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Archer: Season 1 (2009)

H. Jon Benjamin , Jessica Walter  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (675 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: H. Jon Benjamin, Jessica Walter, Chris Parnell, Aisha Tyler, Judy Greer
  • Writers: Adam Reed, Boswell Cocker, Matt Thompson, Tony Carbone
  • Producers: Adam Reed, Casey Willis, Craig Hartin, Craig Horton
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Dolby, Color, Animated, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Surround), Spanish (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: December 28, 2010
  • Run Time: 308 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (675 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00475B0G2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,846 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Archer: Season 1" on IMDb

Special Features

Disc one
  • Original Unaired Pilot
  • The League Pilot Episode
Disc two
  • Unaired Network Promo
  • The Making Of Archer: 3D
  • The Making Of Archer: Animation
  • The Making Of Archer: Art Direction
  • The Making Of Archer: Backgrounds
  • The Making Of Archer: Illustration
  • The Making Of Archer: Storyboards
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Louie Pilot Episode

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Product Description

Suave secret agent Sterling Archer is the world’s most dangerous spy, but political intrigue and global crises are nothing compared to the sexual tension and human resources crises at the intelligence agency where he works. Archer must deal with his over-bearing, over-sexed mother--who is also his boss--and his femme fatale ex-girlfriend who seems to be sleeping with everyone except him. Embezzlement, mind control, hangovers, and demented double crossings--they’re all in a day’s work in this outrageously raunchy comedy!

Episodes on disc one:

  • Mole Hunt
  • Training Day
  • Diversity Hire
  • Killing Utne
  • Honeypot
Episodes on disc two:
  • Skorpio
  • Skytanic
  • The Rock
  • Dial M for Mother

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Smart, literate, cheeky, profane, and frequently laugh-out-loud funny, Archer is one of the hippest animated comedies to come along in some time. That's hip in a retro kind of way; writer-producers Adam Reed and Matt Thompson, whose previous collaborations include Frisky Dingo and Sealab 2021 (both also animated, and both seen on the Adult Swim channel), have given these 10 first-season episodes a secret-agent vibe straight out of the Sean Connery James Bond '60s. At center stage is Sterling Archer (voiced by H. Jon Benjamin), top agent for an outfit known as ISIS, which just happens to be headed by his domineering, sex-starved mother, Malory (Jessica Walter). Others on the team include agent Lana Kane (Aisha Tyler), Sterling's once and no doubt future lover, nerdy company comptroller Cyril Figgis (Chris Parnell), Lana's current boyfriend, and some colorful supporting characters. But this is mostly about Sterling, who, in addition to his fancy spy chops, is an irresponsible liar, ne'er-do-well, and wastrel (he spends an entire episode breaking into the agency's mainframe so he can blame someone else for his outrageous expenses). His missions, in which he's often joined by Lana (the better to hurl flirtatious epithets at one another), are fairly stock: Cuban missile submarines off the Florida coast; an arms dealer peddling stolen weapons; a bomb threat on a luxury airship. And the animation, while effective, is limited and unlikely to remind anyone of a Pixar movie. It's the writing that really makes this show shine, as Reed and Thompson revel in an unending stream of hilarious puns, insults, and bons mots: a shirt retrieved from an Indian dry cleaner "smells like Indira Gandhi's thong," karate is "the Dane Cook of martial arts," a particularly bloody shootout is "a Charles Whitman sampler." It's definitely not for kids, but Archer is a hoot. Extras include a version of the pilot episode with an "alternate" lead character, and an interesting making-of featurette. --Sam Graham

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193 of 200 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT! October 29, 2010
By Theo
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You know, I don't normally put my review titles in all caps. But what can I say? This show is... well, BRILLIANT! I've always thought that there are far, far too many five star reviews here on amazon. But if there ever was a show that genuinely deserved a rave, this is it.

Archer is a wonderfully absurdist frolic for strictly adult audiences. Fundamentally this show is a giant spoof of 1960s spy thrillers; a spoof made for decidedly 21st century sensibilities. It's the show Get Smart would have been had all the characters been perpetually high on crystal meth.

In fact, the characters on Archer are all selfish, petty, and utterly and completely venal: the three great ingredients from which comedy is made. They seem to think and act more like deranged adolescents than grown-ups. Deranged adolescents with access to firearms. Add all this together and you get some idea of the flavor of the show. Archer is very much in the spirit of the original Williams Street adult swim cartoons, but is never merely derivative of them. Which of course is exactly what you'd expect, given that this show is produced by Adam Reed, whose previous producing and directing credits include both Sealab 2021 and Frisky Dingo. Indeed, Reed's voice credits go all the way back to the original Space Ghost Coast to Coast.

