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Release Date:
20 March 2002 (USA) See more »
Andy is a short story writer, who makes his living by working at a huge faceless company in present day Chicago... See more »
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Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 6 of 12)

Andy Richter ... Andy Richter (19 episodes, 2002-2004)

Paget Brewster ... Jessica Green (19 episodes, 2002-2004)
Irene Molloy ... Wendy McKay (19 episodes, 2002-2004)

Jonathan Slavin ... Byron Togler (19 episodes, 2002-2004)

James Patrick Stuart ... Keith (19 episodes, 2002-2004)
John Bliss ... Mr. Pickering (14 episodes, 2002-2004)

Series Directed by
Andy Ackerman (12 episodes, 2002-2003)
John Fortenberry (3 episodes, 2002-2003)
Series Writing credits
Victor Fresco (19 episodes, 2002-2004)
Michael A. Ross (2 episodes, 2002-2003)
Jim Bernstein (2 episodes, 2002)
Jennifer Celotta (2 episodes, 2002)
Michael Shipley (2 episodes, 2002)
Tommy Blacha (2 episodes, 2003)

Series Produced by
Marc Solakian .... producer (19 episodes, 2001-2004)
Andy Ackerman .... co-executive producer / executive producer (19 episodes, 2002-2004)
Victor Fresco .... executive producer (19 episodes, 2002-2004)
Andy Richter .... producer / supervising producer (19 episodes, 2002-2004)
Jennifer Celotta .... producer / supervising producer (18 episodes, 2002-2004)
Michael A. Ross .... co-executive producer / supervising producer (18 episodes, 2002-2004)
Jim Bernstein .... producer / co-producer (17 episodes, 2002-2004)
Lisa Iannone .... co-producer / associate producer (17 episodes, 2002-2004)
Michael Shipley .... producer / co-producer (17 episodes, 2002-2004)
Steve Baldikoski .... producer (9 episodes, 2002-2004)
Bryan Behar .... producer (9 episodes, 2002-2004)
Tim Doyle .... co-executive producer (9 episodes, 2002-2004)
Jay Dyer .... producer (9 episodes, 2002-2004)
Will Gluck .... supervising producer (9 episodes, 2002-2004)
Dave Jeser .... co-producer (9 episodes, 2002-2003)
Eric Kaplan .... supervising producer (9 episodes, 2002-2003)
Matthew Silverstein .... co-producer (9 episodes, 2002-2003)
Rob Ulin .... co-executive producer (9 episodes, 2002-2003)
Matthew Weiner .... supervising producer (9 episodes, 2002-2003)
Series Original Music by
Greg Burns (19 episodes, 2002-2004)
Jeff Burns (19 episodes, 2002-2004)
Brian Kirk (19 episodes, 2002-2004)
Series Cinematography by
Stephen C. Confer (8 episodes, 2002-2003)
Victor Hammer (7 episodes, 2002-2004)
Levie Isaacks (2 episodes, 2002)
Series Film Editing by
Skip Collector (5 episodes, 2002-2004)
Steven Sprung (5 episodes, 2002-2003)
Steven Rasch (4 episodes, 2002-2003)
David Rogers (4 episodes, 2002)
Series Casting by
Jill Anthony (19 episodes, 2002-2004)
Julie Mossberg (19 episodes, 2002-2004)
Series Production Design by
Wendell Johnson (17 episodes, 2002-2004)
Series Set Decoration by
Amy Feldman (18 episodes, 2002-2004)
Series Costume Design by
Nanrose Buchman (19 episodes, 2002-2004)
Series Makeup Department
Tommy Cole .... makeup artist (18 episodes, 2002-2004)
Maxine Morris .... hair stylist (18 episodes, 2002-2004)
Series Production Management
Jeffrey M. Zeitlin .... unit production manager (13 episodes, 2002-2004)
Judy Oseransky .... post-production supervisor (9 episodes, 2002-2004)
John E. Vohlers .... production manager (9 episodes, 2002-2004)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lisa J. Bloch .... second assistant director (14 episodes, 2002-2004)
Mark Tobey .... first assistant director (9 episodes, 2002-2003)
Daniel Silverberg .... first assistant director (6 episodes, 2002-2004)
John Pontrelli .... second assistant director (5 episodes, 2003)
Brenda Kalosh .... first assistant director (4 episodes, 2002-2003)

Libby Minarik .... second second assistant director (unknown episodes)
Joe Murphy .... second unit director (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Tony Chavez .... propmaker (19 episodes, 2002-2004)
David Galvan .... paint foreman (19 episodes, 2002-2004)
Timothy Sheehan .... on-set dresser (19 episodes, 2002-2004)
Greg Benson .... construction coordinator (13 episodes, 2002-2004)
David Baker .... property master (7 episodes, 2002-2003)

