• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 15, 2007
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. 63
    NBC should consider scrapping Thursday's first episode.... But then come the second and third installments -- inspired, taut and funny.
  2. 50
    Everything about "Andy Barker"... is lovingly created. And there are some laughs, but the show fails to truly catch fire.
  3. Andy Barker isn't as complete a comedy as Andy Richter Controls the Universe — the first three episodes feel like a series of very funny bits that have been welded together. But so did 30 Rock when it first started, and that's now the best comedy on TV.
  4. With all the crazy gags, pitch-perfect dialogue and a fresh hero at the center, it’s hard not to see “Andy Barker” as the spiritual successor to “Police Squad!”.
  5. 70
    Don’t get me wrong, I like the new show: its workmanlike verve, its professionalism. But its joys are simple, the kind of laughs that don’t feel new so much as pleasantly old-fashioned.
  6. It's funny, but it doesn't go for big laughs so much as a mood of whimsical parody.
  7. It's as quirky, original and funny a comedy as "Universe."
  8. You may be surprised to hear that it works.
  9. Unfortunately, the idea's a little too thin to support a weekly sitcom.
  10. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    80
    It's hard to convey all the ways that this tightly directed show goes right: quietly observant character detail, solid sleuthing, play-it-straight absurdity and sneaky "Airplane!"-style parody riffs.
  11. 80
    This amusing series is likely to leave you smiling rather than guffawing.
  12. 75
    This show has a light, charming sense of the ridiculous. [19 Mar 2007, p.39]
  13. The show is equal parts silliness and satire.
  14. Like "30 Rock," "Barker" is more absurd and goofy than it is broadly funny, but it's definitely not as mainstream.
  15. "Andy Barker, P.I." is a joyous, ridiculous, warm, affecting and silly comedy that is tone specific (read: Not everybody is going to get the vibe, and thus the jokes).
  16. The show could be almost too funny to be appreciated on normal television, in the same way "Arrested [Development]" was.
  17. The show has a complex rhythm involving characters, satire and sight gags. You can watch "Barker" again and find things you missed the first time.
  18. This peculiar series seals NBC’s new role as the skinflint’s HBO. The shows “30 Rock,” “Friday Night Lights” and now “Andy Barker, P.I.” are all so engrossing and so creatively untrammeled that it’s almost suspicious.
  19. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    80
    Nerdy sweetness and deep silliness flow effortlessly from Andy Richter.
  20. 88
    Granted, this new Andy may not be as inventive or subversive as Universe, but it is just as funny and probably a bit more accessible.
  21. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    70
    Another clever single-camera comedy.
  22. 80
    What it lacks in edge, it makes up for in charm.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 30
  2. Negative: 3 out of 30
  1. MarcusW
    May 7, 2007
    8
    Good stuff. The episode with the chickens was hilarious. Other than that one I didn't laugh out loud that much, but the show is charming, funny, witty, and pleasant to watch. More than I can say about most sitcoms on TV. Full Review »
  2. RaisaJ
    Apr 19, 2007
    9
    Fresh and funny. Refreshing!
  3. BobLoblaw
    Apr 16, 2007
    9
    funny, not brilliantly written, but very entertaining diversity of characters and shining moments.