List of Nostalgia Critic episodes (2007–2008)
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|Nostalgia Critic (2007-2008)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||42|
|Original network||That Guy with the Glasses|
|Original release||July 3, 2007 –|
December 30, 2008
The initial episodes of comedy web series Nostalgia Critic gradually introduced familiar elements that would later be associated with the show, particularly his appearance. The Critic started on YouTube in 2007 through the channel name "Nostalgiacritic". The Critic is uncharacteristically hyper in the first episode in comparison to later episodes. He is first seen sitting in his chair in the second episode. This episode is also the first time he wields his gun and in which his "Hello, I'm the Nostalgia Critic. I remember it so you don't have to." catchphrase is first used. The character's appearance is defined in the fourth episode. Episode seven features the first "Top 11" list along with the catchphrase "Why Top 11? Because I like to go one step beyond." In April 2008, Doug Walker launched thatguywiththeglasses.com to act as the permanent home of his various content, including the Nostalgia Critic. Pokemon: The First Movie was the first Nostalgia Critic review to be originally posted to the website. Subsequently, in June 2008, Walker's YouTube channels, Thenostalgiacritic, fivesecondmovies, and newguywiththeglasses were terminated in the charge of copyright infringement and thus abolishing him from YouTube.com.
Episodes[edit | edit source]
|1||"Transformers Review"||2:16||July 3, 2007|
The Critic speed-talks through a synopsis of Transformers (2007) before fainting from exhaustion at the end.Note: In later film reviews, he says that not only have the sequels gotten progressively worse, but also the film series were bad to start with, though he at least finds this one an entertaining first effort.
|2||"Cloverfield Trailer"||4:07||April 8, 2008|
The Critic speculates, prior to its release, about the plot of Cloverfield (2008).Note: This episode was originally posted on YouTube on July 2007. Also, as a first for the series, the opening catchphrase serves as the closing catchphrase.
|3||"Cartoon All Stars Drug Special"||7:31||April 7, 2008|
The Critic reviews Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue (1990). He criticizes the fact that the special is about drugs, the cartoon characters' mean spirited and overly preachy nature, and a very annoying musical number. This was the first episode to be done in the Nostalgia Critic's trademark style, whereas the previous later became the basis for Doug's other web series, Bum Reviews.Note: This episode was originally posted on YouTube on July 2007. It also introduces the Critic's opening catchphrase, "Hello, I'm the Nostalgia Critic. I remember it so you don't have to." It was the first video that Doug Walker used footage from the film he was reviewing.
|4||"Harry Potter Book Gathering"||8:17||July 22, 2007|
|The Critic attends a midnight launch party for J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the last book in the Harry Potter series.|
|5||"Power Rangers Movie"||8:47||April 9, 2008|
The Critic reviews Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995). He already hates the TV show and exclaims that the plot is nonsensical, criticizes the movie for having a budget wasted on pointless stuff like the opening skydiving stunt, poor special effects and how the moral is to fight without powers, yet the Power Rangers get them back eventually. However, he finds a funny scene when Ivan Ooze destroys Zordon. Special criticism is reserved for the climax, which involves the Rangers (inside the Ninja MegaFalconzord) defeating Ooze by kneeing him in the scrotum.
Note: This episode was originally posted on YouTube on July 2007. Also, in a future episode, the Critic says he enjoys the show's theme song, and this is also the first time he donned the white T-shirt and red tie, which would forever become part of his iconic appearance in future episodes.Real Thoughts:
|6||"Ninja Turtles Movies Review"||6:21, 4:56 (original cut)|
11:01 (final cut)
|April 11, 2008|
The Critic reviews Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991) and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993). Despite the flaws found in the first two movies, such as the climax in the original and the toned down content in the sequel, he finds both enjoyable, with praise to the animatronics and fight scenes. However, he finds the third movie bad enough to not review it, saying he could not watch over five minutes of it.
Note: This episode was originally posted on YouTube in two videos due to YouTube's ten-minute time limit.Real Thoughts:
|7||"Top 11 Scariest Nostalgic Moments"||9:09||April 12, 2008|
The Critic counts down the top 11 scariest Nostalgic moments.
