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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20 March 2002 (USA)  »

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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: I do everything slowly: learning... working...
[long pause]
Andy: ... fleshing out analogies.
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Referenced in Family Guy: North by North Quahog (2005) See more »

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27 March 2002 | by (Jersey City, NJ) – See all my reviews

I've been a huge Conan O'Brien fan for years, and I'm glad to see his former sidekick succeed. He has a couple of movies out and a TV show--I just hope it lasts more than one season. It shouldn't get cancelled, because it is a very funny show, but networks tend to cancel the few good sitcoms on air and keep the bad or mediocre ones. It's nice to see that a couple of sitcoms aren't depending on a laugh-track to manipulate its viewers. This is one of them and, unlike "Watching Ellie," it works. The fantasy sequences are often funny, and the show doesn't try too hard. Andy Richter proves he can be as good a leading man as a sidekick. And that actress who plays Wendy is stunningly beautiful! God, I knew exactly how Andy felt when he was lusting after her. This show is definitely worth checking out. The only problem is it's on the same time as "Spin City." I guess I'm going to have to tape one of the shows.

My score: 7 (out of 10)

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