The Critic

The Critic (1994)

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The Critic is an American prime time animated series revolving around the life of New York film critic Jay Sherman, voiced by actor Jon Lovitz. It was created by writing partners Al Jean and Mike Reiss, who had previously worked as writers and showrunners on The Simpsons. The Critic had 23 episodes produced, first broadcast on ABC in 1994, and finishing its original run on Fox in 1995. Episodes featured movie parodies with notable examples including a musical version of Apocalypse Now, Howard Stern's End, Honey, I Ate the Kids, The Cockroach King, Abe Lincoln: Pet Detective, Scent of a Jackass and Scent of a Wolfman. The show often referenced popular movies such as Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and The Godfather, and routinely lampooned actor Marlon Brando and actor/director Orson Welles. They also spoofed Dudley Moore, usually as his character Arthur Bach from the 1981 film Arthur. Despite the ratings improving, The Critic was cancelled after only two seasons. It continued to air through reruns on Comedy Central and then on Locomotion. From 2000 to 2001, ten web episodes were later produced using Adobe Shockwave, and were broadcast on AtomFilms.com and Shockwave.com. In 2004, the DVD box set was released, which includes all 23 TV episodes and the web episodes.

Score: 7.9/10 from 39 votes
First Air Date: 1994-01-26
Last Air Date: 2001-09-14
Total Seasons: 3
Total Episodes: 33
Status: Ended
Network: ABC, FOX, Comedy Central

All Seasons

Season 0
First air date:
Season 1
First air date: 1994-01-26
Season 2
First air date: 1995-03-05
Season 3
First air date: 2000-12-12

Casts

Gerrit Graham
as
Maurice LaMarche
as
Charles Napier
as
Nancy Cartwright
as
Judith Ivey
as
Nick Jameson
as
Jon Lovitz
as Jay Sherman
Doris Grau
as
Christine Cavanaugh
as
Park Overall
as
Russi Taylor
as
Kath Soucie
as
Judd Apatow
as Jay Leno
Billy Crystal
as

Crew

Production James L. Brooks Producer
Production Al Jean Producer
Production Mike Reiss Producer
Production Chul-ho Kim Other