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** Another topical reference that aged badly is a joke about ''Series/TheTonightShowWithJayLeno'' and Creator/JayLeno's awkward rapport with his ''first'' band leader, Bradford Marsalis.

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** Another topical reference that aged badly is a joke about ''Series/TheTonightShowWithJayLeno'' and Creator/JayLeno's awkward rapport with his ''first'' band leader, Bradford Marsalis.Marsalis, whose brief tenure is almost forgotten.

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** Another topical reference that aged badly is a joke about ''Series/TheTonightShowWithJayLeno'' and Creator/JayLeno's awkward rapport with his ''first'' band leader, Bradford Marsalis.

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** Another season three plot idea involved a LoonyFan obsessed with Jay and gradually trying to act more and more like him as the episode progressed. This would have featured Creator/MauriceLaMarche showing off his Jon Lovitz impression.

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* AlanSmithee: "I Can't Believe It's a Clip Show" was directed by someone named "D.R.L. [=MacMoortler=]". It's pretty safe to assume that this is a pseudonym for David Cutler, Rich Moore, and Lauren [=MacMullan=], all of whom worked on the show.


** Yes, there was a time when the most common jokes made about UsefulNotes/BillClinton were about him supposedly eating a lot (see also the Clinton-at-UsefulNotes/McDonalds sketch on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'') rather than his promiscuity, save for the "Fat Lecherous Hillbilly Wins" sub-headline in "Sherman of Arabia". Ever since the Monica Lewinsky scandal that unfolded a few years after this show's television run ended, whenever a joke is made about Clinton it's not about food, but sex.

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** Yes, there was a time when the most common jokes made about UsefulNotes/BillClinton were about him supposedly eating a lot (see also the Clinton-at-UsefulNotes/McDonalds sketch on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'') rather than his promiscuity, save for the "Fat Lecherous Hillbilly Wins" sub-headline in "Sherman of Arabia". Ever since the Monica Lewinsky scandal that unfolded a few years after this show's television run ended, whenever a joke is made about Clinton it's not about food, but sex. Plus, Clinton had noticeably slimmed down throughout his two terms.


** The show was originally going to be live-action, with John Lovitz playing Jay. This never came to be due to potentially high production costs.

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** The show was originally going to be live-action, with John Jon Lovitz playing Jay. This never came to be due to potentially high production costs.costs and Lovitz being unable to commit to doing a live-action series.


* NetworkToTheRescue: The series was cancelled by both Creator/{{ABC}} and Creator/{{FOX}}. The latter was truly offensive because the series was getting strong ratings in a post-Simpsons slot. (It was theorized that new executives hated the show and wanted it gone, as well as FOX not owning it and having less interest in it succeeding.) UPN ''attempted'' to invoke this trope by wanting to pick it up for a third season, but FOX prevented that. Comedy Central eventually came to the rescue by securing rerun rights and rerunning it for years. While this didn't revive the show (outside of a brief webisode run), it did keep the series from fading into obscurity and made it a cult hit earning it an eventual DVD release.

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* NetworkToTheRescue: The series was cancelled by both Creator/{{ABC}} and Creator/{{FOX}}. The latter was truly offensive because the series was getting strong ratings in a post-Simpsons slot. (It was theorized that new executives hated the show and wanted it gone, as well as FOX not owning it and having less interest in it succeeding.) UPN ''attempted'' to invoke this trope by wanting to pick it up for a third season, but FOX prevented that. Comedy Central eventually came to the rescue by securing rerun rights and rerunning it for years.years[[note]]in doing so, also making the show a staple on United Airlines' in-flight entertainment for a good part of the 90's[[/note]]. While this didn't revive the show (outside of a brief webisode run), it did keep the series from fading into obscurity and made it a cult hit earning it an eventual DVD release.


* {{Cancellation}}: First by ABC, then by FOX.

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* {{Cancellation}}: First by ABC, then by FOX.FOX, then by Comedy Central. {{Lampshaded}} in the first episode of the webisodes.


