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Andy Richter Controls the Universe: The Complete Series (2009)

Andy Richter , Paget Brewster , Andy Ackerman , Bryan Gordon  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Andy Richter, Paget Brewster, Irene Molloy, Jonathan Slavin, James Patrick Stuart
  • Directors: Andy Ackerman, Bryan Gordon, Jay Chandrasekhar, John Fortenberry, Lee Shallat Chemel
  • Writers: Bryan Behar, Dave Jeser
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: March 24, 2009
  • Run Time: 417 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001PKHS6I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,388 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Andy Richter Controls the Universe: The Complete Series" on IMDb

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Andy Richter Controls the Universe was touted as “the funniest new sitcom of the spring” (2002) by TIME magazine and declared by US Magazine to have “scaled new heights.” Set in Chicago, the half hour comedy chronicles the day to day happenings of Andy Richter, an aspiring short story writer working for a large corporation writing “how to” manuals. Andy is constantly thinking about possibilities and how every moment in life could just as easily go another way.

The DVD universe is now a far brighter and happier place with the long-awaited release of this absurdly funny workplace comedy. Andy Richter Controls the Universe was sadly short-lived, but it has amassed a cult following arguably as devoted as the Arrested Development crowd. Andy Richter stars as Andy, a Walter Mitty-esque writer who lives the surreal life as a writer of technical manuals for a Chicago conglomerate. Andy is prone to fantasies, daydreams, flashbacks and inspired non-sequitor bits of nonsense, such as wearing a coat stuffed with puppies in a bid for audience acceptance, putting "King of the Penguins" on his list of career goals, or conjuring up the "Broadway version" of a boring office conversation. The lightning in a bottle ensemble puts a fresh spin on stock office characters. Paget Brewster manages to be wonderfully funny while not sacrificing authority as Jessica, Andy's tightly-wound, career-oriented boss ("Coffee should be drinking me"). John Patrick Stewart is Keith, whose Jude Law-like handsomeness affords him all of life's little perks (in one of Andy's reveries, Keith is presented with an envelope full of money from admiring co-workers). Jonathan Slavin is Byron, a socially awkward illustrator who shares Andy's office. Irene Molloy is Wendy, the sweet and lovely new receptionist, whom Andy adores, but who is dating Keith. They are exceedingly likable company. Andy Richter Controls the Universe deftly skewers corporate culture, as in the episode, "We're All the Same, Only Different," in which Andy must take sensitivity training after making remarks about the Irish that offend a black Irish-American co-worker. But the show really takes flight with its sillier plots, as when cash-strapped Wendy participates in a drug-testing program that lowers her voice to intimidating Demi Moore levels, or when Andy is blackmailed by Jessica's bratty nephew over a Marilu Henner sex tape. "Crazy in Rio" boasts an hilarious guest turn by Conan O'Brien as a deranged executive given to gloves made of cotton candy and duct-tape weddings. A boon for this series' devoted fans are four very funny unaired episodes as well as a retrospective featuring new interviews with all of the core cast members. Andy Richter Controls the Universe is thrillingly off-center. The original series title was "Anything Can Happen," and in this series, it's true. There is perhaps no better series epitaph than words spoken by Jessica in the Conan episode: "I feel truly privileged to have witnessed whatever that was." --Donald Liebenson

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the all-time best sitcoms January 27, 2009
I also never thought this would see the light of day, after it was timeslot-mangled and unceremoniously canceled by FOX. When I tell people it's in my list of top 10 sitcoms of all time they look at me like I just landed in a spaceship, but it's true (not the spaceship part, the top 10 part.) Fantastic cast, great writing, great use of gimmicky concept. I can't wait to get my hands on this.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Shows Ever February 12, 2009
It's hard to describe Andy Richter Controls the Universe. It seems as if several shows that have sprung up on television in recent years have "borrowed" mightily from Universe. Scrubs, Arrested Development, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, 30 Rock...I think all these shows owe a debt to Universe.

Andy Richter is the most average fellow on the outside, but what goes on in his head is so bizarre and hilarious that words cannot do justice to this gem of a show. Fox did its usual job of switching the show to several different nights, never allowing an audience to develop. For the few of us that did watch the show, it was a delight and a treat.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooray! January 27, 2009
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I never thought this would be released on DVD but thank goodness it will be. The first episode of this series is the best first show I've ever seen,it just blew my mind and even though it would seem hard to follow up,they did a great job with the rest of this wonderful short lived series. I can't wait to own this! Another example of one that the masses just missed and it's their loss.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Matt
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So I've been awaiting these DVDs forever, ever since the show was cancelled, and I've had them for a little over a month now. I had my pre-order in since the day it was available, and for the most part I could not be happier. The show still holds up today, despite all the great shows that have popped us since then, it still holds its own. The main actors play their characters amazingly well with all of their quirks and intricacies. A very funny, extremely well written, and tragically short-lived piece of comedy genius.

