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Andy Richter Controls the Universe 

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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Victor Fresco
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Andy Richter ...  Andy Richter 19 episodes, 2002-2003
Paget Brewster ...  Jessica Green 19 episodes, 2002-2003
Irene Molloy Irene Molloy ...  Wendy McKay 19 episodes, 2002-2003
Jonathan Slavin ...  Byron Togler 19 episodes, 2002-2003
James Patrick Stuart ...  Keith 19 episodes, 2002-2003
John Bliss ...  Mr. Pickering 14 episodes, 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 (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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19 March 2002 (USA) See more »

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Anything Can Happen See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The establishing shot of Andy's workplace, the Duke & Duke building, is lifted from Trading Places (1983) See more »

Quotes

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.
[seriously]
Byron: No. I asked.
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A postmodern delight that was gone too soon
17 December 2004 | by penelopedangerSee all my reviews

"Andy Richter" was a wonderful, all-too-short-lived TV series that followed the fictional "Andy" through his moribund work days--and, more often, through the frustrated writer's hilariously warped fantasy life--a sort of Walter Mitty on bad acid. Subversive and screamingly funny, "Andy Richter" was brilliantly conceived and sharply written, and the cast--from Richter himself to Paget Brewster, Irene Molloy, Jonathan Slavin and James Patrick Stuart--had tremendous chemistry and perfect comic timing.

Like the live-action "The Tick" (another casualty of Fox's early 2000s "create brilliant shows and then slaughter them like rabid dogs" policy), "Andy Richter" was a postmodern delight that was gone too soon. One can only pray to the mighty disc gods for a DVD release.


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