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Sexy, Sexist, And Oh So Wrong--This Cartoon Isn't Bad, It's Just Drawn That Way (A Jessica Rabbit Quote, Not An Art Critique),
This review is from: Archer: Season 1 (DVD)
In an effort to capitalize on the audience from "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," the FX network has tried a number of promising shows. "Sunny," to me, has always been a completely inspired bit of lunacy that defies everything about the age of political correctness in which we find ourselves. It is so wrong--but that's what makes it so right. Unapologetically demented and offensive, the show has moments of brilliance. "Archer," of all the programs that have followed the "Sunny" time slot comes the closest to the ribald and irreverent tone and works exceedingly well as a companion piece.
"Archer" is a terrifically entertaining animated piece featuring perhaps the most obnoxious and oblivious central characters you're likely to encounter. Sterling Archer (aka Duchess) is a spy who fulfills every sexist cliche one might expect from a boozy, clueless, womanizing James Bond wannabe! In other words, he is awesome! Voiced impeccably by H. Jon Benjamin, it is sheer madness to follow Archer as he blunders his way through assignments, familial entanglements, and romantic assignations. His flirtations with fellow spy Lana (Aisha Tyler), his rivalry with Lana's new beau Cyril (Chris Parnell), his workplace banter with easy Cheryl and inappropriate Pam (Judy Greer and Amber Nash), and his wonderfully dysfunctional mother love (the incredible Jessica Walter) are juggled nicely amidst a bevy of "Get Smart" missions. It's all great, but patently disturbing, fun.
Season One represents 10 episodes. Two standouts to me are "Mole Hunt"--the first episode, and perhaps the funniest, that strikes the perfect balance of wackiness and character introduction--and "Honeypot" where Archer must put his life and his body on the line as an irresistible gay boy toy. By all means, check this series out if you like comedy that straddles the line of good taste and then jumps over it! I loved this creation named Archer and his relationship with his mother is one of this great show's true highlights. Benjamin and Walter are a perfect pair! About 4 1/2 stars. KGHarris, 11/10.