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"Andy Richter Controls
the Universe" Review
By Shawn McKenzie 03/22/2002
I have to say that FOX is an odd duck. They seem to have the
unique talent to find great shows...only to schedule them in horrible time
The victims this year have been the critically-acclaimed (especially by me) show
"24," James Cameron's "Dark Angel," the dearly-departed "The
Tick," the soon-to-be-departing "Family Guy," and the
Then we have "Undeclared," a show I consider the best new comedy of the
2001-2002 TV season. That shouldn't be hard to believe, since the show comes
from Judd Apatow, the man responsible for the very dearly-departed show "Freaks
and Geeks." As a proud self-professed geek myself, I along with millions of
other geeks mourn that show on a daily basis. Now it looks like its unofficial
sequel, "Undeclared," might suffer the same fate.
The point I'm trying to make is that FOX ended the first season of "Undeclared"
early so they could premiere the new show "Andy Richter Controls the Universe."
They don't seem to realize that the ratings are bad because it has to compete
with "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (my favorite show on the air), "Gilmore
Girls" (my second favorite show), "Watching Ellie" (a decent, funny
show), "Spin City" (an aging but still funny show), and "JAG" (the
only show on this list I DON'T watch!) All of these shows (except for "JAG")
are going after the same younger-demographic. That is one reason I call Tuesday
nights Hell Night.
Is "Andy Richter" a worthy replacement? Yes! It is an extremely funny
show. It is about a regular guy who lives a regular life but has constant
fantasies of more exciting things, like a beautiful receptionist (played by
Irene Molloy, formerly of the brilliant "Beverly Hills, 90210" spoof "Grosse
Pointe") crawling into his bed wearing lingerie or coming to work dressed in
a coat of puppies (to show how he is a nice guy. Would a bad guy have a coat of
I am still going to mourn the potential loss of "Undeclared," but I can
now devote my laughter to the funniest new comedy of the midseason (so far..."Greg
the Bunny" has yet to premiere.) Now if only FOX would fire their
scheduling person I'd be happy!
DO NOT MISS THIS SHOW!
Try to catch this show every week...
If a better show is on, tape this one...
If nothing else is on, maybe this will be good...
If this show is on, change the channel immediately!
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