralph Bakshi for HBO. The series lasted for one season which consisted of six episodes.


It was re-broadcast on The Detour on Teletoon.


The plot was described as a science fiction anthology series set in a futuristic city with a seamy side.[1][2] Each episode is introduced by Raven, a nightclub hostess who also makes brief appearances in the tales.


Bakshi in January 2009

Discussions involving a series based upon Trey Parker and Matt Stone's video Christmas card, Jesus vs. Santa, led HBO to contact Ralph Bakshi in order to produce the first animated series targeted specifically toward adults.[3] Bakshi enlisted a team of writers, including his son, Preston, to develop Spicy Detective, later renamed Spicy City.[3]



The series premiered in July 1997, beating South Park to television by over a month and becoming the first "adults only" cartoon series.[3]

Although critical reaction was mixed and largely unfavorable, Spicy City received acceptable ratings.[4] The Los Angeles Times called the series "Adolescent Humor for Adults"[5] The Dallas Morning News said the series "exploits the female form".[6]

A second season was approved, but the network wanted to fire Bakshi's writing team and hire professional Los Angeles screenwriters. When Bakshi refused to cooperate with the network, the series was cancelled.[3]


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Love Is a Download"John KafkaPreston BakshiJuly 11, 1997 (1997-07-11)
A woman seeking escape from her abusive boyfriend finds true love in a virtual world in the guise of a geisha, while a one-armed former boxer tries to save the woman from being stalked.
2"Mano's Hands"Ralph BakshiLawrence Chua & Willie PerdomoJuly 18, 1997 (1997-07-18)
A strange tale of a bongo player's hands coming to life and terrorizing civilians after mob members chop them off.
3"Tears of a Clone"Ennio Torresan, JrFranz Henkel & Lou WalkerAugust 1, 1997 (1997-08-01)
A detective goes on a search to find a rich man's daughter, only to return with her clone instead.
4"An Eye for an Eye"Ennio Torresan, JrDouglas Brooks WestAugust 8, 1997 (1997-08-08)
A ruthless female cop named Margo, known for her striking blue eyes and penchant for abusing her power, plots to blackmail Spicy City's near-sighted judge, and her partner, Ernie, must choose between staying out of it and stopping Margo's reign of terror once and for all.
5"Sex Drive"Ralph BakshiPreston BakshiAugust 15, 1997 (1997-08-15)
A female police detective who's being mistreated by her coworkers teams up with a cyborg prostitute whose business is struggling thanks to her male clients using virtual prostitutes when the virtual prostitutes begin sucking the intelligence out of their johns.
6"Raven's Revenge"John KafkaDouglas Brooks WestAugust 22, 1997 (1997-08-22)
Raven is hounded by futuristic police forces for being born with a DNA pattern that brands her as a freak.


  1. Moore, Scott (February 9, 1997). "Fox's `King' Signals Prime Move". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-09-01.
  2. McConville, Jim (October 7, 1996). "HBO creates animation division; HBO Animation will focus on adult-oriented fare.". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 2008-09-01.
  3. 1 2 3 4 Gibson, Jon M.; McDonnell, Chris (2008). "Ups & Downs". Unfiltered: The Complete Ralph Bakshi. Universe Publishing. pp. 234–235. ISBN 0-7893-1684-6.
  4. Grant, John (2001). "Ralph Bakshi". Masters of Animation. Watson-Guptill. pp. 18–29. ISBN 0-8230-3041-5.
  5. Solomon, Charles (July 11, 1997). "TV Review; 'Spicy City': Adolescent Humor for Adults". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2008-09-01.
  6. Mendoza, Manuel (July 18, 1997). "`Spicy City' is seasoned with sex, but its stories are half-baked". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2008-09-01.
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