Nostalgia Critic

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Nostalgia Critic
Nostalgia Critic logo.png
The logo for the show's revival
Genre Black comedy, surreal humor, insult comedy, satire, parody, review
Created by Doug Walker
Developed by Doug Walker
Rob Walker
Written by Doug Walker
Rob Walker
Starring Doug Walker
Rob Walker
Malcolm Ray (2013–present)
Tamara Chambers
Rachel Tietz
Theme music composer Doug Walker
Michael "Skitch" Schiciano
Opening theme "The Review Must Go On"
Ending theme Current:
"The Review Must Go On"
"The Nostalgia Critic Anthem"
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 8
No. of episodes (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Michael Michaud
Editor(s) Doug Walker
Location(s) Chicago, Illinois[1]
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time Varies (see episode list)
Production company(s) Channel Awesome
Distributor YouTube
(2007–08, 2012–present)
Blip (current)
Original channel YouTube (2007–08, 2012–present)
Blip (2008–present)
Picture format FLV
Original run YouTube: July 2007 – present
Related shows The Nostalgia Chick
External links

Nostalgia Critic is an American comedy webseries created, written, edited by, and starring Doug Walker. The series initially launched on YouTube in July 2007 before moving to Walker's own site That Guy with the Glasses. The show follows Walker as the titular Nostalgia Critic, a bittersweet and sarcastic film critic who reviews films and television shows from his childhood and recent past, usually with comically exaggerated rage. The show often alternates the Critic's angry rants and juvenile humor with legitimate analysis of the episode's subject.

Walker briefly retired the series in August 2012 to work on other projects, even writing the character out of existence in the Channel Awesome film To Boldly Flee. However, on January 23, 2013, Walker announced the show's imminent return in a narrative video called "The Review Must Go On".[2] The show subsequently returned with a more narrative and sketch-driven sixth season, beginning on February 5, 2013 with a review of The Odd Life of Timothy Green.

Although many episodes of the show are comedic mockings of films/TV shows Walker dislikes, some also have him just acting normally and giving his thoughts on various matters. These episodes are primarily composed of his editorial episodes and his countdown episodes.[citation needed]


The series was initially launched on YouTube in July 2007 but episodes were frequently removed by the website following complaints of copyright infringement. In April 2008 the videos were removed from YouTube but an arrangement between the company and content host Blip in 2009 resulted in them being featured on YouTube once more.[3][4]

The announcement of a spin-off, called The Nostalgia Chick, was created in "The Search for the Nostalgia Chick" (August 10, 2008). The concept was for a female host to review female-targeted nostalgic films and television.[5] The contest ended in a three-way tie between Lindsay Ellis (who reviewed Disney's Pocahontas), Krissy Diggs (who reviewed Sailor Moon), and Kaylyn Dicksion (who reviewed The Last Unicorn). The competition was won by Ellis, then using the name "The Dudette", as announced on the site, "Nostalgia Chick Winner!" (September 15, 2008).[5] Diggs and Dicksion would still join That Guy with the Glasses as That Chick with the Goggles and Marzgurl respectively.

On September 14, 2012, Walker announced the retirement of Nostalgia Critic and that it would no longer be a weekly production, as he and his brother felt that they had gone as far as they could with the series. On January 23, 2013, a video titled "The Review Must Go On" announced the return of the Nostalgia Critic.

Episode format[edit]

The series focuses on the Nostalgia Critic, a fictional character invented by Doug Walker. GigaOM describes it as "high energy and shamelessly nerdy".[6] Reuters described him as having "offbeat personalities".[7] The shows mostly focus on the Critic watching a film as he makes fun of the movie's problems, usually with recurring memes and pop culture gags. One of his most well-known gags is making fun of famous actors that starred in lesser-known roles before their rise to fame. The critic has created other segments, such as the Top 11 lists countdowns for his favorite films, villains, or moments in television shows. Occasionally he produces editorials which discuss relevant film topics.

