List of The Critic episodes

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The Critic is an American prime time animated series revolving around the life of New York film critic Jay Sherman, voiced by actor Jon Lovitz. It was created by writing partners Al Jean and Mike Reiss, who had previously worked as writers and showrunners (seasons 3 and 4) for The Simpsons. The Critic had 23 episodes produced, first broadcast on ABC in 1994, and finishing its original run on Fox in 1995. A Revival Series was released online on AtomFilms and Shockwave in 2000 and 2001.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired Distributor
1 13 January 26, 1994 July 20, 1994 ABC
2 10 March 5, 1995 May 21, 1995 Fox
3 10 December 12, 2000 September, 2001 AtomFilms / Shockwave


Season 1 (1994)[edit]

The first season aired Wednesdays at 8:30-9:00 pm (EST) on ABC.[1][2]

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
1 1 "Pilot" Rich Moore Mike Reiss & Al Jean January 26, 1994 (1994-01-26) 7801
A short, balding, overweight, divorced film critic named Jay Sherman gets a second chance at love when a gorgeous movie star named Valerie Fox (voiced by Jennifer Lien) falls for him, but it may all go to pieces if Jay doesn't give Valerie a glowing review for her latest movie, the Basic Instinct-inspired erotic thriller, Kiss of Death.
2 2[3] "Miserable" Dan Jeup Steven Levitan February 16, 1994 (1994-02-16) 7802
Jay falls for a female projectionist (voice by Pamela Reed) who turns out to be an obsessed fan of his.
3 3 "Marty's First Date" Alan Smart Tom Gammill & Max Pross February 2, 1994 (1994-02-02) 7803
Marty invites his father Jay to Career Day at his school, where Marty Falls for a Cuban girl named Carmen, who is the granddaughter of Fidel Castro.
4 4 "Dial 'M' for Mother" Bret Haaland Mike Reiss & Al Jean February 9, 1994 (1994-02-09) 7804 [4]
When test audiences brand Jay Sherman "worse than Hitler," Duke sets up a TV special where Geraldo Rivera interviews Jay with his adoptive mother Eleanor, which falls apart when Jay yells at Eleanor.
5 5 "A Little Deb Will Do Ya" L. H. MacMullan Nell Scovell February 23, 1994 (1994-02-23) 7805
Eleanor forces Margo to get prepared for and attend a debutante ball, despite Margo's protests over how sexist and elitist it is. Meanwhile, Jay gets into a ratings war with children's show host Humphrey the Hippo.
6 6 "Eyes on the Prize" Dan Jeup & Brian Sheesley Tom Brady March 2, 1994 (1994-03-02) 7806
Jay rethinks his career when his 1000th episode bash is a dud. He seeks advice from image consultant Adolph Hitmaker (voiced by Phil Hartman), but his advice and all other attempts at recreating his TV image prove unsuccessful.
7 7 "Every Doris Has Her Day" Alan Smart Steve Tompkins June 1, 1994 (1994-06-01) 7807
Jay befriends his make-up lady Doris after they attend a musical adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and thinks that she may be the mother who gave him up for adoption years ago.
8 8 "Marathon Mensch" Susan Dietter Judd Apatow June 8, 1994 (1994-06-08) 7808
Jay's masculinity is called into question after Doris rescues Jay from a studio fire, so Jay trains for the New York marathon.
9 9 "L.A. Jay" Bret Haaland Steven Levitan June 22, 1994 (1994-06-22) 7809
Jay moves to Los Angeles when studio executive Gary Grossman (voiced by Billy Crystal) offers the critic a chance to write the second sequel to the Ghostchasers franchise.
10 10 "Dr. Jay" Dan Jeup Jon Vitti June 29, 1994 (1994-06-29) 7810
Duke is diagnosed with a rare disease, and Jay is determined to find a cure.
11 11 "A Day at the Races and a Night at the Opera" L. H. MacMullan Ken Keeler July 6, 1994 (1994-07-06) 7811
After Marty bombs out during his elementary school field day, Jay buys his son a guitar and encourages him to take lessons. Meanwhile, after Them Magazine christens Jay "The Wittiest Man in the World," Duke offers to pay $100 to every viewer who does not find Jay funny.
12 12 "Uneasy Rider" Alan Smart Steve Tompkins July 13, 1994 (1994-07-13) 7812
After refusing to plug chewing tobacco on his show, Jay quits his job and becomes a truck driver.
13 13 "A Pig Boy and His Dog" Bret Haaland Patric M. Verrone July 20, 1994 (1994-07-20) 7813
In the first season finale, Eleanor writes a children's book called "The Fat Little Pig," featuring a character based on Jay. Meanwhile, Jay adopts a Great Dane puppy, who grows up too fast and becomes a nuisance.

