It’s curious what you can find lingering on YouTube for years and what gets removed almost instantly. Sometimes, entire TV programs—the full run of the wildly discomfiting and hilarious Peep Show, for example—turn up there, and nobody bats an eye! But the BBC is pretty chill. What’s more shocking is that a TV show that ran on two major American networks could exist on the site without IP lawyers throwing a fit.
Which just goes to show, one would think, how deeply unpopular Jon Lovitz-voiced cartoon The Critic really was—at least with the networks that failed to understand its allure. Considered too hot for ABC, which gave it the boot, and not raunchy enough for Fox, which also canceled it, the show is sometimes a twin to The Simpsons, albeit a great one. It’s also a cult favorite whose axing was mourned like that of Arrested Development. (Comedy Central also just re-canceled one of the best cartoons of all time, Futurama, so let’s get a petition going on that.)
Regardless, if you’ve never seen The Critic, now you can do so without spending $13.99 at Walmart for the DVDs of the entire short-lived series, plus the cost of gas to drive to Walmart. It’s all right there at your fingertips, and so far only 12,580 people have watched the pilot this way? That’s criminal. Come for the movie satires, stay for the rich and hilarious supporting cast. Watch the episode where Duke Phillips, the Ted Turner character, runs for president, and tell me it hasn’t dated beautifully.