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Andy Barker, P.I.: The Complete Series (2007)

Andy Richter , Tony Hale , Jason Ensler  |  PG |  DVD
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  • Actors: Andy Richter, Tony Hale
  • Directors: Jason Ensler
  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: November 17, 2009
  • Run Time: 132 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,801 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Andy Barker, P.I.: The Complete Series" on IMDb

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From the hilarious minds of Conan OBrien (The Tonight Show) and Jonathan Groff comes Andy Barker P.I., an off-the-wall comedy about earnest, hard-working CPA-turned-detective, Andy Barker (played by Andy Richter, Late Night with Conan OBrien), and featuring the extraordinary writing talents of Conan OBrien (The Simpsons), Jonathan Groff (How I Met Your Mother), Jane Espenson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Josh Bycel (Psych). The show premiered on the NBC network and was immediately greeted with critical praise.

Bonus Features:

* Going Where The Numbers Take You: An intimate look back at the series with Andy Richter, Conan O Brien, Jonathan Groff, Tony Hale, Clea Lewis, Marshall Manesh and Jason Ensler.

* Writers Class 101: A look at what it takes to write a series like Andy Barker P.I. with co-creator Jonathan Groff and writers Jane Espenson, Josh Bycel and Jon Ross.

* Cast and crew commentaries.

* Gag reel.

The unfortunately short-lived Andy Barker, P.I. had Conan O'Brien as one of its creators, writers, and executive producers, and it showcases many of the comedian's most likable assets. Foremost among them is Andy Richter, O'Brien's talk show sidekick, in the title role. CPA Andy Barker has barely set up shop in his new office in a strip mall when a beautiful, mysterious widow in a tight dress (shades of Faye Dunaway in Chinatown, one of the show's numerous show biz references) barges in, drops a few grand in his lap, and demands that he find her husband, who may not be dead after all. Why Andy? Seems his office used to be occupied by a now-retired private investigator named Lew Staziak (amusingly played by Harve Presnell), and since Andy's regular business is slow, off he goes, embarking on a dual career as an accountant/P.I. It's an absurd notion, of course. But thanks to some snappy dialogue ("You look lower than the nipples on a wet nurse at the orphanage," says Lew to Andy), some clever setups (like a "murderous chicken cartel" trying to monopolize the fast food business, or a morbidly obese client who croaks… or was he murdered?… on the golf course), a silly-but-not-stupid tone, and Barker's guileless, no-nonsense approach (he usually solves crimes by doing what he does best: crunching numbers), it all works. Given O'Brien's occasional proclivity for smugness, that might not have been the case. But Andy Barker, P.I. favors charm over smarm, and with Richter's appealing performance bolstered by regulars Tony Hale, Clea Lewis, and Marshall Manesh, one can only wonder where the show might have gone had NBC given it more than six episodes (only four of which actually aired) as a replacement for 30 Rock. Bonus features include cast and crew audio commentaries and a couple of featurettes. --Sam Graham

Customer Reviews

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly witty, fun show December 10, 2009
Andy Barker, P.I., was a short-lived NBC comedy created by Conan O'Brien. I don't care for O'Brien's humor and was surprised at how much I liked this show. There were so many laugh-out-loud moments packed into the 6 episodes, it was better than a night of comedies in Prime Time. There is a dry, quick humor that you have listen to closely so you don't miss anything. If you watch the episodes a second time, I guarantee you will hear/see something different, but equally hilarious.

Andy Richter is spot on with his comedic delivery, as are all of the supporting characters of this sharp, funny series. I just wish there were more episodes. I would even watch it online if it were revived.

If you only watch one episode, watch the one about the chickens.

Note: There are only six episodes of the show in this DVD set - all that were created. The series was canceled very quickly for low ratings. What some forget is that NBC released ALL of the episodes online before running them in Prime Time.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant overlooked comedy January 4, 2010
I watched this again on DVD recently and was depressed that this brilliant and laugh-out-loud comedy was overlooked and was not renewed in Fall 2007. The casting, writing, directing are all spot-on. Even the pilot ep is good- which doesn't often happen. This series should have run at least 2 years. Buy or rent the DVD- you won't be sorry.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only six episodes, but more than a million laughs December 30, 2009
While this show may only have six episodes, each episode is hilarilously funny.

So if you think of the purchase price in terms of the number of times you actually laugh out loud, you'll actually find this DVD to be a better buy than some regular purchases. (In any event, the total running time exceeds three hours anyway so in comparison, to say, a DVD of a comedy movie, you especially come out ahead on the deal.)

For its entertainment value, take the first episode, for instance, where we meet Andy Barker, an accountant ready to open his new CPA office at a strip mall (funny stuff, eh?). Played by Andy Richter, Barker is just funny sitting still. But no sooner than the first scene at his new office, he stands up and gets even funnier when a mysterous blond comes to him seeking PI work.

