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THE CRITIC is a show about the life of a down-on-his-luck film critic named Jay Sherman who gets no respect at home or at work. For his career, he has to review pathetic movies such as Arthur 3: Revenge of the Liver, Honey, I Ate the Kids and D.T.: The Drunken-Terrestrial. His response to most of these films is "it stinks." Other characters who round out the show are Jay's adopted parents, Eleanor and the slightly peculair Franklin, Jay's sister, Margo, his make-up lady, Doris, Vlada who owns the restaurant Jay attends, his overbearing boss, Duke Phillips, his son, Marty, and his ex-wife, Ardith, who is constantly trying to get over their marriage. The second season introduced two new characters, Jay's fiance Alice Tompkins and her daughter, Penny. Colorful and funny antics abound.

The Critic is a Adult Cartoon series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (23 episodes). The series first aired on January 26, 1994. It has mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.9.

The Critic is available for streaming on the Fox website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Critic on demand at Crackle , Crackle online.

2 Seasons, 23 Episodes
January 26, 1994
Adult Cartoon
Cast: Jon Lovitz, Nick Jameson, Maurice LaMarche, Nancy Cartwright
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The Critic Full Episode Guide

  • Jay is hosting an anniversary show at Carnegie Hall and is taken hostage. He starts showing clips while he awaits rescue.

  • Randa, Alice's sister, comes from LA, hoping to find a husband. She zeros in on Duke.

  • Jay finds out that his parents are lost at sea and he is now in charge of their fortune.

  • Jay tells his friends about the time he was trapped in Iraq during the Gulf War.

  • Duke decides to run for President and asks Jay to write his speeches.

  • Marty looses weight and becomes popular at school and Jay is threatened after giving a bad review to an actor.

  • Margo falls for a rock star and Jay decides to help find a preschool for Penny.

  • Alice becomes jealous when Jeremy's sister begins to show interest in Jay.

  • When Siskel and Ebert part ways, Jay becomes the top candidate as a new parter for both of them.

  • Jay softens his heart to take in a single mother and her child, this leads to romance.

  • Jay's mom, Eleanor, writes a children's book whose main character is closely based on her son.

  • Jay throws in the towel as a critic and tries out a career as a truck driver.

  • Duke wants to give up after learning he has a terminal illness, but Jay tries to find a cure.

  • After Jay completes a screenplay, He decides he needs a change of pace and moves to Hollywood, where he is offered a job to write a sequel to a movie he hated.

  • After an accident and being mocked for his poor physical condition, Jay decides to save his ego and run the New York Marathon to prove he is a man.

  • Jay begins to date Doris the makeup lady and eventually comes to believe that she may be his birth mother.

  • After Jay looses his show due to low ratings, his goal is to start to rebuild his career by winning a second Pulitzer Prize.

  • Eleanor forces Margo to go to a debutante ball, to which Jay is her date; meanwhile, Jay's show is behind in the ratings to a children's show called "Humphrey the Hippo."

  • Jay attends a screening and is taken back by the attention of a beautiful projectionist. Things soon take a turn for the worse when he realizes she is an obsessed fan who plans to keep him hostage.

  • Jay attempts to show that he has a heart by taking his mother on his appearance on a talk show. This stunt is a total disaster because he just can't say anything nice about his mother.

  • Jay does a favor for Marty by chaperoning his first date, but when the girl goes back to her home country, Marty decides he wants to follow her.

  • Jay disregards the advice of his best friend, and enters a relationship with the beautiful actress Valerie Fox. The relationship hits a bump early in their relationship when Jay has to review her new film.