The Michael Richards Show is an American sitcom that debuted on NBC in 2000. The show starred Michael Richards as reality-challenged but successful private detective Vic Nardozza who gets the job done despite his unconventional methods.


The show revolved around Vic Nardozza (Michael Richards), a lanky and clumsy private investigator working for McKay Investigative Services. Throughout the show, misunderstandings and screw-ups get in the way of the cases, but Nardozza always ends up getting the job done.



Following the conclusion of his previous show, Seinfeld, Michael Richards reteamed with three former Seinfeld writers/producers in a comedy caper about a private eye in Los Angeles. When originally conceived, Richards wanted to differentiate his character from Kramer, the role he immortalized on Seinfeld. However, the network disagreed and decided that the character would share characteristics with his previous role.[citation needed] The character Nardozza was named after Richards' own mother, Phyllis Nardozzi.[1]


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 "Mr. Irresistible" Asaad Kelada Gregg Kavet & Andy Robin October 24, 2000 (2000-10-24)
2 "Simplification" Andrew Tsao Ron Corcillo & A.J. Poulin October 31, 2000 (2000-10-31)
3 "Discrimination" Shelley Jensen Dan Greaney November 14, 2000 (2000-11-14)
4 "The Identity Loan" Asaad Kelada Chuck Sklar November 21, 2000 (2000-11-21)
5 "The Nursing Home" Asaad Kelada Brian Kelley November 28, 2000 (2000-11-28)
6 "It's Only Personal" Sam Simon Ron Zimmerman December 5, 2000 (2000-12-05)
7 "USA Toy" Asaad Kelada Chuck Sklar December 12, 2000 (2000-12-12)
8 "The Consultant" Bryan Gordon Mark Driscoll December 19, 2000 (2000-12-19)
9 "Pilot" John Fortenberry Spike Feresten and Michael Richards and Gregg Kavet & Andy Robin Unaired


The show received generally negative reviews and was cancelled within two months due to poor ratings.[citation needed]

In a 2015 interview, co-star William Devane recalled that making the show was "a nightmare".[2]

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