11. The Wicked Witch from The Wizard of Oz
|8||"Super Mario Bros. Movie"||9:24||October 31, 2007|
The Critic reviews Super Mario Bros. (1993). He criticizes Mario and Luigi's last name (which the movie says is simply "Mario"), the plot, Dennis Hopper's performance, the fact that Mario and Luigi are father and son despite them also being brothers, suggesting incest, and that the movie has very little to do with the video game on which it is based. Special criticism is used for scenes in the movie in which Hopper says the laughable lines "Bob-omb!" and "Monkey!"Real Thoughts: In their real thoughts video, Rob admitted that he considered the film a guilty pleasure. Both he and Doug admitted to finding humor with Dennis Hopper's performance.
|9||"Cloverfield"||4:14||January 18, 2008|
|The Critic reviews Cloverfield (2008), stating that it was okay, expressing rage over The Monster and re-enacting the film himself.|
|10||"Street Fighter"||8:14||February 3, 2008|
The Critic reviews Street Fighter (1994). He criticizes the large amount of action scenes, the confusing story, the huge cast, and Jean-Claude Van Damme's performance. However, he applauds the final performance of the late Raúl Juliá.Real Thoughts:
|11||"Mortal Kombat"||7:33||February 3, 2008|
The Critic reviews Mortal Kombat (1995). He criticizes the PG-13 rating (which led to a lack of blood-gushing violence like in the video game), Johnny Cage's one liners and some pointless fighting scenes. However, he madly praises the fighters Sub-Zero and Scorpion, and admits that the CGI-generated Goro is a decent effect.Real Thoughts:
|12||"Space Jam"||9:53 (original cut)|
11:12 (final cut)
|February 29, 2008|
The Critic reviews Space Jam (1996). He criticizes the film's plot, the focus on commercialism, the jokes for not being up to classic Looney Tunes standards, Michael Jordan's acting, and the numerous up-close shots. Special criticism is reserved for the sex appeal given to Lola Bunny.
Note: In 2016, he makes a brief review of the film in the list, All the Looney Tunes Movies, where he doesn't hate it as he used to, calling it a 'product of the times that's actually kind of interesting', acknowledging it's enjoyable to look back at how dated it was. He also praised the mixing of animation and live action and even said it was better than Looney Tunes: Back in Action as it kept the Looney Tunes in the cartoon world where their zaniness worked best.Real Thoughts:
|13||"Pokemon: The Movie"||12:46||April 20, 2008|
|The Critic reviews Pokémon: The First Movie (1999). Whilst admitting he was out of Pokemon's demographic when it came out and therefore never got into the franchise, he complains that the film does not really explain the premise of Pokémon to the non-initiated. He also criticizes the undeveloped characters, and considers the message of "fighting is wrong" as hypocritical, considering that the whole point of the series is Pokémon battling each other. Special criticism is reserved for the scene where Ash, after being killed in the crossfire between Mew and Mewtwo, is resurrected by the devastated Pokémon's crying, something he finds to be highly clichéd and a terrible moral for children.|
|14||"The Wizard"||16:06||May 4, 2008|
The Critic reviews The Wizard (1989). He calls it one big commercial for Nintendo, criticizing the acting, especially from the character of Jimmy, the fact that the kids act like adults and vice versa and the violent and suggestive themes. He however gives praise to the character, Lucas Barton. The episode ends him talking about where the director and the actors went onto anything successful, finding out they did go on to successful things.Real Thoughts:
|15||"Top 11 Naughtiest Moments in Animaniacs"||2:33||May 11, 2008|
The Critic notes the top 11 most risqué situations from the children's animated series Animaniacs:
|16||"Batman and Robin"||17:11||May 23, 2008|
The Critic reviews Batman & Robin (1997). He heavily criticizes the colorful campy feel that resembles the 1960s Batman TV series, the major departure from the previous films which featured a darker tone and well developed characters, the one-liners, numerous homoerotic overtones, clichés, and Mr. Freeze's ice puns. Special criticism is reserved for the infamous Bat Credit Card scene, which causes the Critic to go into a homicidal rant (#8 on the "Funniest Jokes" list).
Note: The Critic later ranked Batman & Robin #3 on his Top 11 Worst Sequels list. On that list, as well as in his real thoughts video, Doug did praise the set designs.Real Thoughts:
|17||"Top 11 Catchiest Theme Songs"||10:35||June 1, 2008|
The Critic lists the top 11 catchiest nostalgic theme songs.
11. Sesame Street
|18||"'90s Sports Montage"||10:10||June 9, 2008|
|The Critic reviews various 1980s and 90s sports movies, including The Mighty Ducks (1992), Angels in the Outfield (1994), The Karate Kid (1984), Air Bud (1997), Rookie of the Year (1993), Little Giants (1994), and Cool Runnings (1993).|
|19||"Top 11 Drug PSAs"||13:22||June 22, 2008|
The Critic lists the top 11 drug PSAs.
