26. The Critic

Original Air Date: 1994-1995
Network: FOX

Of all the projects completed by ex-Saturday Night Live players, The Critic is the most fully realized, hilarious and heartwarming. It took its cues from Woody Allen movies like Annie Hall and Manhattan, and offered up a style of random abstract humor that wouldn't really be seen again until Family Guy. Jon Lovitz simply was Jay Sherman. We know it's really Lovitz, since he doesn't alter his voice in any way to inhabit the cartoon character, but Jay Sherman was such an endearing sad sack of a film critic that he completely stands alone as his own entity outside of Lovitz. And that's a good thing. All fat Jay Sherman wanted to do was wear sweaters, love his fat son, find someone to grow old with, argue with his tummy and see a good movie. For the love of God, just give him a good movie. Instead he's forced to watch such tripe as Schwarzenegger's Rabbi P.I. and Eastwood's Beverly Hills Robo Canine Cop and a Half 2. This show was just grand. And hey, Jay Sherman even got a guest spot on The Simpsons. Who else can say that?

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