Season 2 (1995)[edit]

The second season aired Sundays at 8:30-9:00 pm (EST) on Fox.[5][6]

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
14 1 "Sherman, Woman and Child" Bret Haaland Mike Reiss & Al Jean March 5, 1995 (1995-03-05) 201
In the second season premiere, Jay worries that he may be fired due to Coming Attraction's low ratings and Duke suddenly being nice to him. He then befriends a single mother from The South named Alice, and develops feelings for her. However, Alice's adulterous, country-singing husband Cyrus (voiced by Sam McMurray) has returned and wants her back.
15 2 "Sherman of Arabia" Brian Sheesley Richard Doctorow April 30, 1995 (1995-04-30) 202
At Marty's slumber party, Jay tells the story of how he ended up in Iraq during the Gulf War in the early 1990s.
16 3 "A Song for Margo" Tom Mazzacco Joshua Sternin & Jeffrey Ventimilia March 26, 1995 (1995-03-26) 203
Margo dates Nuns in a Blender frontman Johnny Wrath (voiced by Todd Louiso), while Alice tries to find a good preschool for her daughter, Penny.
17 4 "From Chunk to Hunk" Steven Dean Moore Steve Tompkins April 2, 1995 (1995-04-02) 204
Jay and Marty go to a weight-loss camp, where Marty dramatically loses weight and becomes one of the popular kids in school Meanwhile, Jay fears for his life when a pretty-boy action star threatens to kill him.
18 5 "Lady Hawke" Rich Moore Tom Brady March 19, 1995 (1995-03-19) 205
During a taping of the sketch comedy show Yesterday Night Live, Jay meets Jeremy's twin sister Olivia (voiced by Morwenna Banks). After Jay takes Olivia on a tour of the city, she falls in love with him and the two start dating. This strains Jay's relationship with Alice, who realizes the she is also in love with Jay.
19 6 "Frankie and Ellie Get Lost" David Cutler Story by : Judd Apatow
Teleplay by : Richard Doctorow
May 7, 1995 (1995-05-07) 206
Franklin and Eleanor are presumed dead after their plane crashes on the island, and Jay uses the money left to him in the will to make New York City a better place.
20 7 "Siskel & Ebert & Jay & Alice" L. H. MacMullan Jon Vitti March 12, 1995 (1995-03-12) 207
After Jay attends The Academy Awards Ceremony, Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert break up and each rope Jay to be their new partner.
21 8 "All the Duke's Men" Chuck Sheetz Patric M. Verrone April 23, 1995 (1995-04-23) 208
Duke runs for President of United States, and hires Jay to be his campaign manager.
22 9 "Dukerella" Bret Haaland Ken Keeler May 14, 1995 (1995-05-14) 209
Alice's sister Miranda moves to New York to find a rich man to marry. She then ends up taking a job at a mattress delivery service called "Mattress in an Hour." She falls in love with Duke when she sees him on Coming Attractions and attends his costume ball with Jay and Alice in order to meet him.
23 10 "I Can't Believe It's a Clip Show" Lauren MacMullan (as D. R. L. MacMoortler) Tom Brady, Richard Doctorow, Al Jean, Ken Keeler, Mike Reiss,
Joshua Sternin, Steve Tompkins, Jeffrey Ventimilia, Patric M. Verrone & Jon Vitti
May 21, 1995 (1995-05-21) 210
Jay hosts a 10th anniversary special of Coming Attractions, featuring past clips of the many crummy movies he had to review, but the festivities come to a halt when a group of terrorists holds everyone hostage.