* TheOtherMarty: Korean-American comedienne Creator/MargaretCho was originally cast to voice Jay's sister, Margo, but this has been [[TheOtherMarty redubbed with lines from Nancy Cartwright]].



* UnfinishedEpisode: About nine scripts were written for a possible Season 3; one story idea was a parody of ''Film/SingleWhiteFemale'' with Jay meeting his biggest fan, who promptly models himself more and more on him. The fan would've been voiced by Creator/MauriceLaMarche, who would increasingly impersonate Lovitz as the episode went on.



** Korean-American comedienne Creator/MargaretCho was originally cast to voice Jay's sister, Margo, but this has been [[TheOtherMarty redubbed with lines from Nancy Cartwright]].



** About nine scripts were written for a possible Season 3; one story idea was a parody of ''Film/SingleWhiteFemale'' with Jay meeting his biggest fan, who promptly models himself more and more on him. The fan would've been voiced by Creator/MauriceLaMarche, who would increasingly impersonate Lovitz as the episode went on.


* ActorAllusion
--> '''Marty:''' Look! It's ''Yesterday Night Live'' alumnus Creator/JonLovitz! \\
'''Jon Lovitz:''' Make way, make way, you comedy peons. Famous movie star coming through, and I'm carrying something you've never seen before: It's called "talent"! \\
'''Jay:''' [[ButHeSoundsHandsome I wish I had half his looks.]] \\
'''Marty:''' [[MythologyGag Well, you kinda sound like him.]] \\
'''Jay:''' You think?
** There's this memorable exchange:
-->'''Jay''': Don't worry son, if you think that only handsome musicians can get beautiful women, I have two words for you: Music/LyleLovett.
-->'''Marty''': I thought that he was handsome.
-->'''Jay''': You're thinking of Creator/JonLovitz. With his good looks, he takes the cake.
** Later, in the ninth webisode, Jay attends a Broadway rendition of ''Film/TheGraduate'', where the lead actress has been replaced by Jon Lovitz.
--> '''Lovitz:''' Benjamin, don't go! I know you want me.
--> '''Jay:''' Wow! Everything's big on him, except his ''ego''!
** There's also Jay's singing, alluding to Creator/JonLovitz's operatic abilities.
** One episode had Margo quoting the {{Catchphrase}} of Creator/NancyCartwright's most famous role:
-->Before you left, I wanted to say [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons get bent]].

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** Aspects of the series (such as the setting, the make-up woman and Ted Turner-type boss) were originally conceived by Al Jean and Mike Reiss when Matt Greoning wanted to do a spin-off of ''The Simpsons'' starring Krusty.



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* TheWikiRule: [[http://thecritic.wikia.com/wiki/The_Critic_Wiki The Critic Wiki]].


** There's this memorable exchange:
-->'''Jay''': Don't worry son, if you think that only handsome musicians can get beautiful women, I have two words for you: Music/LyleLovett.
-->'''Marty''': I thought that he was handsome.
-->'''Jay''': You're thinking of Creator/JonLovitz. With his good looks, he takes the cake.



** There's also Jay's singing, alluding to Jon Lovitz's operatic abilities.

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** There's also Jay's singing, alluding to Jon Lovitz's Creator/JonLovitz's operatic abilities.abilities.
** One episode had Margo quoting the {{Catchphrase}} of Creator/NancyCartwright's most famous role:
-->Before you left, I wanted to say [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons get bent]].



* TheCastShowoff: In the DVD commentaries, the writers shamelessly admitted that they tried to get Creator/JonLovitz to sing any chance they got, noting that he has a very powerful singing voice.



* ExecutiveMeddling: Al Jean has alluded to this trope being very much the case in real-life in DVD commentaries for both this series and ''TheSimpsons'' (particularly the ''Simpsons'' episode that combined ''TheSimpsons'' with ''The Critic'', which drove Matt Groening to remove his name from the credits for that episode).

