Most people recognize Andy Samberg as one of the members of the comedy musical group The Lonely Island and for appearing on the late-night live TV variety show Saturday Night Live from 2005 to 2012. While his stint lasted on the show, Andy and his fellow group members Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone played influential roles in popularizing and promoting the SNL Digital Shorts. Interestingly, the actor is also a musician, writer, comedian, and producer. Due to his creativity and talent, Andy Samberg’s movies and TV shows are always interesting to watch and follow. Although he has had more roles in the TV industry, he still boasts an impressive filmography.
Andy does not only portray fictional characters on the silver screen. His acting résumé also covers voice works, production stints, as well as writing credits. The son of a photographer father called Joe Samberg and an elementary school teacher mother called Marjorie Isabel, Andy majored in experimental film.
The Tisch School of the Arts graduate has unarguably put his acting skills and tenacity to good use in the years he has been around in the industry. He’s been part of several theatrical films, music videos, commercials, and special events as a host, including the 2009 MTV Movie Awards.
Who Is Andy Samberg?
Born David A.J. Samberg on August 18, 1978, in Berkeley, California, the multi-talented American personality also promotes his career online. Along with his friends, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, he has created several comedy videos with a focus on sketch comedy, anti-humor, improvisational comedy, musical comedy, and physical comedy.
Raised together with sisters – Johanna and Darrow, Andy Samberg is currently raising an adorable daughter with his wife Joanna Newsom, an actress, a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. They tied the knot on 21st September 2013 and shared the news of their baby’s arrival in August 2017.
List Of Andy Samberg Movies And TV Shows Ranked From Best To Worst
One can’t talk about Andy Samberg movies without mentioning projects like Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, I Love You, Man, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Celeste and Jesse Forever, Brigsby Bear, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Neighbors, and Friends with Benefits. Not only did these movies perform well at the box office, most of them in one way or another helped to boost the actor’s career in the industry.
Andy Samberg is also quite influential in the television industry and has made several appearances on television shows. He is known for his appearances in I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson, American Dad!, 7 Days In Hell, New Girl, The Awesomes, Tour de Pharmacy, Michael Bolton’s Big, Sexy Valentine’s Day Special, SpongeBob SquarePants, Parks and Recreation, Saturday Night Live and Portlandia.
Beyond his aforementioned exceptional projects, the talented actor has also, like most actors, taken up roles that failed the impress at either the box office or meet the expectations of critics. Unsurprisingly, they did not in any way contributed significantly to the growth of Andy’s career. Take the 10, The To Do List, Space Chimps, That’s My Boy, What’s Your Number?, The Watch, Grown Ups are some of the less-than-stellar projects the actor has featured in.
Below is a list of Andy Samberg movies and TV shows ranked from best to worst based on commercial performance, audience reviews, and critics’ rating.
1. Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs
Designing a food-producing machine to help fight global hunger would definitely be something anyone would be proud of. In this film, a man called Flint tried to save people living on his island by making ice cream, hamburgers, hotdog hail, jellybean and more with the machine he invented after his people got fed up of eating their sardines due to the collapse of the sardine market.
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs is a 90-minute long 3-D animated comedy with impressive technical quality and funny elements. It was adapted from a 1978 children’s book authored by Judi and Ron Barrett. Andy Samberg voiced the character Brent McHale, Flint’s bully-turned-friend and the official mascot of Baby Brent Sardines. The film was not only a commercial hit but it also performed well at the box office, having grossed $243 million from a budget of $100 million.
2. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
This satire masterpiece was by directed by Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer, who are also members of The Lonely Island musical group. The 2016 American mockumentary comedy film also featured Maya Rudolph, Tim Meadows, Sarah Silverman, Joan Cusack, and Imogen Poots. Despite the warm reception it received from film critics and movie community, the project was a huge disappointment commercial-wise, making a dispiriting $9.6 million from $20 million budget. This is one Andy Samberg movie that has impressed critics and it is not difficult to see why.
