What's with Andy?

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What's with Andy?
What's with Andy? title card
Genre Comedy
Based on Just..., by Andy Griffiths
Directed by
  • Tim Deacon and Jon Minnis (season 1)
  • Richard Paré and Gilles Dayez (season 2)
  • Nick Vallinakis (season 3)
Creative director(s) Jon Minnis (season 2)
  • Noam Kaniel and Alain Garcia (season 2)
  • Anthony Rozankovic (season 3)
Country of origin Canada, France
Original language(s) English, French
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 78 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Jacques Pettigrew
  • Michel Lemire (seasons 1–2)
  • Andrew Makarewicz and Joe Purdy (season 1)
  • Marie-Claude Beauchamp, Jacqueline Tordjman, and Olivier Dumont (season 2)
  • Oliver Schablitzki (season 3)
  • Danièle Joubert (seasons 1–2)
  • Michel Lemire (season 1, 3)
  • Bruno Bianchi (season 2)
  • Sophie Chicoine (supervising producer, season 1)
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s)
Original network Teletoon (Canada)
ABC Family, Toon Disney (U.S.)
Fox Kids, Jetix
(Europe and Latin America)
Original release June 30, 2001 (2001-06-30)[1] – March 4, 2007 (2007-03-04)[1]
External links
Production website

What's with Andy? is a Canadian children's animated series that started airing on June 30, 2001[1][2] and ended on March 4, 2007.[1] It was originally an interactive Flash movie with completely different voice actors and a promotion for Fox Kids. Shortly after, a TV series was developed with new voice actors and it aired on Teletoon. The series was produced by CinéGroupe, with Season 2 being co-produced with SIP Animation. Super RTL was involved in the production of Seasons 2 and 3. It was based on the "Just..." book series by Australian author Andy Griffiths.


The protagonist of the series is Andy Larkin, a mischievous youth and the self-proclaimed "world's greatest prankster". The show follows him as he tries to perform incredibly well-thought-out and elaborate practical jokes, or pranks, on people. He lives in the fictional town of East Gackle. He constantly breaks the fourth wall when the screen freezes. Andy's best friend, Danny Pickett, helps him out with almost every prank. His enemies include his older sister, Jen Larkin, and the bullies Peter Lik and Andrew Leech. Andy has a crush on a girl named Lori Mackney (in the books her name is Lisa Mackney) and usually tries to impress her. The show is based on Andy Griffiths' children's series of Just... books (which were illustrated by Terry Denton), although many episodes are not directly based on the books. Changes from the books to the TV series include Andy's last name, which was originally that of his creator, and other minor name changes, such as Lori's name being Lisa in the books.


The first season of What's with Andy? was set in the United States. In the second and third seasons, the show was relocated to Alberta. It is shown in the episode "Rhyme Time" that the characters lived in the U.S. because of the American history that Andy recited, and the second language they were taught was Spanish rather than French, which is taught as a second language in Canada. In the episode "Gnome for the Holidays", a building can be seen saying, "US Post Office". Also, an American flag can be seen in the mayor's office in the "Wag the Kid" and "Little Foot" episodes, and in the episode "It Came from East Gackle", FBI agents came to East Gackle.


Andrew "Andy" Larkin[edit]

Andy loves to prank people as well as annoy friends and family, But gets into trouble. His best friend is Danny and he has a crush on Lori. His catchphrase is "Check, please!"

Daniel "Danny" Tadeus Pickett[edit]

The best friend and Andy's right-hand man, helping him out with countless pranks. His last name has always been Pickett, even since the book series. The name Danny Pickett is derived from Jim Kjelgaard's Big Red.

Lori Mackney[edit]

Andy's crush but she is dismayed by his childishness due to his pranking. It is hinted that she returns Andy's feelings and dislikes Jen because Lori thinks Jen abuses Andy. She wears a green tank top, blue skirt and sandals. She is known as "Lisa" in the books[citation needed].