But while a similar sense of humor can be found throughout, Archer definitely has a flair all of its own. Visually it has kind of a pseudo-realist "ligne claire" (clear line) style that matches perfectly with the creatively anachronistic world the characters inhabit. Cell phones and other contemporary technologies may abound, but jet-age fashions still prevail, and the KGB and the Soviet Union remain major adversaries.
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30 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! Awful! October 27, 2010
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Adam Reed has an impressive resume. With each series he has gotten better at his craft and drawn a bigger following. Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Sealab 2021, Frisky Dingo. Watch some of those in order and then the extraordinary (ultra-raunchy) humor and overall quality of "Archer" won't surprise you much. The animation and production values are better. The setting ("James Bond meets Arrested Development," says Reed) is better. The stories are better (and funnier, oh are they funnier).

But none of that matters. What matters is the way the characters are hilariously brought to life through the exceptional dialog and voice acting, much of which is ad-libbed. The timing, so important to...("to what?" "First of all...") to comedy, borders on miraculous.

Never mind, forget all that pedantic nonsense. This is simply the funniest damn show I have ever seen, and if you are 18 or older you must buy it now. Go!
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64 of 83 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great show, DVD extras suck January 14, 2011
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I love Archer, it's one of the funniest shows on TV. I was really excited about getting the DVD because of the "previously unaired pilot" and behind the scenes material. If those are your main reasons for purchasing the DVDs, skip it. The "pilot" is just an episode with Archer replaced with a dinosaur, which is funny for about thirty seconds but goes on for an entire episode. The behind the scenes stuff has some interesting concept art in it, but most of the actual information isn't even narrated - it's printed on the screen in letters too small to be read from across the room on my 48 inch HD TV. I'm still happy with my purchase of the discs because the actual show is so good, but PLEASE Archer people, do better than this on the next release!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars episodes = 5 stars / bonus content = 3 stars December 28, 2010
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The cartoon itself is brilliant, demented, twisted, and hysterical. My problem w/ the dvd release is that it is marketed as having an "unaired episode" of archer. Guess what it is? It's a screaming Dinosaur in place of Archer. Not cool to do to the die hard fans who shell out good money to support physical copies in this day and age. No commentaries either? And the Archersaurus is screaming over a previously aired episode, btw. In a nutshell - buy it for the cartoon , not the extra content.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest Show on TV May 5, 2011
By andy
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this show is hilarious. it's too bad the season isn't more than 10 episodes, because i could keep watching this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bare Bones, but a must-have! February 3, 2011
By JFetrow
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I only rated this set a 4 out of 5 because I'm reviewing the DVD set, NOT the show itself. The show itself is just plain perfect. It has a target audience, a target feel, and it delivers perfectly. I have 2 favorite animated shows, Archer and Futurama. And while Futurama is definitely more family friendly than Archer, it features the same sort of goofy characters, and is good mainly due to the character interactions. Neither will win an animation award, nor should they. Futurama and Archer both have 2 of the funniest voice actors working today - Futurama has John Di Maggio, Archer has H. Jon Benjamin. Both of these guys can make you laugh reading an encyclopedia, just by how they use their voices. And that's what makes Archer shine - the voice actors.

The quick, ridiculously hilarious verbal sparring in Archer is what sets it apart from other shows. You watch an episode of archer, then go watch any animated show in Fox's lineup, and you'll fall asleep, they seem so slow. Archer, in some ways, reminds me of vintage Monty Python. Quick witted and hilarious, but often cerebral humor. It's adult humor, and doesn't even pretend to be anything but. The writing, timing, and presentation are just absolutely perfect. Some have compared this to Get Smart, and I find that comparison quite apt. If Get Smart were to be made today, it would be Archer. And that is High praise indeed.

As for the DVD set... It unfortunately falls flat on deliverance. Of course the shows look good, and it's great to have them at the ready, but in this day and age, one expects more extras. I'd have loved to have seen some of the recording sessions. I love watching these actors do the voices.
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Is Archer: Season 1 uncensored?
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Archer Season 1 on Blu-Ray?
cmon! i need this on blu ray!! =(
Apr 19, 2011 by ThunderKisss |  See all 5 posts
TV Deal of the Week
I also am seeing at $19.99, not the $13.49 that it should be as "TV Show of the Week."
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Special Features?
I just received the package in the mail. The only extras noted on the inside cover are noted above in the description. Also, on a side note, they left out episode 9 up above ("Job Offer")
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