3. Brigsby Bear
Brigsby Bear is a film that is beautifully crafted in a manner that leaves viewers with a nostalgic feeling. It tells the story of how far one can go in life by doing what he loves. Starring the likes of Andy as Eric, Kyle Mooney as James Pope, Ryan Simpkins as Aubrey Pope, Beck Bennett as Deputy Bander, and Mark Hamill as Ted Mitchum, Brigsby Bear revolves around Kyle Mooney’s character and his obsession over VHS tapes of an odd show called Brigsby Bear Adventures. The project, which was made with a small-scale budget, thrived well on film review sites, among critics and movie buffs.
4. Saturday Night Live (TV Show)
Samberg portrayed various characters on Saturday Night Live from 2005 to 2012, featuring in 139 episodes of the Lorne Michaels’s show which has raked in two Peabody Awards, four Writers Guild of America Awards, and 65 Primetime Emmy Awards. He also served as a writer on the show.
For his roles on the show, Andy won a Primetime Emmy Award in 2007 and was also nominated for a Teen Choice Award four times, People’s Choice Award, and Primetime Emmy Award. SNL is considered one of the best shows Andy has been part of.
5. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (TV Show)
Brooklyn Nine-Nine stands out as one of those works that endeared Andy Samberg to a lot of TV lovers. It follows Brooklyn’s 99th Precinct’s immature but talented NYPD detective Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) who is always at variance with his new commanding officer Captain Raymond Holt (Andre Braugher) who is always serious and stern. Considered one of his outstanding projects, the American sitcom has fetched him multiple awards from several nominations by different award bodies.
6. Human Giant (TV Show)
Human Giant is considered one of the greatest projects Samberg has been part of in the television industry. Not only does it have high ratings on several review sites like Rotten Tomatoes (100%) and IMDb (8.2/10), the sketch comedy show has also featured respected individuals like Todd Barry, Albert Hammond Jr., Fred Armisen, Will Arnett and Michael Cera from Arrested Development, Kristen Schaal, Matt Higgins, Zach Galifianakis, Bill Hader, among others. Samberg appeared as Jonathan in 4 episodes of the show in 2008.
7. Grown Ups 2
Grown Ups 2 comes as one of the worst projects on the list of Andy Samberg movies and TV shows because of several disappointing elements. Even though it is a comedy, everything about it says otherwise. Also starring David Spade, Salma Hayek, Nick Swardson, Kevin James, Chris Rock, the 2013 film is the follow-up of the 2010 film Grown Ups. While Grown Ups 2 is a commercial success, it is a critical disappointment. It received nine nominations at the 2014 Golden Raspberry Awards.
8. That’s My Boy
Yet another film featuring Andy Samberg and Adam Sandler together, That’s My Boy is a 2012 comedy film that follows Donny Berger (Adam Sandler) as he is forced to reunite with his son (Andy Samberg) for financial reasons, having dealt with the penalties of unplanned parenthood and the consequences of abandoning his son. The film received mostly negative reviews on sites like Rotten Tomatoes (20%) and IMDb (5.5/10) failed to meet $70 million budget at the box office.
9. What’s Your Number?
This romantic comedy film is widely adjudged as disappointing and unsatisfactory because of the flaws that apparently made it impossible to gain the needed laughs. Commercial-wise, it thrived fairly at the box office but is rated poorly by film critics and movie fans as a result of lots of weak plot points and several shortcomings. What’s Your Number? occupies a disappointing position on the list of Andy Samberg Movies and TV Shows.
10. Freaknik: The Musical
Freaknik: The Musical is a musical television special inspired by the music festival ‘Freaknik’ that used to take place in Atlanta, Georgia. Produced by legendary American rapper, singer, record producer, and songwriter T-Pain; it featured the voices of Samberg, Rick Ross, Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne, Young Cash, Sophia Fresh, Charlie Murphy, and T-Pain as the Ghost of Freaknik. The movie, which was created and written by Carl Jones and Nick Weidenfeld and directed by Chris Prynoski, received both positive and negative comments but still stands out as one of Andy Samberg movies of low standard.
Remarkably, its opening theme “Freaknik Is Back” was performed by T-Pain while T-Pain, Snoop Dogg, and Mack Maine performed its ending theme “Ghetto Commandments”.