Walker describes his philosophy thus: "[We need a critic of nostalgia] because everybody already does it. When we look at movies and shows from our youth, they're rarely as good as we remember them, and oftentimes it's quite humorous to compare what you liked then to what you like now. That's basically what the Nostalgia Critic is about, looking back at just how much nostalgia cloaked our vision in heavenly bliss and how bizarre the reality is."[8]

Main cast[edit]

Nostalgia Critic: Nostalgia Critic is the main star of the show. He is shown to be incredibly bitter about many things but has a soft spot for nostalgic things. The Critic has many rivals (particularly Angry Video Game Nerd, Nostalgia Chick and Cinema Snob) and regularly also has to take on many characters, some recurring, some appearing only in that episode or series.

Malcolm: Malcolm is one of the Critic's friend who appears on the show and works with him on his videos. Malcolm, as a secondary character, often dresses up as or plays many different characters. He is played by Malcolm Ray.

Rachel: She is a friend of Critic's who works with him and Malcolm on the show. She later leaves the show after season six to fulfill her own personal dreams but has still made some cameos in future episodes. During her time on the show, she, like Malcolm, played several other characters. She is played by Rachel Tietz.

Tamara: After Rachel left the show to pursue her own personal dreams, Tamara came on during the "Nicolas Cage Month", making her appearance during the Wicker Man movie review (although she appeared during the Catwoman review before that) and continues to appear alongside Malcolm throughout as the new female cast member. She, as well, plays many characters. She is played by Tamara Chambers.

The Other Guy/Rob: Rob is the Critic's older brother who appears in most of the Critic's videos as different minor and major characters. He is played by Rob Walker.

Note: Malcolm, Rachel, Tamara, and Rob often play fictionalized versions of their real counterparts.


Greg Weisman, producer of Gargoyles, stated that he enjoyed the Critic's review of it.[9] Roger Ebert called the episode "A Tribute to Siskel and Ebert" "the best, funniest video about Siskel & Ebert I've ever seen".[10] Walker later stated in his editorial titled "Farewell to Roger Ebert" that he has since had the quote framed and hung up on his wall, and in "The Making of A Nostalgia Critic Episode", it can be seen on his desk.[11] Animation writer Paul Dini also thanked the Critic for his episode "The Top 11 Batman: The Animated Series Episodes".[12] Seth Kearsley, director of Eight Crazy Nights, praised the Critic's review of the movie on his Twitter account.[13] placed the Nostalgia Critic at #2 on their Top 10 Best Internet Critics list.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Spirrison, Brad (July 7, 2009). "Naperville man finds way to make Web pay". Naperville Sun. Retrieved December 10, 2010. 
  2. ^ "The Review Must Go On". That Guy with the Glasses. Retrieved January 22, 2013. 
  3. ^ Pickard, Anna (November 19, 2007). "The five-second movies and why you should watch them". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2008-12-09. 
  4. ^ Learmonth, Mke (July 28, 2009). " Brings Programs to YouTube, Ads to 'Channel Awesome'". Advertising Age. Retrieved July 30, 2009. 
  5. ^ a b Jenkins, Mike; Bacio, Jose (June 19, 2009). "The Man Hour". Man Hour Goes Nostalgic. Retrieved December 24, 2009.  (iTunes)
  6. ^ Shannon, Liz (October 6, 2009). "Nostalgia Critic Takes Apart Your Childhood Favorites — Tech News and Analysis". Retrieved October 20, 2013. 
  7. ^ "South Florida's Largest Video Game Event Gathers Hottest Video Games, Gamers, World Champs and Game Platforms Creators". Reuters. October 13, 2009. Retrieved October 20, 2013. 
  8. ^ Dunne, Susan (2011-01-28). "U-Con at UConn is for the Nerds". The Hartford Courant. Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  9. ^ "Search Ask Greg : Gargoyles : Station Eight". Retrieved 2013-10-20. 
  10. ^ Ebert, Roger (November 14, 2009). "Ebertchicago status update". Twitter. 
  11. ^ Walker, Doug (August 11, 2010). "Animaniacs Tribute". Nostalgia Critic Animaniacs Tribute. 
  12. ^ Dini, Paul (August 17, 2011). "Paul Dini status update". Twitter. 
  13. ^ Kearsley, Seth (June 17, 2014). "Hilarious. 8 Crazy Nights - Nostalgia Critic:". Twitter status update. 

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