|Created by||Ralph Bakshi|
|Voices of||Michelle Phillips|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||6 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer||Ralph Bakshi|
|Running time||25 minutes|
|Original release||July 11 –|
August 22, 1997
Spicy City is an adult animated erotic cyberpunk television series which was created by Ralph Bakshi for HBO. It is an anthology series in a similar format as television programs such as The Twilight Zone and Tales from the Crypt. The series premiered on July 11, 1997 and ended on August 22, with a total of 6 episodes over the course of 1 season.
The plot was described as a science fiction anthology series set in a futuristic city with a steamy side. Each episode is introduced by Raven, a nightclub hostess who also makes brief appearances in the tales.
Discussions involving a series based upon Trey Parker and Matt Stone's video Christmas card Jesus vs. Santa (which would become South Park) led HBO to contact Ralph Bakshi in order to produce the first animated series targeted specifically toward adults. Bakshi enlisted a team of writers, including his son Preston, to develop Spicy Detective, later renamed Spicy City.
- Michelle Phillips as Raven
- James Keane (credited as James Kean) as Lem
- Barry Stigler as Boxer
- Mary Mara as Alice Kerchief/Geisha
- John Hostetter as Jake
- Vince Melocchi as Shark
- Alex Fernandez as Armando "Mano" Mantio
- Cecilia Noel as Red Beans
- James Hanes as Big Vinnie
- Ralph Bakshi as Stevie/Connelly/Goldblum
- Pamala Tyson as Bruja/Ebony and Venus Sartori
- Tuesday Knight as Prostitute/Virus
- James Keane as Flaxson
- Darrell Kunitomi as Loh
- Grace Zandarski as Driver
- James Asher as Harry
- Tasia Valenza as Margo
- Tony Amendola as Skankmeyer
- Julie DeMita as Frenchy
- Rick Naiera as Vic Guapo
- Lewis Arquette as Farfelson/Corbin
- Jennifer Darling as Elvira
- E.G. Daily as Nisa Lolita
- Joey Camen as Max
- Michael Yama as Otaku
- Brock Peters as Bird
- Charlie Adler as Additional Voices
- Dan Castellaneta as Additional Voices
- Tress MacNeille as Additional Voices
- Matt K. Miller as Additional Voices
- Andy Philpot as Additional Voices
- Marnie Mosiman as Additional Voices
- Brendan O'Brien as Additional Voices
- David Fennoy as Additional Voices
- Danny Mann as Additional Voices
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||"Love Is a Download"||John Kafka||Preston Bakshi||July 11, 1997|
|A woman seeking escape from her abusive boyfriend finds true love in a virtual world with a washed-up veteran now working as a "virtual investigator" who attempts to save the woman from being stalked.|
|2||"Mano's Hands"||Ralph Bakshi||Lawrence Chua & Willie Perdomo||July 18, 1997|
|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, Jr||Franz Henkel & Lou Walker||August 1, 1997|
|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, Jr||Douglas Brooks West||August 8, 1997|
|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 Bakshi||Preston Bakshi||August 15, 1997|
|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 Kafka||Douglas Brooks West||August 22, 1997|
|Raven is hounded by futuristic police forces for being born with a DNA pattern that brands her as a freak.|
The series premiered on 11 July 1997, beating South Park to television by over a month and becoming the first "adults only" cartoon series.
Although critical reaction was mixed and largely unfavorable, Spicy City received acceptable ratings. The Los Angeles Times called the series "Adolescent Humor for Adults" The Dallas Morning News said the series "exploits the female form".
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.
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- Spicy City at IMDb
- 1990s American science fiction television series
- 1990s American adult animated television series
- 1997 American television series debuts
- 1997 American television series endings
- American adult animation anthology series
- American adult animated mystery television series
- American adult animated science fiction television series
- English-language television shows
- HBO original programming
- Cyberpunk television series
- Television series by Warner Bros. Television Studios
- Television series created by Ralph Bakshi