But enough about the show, by now you either know if you will like it or not I hope, what I really wanted to talk about is the DVDs. Now don't get me wrong, I'm glad these are out and I don't have to keep watching my downloaded copies on my computer screen, but I do have a couple gripes.

First off, the picture is cropped down from the original. Like Pan & Scan in reverse. Instead of cutting down a widescreen image to fit an old-style squarish TV screen, they cut down the original squarish picture of the TV show to fit today's widescreen TVs. So the bottom part of the original image and sometimes the top are chopped off. Not a huge problem, because obviously it was done in a way where you can still see what's going on all the time, but a bit annoying having about a third of the picture missing.

Secondly, (something that "N. Smith" touched on a little) is that some of the original music from the series was changed. Instrumental snippets of songs like "Teenage Riot" by the Ataris and "Cyclone" by the Dub Pistols were used to great effect in some episodes but now they've been replaced by generic pieces of music that convey vaguely the same feeling. Most people won't miss them, but it's just something I noticed while watching.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wish I could give it 5 stars March 24, 2009
I am SOOOO happy this show was finally released. It is brilliantly written, acted, etc. The show itself is worth every bit of a 5 star review. My only gripe, however, is the replacement of some of music within the episodes. I realize it was a necessary concession to get this released, but I found it very jarring as I watched the eps. Also, the video quality isn't quite up to snuff. I've seen the eps in HD so I know they could have mastered this a bit better. HOWEVER, don't let any of this stop you from picking up this amazing series!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HALLELUJAH! February 10, 2009
By Laura
When I was but a young fourteen year old I used to stay up til 2am every Tuesday night to watch this show. I saw the first episode completely by accident and I'm so glad I did.
Aside from my little brother, a brief mention on an Irish TV show that mostly reviewed amateur zombie movies and similarly frustrated fans I've encountered online, I've never met anyone who's even heard of it. Hopefully, this DVD will go some way towards fixing that.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's about damn time January 26, 2009
I didn't think they were ever going to come out with one of the best shows ever. I'm actually hoping for kind of a Family Guy type of resurgence where everyone gets the DVD and realizes how funny the show is, and Fox, or whoever buys the rights to produce more episodes. Either way, I'm buying it and going to be damn happy for the ability to do so. Thanks uncle Rupert.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I can die now February 19, 2009
Andy Richter Controls the Universe: The Complete Series
I had given up hope of this day ever coming. I'm so thrilled I'm close to tears,
I hope they decide to release Oliver Beene too another hilarious sitcom that fell
through the cracks at Fox.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny Show With Regretfully Only One Season
A very funny show - though not quite as funny as Andy Barker, P.I. This show takes place mainly at the workplace of all of its characters. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Natalie
5.0 out of 5 stars it starts out brilliant, with frustrated writer Andy replaying...
"ARCTU" is one of the funniest shows ever. Well, it starts out brilliant, with frustrated writer Andy replaying episodes of his life for different resolutions, though he... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Christopher Twelvetrees
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best show ever. Glad it's come to DVD.
Published 2 months ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this show
FOX didn't know what they had in this gem, but that is no surprise to me. The cast worked very well together
Published 6 months ago by robin s buscemi
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother buying this unless you want to laugh
Off the wall comedy at it's best ! Kinda like Strangers with Candy, maybe a little more civilized , I am not even sure anymore, LOL.
Published 6 months ago by M. Gandol
5.0 out of 5 stars This show never should have been cancelled!!
This series, which I never missed when it was on network TV, is funnier than the majority of sitcoms on today!
Published 10 months ago by Honest Abe
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Brilliant.
'Andy Richter Controls the Universe' is one of the funniest, smartest, most incisive sitcoms ever made. Great cast, great writing. Read more
Published 11 months ago by J. grantner
5.0 out of 5 stars The best
Loved this show when it was on. brings back great memories. Hilarious! wish this was still on the air. Loved the SMASHING DIAMONDS with a hammer bit.
Published 20 months ago by Roderic C. Quinn
5.0 out of 5 stars Hi are you? I mean, fine!
Oh, buying this gem was long overdue. I can't believe I didn't buy it right when I saw the package on here, but I guess waiting for the magnificent comedy saved me $7 after the... Read more
Published on September 19, 2011 by Cordial Savage
5.0 out of 5 stars this speaks for itself
bought this at my son's request. Basically, if you are a fan of hip humor, over-the-top writing, & just plain funny stuff, this is a great item
Published on March 3, 2011 by Stuart W Russell Jr
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