The Critic

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The Critic
"It stinks!" - Jay Sherman
Genre: Animated sitcom
Running Time: 22 minutes (1994–1995)
3–5 minutes (2000–2001)
Country: United States
Release Date: January 26, 1994 – May 21, 1995 (original)
February 1, 2000–2001 (revival)
Network(s): ABC (1994)
Fox (1995)
AtomFilms / Shockwave (2000–2001)
Created by: Al Jean
Mike Reiss
Distributed by: Columbia Pictures Television (1994-1995)
Columbia TriStar Television (1995–2002)
Starring: Jon Lovitz
Nancy Cartwright
Christine Cavanaugh
Gerrit Graham
Doris Grau
Judith Ivey
Nick Jameson
Maurice LaMarche
Charles Napier
Park Overall
Kath Soucie
Russi Taylor
Seasons: 3
Episodes: 33

The Critic was a short lived animated sitcom that aired from 1994 to 1995. It first aired on ABC and finished on Fox. 10 webisodes were also made, mainly to add more movie parodies.


The plot involved a film critic named Jay Sherman who reviews movies he doesn't like for a living.

Why It Rocks

  1. Shows a satirical look on the poor decisions made by Hollywood.
  2. Likable characters, especially Jay Sherman and his girlfriend, Alice Thompkins.
  3. Numerous movie and television references and parodies.
  4. Brilliant voice acting.
  5. Had a crossover with The Simpsons.
  6. A good form of comedy comes from Jay's wacky stepfather, Franklin, who not only parodies movie characters, but is generally a very wacky guy.
  7. Has poked fun at political correctness.
  8. Catchy theme song and soundtrack.
  9. Great designs.
  10. Decent animation.

Bad Qualities

  1. Sometimes the animation is a bit off. For instance in the episode, Marathon Mensch, watch the scene where Jay bungees jumps into the river. You'll see what we mean.
  2. Some toilet humor.
  3. The webisodes were not well-received.
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