Season 3 (2000–01)[edit]

In early 2000,[7] show creators Al Jean and Mike Reiss wrote a series of ten 3-5 minute long internet webisodes of The Critic, still with Jon Lovitz as the starring role. While still making fun of movies and Hollywood in general, its story focused on Jay lusting after the lovely Jennifer, his new makeup lady (voiced by Valerie Levitt). Alice does not appear in any of the episodes and is not mentioned by name, though Jay does briefly refer to a "second divorce" in the first episode—presumably from her or the Mexican woman he married in order to get to Cuba. Besides Jay, Vlada (voiced by Nick Jameson) is the only other character from the show to make an appearance. Maurice LaMarche and Tress MacNeille are the only other cast members from the show to return alongside Lovitz and Jameson, voicing assorted background characters. MacNeille returned for webisode 10. The episodes were available on and until 2001. All ten of the "webisodes" were included on the complete series DVD (but not iTunes). Parodies include gaffs on The Patriot, Harry Potter, Mission: Impossible 2, X-Men, Pearl Harbor and Cast Away.

Episodes 1 through 4 were animated by Jet City Studios; 5, 9, and 10 by Unbound Studios; and 6 through 8 by Flinch Studios.

No. in
Movies Parodied Released Runtime
1 "X-Men" December 12th, 2000 (December 12th, 2000) 3:20
Jay talks about his rise and fall from fame and introduces his new make-up lady, Jennifer.
2 "Mission: Impossible 2, Gladiator, Gone in 60 Seconds" December 12th, 2000 (December 12th, 2000) 3:22
Jay reviews the best movies from the year 2000 in a beach-themed studio (since all public beaches have banned Jay until he loses 20 pounds) and gets an unexpected visit from Arnold Schwarzenegger.
3 "Pokemon 2000, The Patriot" January 2001 (2001-01) 3:50
Jay pans The Patriot with special guest Pikachu (from the Pokémon video games, TV shows, and movies), whom he outs. All the while, Jay tries to prove to Jennifer he is nice enough to date.
4 "Perfect Storm, Star Wars, Titanic, The Sixth Sense" January 2001 (2001-01) 2:34
Jay finally lands a date with Jennifer. He takes her to L'ANE Riche (The Wealthy Jackass) where he talks about the movies he missed out on reviewing while unemployed.
5 "Out of Africa (film), Silence Of The Lambs, On the Waterfront" March 2001 (2001-03) 3:39
Jay reviews the Oscars.
6 "Sleepy Hollow, Pulp Fiction" April 2001 (2001-04) 2:59
Jay discusses Sleepy Hollow and a spoof of Pulp Fiction with Jennifer at her apartment.
7 "Cast Away, The Legend of Bagger Vance" May 2001 (2001-05) 3:18

Jay takes a look at the best films of the year 2000, including Cast Away and The Legend of Bagger Vance.

Note: When this episode premiered online, viewers could choose one of two different endings, depending on whether they wanted to see Jay act like a "Gentleman" or an "Animal" at Jennifer's apartment. He fails to have sex with her in both, and he urges viewers to complain to their Internet service provider. Both endings are available on the DVD.
8 "Harry Potter, Planet of the Apes" May 2001 (2001-05) 4:58
Jay visits the set of the Harry Potter film and takes a look at the Planet of the Apes remake. He also shows Jennifer his favorite spots in New York City. Later at her apartment, Jennifer introduces Jay to her many children and he asks the viewers' opinion of what he should do, showing gratefulness when they suggest that he have sex with her.
9 "(None)" June 2001 (2001-06) 3:28
Jay defuses Broadway bombs with "Death of a Seinfeld" and others.
10 "Pearl Harbor" September 2001 (2001-09) 3:42
Jay reviews Pearl Harbor and is mistaken for Shrek while waiting in line at the movies with Jennifer.


  1. ^ TV Listings for January 26, 1994
  2. ^ TV Listings for July 20, 1994
  3. ^ Miserable was originally slated as the second episode of the series, but ABC censors barred it from being shown due to content they felt was unsuitable at the time. On The Critic complete series DVD set, this episode is properly listed as the second.
  4. ^
  5. ^ TV Listings for March 5, 1995
  6. ^ TV Listings for March 21, 1995
  7. ^ Epstein, Daniel Robert. "Simpsons Producer Mike Reiss Talks Critic". Archived from the original on August 3, 2004. Retrieved September 20, 2009.