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DVD cover art and release date for Andy Barker, P.I.

by Mike Moody, posted Aug 30th 2009 2:10PM
shout factory, dvd, andy barker p.i.I love Andy Richter, but he seems awfully stiff every time I watch him on The Tonight Show. I prefer to remember the guy from his early days on Late Night, his short-lived show Andy Richter Controls the Universe, and his other short-lived show, the hilarious Andy Barker, P.I.

Like Danny reported back in May, Andy Barker, P.I. is finally coming to DVD. Shout! Factory will release the entire series on Nov. 17. The two-disc set will include all six episodes, some with commentary by Richter and producer Conan O'Brien, plus a retrospective feature and a doc about the show's amazing writers, including Jonathan Groff (How I Met Your Mother), Josh Bycel (Psych), and Jane Espenson (Buffy, BSG). Click through for a better look at the DVD cover art.

Andy Barker, P.I. was a clever and quirky spoof of old detective movies and shows, like Columbo and The Rockford Files. It starred Richter as a squarer-than-square CPA who reluctantly took on the role of private sleuth. The late Harve Presnell played Richter's crotchety old partner, and Arrested Development's Tony Hale co-starred as his movie snob buddy.

The show was one of the funniest things to come out of the 2007 TV season. Luckily, you can still watch some clips on the show's old NBC promo site.

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Yeah, not only is series on Hulu, I had the misfortune of watching an episode. It's quite the accomplishment to go 20 minutes in and not feature a single funny moment, which is how far I got before dozing off from sheer boredom. I suspect the only reason it hasn't been released on DVD to date is because I'm fairly certain it's against the law to torture people this way.

Some shows are probably best left forgotten. Then again, even Acapulco H.E.A.T. made it to DVD.

August 30 2009 at 7:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Great show. Like his controls the Universe the humor is a bit too obscure for a society that embraces Friends and According to Jim.

August 30 2009 at 5:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

All six episodes are also available on Hulu.

August 30 2009 at 4:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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