Welcome back to the 12 Days of Judd Apatow where we count the ways we love our Patron Saint of Programming and Humorous Content. We’ve already looked at his brilliant work in IFC favorites Freak and Geeks and Undeclared as well as in soon-to-be favorites The Larry Sanders Show and The Ben Stiller Show (January, y’all!). Today we are looking at a show that is not on IFC, but is wildly awesome nonetheless (well, a little less): “The Critic” on which Judd Apatow was a consulting producer from 1994-1995.
“The Critic” was an animated series about Jay Sherman, a New York film critic who spends his days reviewing films he doesn’t like. It’s a living. It’s also scorchingly funny. It starred Jon Lovitz as Jay along with Nancy Cartwright (of “The Simpsons” fame) as his very patient sister, Margot. Many stars appeared on the show as themselves, happily skewering their own celebrity. There were many film critics on the show, including Gene Shalit and Rex Reed. Other stars who were animated for the series included Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Bob Costas. However it was most noted for its cinematic parodies so ineptly named they almost give porn titles a run for the money. Movies like “Abe Lincoln: Pet Detective” and “Howard Stern’s End” were all subject to Jay’s withering standard review: “It stinks!” The show only lasted two seasons, but lives on in comedy history forever.
Here are a few of our favorite clips from the show:
Film critics Siskel and Ebert stopped by “The Critic”:
Orson Welles was fair game, too:
Admit it, you would totally watch a Francis Ford Coppola musical called “Apocalypse Wow”: