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. Andy is a technical writer who really wants to be what he considers a "legitimate" writer. He has a very colorful and active imagination which provides some of the funnier portions of the show. He works with his closest friends and often interferes where he shouldn't. He has an inner voice in the form of the 150 year old man who started the company he works for, another one of the funnier aspects of this show. It's too bad it was only given one season. With more of a chance to develop its stories and characters, this show could have gone far.
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...
Cute, clever, often very funny office set sit-com, where Andy Richter plays a Walter Mitty figure, who often spices up the life he shows us with brief fantasies.
While that sounds like a familiar set up, the writing and acting is very good, and the nice irony is that Andy's on screen 'real life' is pretty damn quirky, bizarre and interesting to start with.
Beyond that, the show isn't afraid of absurdity, and makes no effort to be 'real' - a style that was somewhat ahead of it's time. It also doesn't shy away from dark or politically incorrect comedy that edges into pretty sharp social satire.
Some episodes are much better than others, but none are bad, and the best are flat out terrific. It's also the rare sit com that actually grew on me on a second viewing.
One episode, where Conan O'Brien makes an appearance as the literally insane owner of the company is a classic. That episode truly rises to `Arrested Development' like levels of lunacy.
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