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Andy Barker, P.I.: The Complete Series
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* 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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
It was a short, quirky, mystery show. I love it and wish that there was more of the episodes. Often shows go on too long: this one went on too short. It starts off when Andy Barker, played by Andy Richter, is a CPA, opens up a new office. It just happens that this office used to be rented by a PI and everyone still thinks it is rented by the PI. Andy of course tries to tell them that he is not a PI, but money is being thrown at him so it is almost impossible for him to really say no. Being a PI works for him though. Not cause he hates being a CPA, he doesn't, he loves it; but he really has a knack for being a PI.
The cool thing is he gets help from everyone around him. His wife, who completely disapproves at first but ends up helping him in the end. There is also Simon, who is the manager of the video store below Andy's office. The mans movie knowledge is amazing, which often comes in handy in the PI business (who knew?!) And then there is Wally who owns an Afghan restaurant but after 9/11 his restaurant became very American themed. Wally is also very into surveillance, in part because a family member of his can't work for s***, which comes in handy when Andy needs to watch people in the parking lot (which is often.) And lastly one of the main characters is Lew Staziak. Lew happens to be the PI that had the office before Andy. Lew loves Andy and is more than willing to help Andy. Of course he would never admit that to Andy, because that's not Lew. Lew is a 70-year-old hard ass and proud of it.
I'm sure I'm not doing an amazing job of explaining it, but seriously go watch it. Six, half hour episodes? Easy peasy!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great show. It was a pity they cancelled it so soon. Its great they finally released it on DVD. Thanks!Published 22 months ago by Michael O.
As with most main stream TV shows they take bias, unfair, and untrue stabs at republicans- but not a whole lot. Read morePublished 23 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
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