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The Critic

Al Jean, Mike Reiss

Starring: Jon Lovitz as Jay Sherman
               Christine Cavanaugh as Marty Sherman
               Nancy Cartwright as Margo Sherman
               Gerrit Graham as Franklin Sherman
               Judith Ivey as Eleanor Sherman
               Charles Napier as Duke Phillips
               Doris Grau as Doris Grossman
               Maurice LaMarche as Jeremy Hawke
               Nick Jameson as Vlada Veramirovich
               Park Overall as Alice Tompkins
               Russie Taylor as Penny Tompkins

Number of episodes: 23

Original run: 26 January 1994 - 21 May 1995

Original network: ABC/Fox. The series debuted on ABC, had a second season on Fox.

Status: Cancelled/Ended. As of 2006, reruns are aired on Comedy Central in the US; rest of the world status unknown.

                                                                    About the show

The show is about the life of film critic Jay Sherman. He's known for his sarcastic crushing remarks of the pathetic movies he has to review. His response to most of these films is one of his catch phrases "It stinks".

Other main characters of the show are Jay's 11-year-old son, Marty, Jay's adopted parents, Eleanor and Franklin Sherman, Jay's sister, Margo, his make-up artist
, Doris, Vlada who owns the restaurant Jay attends, Jay's boss, Duke Phillips and his ex-wife, Ardith.

The show featured movie parodies and many of them were featured on Jay's show Coming Attractions.

The Critic was cancelled after only two seasons but in the early 2000's, the show creators produced ten short internet episodes. Apart from Jay, Vlada is the only character from the original run of the show to make an appearance; other characters were introduced. All the internet episodes were included as a bonus on the complete series DVD.

The Critic falls into the same category as The Simpsons and Family Guy. A very witty show with great scripts, definately worth watching.

                                                              Awards and Nominations

Annie Awards Nominated for "Best Animated Television Program" 1994 and
"Best Individual Achievement for Creative Supervision in the Field of Animation" 1994

                                                                      Episode Guide

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"The Critic" © 1994 Gracie Films and Columbia Pictures Television

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