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The Critic

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The Critic was a 1994-1995 American prime time animated series about the life of film critic Jay Sherman (voiced by Jon Lovitz). The series was produced by Al Jean, Mike Reiss and James L. Brooks, who also worked on The Simpsons, therefore explaining why The Critic was often referenced on the show.

References to The Critic in The Simpsons[edit]

Picture Season Episode number Episode name Reference
The Critic A Star Is Burns.png 6 121 "A Star Is Burns" Marge invites Jay to come to Springfield to help judge the Springfield Film Festival. In one scene Jay Sherman is introduced to Bart Simpson who, in a self aware scene about this crossover, mutters: "Why do I suddenly feel so dirty?", after praising his show.
The Critic - Hurricane Neddy.png 8 161 "Hurricane Neddy" Jay is seen in a cell at an insane asylum repeating "it stinks" while a doctor is trying to calm him by saying "Yes, Mr. Sherman. Everything stinks." The line "It stinks!" was Sherman's catchphrase on The Critic.
8 173 "The Canine Mutiny" Bart answers phone in bed similar to Jay Sherman.
Jon Lovitz characters.png 15 327 "The Ziff Who Came to Dinner" When Homer takes Artie Ziff to Moe's Tavern, Jay is sitting at the bar along with Professor Lombardo, Aristotle Amadopolis and Llewellyn Sinclair, all of whom (in addition to Jay and Artie) are voiced by Jon Lovitz.
THOHXVII The Critic logo.png 28 600 "Treehouse of Horror XXVII" One of the bad shows mentioned in "600" is The Critic.

References to The Simpsons in The Critic[edit]

Picture Season Episode number Episode name Reference
CriticDialM.jpg 1 3 "Dial M for Mother" Homer and Bart Simpson made a brief appearance in "Dial M for Mother". During an interview with Geraldo Rivera, Jay is asked about talking over the heads of his audience and does just that in his answer. An annoyed family watching changes the channel to The Simpsons, where Homer—after stepping on a rake—exclaims, "D'oh!" and Bart replies, "Ay caramba!" The family's father comments, "Now, this I understand."
2 4 "A Song for Margo" The children at the Oliver Twist preschool are making Simpsons merchandise.
2 5 "From Chunk to Hunk" A Fox network executive calls Jay and asks him to emulate Bart, Homer, Marge, and Maggie.
2 6 "All the Duke's Men" A short melody when JFK kisses Marilyn Monroe was reused from the Simpsons episode "Treehouse of Horror III".
Dukerella.jpg 2 9 "Dukerella" Jay and Alice go to a costume ball dresses up as Homer and Marge to meet Duke, Alice's sister crush.

Common cast members[edit]

Picture Name Role in The Critic Role on The Simpsons
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.jpg Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Voiced himself in the season 22 episode "Love Is a Many-Strangled Thing". Voiced himself in "A Day at the Races and a Night at the Opera".
Jon Lovitz.jpg Jon Lovitz Voice of Jay Sherman. Voiced Professor Lombardo, Aristotle Amadopolis, Artie Ziff, Llewellyn Sinclair and Jay Sherman.
Nancy Cartwright.jpg Nancy Cartwright Voice of Margo Sherman Voice of Bart Simpson.
Rhea Perlman.jpg Rhea Perlman Voice of Ardeth in the second season. Voice of Carla Tortelli in "Fear of Flying".
Charles Napier.jpg Charles Napier Voice of Duke Philips Voice of The Warden in "Pokey Mom" and "The Wandering Juvie", Grant Connor in "The Fat and the Furriest", Officer Krackney in "The Seven-Beer Snitch".
Maurice LaMarche.jpg Maurice LaMarche Voice of Jeremy Hawke and Orson Welles Voice of Bender in "Simpsorama" and several one-shot characters.
Doris grau.png Doris Grau Voice of Doris Grossman Voice of Lunchlady Doris.
Russi Taylor.jpg Russi Taylor Voice of Penny Thompkins Voice of Martin Prince, Üter, Sherri and Terri.
Tress MacNeille.jpg Tress MacNeille Voice of Humphrey the Hippo Voice of Agnes Skinner and Lindsey Naegle.

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