The Critic - "Sherman, Woman, and Child" Aug 8, 2010 14:40:25 GMT -5
Post by StevePulaski on Aug 8, 2010 14:40:25 GMT -5
Season 2, Episode 1.
Original Air Date: March 5, 1995.
The Critic has been on my top ten favorite TV Shows since last summer when reruns were in syndication on Reelz Channel. This episode is without a doubt, the defining episode in the season. Jay Sherman reminds me so much of myself in this episode and the jokes, laughs, and overall character's emotional value and description is here at full force. If this isnt the best episode of this short lived TV show I dont know what is.
If youre not familiar with the back story of The Critic Ill give you a rundown. Jay Sherman is a movie critic who's luck has been a turn for the worst. He's overweight, his show Coming Attractions has low ratings, he's divorced, has one child, and overall, things arent looking up. Each episode follows an event in his life that could lead him to happiness or just force himself deeper into his sadness. I made it sound like a depressing show, but really, its from the creator of The Simpsons so its not at all depressing. Sometimes you laugh at his misfortunes, and at other times you feel for him because everybody has been in a "Jay Sherman Situation".
Jay and Alice at the movies together.
The plot of the episode involves Jay Sherman being informed his show Coming Attractions has been getting low ratings, which may result in him being fired. Depressed and saddened to possibly see his hard work fade he shares his cab ride home with a woman from the South named Alice. Shes a single mother with a daughter named Penny who at first doesnt seem to like him, but their love grows in seconds. Jay develops a strong bond with Alice and soon enough, their dating. In hopes to boost the ratings and in desperate need of assistance, Jay offers Alice the job to become her new assistant for Coming Attractions. Just as things look up, Alice's ex-husband Cyrus returns who is a Country singer and tries to win her heart back, much to Jay's dismay.
The episode is overall brilliant and Im a consider myself a Jay Sherman kind of guy. Im not popular, no one likes my reviews and opinions a lot of the time, and Im like a loner. So its a close to home thing that is hard to explain. Though when people talk about the best episodes of a TV series, this is undoubtedly it. Just the overall feel and plot of the episode is enough to lure someone in. Typical idea, done perfectly.
Starring: John Lovitz, Nancy Cartwright, Christine Cavanaugh, Gerrit Graham, and Judith Ivey. Creator: by Al Jean and Mike Reiss.