Archer (Seasons 1-7, 11-Present)

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Archer
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"I am the perfect gentleman."
Genre: Animated sitcom
Comedy
Action
Running Time: 22-23 Minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: September 17, 2009-present
Network(s): FX (2009-2016)
FXX (2017-present)
Created by: Adam Reed
Distributed by: FX
Starring: H. Jon Benjamin
Aisha Tyler
Judy Greer
Amber Nash
Chris Parnell
Lucky Yates
Jessica Walter
Adam Reed
Seasons: 11
Episodes: 118

Archer is an American adult animated sitcom created by Adam Reed for the basic cable network FX. It ran on FX from September 17, 2009 to June 2, 2016 before being moved to FXX and has aired on that channel since April 5, 2017.

Why These Seasons Rock

  1. Decent and detailed animation.
  2. Likable, witty and hilarious characters, such as Sterling Archer, Cheryl and Lana Kane.
  3. Perfect voice casting for the characters, especially H. Jon Benjamin.
  4. The jokes are hilarious, on-point and not afraid to test its boundaries, especially the ones about women and alcohol.
  5. Consistency. There are little to no filler episodes and almost every episode focuses on the plot while managing to make every episode story more different than the last.
  6. The show is fast but well-paced, as it allows the viewers to get to know the characters each episode.
  7. Smart, unique and funny dialogue.
  8. Pretty satisfying action.
  9. The show majorly redeemed themselves in Season 11, following the disastrous Season's 8, 9 and 10.
  10. Excellent music to go along with the action.

Bad Qualities

  1. Malory, Sterling's mother, although hilarious, is a very mean-spirited character.
  2. Cyril, can come off as very annoying and unlikable, who is the equivalent of Jerry Smith from Rick and Morty.
  3. Some of Archer's offensive and narcissistic quotes can make him more unlikable than he is supposed to be.
  4. Some of the humor is very outdated.
  5. The name of the agency from seasons one to five, ISIS, is painfully controversial, even if it does stand for something else.
  6. While the character designs are great, the character movement is incredibly stilted.
  7. The show went severely downhill in Seasons 8-10 because of the weak story-line of Archer falling into a coma.

Reception

Archer is considered to be on of the greatest adult animated shows. It currently sits at an 8.6/10 on IMDb, an 8.8/10 on tv.com and a 90% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Trivia

  • Magazines that characters read are often references to later episodes or plotlines for upcoming episodes in the season
  • Every episode has the sound of ice cubes clinking on glass.
  • The real physical model for Ray Gillette is Lucky Yates, who is the voice actor for Dr. Krieger.
  • In most episodes, you can find Pam's (Amber Nash's) name in graffiti on the walls.
  • Cyril Figgis's alias "Chet Manley" is the name of the boy who drops four baby turtles into a sewer in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic.
  • Creator Adam Reed has admitted in interviews that the show isn't set in a realistic time period. The geopolitical Cold War situation doesn't align with the technology being used, or Woodhouse's (George Coe's) age.