By Tom Gliatto Cynthia Wang
March 19, 2007 12:00 PM

NBC (Thursdays, 9:30 p.m. ET)

COMEDY

Well, I should want to throw bricks at Andy Barker: It forces 30 Rock, TV’s best sitcom, onto hiatus. But instead, we blow a kiss. This show has a light, charming sense of the ridiculous—not surprising, given that Conan O’Brien is credited as co-creator. Andy Richter, one of the few actors in the world who can be described as winningly cantankerous, plays an accountant who rents what was once a detective’s office and inadvertently inherits his casework. What’s not to like about a show where a big chase comes to a halt because of a man’s chicken phobia? And when Richter, watching himself on a security tape, mutters, “I walk just like my dad”—that’s genius.

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