The Larkin family[edit]

  • Alfred "Al" Larkin: Andy and Jen's Father and Freida's husband and possibly the Mystery Prankster, aka mystery pranker of East Gackle.
  • Frieda Larkin: Andy and Jen's Mother and Al's wife.
  • Jennifer "Jen" Larkin: Andy's twin sister who is always cranky and irritable and blames her younger twin brother Andy for everything.
  • Spank Larkin: Andy's fat and lazy dog. Spank seems to yawn constantly, especially after walking a little.

Recurring/minor characters[edit]

  • Teri/Keri: Jen's best friend.
  • Jervis Coltrane: A French stereotypical snob who has a crush on Lori Mackney and dream to be the Prime Minister of Canada.
  • Peter Lik and Andrew Leech: Peter and Andrew are Andy's and Danny's nemeses. They are usually referred to as Lik and Leech.
  • Craig Bennett: Jen's crush and one of the best athletes of East Gackle.
  • Martin Bonwick: He is a stereotypically nervous nerd who always gets bullied.
  • Victor "Vic" Muskowitz (Mush): The pizza delivery man of East Gackle who is a good friend of Andy and Danny and he sometimes helps them with pranks.
  • Steve Rowgee Jr.: A dumb police officer who is the incompetent son of Steve Rowgee Sr.
  • Steve Rowgee Sr.: A police officer who is an old man, who always commands Steve Rowgee Jr. (his son) and is nicknamed the Iron Fisted Maniac.
  • Principal DeRosa: He is the bad-tempered principal of the school in East Gackle and the main antagonist who is obsessed with punishing Andy.
  • Mr. Hutchins: One of the many teachers at East Gackle school, Andy likes to prank him more than the other teachers.
  • Mayor Henry K. Roth: The mayor of East Gackle.
  • Mayor Simms: Mayor of West Gackle and Mayor Henry K. Roth's rival.
  • Mr. Leech: Andrew Leech's dad.
  • Clyde: The janitor of the school.
  • Bryan: Andy's pranking rival and they battle for the best pranking and for Lori.
  • Hazel Strinner: She has a crush on Andy and Lori's protecting friend.
  • Louella Berman: Freida's best friend.
  • Mrs. Wibbles: Principal DeRosa's secretary.
  • Norman Larkin: Andy's grandfather who is also a prankster, implying that the male side of the Larkin family comes from a long line of pranksters, with the exception of Al Larkin (Andy's father), though hints have been given that he too is a prankster even greater than his son or father.
  • Mrs. DeRosa: Principal DeRosa's wife.
  • Ms. Murphy (Voiced by Erin Andres) is the school counselor who is also skilled in hypnosis. She is the reason why the mystery prankster of East Gackle stopped his pranks 20 years prior to the show.

Voice actors[edit]

Name Season 1 VA Season 2 VA Season 3 VA
Andy Larkin Ian James Corlett
Danny Pickett Bumper Robinson Daniel Brochu
Lori Mackney Colleen Villard Jaclyn Linetsky Eleanor Noble
Jen Larkin Jenna von Oÿ Jessica Kardos
Al Larkin Dee Bradley Baker Arthur Holden
Freida Larkin Catherine Cavadini Susan Glover
Teri Catherine Cavadini Holly Gauthier-Frankel
Jervis Coltrane Dee Bradley Baker Bruce Dinsmore
Peter Lik Danny Cooksey Mark Hauser
Andrew Leech Scott Parkin Craig Francis
Craig Bennett Carlos Alazraqui Matt Holland
Martin Bonwick Dee Bradley Baker Michael Yarmush
Mush Mushond Lee Mathew Mackay
Steve Rowgee Sr. André Sogliuzzo Terrence Scammell
Steve Rowgee Jr. Tom Kenny Craig Francis
Mr. Hutchins Ian James Corlett Bruce Dinsmore
Principal DeRosa Maurice LaMarche Terrence Scammell
Mayor Roth Tom Kenny Rick Jones


What's with Andy? has 78 episodes, divided into three seasons, consisting of 26 episodes each, with the series ending on March 4, 2007. The first episode premiered on June 30, 2001.


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