Andy Richter Controls the Universe (2002–2003)

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Andy is a short story writer, who makes his living by working at a huge faceless company in present day Chicago, writing Technical Manuals. In his active, fertile, writer's imagination, we ... See full summary »


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Series cast summary:
 Andy Richter (19 episodes, 2002-2004)
 Jessica Green (19 episodes, 2002-2004)
Irene Molloy ...
 Wendy McKay (19 episodes, 2002-2004)
 Byron Togler (19 episodes, 2002-2004)
 Keith (19 episodes, 2002-2004)
John Bliss ...
 Mr. Pickering (14 episodes, 2002-2004)


Andy is a short story writer, who makes his living by working at a huge faceless company in present day Chicago, writing Technical Manuals. In his active, fertile, writer's imagination, we see (and hear as he narrates) the stories of his daily life, as they should be, could be, might be, and even actually how they are. Andy shares his office with the company's newest employee, and Andy's newest friend, the frail, jumpy, odd, loveable Byron. Also inhabiting Andy's world is his best friend Keith, who is "so good looking" that Andy must fight his own "prejudice against the 'attractive,' who seem to get everything they want, unlike ordinary humans." Supervisor Jessica is also Andy's longtime friend and uses her lightening sharp tongue to keep the group out of, or at times, to get the group INTO trouble. The newer receptionist Wendy (Irene Molloy, "Grosse Pointe"), whom Andy first had a crush on, is dating Keith (somewhat proving Andy's "Attractive Theory"). Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

20 March 2002 (USA)  »

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Anything Can Happen  »

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According to Paget Brewster, she had to test for the role of Jessica Green 3 times (even though it was written for her) due to her reputation of being a 'show killer'. See more »


Andy's Brain: [Trying to impress a girl] What would someone cool and suave say?
Andy: Ants are fascinating
[long pause]
Andy: sometimes.
Andy's Brain: Saved it!
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Referenced in FOX 25th Anniversary Special (2012) See more »

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Hilarious, fresh and original show
1 December 2002 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

Andy Richter was a brilliantly funny and much missed part of The Conan O'Brien Show. His own show is a welcome addition to Fox evening TV. We see Andy at work, interacting with his buddies and fellow employees, having the hots for a cute receptionist, and arguing with the strange old ghost of the company's foudner who taunts and derides Andy. The humor of the show is uniquely Andy's.

The series was originally canceled after the first season, like so many other original and clever shows. Fox has turned a complete 180 from their early days as a pioneer of "new" television with shows like Married With Children, The Simpsons and others. These days, they seem to prefer following trends and not being very different from the big 3 networks. This is why I was surprised to see Andy Richter brought back from the overflowing dumpster of shows Fox hasn't given a proper chance.

Apparently, the guidelines Fox gave Richter when they agreed to revive the show was that each show had to be a stand-alone rather than having episodes follow a linear pattern. This is so they can show them out of order. Why they insist upon this is beyond me, but if it brings back Andy then so be it.

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