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1* 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.²* {{Cancellation}}: First by ABC, then by FOX, then by Comedy Central (though Comedy Central only aired reruns of the show, not new episodes). {{Lampshaded}} in the first episode of the webisodes.²* 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.²* CelebrityVoiceActor: Jon Lovitz, Charles Napier, Park Overall.²* ChannelHop: After the show's first season on ABC, it then moved to FOX for the second season. Then it reran on Creator/ComedyCentral until the rights ran out and it appeared on IFC (the Independent Film Channel, a.k.a "the channel that airs ''Series/{{Portlandia}}''") and Reelz Channel. It's now on DVD and does air on some overseas channels.²* CrossDressingVoices: Creator/ChristineCavanaugh (Chuckie Finster from ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'', Gosalyn from ''Darkwing Duck'', and Dexter from ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', among other roles) voiced Marty.²** This show also had Nancy Cartwright, Russi Taylor, and Kath Soucie playing one-shot and unnamed boy characters.²* TheDanza: As with ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', in ''The Critic'', Doris Grau voices yet another chain-smoking, sarcastic, old lady named Doris (only here, she's a make-up lady for a fat, ugly film critic, not a school lunchlady who lost her passion for her work years ago, smokes on the job, works as a school nurse either because of budget cuts or to get two paychecks, and makes disgusting food from low-end ingredients bought due to school budget cuts).²** Averted with Jay. Even though he looks like his voice actor, Jon Lovitz (and [[WhatCouldHaveBeen was almost named Jon]]), the writers decided to name their critic character Jay.²* DawsonCasting:²** Creator/ChristineCavanaugh as Marty.²** Creator/NancyCartwright as Margo.²** Russi Taylor as Penny.²* ExecutiveMeddling: Al Jean has alluded to this trope being very much the case in real-life in DVD commentaries for both this series and ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' (particularly the ''Simpsons'' episode that combined ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' with ''The Critic'', which drove Creator/MattGroening to remove his name from the credits for that episode).²* 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[[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.²* OldShame: Mike Reiss wasn't thrilled with how the webisodes turned out. He and Al Jean had to work on them from 10 PM to midnight every day, after already working a full work day, so they were exhausted. And the ability for the show to quickly parody movies that were just released in theaters was rendered null by the various animation studios taking too long to produce them. And when they ''did'' go up, they were released with little fanfare.²* TheOtherDarrin: Rhea Perlman (best known as Carla Tortelli from ''Series/{{Cheers}}'') replaced Brenda Vaccaro as the voice of Ardeth in the second season for two episodes.²* TheOtherMarty: Korean-American comedienne Creator/MargaretCho was originally cast to voice Jay's sister, Margo, but this has been redubbed with lines from Nancy Cartwright.²* ProductionPosse: Some of the staff came from the first four seasons of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. Later, many of the writers, directors, and animation staff worked on ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''.²* {{Rerun}}: The show was in reruns on Creator/ComedyCentral back in the early 2000s, but the show has since vanished from the airwaves (at least in America). The entire series (including the webisodes) has been released on DVD.²** The show can still be viewed on Reelz channel. But good luck finding that (here's a hint, it's usually in the high-200s and it might not be available on most cable packages)²** Due to it being out of license, however, the entire series can be easily found on Website/YouTube.²* ScrewedByTheNetwork: ''Twice!''²** 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 ''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.²--->'''Al Jean:''' Lucie Salhany, who was the president of Fox, left the position before the show came on and the new person [John Matoian] didn’t like the show. I was very aggravated because it placed us with two things, one was a show called House of Buggin’ and one was a show called Too Something, and I liked the performers a lot on those shows, but they weren’t doing nearly as well in the ratings and we knew it and yet we couldn’t get picked up.²* TropeNamer: NoCelebritiesWereHarmed, heard during the end of the closing credits when Jay announces "Celebrity voices are impersonated. No celebrities were harmed in the filming of this episode."²* {{Uncanceled}}: FOX picked up the show after ABC dropped it, but sadly, after 10 episodes, they also did the same. Perhaps the best joke of the Webisodes had Jay muttering how ABC, FOX, ''and'' Comedy Central all literally kicked him out.²* 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.²* UnintentionalPeriodPiece:²** Besides the fact that the Twin Towers are in the intro sequence, some of the (then) fake movies reviewed actually got made later (''[[Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark Jurassic Park 2]]''). And the original Broadway production of ''Theatre/{{Cats}}'' closed in 2000. ²** Then there's the "topical" political references. Jokes about Malcolm Forbes and Admiral James Stockdale do ''not'' age well. On the other hand, the Reverend Al Sharpton has actually gained ''more'' national recognition since the show.²** 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.²** 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, whose brief tenure is almost forgotten.²* WhatCouldHaveBeen:²** "Every Doris Has Her Day" was going to use Cat Stevens's songs from ''Film/HaroldAndMaude'' instead of "A Bicycle Built for Two", to spoof the growing friendship between Jay and Doris, but the producers couldn't get the rights.²** The show was originally going to be live-action, with Jon Lovitz playing Jay. This never came to be due to potentially high production costs and Lovitz being unable to commit to doing a live-action series.²** Cyrus, Alice's cheating husband who left her after he cut an album that blatantly revealed that he was unfaithful to her, was going to make a second appearance if the series continued.²** Jay was originally going to be named [[TheDanza Jon]].²** 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 Groening wanted to do a spin-off of ''The Simpsons'' starring Krusty.²** 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.²* TheWikiRule: [[ The Critic Wiki]].²----²²!!Miscellaneous trivia:²* Jay's birthday is January 26, 1958. It is presented on his driver's licence in the episode "Uneasy Rider."²** Also, the pilot first aired on January 26, 1994, which was Jay's 36th birthday. Jay mentions he's 36 in a few episodes in the first season. It was also mentioned in the show's first [[CouchGag phone gag]] in the pilot in the opening credits.²--->'''Elenor Sherman:''' Jay, this is your mother. Your father and I are taking you out of our will. We feel you already have ''enough'' money. Oh yes, and Happy Birthday.²----


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