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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.
* 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
Great show. It was a pity they cancelled it so soon. Its great they finally released it on DVD. Thanks!Published 12 months ago by Michael O.
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 morePublished 13 months ago by Natalie
As with most main stream TV shows they take bias, unfair, and untrue stabs at republicans- but not a whole lot. Read morePublished 13 months ago by gespect
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 on August 8, 2013 by Timothy Colaneri
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 morePublished on September 24, 2012 by cornbreadthedog
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 morePublished on September 4, 2012 by CaseyMo14
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 morePublished on June 16, 2012 by Florida Tim
The cast members have a lot of fun with the commentaries. The two special features are excellent and are 30m each. Read morePublished on July 26, 2011 by bob turnley