The Critic

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  • TV-14
  • 1994
  • 2 Seasons
  • 7.9  (8,056)

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.

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I Can't Believe It's a Clip Show
10. I Can't Believe It's a Clip Show
May 21, 1995
Jay is hosting an anniversary show at Carnegie Hall and is taken hostage. He starts showing clips while he awaits rescue.
Dukerella
9. Dukerella
May 14, 1995
Randa, Alice's sister, comes from LA, hoping to find a husband. She zeros in on Duke.
Frankie and Ellie Get Lost
8. Frankie and Ellie Get Lost
May 7, 1995
Jay finds out that his parents are lost at sea and he is now in charge of their fortune.
Sherman of Arabia
7. Sherman of Arabia
April 30, 1995
Jay tells his friends about the time he was trapped in Iraq during the Gulf War.
All the Duke's Men
6. All the Duke's Men
April 23, 1995
Duke decides to run for President and asks Jay to write his speeches.
From Chunk to Hunk
5. From Chunk to Hunk
April 2, 1995
Marty looses weight and becomes popular at school and Jay is threatened after giving a bad review to an actor.
A Song for Margo
4. A Song for Margo
March 26, 1995
Margo falls for a rock star and Jay decides to help find a preschool for Penny.
Lady Hawke
3. Lady Hawke
March 19, 1995
Alice becomes jealous when Jeremy's sister begins to show interest in Jay.
Siskel & Ebert & Jay & Alice
2. Siskel & Ebert & Jay & Alice
 
When Siskel and Ebert part ways, Jay becomes the top candidate as a new parter for both of them.
Sherman, Woman, and Child
1. Sherman, Woman, and Child
March 5, 1995
Jay softens his heart to take in a single mother and her child, this leads to romance.
Description

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 series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (23 episodes). The series first aired on January 26, 1994.

Where to Watch The Critic

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 and Crackle.

  • Premiere Date
    January 26, 1994
  • IMDB Rating
    7.9  (8,056)