The Big Picture: Ninetiestalgia Stinks

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Ninetiestalgia Stinks

Our critic explains how The Critic was a litmus test for a decade.

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Yeah I used to watch it when I was a kid with my dad. We just really loved Jon Lovitz and the show turned out to be really smart. Sort of an anti-comedy. I'm sad no one here will remember it but me. Oldest viewer win. Lol you just reminded me of the time he can't understand her. I said maah priiide.."Your prode?" "Mahh priiide". Being from kentucky I thought that was hilarious. I never got the Ted turner reference until you mentioned it. I was too young for that stuff. yeah I've got the DVD set. Yes I'm also in the camp that thought the simpsons lost a lot of gas after those guys left. I miss the tongue in cheek jokes you gotta think about or rewind to get. Simspons just got so blatant with every joke these days they just scream the punch line at you like Adele's singing.

Dude drop the 90s we get it you hate it and wish you hadn't been born then.

Bad=Good oh so he wants him to use the game informer review scale. :rimshot:

I remember how my mom would never let me me see this show since I like 10 at the time.

synobal:
Dude drop the 90s we get it you hate it and wish you hadn't been born then.

Uhh.... What? This episode wasn't even about how the 90's sucked. Did you even watch it?

Makes me want to watch the Simpson's Cross over episode. What was that called again?

synobal:

Korten12:

synobal:
Dude drop the 90s we get it you hate it and wish you hadn't been born then.

Uhh.... What? This episode wasn't even about how the 90's sucked. Did you even watch it?

No I came here first to complain about this 90s month stuff. I'm not feeling it.

So what your saying is that you commented on this episode without watching it. Or at least made a comment that's not specifically about this episode...

You may not know this but that's against the rules of conduct.

Penguins can't fly. PENGUINS CAN'T FLY!

This show got a worse deal than a football to groin!
Well once Seth McFarland finishes with the Flintstones reboot... -_^

Eric the Orange:

synobal:

Korten12:

Uhh.... What? This episode wasn't even about how the 90's sucked. Did you even watch it?

No I came here first to complain about this 90s month stuff. I'm not feeling it.

So what your saying is that you commented on this episode without watching it. Or at least made a comment that's not specifically about this episode...

You may not know this but that's against the rules of conduct.

Then I'll get a warning for it, don't rules Nazi especially when you consider that you're just adding to any possible derailment of this thread by continuing the discussion.

I still stand by my comment though I don't like this 90s month stuff, it's just not interesting. I wish he'd get back to ya know movie stuff.

Gorfias:
Makes me want to watch the Simpson's Cross over episode. What was that called again?

"A Star is Bourns"
Also famous for giving birth to the term "Boo-urns!"

Gorfias:
Makes me want to watch the Simpson's Cross over episode. What was that called again?

"A Star is Burns". He mentioned it in the video.

And I loved The Critic. Kinda sad it didn't last as long as it could've.

This was a great show. My favourite bits were the United Nations school Jay's son attended. The student body included stone-headed Easter Islanders and Klingons.

Yes, yes to Everything Bob just said. Things I still say from 'the critic'

"buy my book! buy my book!"
"You can't lock a raptor in a closet! It's too Smart!"
and
"Pigeons sure seem to like the sound of my voi... (*gagging sounds*)"

and "this is a duke-tastrophe!"

Wasn't the critic on Comedy Central for a while too? Maybe it was just reruns.

One of my favorite lines from the series comes from the Atom Films shorts,

"Jay, would you come in here? There's something I want to share with you."
"I hope it's sex... or candy!"

I for one like that the Censor for Histeria showed up in this.

"It stinks! It stinks! It stinks!"

"Yes Mr. Sherman, everything stinks."

I'm also a Simpsons fan who considers The Critic crossover episode to be hilarious, despite Matt's disowning of it. Compared to what he's let the Simpsons become nowadays, I'm surprised he had so much artistic pride back in the day.

(And yes, I'm aware that the above quote is from a different Simpsons episode)

Funnily enough I tracked down the show after seeing you use the same macro of the guy I recognised from that one Simpson's episode and watched both seasons in a weekend. Season 1 was great, season 2 was pretty good. Kind of wished you'd done this before I'd PI'd it, could've saved me 5 minutes of googling!

excellent work bob but you did miss one of the best cutaways in the whole series http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laT8L60LkbI

This series always needs more recognition it's still relevant and cheers for shining a light onto it

During a Siskel remembrance piece, Ebert linked this montage of them on the show.

