Downtime: Mar. 26, 2007

Cheat Sheet. What you won't be able to avoid, what you should see--and what you should skip

UNAVOIDABLE ANDY BARKER, P.I. NBC, Thursdays, 9:30 p.m. E.T.

Danger is Andy Barker's business--danger, and itemized deductions. An accountant (Andy Richter) finds that his new strip-mall office comes with extras: the clientele of the previous tenant, a private dick. He takes on a case, awakening a stirring in his cream-filled soul, and opens a sideline as a sleuth. Richter (reteaming with Conan O'Brien, the show's co-creator) is charming as an Everyman dipping his toe into adventure, uttering G-rated curses ("Oh, Mother Hubbard!") and signaling...

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