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* ExecutiveMeddling: Al Jean has alluded to this trope being very much the case in real-life in DVD commentaries for both this series and ''TheSimpsons'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' (particularly the ''Simpsons'' episode that combined ''TheSimpsons'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' with ''The Critic'', which drove Matt Groening Creator/MattGroening to remove his name from the credits for that episode).episode).
* NetworkToTheRescue: The series was cancelled by both Creator/{{ABC}} and Creator/{{FOX}}. The latter was truly offensive because the series was getting strong ratings in a post-Simpsons slot. (It was theorized that new executives hated the show and wanted it gone, as well as FOX not owning it and having less interest in it succeeding.) UPN ''attempted'' to invoke this trope by wanting to pick it up for a third season, but FOX prevented that. Comedy Central eventually came to the rescue by securing rerun rights and rerunning it for years. While this didn't revive the show (outside of a brief webisode run), it did keep the series from fading into obscurity and made it a cult hit earning it an eventual DVD release.



** FOX was noted to have been far worse than ABC. While the series suffered in the ratings in Season 1, Season 2 was actually successful -- retaining much of ''TheSimpsons'' lead-in. However, after FOX first picked up the series, new executives took over and didn't want it. Al Jean has also suggested that because FOX didn't own the series, they were far less inclined to keep it going. Worst of all, FOX purposefully didn't officially cancel the series like ABC did - all just to prevent other channels from picking it up.

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** FOX was noted to have been far worse than ABC. While the series suffered in the ratings in Season 1, Season 2 was actually successful -- retaining much of ''TheSimpsons'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' lead-in. However, after FOX first picked up the series, new executives took over and didn't want it. Al Jean has also suggested that because FOX didn't own the series, they were far less inclined to keep it going. Worst of all, FOX purposefully didn't officially cancel the series like ABC did - all just to prevent other channels from picking it up.



** Besides the fact that the Twin Towers are in the intro sequence, some of the (then) fake movies reviewed actually got made later ("Jurassic Park 2"). And the original Broadway production of ''Theatre/{{Cats}}'' closed in 2000.

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** Besides the fact that the Twin Towers are in the intro sequence, some of the (then) fake movies reviewed actually got made later ("Jurassic (''[[Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark Jurassic Park 2").2]]''). And the original Broadway production of ''Theatre/{{Cats}}'' closed in 2000.



** Yes, there was a time when the most common jokes made about UsefulNotes/BillClinton were about him supposedly eating a lot (see also the Clinton-at-[=McDonald's=] sketch on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'') rather than his promiscuity, save for the "Fat Lecherous Hillbilly Wins" sub-headline in "Sherman of Arabia". Ever since the Monica Lewinsky scandal that unfolded a few years after this show's television run ended, whenever a joke is made about Clinton it's not about food, but sex.

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** Yes, there was a time when the most common jokes made about UsefulNotes/BillClinton were about him supposedly eating a lot (see also the Clinton-at-[=McDonald's=] Clinton-at-UsefulNotes/McDonalds sketch on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'') rather than his promiscuity, save for the "Fat Lecherous Hillbilly Wins" sub-headline in "Sherman of Arabia". Ever since the Monica Lewinsky scandal that unfolded a few years after this show's television run ended, whenever a joke is made about Clinton it's not about food, but sex.


** About nine scripts were written for a possible Season 3; one story idea was a parody of ''Film/SingleWhiteFemale'' with Jay meeting his biggest fan, who promptly models himself more and more on him. The fan would've been voiced by MauriceLaMarche, who would increasingly impersonate Lovitz as the episode went on.

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** About nine scripts were written for a possible Season 3; one story idea was a parody of ''Film/SingleWhiteFemale'' with Jay meeting his biggest fan, who promptly models himself more and more on him. The fan would've been voiced by MauriceLaMarche, Creator/MauriceLaMarche, who would increasingly impersonate Lovitz as the episode went on.

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