Aww man, I wish I watched The Critic back when it aired, looking back on old clips of it, it seemed SO funny! Then again, I would probably have been too young for this kind of show.

Oh man I loved the Critic

My favorite bit was when Jay was at Career Day at Marty's school at the UN, and Marty was eating in the kids' cafeteria when a food fight broke out.

First time food goes flying past the France table: "We surren-dehr!"
And Marty's all like "we'll be safe once we reach the Swiss table!"

Looking back on that show, though, it's hard to listen to Marty without recalling Chuckie, or Dexter.

At any rate, I still like Futurama the best of all the adult-primetime animated shows. Strikes the right balance between the sharp humor of The Simpsons and the edgy social satire of Family Guy, without the abundance of fart and dick jokes.

synobal:

Eric the Orange:

synobal:

No I came here first to complain about this 90s month stuff. I'm not feeling it.

So what your saying is that you commented on this episode without watching it. Or at least made a comment that's not specifically about this episode...

You may not know this but that's against the rules of conduct.

Then I'll get a warning for it, don't rules Nazi especially when you consider that you're just adding to any possible derailment of this thread by continuing the discussion.

I still stand by my comment though I don't like this 90s month stuff, it's just not interesting. I wish he'd get back to ya know movie stuff.

The Big Picture isn't about "movie stuff" it's about stuff he wants to talk about. Also Bob was born in the 80's, like in 81.

I completely forgot about that show, even though i watched it years after it first aired. I definitely have seen them all and I think I'm gonna watch them all... despite all the shit I have to do.

Never watched the show. Because A. it was about a film critic. B. It had Jon Lovitz in it. My definition of a man who's great at doing absolutely nothing. And if he does something in a vague film or TV show you wish to god he hadn't.

goddamn Game Critic review score they force Jay to use. You also do realize you need to do episodes based around Simpsons clones now, right?

Bob, I tend to agree with you on most matters, or at worst I respect your opinion even if I might not support it since you tend to present it in a reasonable way. But don't you DARE talk shit about THE FISH POLICE!
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*ahem* Sorry about that, not sure what happened there. Good episode, carry on.

I only saw a few glimpses of it when it first aired so I naturally never got into it.

As a huge Simpsons fan (hell, my name gives that away), I've always been tempted to watch it, so I finally decided to see the pilot just now and, yeah, it's really funny.

I'm here to report that it's VERY Simpsons with a lot of the same voice actors and, like Bob said, cutaway jokes without the absurdity of Family Guy.

I legit lol'd several times. Give it a shot if you like The Simpsons. I found the first episode on youtube.

Fish Police was awesome, I'd like to hear Bob's take on it

I loved this show and lamented its quick demise. I was 19 when it first aired and pretty much ate up anything animated. I actually liked it better than The Simpsons. Oh well, I guess there's always the DVDs.

"Thank you, Jay. After I die, you can eat my brain. It will give you power."

Triaed:

"A Star is Bourns"
Also famous for giving birth to the term "Boo-urns!"

And

MowDownJoe:

"A Star is Burns". He mentioned it in the video.

And I loved The Critic. Kinda sad it didn't last as long as it could've.

Thanks to both of you. Dang. Not streaming on Netflix!

I recall enjoying it. After watching this, I kinda want to revisit the series.
Thanks again.

Film Critics fall into three categories:

1. The Film School Washout - Not being able to hack it in the Film Industry, they turn to the only thing that could save them grace - critiquing other people's films. Nothing is good unless it is an independent that will bore most mainstream audiences.

2. The Studio Pen - They are critics that are secretly paid to write good reviews for a particular studio while trashing films from other studios.

3. The Weekly Watcher - May know nothing about film and story composition, but has been giving his/her opinion about films since doing the film reviews in High School newspapers. He/She is qualified to be a critic just by the shear number of films they've watched.

Bob, THANK YOU for talking about the Critic, I loved it as a kid. I rediscovered it on Comedy Central back when they had a late-night animation block (and cartoons other than South Park) and got the DVD box set with both seasons! 18 years later and it's still funny. I was 10 when I first saw it, and I was into a lot of cable-original animated series, despite not getting what the hell was going on in them. Perhaps you can talk about MTV's toons, next?

Ooh! I just remembered Duckman! That was on USA first, then Comedy Central.

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