Before he gets to explain that he's just an accountant (or is he?), he gets four thousand dollars pushed into his hands with a mission to find the woman's husband (or is he?).

So as not to spoil the plot, let's just say that Andy spends the rest of the show proving that if you make enough wrong steps, you can actually end up going in the right direction again.

As you watch other episodes, you meet other quirky and fun characters from the Barker universe including a morbidly obese man who's death breaks the hearts of a shocking number of women, an evil chicken cartel, and a doctor (played by that guy who never ages from Lost) who's main practice consists of romancing young wives out of their husbands' fortunes.

It's pretty funny stuff and while I certainly would've been happier if they'd run and sold more episodes, I'm at least glad we've got these ones to watch, and re-watch and re-watch.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent show canceled WAY before its time February 10, 2010
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Andy Barker PI was the second show Andy Richter starred in and was just as offbeat and hilarious as the first. The run was only six shows before NBC canceled it - as usual, the bottom line spoke and the network didn't give it a chance to find its audience. I was surprised to see it released on DVD, given the truncated run it had, but I snapped it up immediately. Watching it again, I could only wonder at where it would have gone had it been given a chance. It was a wonderful, bizarre show, cast to perfection, and could have been truly great.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great show December 6, 2009
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i loved this show when it was on. like 30 Rock it was full of goofy humor and bizarre plotlines, but without the surrealism. In a better world, this would have been a winner. i'm buying the DVD set but all the original music better be there or I'll be ticked.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very nice show for only 6 or 7 episodes. August 22, 2014
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As with most main stream TV shows they take bias, unfair, and untrue stabs at republicans- but not a whole lot. The over all concept is great: "A guy starts his new accounting business in a strip mall. He happens to open his office in a retired P.I.'s old establishment. Because he really needs the money he accepts a P.I. job. It turns out accounting has some similarities to investigation work."
The characters are easy to like and the stories are amusing and fun. Maybe as the series progressed- not much it's only 6 or 7 episodes- the writting may have weakened; but for such a short series, it's hard to tell where it may have gone. Andy Richter reminds me of a rare type of actor that can pull off a lame- if not mildly despicable- character and still make you like and care for him. Some others of this ilk are: Rowen Atkinson, Rob Schnider, Nick Frost, and Simon Peg. I suppose that they're 'lovable losers'.
A couple more great shows that didn't make it past the first season are: "Andy Richter controls the universe", "The Tick" [with Patrick Warburton], and the remake of: "The Night Stalker". "The Night Stalker" was a major lose because When "The X-Files" ended the film crew no longer had jobs. So that film crew was hire to make the new version of "The Night Stalker". That is- even better quality then "Dexter"!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show. It was a pity they cancelled it ...
Great show. It was a pity they cancelled it so soon. Its great they finally released it on DVD. Thanks!
Published 1 month ago by Michael O.
5.0 out of 5 stars Only Six Episodes? It Could Have Really Become a Great Show...
So funny! I can't believe there are only 6 episodes. Andy Barker is an accountant who sets up shop in a shopping mall. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Natalie
5.0 out of 5 stars Really funny show!
Only 6 episodes but worth the price. Sometimes you have to pause and go back because the one liners are so funny. Too bad it was not picked up for a series.
Published 14 months ago by Timothy Colaneri
4.0 out of 5 stars Canceled too soon
I caught this show on hulu when it I got a commerical that said "people who watch this show are 3x more likely to like Andy Barker PI. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Ashley
I really loved the first episode of this series! I was laughing and having a great time! Unfortunately, the other five episodes don't seem to keep up the tone and the pace of the... Read more
Published on September 24, 2012 by cornbreadthedog
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible series, reminiscent of the older Simpsons seasons
Andy Barker, PI should have lasted more than 3-4 seasons. It contains witty dialogue, laugh-out-loud moments, and hidden jokes that you'll miss during the first viewings. Read more
Published on September 4, 2012 by CaseyMo14
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Of all the shows that could have been dropped from T.V., they chose to cancel this gem. Not only was it cancelled, but the season seems to have ended abruptly as there was not... Read more
Published on June 16, 2012 by Florida Tim
5.0 out of 5 stars very funny show
The cast members have a lot of fun with the commentaries. The two special features are excellent and are 30m each. Read more
Published on July 26, 2011 by bob turnley
5.0 out of 5 stars Andy Barker P.I.
This six episode series is an excellent comedy delivery system. What a shame it didn't go longer . . .
Published on February 14, 2010 by Chappy
5.0 out of 5 stars So funny
This was such a funny show so we were thrilled to add it to our collection. Love the Conan contributions. A bargain for all the funny!
Published on January 17, 2010 by J. Arcury
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