Amber Haley .... assistant set decorator (unknown episodes)
Jessica McDonald .... assistant property master (unknown episodes)
Manuel Plank-Jorge .... illustrator (unknown episodes)
Craig Raiche .... assistant property master (unknown episodes)
Anthony C. Thorpe .... property master (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Todd Grace .... sound re-recording mixer (19 episodes, 2002-2004)
Randal S. Thomas .... supervising sound editor (17 episodes, 2002-2004)
Ken McLaughlin .... production sound mixer (13 episodes, 2002-2004)
C. Darin Knight .... production sound mixer / production mixer (9 episodes, 2002-2004)
Rudy Pi .... sound re-recording mixer (4 episodes, 2002-2003)
Charles Hamilton .... sound recordist (4 episodes, 2002)
John Asman .... sound re-recording mixer (3 episodes, 2002)
Bill Thiederman .... sound re-recording mixer / re-recording mixer (3 episodes, 2002)
Doug Davey .... sound re-recording mixer (2 episodes, 2003)

Noel Vought .... foley artist (unknown episodes)
Series Stunts
Joe Murphy .... stunt coordinator (13 episodes, 2002-2004)

Ken Clark .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Daniel Bracamonte .... dimmer board operator (18 episodes, 2002-2004)
Don Muirhead .... camera operator / steadicam operator (13 episodes, 2002-2004)
Robert Ruiz .... first assistant camera (13 episodes, 2002-2004)
John Magallon .... chief lighting technician (12 episodes, 2002-2004)
Bill Witthans .... key grip (12 episodes, 2002-2004)
Lance Dickinson .... lighting technician (6 episodes, 2002)
Steve Galvin .... lighting technician (6 episodes, 2002)
Chris Hathaway .... lighting technician (6 episodes, 2002)
Roy Heath .... best boy (6 episodes, 2002)
Rusty Davis .... grip (5 episodes, 2002)
Victor Hammer .... director of photography: additional photography / additional photographer (3 episodes, 2002)

Gina Degirolamo .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
David Gasperik .... additional camera operator (unknown episodes)
Ryan Pilon .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Stephen Sfetku .... first assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Richard Stevens .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Steve Tacon .... digital imaging technician (unknown episodes)
R. Gern Trowbridge .... dimmer board operator (unknown episodes)
Series Casting Department
Sheila Guthrie .... casting executive (13 episodes, 2002-2004)
Helen Mossler .... casting executive (12 episodes, 2002-2004)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Austin Myers .... costume supervisor (19 episodes, 2002-2004)
Suzanne Flores .... costumer (18 episodes, 2002-2004)
Susan Roberts .... set costumer (6 episodes, 2002)
Series Editorial Department
Bill Missett .... on-line editor (19 episodes, 2002-2004)
Marc Wielage .... HD colorist (19 episodes, 2002-2004)
Elliot Greenberg .... post-production assistant / post-production coordinator (13 episodes, 2002-2004)
Michael Broome .... assistant editor (8 episodes, 2002-2004)
Daniel S. Russ .... assistant editor (6 episodes, 2002-2003)
Paul Todisco .... assistant editor (6 episodes, 2002-2003)
Nicole Bottcher .... assistant editor (4 episodes, 2002)

Kristen Reardon .... post-production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Series Music Department
Emily Craig Macrae .... music editor (19 episodes, 2002-2004)
Diane DeLouise Wessel .... music supervisor (9 episodes, 2002-2003)
Series Transportation Department
Steven Salzman .... transportation coordinator (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Rebecca Asher .... script supervisor (19 episodes, 2002-2004)
Carey Goldstein .... stand-in (19 episodes, 2002-2004)
Joanne Oboyski .... production coordinator (19 episodes, 2002-2004)
Jeremiah Leibowitz .... assistant to producer (17 episodes, 2002-2004)
Michael Uppendahl .... assistant to producer (17 episodes, 2002-2004)
Ben Mandelker .... assistant to producer (16 episodes, 2002-2004)
Tricia Taylor .... assistant to producer (16 episodes, 2002-2004)
Sue Mutter .... set production assistant / assistant to producers / ... (13 episodes, 2002-2004)
Tommy Blacha .... story editor (12 episodes, 2002-2004)
Elliot Greenberg .... assistant to producer / assistant to producers (10 episodes, 2002-2004)
Sharif Crawford .... assistant to producer (9 episodes, 2002-2003)
Joey Trbovich .... assistant to producers / assistant to producer (9 episodes, 2002-2003)
Hugh Adair .... assistant to producer (8 episodes, 2002-2004)
Bob Ellison .... creative consultant (8 episodes, 2002-2004)
Gail Haller .... production coordinator (8 episodes, 2002-2004)
Ray Lancon .... assistant to producer (8 episodes, 2002-2004)
Lorena Mora .... assistant to producer (8 episodes, 2002-2004)
Michael Fitzpatrick .... assistant to producer / assistant to producers (8 episodes, 2002-2003)
David Harris .... assistant to producer / assistant to producers (8 episodes, 2002-2003)
Corey Nickerson .... assistant to producer (7 episodes, 2002-2004)
Darren King .... production accountant (6 episodes, 2002-2003)