11. "Be an Original" The Critic praises if for being "Short, sweet, and having a lot of energy to it."
|20||"Captain Planet"||13:55||July 6, 2008|
|The Critic reviews Captain Planet and the Planeteers (1990–96). He criticizes the overall premise and seemingly useless power of "heart", is annoyed by several of the main characters (mainly Wheeler), and finds some themes (AIDS, gang violence) inappropriate for a children's show. However, in the Top 11 Hottest Animated Women list, he did admit that Linka was somewhat attractive.|
|21||"Double Dare"||8:27||July 13, 2008|
|The Critic positively reviews the game show Double Dare (1986–93). Among his points, he praises the host, Marc Summers, for being able to "get into the game" despite having OCD.|
|22||"3 Ninjas"||10:46||July 20, 2008|
|The Critic reviews 3 Ninjas (1992). He comments on the film's blatant attempts to cash in on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Home Alone, criticizing the plot, corny dialogue, annoying characters (especially Grandpa Mori) and weird traps. Special criticism is reserved for the bullies saying "cake" where it does not make any sense.|
|23||"Top 11 Hottest Animated Women"||11:19||July 28, 2008|
The Critic lists the top 11 attractive animated female characters
11. Linka from Captain Planet and the Planeteers
|24||"He-Man and the Masters of the Universe"||15:24||August 11, 2008|
|The Critic reviews Masters of the Universe (1987). He criticizes the film's title which lacks "He-Man" in it, numerous homoerotic overtones, Skeletor's portrayal, the subplot of the film involving Julie which he considers depressing, most of the plot having little to do with He-Man, and the moral, which he finds to be very unrealistic.|
|25||"Follow That Bird"||5:59||August 18, 2008|
|The Critic reviews Follow That Bird (1985). Halfway through the review, he admits he is unable to properly criticize Sesame Street as it was the first show he ever fell in love with as a child and walks out. Chester A. Bum finishes the review for $20.|
|26||"Saved by the Bell"||18:46||August 25, 2008|
|The Critic reviews Saved by the Bell (1989–93). He comments on the absurd stories, dated fashions and sets, obnoxious canned laughter and flat characters. However, he concludes that the show was relatively harmless.|
|27||"Tom and Jerry: The Movie"||14:16||September 1, 2008|
The Critic reviews Tom and Jerry: The Movie (1992). He is upset about Tom and Jerry being able to talk and when the orphan girl Robyn Starling becomes the focus of the story (he acts as a director trying to get her to leave before eventually deciding to "rewrite" the film into being about "A little orphan trying to find her father while her aunt tries to find her. And there's also a cat and mouse in there but that no longer matters"), and also shows a strong dislike for the musical numbers and the weak slapstick. Special criticism is reserved for the scene where Tom and Jerry speak and introduce themselves to Pugsy, and sing about being friends. The only positive elements he notes are the silent scene where Tom and Jerry roam the city after losing their home and a clever in-joke with a restaurant called "Bill and Joe's", referencing Tom and Jerry's creators.
Doug later placed the review at #3 in his list of the "Top 11 Nostalgia Critic Episodes" and the Mindf*ck and Hamlet Joke at #10 in his "Top 11 Nostalgia Critic Jokes".Real Thoughts: Doug and Rob still find the film terrible, but admit that they enjoyed it because of its absurdity. They also praise the animation, the performance of Tony Jay, and Doug mentions that he thought the voices of Richard Kind and Dana Hill fit Tom and Jerry.
|28||"Top 11 Saddest Moments"||14:37||September 9, 2008|
The Critic lists the top 11 saddest moments in nostalgic films.
11. The "Saying Goodbye" song (The Muppets Take Manhattan)
|29||"Surf Ninjas"||14:49||September 15, 2008|
|Continuing from the previous episode, the Critic gives a positive review of Surf Ninjas (1993), talking about obviously terrible elements such as plot holes, acting, jokes, adult humor and situations as if they were genius, before waking up from his coma, in the style of The Wizard of Oz, revealing the review to be a dream and that he in fact hates it.|
|30||"Top 11 Nostalgic Animated Shows"||14:44||September 29, 2008|
The Critic lists the top 11 greatest animated shows of the 1980s and '90s.
