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The Critic 

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Jay Sherman is a New York film critic who has to review films he doesn't like for a living.

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Al Jean, Mike Reiss
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Jon Lovitz ...  Jay Sherman / ... 33 episodes, 1994-2001
Nick Jameson ...  Various Characters / ... 33 episodes, 1994-2001
Maurice LaMarche ...  Jeremy Hawke / ... 33 episodes, 1994-2001
Nancy Cartwright ...  Various Characters / ... 23 episodes, 1994-1995
Christine Cavanaugh ...  Marty Sherman / ... 23 episodes, 1994-1995
Gerrit Graham ...  Franklin Sherman / ... 23 episodes, 1994-1995
Doris Grau Doris Grau ...  Doris Grossman / ... 23 episodes, 1994-1995
Judith Ivey ...  Eleanor Sherman 23 episodes, 1994-1995
Charles Napier ...  Duke Phillips / ... 23 episodes, 1994-1995
Kath Soucie ...  Various Characters 23 episodes, 1994-1995
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Storyline

Jay Sherman is an overweight and somewhat snobbish New York TV movie critic who is forced to review the most pathetic films to which is he always says, "It stinks." In addition to the film parodies, the show also deals with his professional life working for his tyrannical media mogul boss and his personal life with his friends and family. In a world that seems determined to snub him both in the asinine arts he has to endure and his own difficult relationships, Jay gets along as best he can, while enjoying life's bright spots. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 January 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (23 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This is the only TV show ever reviewed on Siskel and Ebert. Due to the fact that it was a television show and not a movie, they decided to fore-go the thumb vote. Both critics generally liked the show but gave the advice that it needed to focus more on the movie parodies and less on sitcom staples. See more »

Quotes

Theater Clerk: Excuse me, the show's over.
Alice Tompkins: Get away, pipsqueak!
Jay Sherman: That's why I love her!
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Crazy Credits

The beginning of the end credits has Jay watching them as if it was a movie. See more »

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User Reviews

A bit dated,but a fun show that deserved a better treatment
14 February 2006 | by KUAlum26See all my reviews

WAtching this show in reruns,I was able to enjoy this offering from many of the creators of the Simpsons,but since the movie reviews were stuck in the period that spanned 1994-95 and before,the series will always retain a sense of being stuck in time and that never fails to make me a bit sad whenever I'd watch it.

Otherwise,this series,based around the eponymous Jay Sherman(voiced brilliantly by rumpled comic actor Jon Lovitz,whose talents endure) is a great nose-thumbing at Hollywood culture and the movies that sometimes get cranked out from it. His relationships with his boss,the megalomaniac Ted Turner clone Duke Phillips,his son JAy,his girlfriend(I forget her name) and her daughter, his rich,WASPy parents and his stepsister are the main focus of most of the shows. The send-ups,however,were the real stars to me. "Speed Reader","D.T.,the drunken terrestrial","Rabbi P.I."(starring Arnold Schwarzenegger,of course) and "Honey,I Ate the Kids" were a few of my faves.

I think I'd buy this on DVD,and since there are only two(barely)seasons and it retained cult status,I could PROBABLY buy this cheap. Probably. But no matter,it's still one of the cleverest shows to hit the boob tube of the last decade or so.


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