Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Station management hopes to improve the newscast's ratings by hiring Karl Heller (Eric Braeden), an insufferably pompous cultural critic. Heller wastes no time in alienating everyone on the newsroom staff with his withering critical blasts. But when he takes on the city of Minneapolis itself, the fur really flies -- not to mention one of Sue Ann's freshly-baked pies. A marvelous example of how to do a slapstick sequence without really doing a slapstick sequence, "The Critic" first aired on January 8, 1977.