11. The Real Ghostbusters
|31||"Kazaam"||15:37||October 6, 2008|
|The Critic reviews Kazaam (1996). He attacks Shaquille O'Neal's acting and rapping, the numerous implications of pedophilia and the film's plot, finding the idea of Kazaam being Max's genie to be similar to slavery. Special criticism is used for a scene involving Shaq rapping when he raps, "Let's Green Egg and Ham it.", which the Critic finds unbelievably stupid.|
|32||"Drew Struzan Tribute"||5:51||October 13, 2008|
The Critic salutes Drew Struzan, painter and creator of well-known movie posters. He claims that Struzan denied him an interview and recalled this instance during a rare radio interview.Note: It's revealed in the 2009 episode "Top 11 Nostalgia Critic Fuck Ups" that the Nostalgia Critic actually used a couple wrong posters, explaining that Drew Struzan himself sent him an email stating that the posters he used in the episode were one of the closest group of posters that were correct that he ever seen.
|33||"Halloween '08 Special"||8:16||October 21, 2008|
|The Critic negatively reviews the Teddy Ruxpin doll, calling it creepy. The doll later comes to life and vengefully attacks him.|
|34||"Double Dragon"||15:35||October 28, 2008|
|The Critic reviews Double Dragon (1994). He criticizes the film's nonsensical plot, ignoring its source material from the video game it is based on, the pointless celebrity cameos, using elements from popular films, bad puns along with the dialogue, and lack of character development. Special criticism is reserved for the scene where the actual Double Dragon arcade game is in the background, and how the movie takes place in the "futuristic" year of 2007.|
|35||"Top 11 Underrated Nostalgic Classics"||16:32||November 4, 2008|
The Critic lists the top 11 overlooked films.
11. The Rescuers Down Under
10. Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation
8. The Prince of Egypt
6. The Iron Giant
5. Flight of the Navigator
4. Return to Oz
3. Babe: Pig in the City
2. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
|36||"Howard the Duck"||16:45||November 11, 2008|
|The Critic reviews Howard the Duck (1986). He finds the film's main problem to be that it was too dark, violent and sexual for a PG rating. He also criticizes the plot, implausibility, acting and puns, as well as finding the film "silly, stupid, mean-spirited and surprisingly boring". Special criticism is reserved for a scene when the audience can clearly see a female duck's naked breasts.|
|37||"Mortal Kombat: Annihilation"||21:31||November 17, 2008|
The Critic reviews Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997). He criticizes the film's plot as just exposition, poor special effects, complicated story, and presence of characters who had died in the original film, saying that despite still disliking the first Mortal Kombat, he considered it "a masterpiece" compared to the sequel. The only positive thing he notes is the killing of Johnny Cage.Note: Bargo's "dirty little kitty" rant with Sonya and Mileena fighting is placed at number 2 on Doug's "Funniest Jokes" list.
|38||"Godzilla"||21:55||November 26, 2008|
|The Critic reviews Godzilla (1998). He confesses on disliking the director, Roland Emmerich for past disappointing films, criticizes Matthew Broderick's performance and the film's script, and finds scenes similar to other films, such as Jurassic Park and Star Wars. Special criticism is reserved for Broderick's line, "That's a lot of fish."|
|39||"Top 11 Disney Villains"||17:24||December 3, 2008|
The Critic lists his top 11 favorite Walt Disney Animation Studios villains.
9. Scar from The Lion King
8. Shere Khan from The Jungle Book
7. Ratigan from The Great Mouse Detective
5. Gaston from Beauty and the Beast
2. Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty
|40||"Super Mario Brothers Super Show"||15:36||December 16, 2008|
|The Critic reviews the Super Mario Brothers Super Show (1989). For its Mario cartoons, he criticizes the inconsistent plots, mostly bad parodies of popular films, giving the villain a different name, dialogue being heavy on Italian food puns, flat characters, and cheap animation though he does give some praise to the casting of Lou Albano as Mario. For its Zelda cartoons, he credits it for having a solid plot and for making Zelda an active character instead of a damsel and for giving her a father, but criticizes the portrayal of Link, his signature catchphrase and the relationship between him and Zelda, the other characters, the absence of the third Triforce, and the same cheap animation as the Mario cartoons.|
|41||"Top 12 Greatest Christmas Specials"||20:47||December 22, 2008|
The Critic lists the top 12 films, episodes and television specials about Christmas:
|42||"Jingle All the Way"||20:38||December 28, 2008|
The Critic reviews Jingle All the Way (1996). In addition to mocking the actors, he considers it one of the worst Christmas specials, criticizing the absurd and overly manic situations of the movie, and the seemingly materialistic message of the film. Special criticism is reserved for the entirety of the climax which is set at the Christmas parade, especially the scene where it is revealed that the Turbo Man costume can actually fly.Real Thoughts:
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