Matt Drumm .... assistant to producer (unknown episodes)
Sorel Kaire .... script supervisor (unknown episodes)
Terry McConico .... assistant to producer (unknown episodes)
Kerry Ray .... assistant to producer (unknown episodes)
Katy Schlesinger .... assistant to producer (unknown episodes)

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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 see why you joined this place.
Byron:It's not what you think. Yeah, I'm really into her. But, I can't even have sex with her.
Andy:How come?
Byron:I can't have sex 3 months before my initiation rites.
Andy:Well, can't you get credit for the other 29 sexless years of your life?
Byron:[sarcastically] Ha, ha, ha.
Byron:No. I asked.
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16 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Great TV that Never Had a Chance (pt. 3), 11 January 2004

Andy Richter is a would-be short story writer and cog in the wheel of a major unnamed metropolitan company. `Andy Richter Controls the Universe' was a whimsical funhouse ride through the half creative/half insane mind of Andy showing us what is, was and could have been in the adventures of day to day life. This show was surreal, laugh-out-loud funny and original in every fiber of it's being.

Put the audaciously titled `Andy Richter Controls the Universe' up in the class with `Seinfeld' and `Everybody Loves Raymond' where a not-so-great comedian found a voice on TV and created a great sitcom. The show is a jewel in the crown of scattershot creator Victor Fresno (his record ranges from the bombed `The Trouble with Normal` to the modest cult classic `Dinosaurs`). Not only do Richter's talents get a workout here more than anything that I've seen him in since his day son Conan, but he is backed up by one of the best ensembles put together for the small screen.

Paget Brewster runs off with the show in the Best Actress Emmy snub (for Jennifer Aniston of all people) role of Andy's beautiful, feisty, tough-as-nails, self-involved and a little scatterbrained supervisor Jessica Green. Blessed with an impeccable sense of comic timing, Brewster is simply one of the funniest women I've ever seen on the big or small screen. And her role is written with more color than the usual TV `dotting wife' or `beautiful girlfriend'. Rounding out the cast with almost equal comic perfection is James Patrick Stewart as Keith (the good looking guy who seems to get pampered by life), Irene Malloy as Keith's adorable girlfriend and Andy's first season crush Wendy & perennially droopy Jonathan Slavin as Richter's stressed out office-mate Byrone. In the show's criminally short 14 episode run all the players will have their moments in the sun.

One of the distinctive elements of `Universe' was its non-linear narrative style that flows freely between reality, fantasy, time and space skipping over the dull, standard sitcom stuff and throwing the audience for one loop after another. Richter's narration has a pension for manipulating the audience in a way that would make The Opposite of Sex's Dede Truitt crack a smile. Several episodes belted these stories toward the rafters in a way that, in a fair world, would be eligible for `classic' sitcom status. I would submit their race relations satire `Where All the Same, Only Different' or a hysterically mad Conan O‘Brien guest starring in `Crazy in Rio' or the brilliantly manic `Second Episode` that finds Andy reverting to his frat boy days and ends up boxing a kangaroo with the voice of Phil Hendrie. Often directed by Andy Ackerman of `Seinfeld', `Universe' recalls `Seinfeld' in some of it's basic plots and attitudes. However, any comparisons would miss the point as `Universe' injects so much freshness and life into anything it touches.

You have to feel for Fox just a little…well, on the other hand maybe not. They like to brag about how hip and cool they are and then whine about wanting shows that are creative and edgy, but when it falls into their lap, dinosaurs like Programming Director Gail Berman are so out of touch with the viewers that they have no idea what to do with it. After all, how do you promote a show that has a fantasy scene where its hero crushes an old women's head into a diamond to impress a girl? Now, the show was brought back – briefly – for a second season but it smacked of notes from Fox to `cut the fantasy scenes' and `play up relationship-based plots'. `Universe' had all the mechanics of a hit. But a hit in the 6 weeks that networks have arbitrarily given their shows to be big or get out? Not with this kind of innovative material. That might have required a little bit of support and patience on the network's part.

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