The Critic aspired to be a sendup of Hollywood movies in general, while at the same time offering a look at the private life of an atypical movie critic, one Jay Sherman (Jon Lovitz, ex-Saturday Night Live). Unfortunately, as ABC & Fox both found out, viewers had already decided that primetime cartoons only were worth watching one specific night of the week, and Critic didn't air on that night.
Critic sprang from the minds of a couple of writers-producers of The Simpsons, and, so it made sense to have Sherman appear on the Fox series, presumably after his show moved over for season 2. I cannot recall if Fox placed it on Sundays or on another night. Had they paired the two toons together, maybe Critic lasts a little bit longer. Instead, it went for 2 seasons on broadcast television.
A few years ago, the series was revived as an internet-only entity, one of the first of its kind. However, only a small handful of episodes, running anywhere from 3-5 minutes each, were produced. Meanwhile, the earlier episodes resurfaced on cable, airing on Comedy Central and Reelz. How Cartoon Network has resisted picking up this show for [adult swim] to this point is a mystery unto itself.
Now, let's take a look back at the series opener: