Archer: Season 1
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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
- The Rock
- Dial M for Mother
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
- Original Unaired Pilot
- The League Pilot Episode
- 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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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.
But the first thing long time hard core animation fans will notice is that voice of H. Jon Benjamin brings its own uniquely laconic comic genius to the title role of "Archer" himself. Many of us remember Benjamin best as Coach from Home Movies. Others may recognize his voice from various bit parts in Family Guy and the Venture Bros.. But wherever you know him from, I for one am overjoyed that a suitable vehicle has finally been found for this great talent.
Better yet, Benjamin is complemented by scarcely lesser talents such as Aisha Tyler, a standup comedian who plays Lana Kane, another top operative at the same spy agency; and Jessica Walter, who plays the head of the agency - who also just happens to be Archer's mother. However, I should stress that this rather unusual combination of relationships is never reduced to mere sit-com hijinx. Archer is the kind of show were things get genuinely disturbing. In fact, this is one of those rare shows where the entire cast is incredibly strong - and backed up by an equally strong writing team, too.
What more can I say? See it!
This show blends satire,unlike South park,but still somewhat satyrical.South Park is great.but this is espionage with an all star cast of voices and hilarious stories and plotline builds to an underlying story.to anyone who's a casual fan of the show should get this baby here & start from the beginning.I've gotta get the other seasons cuz I could watch this all day long.
Okay, this show is straight up crrrazy!! DEFINITELY NOT FOR CHILDREN. And one of the funniest shows I've ever watched. I can't figure out who I like best; the clueless, spoiled mommas boy Archer that is just too cool (and lucky) in spite of himself. Or Lana, whom, even though she's a made up animation character, I AM IN LOVE!! This show is hilarious. It's kind of a mixture of "Get Smart" with a tiny bit of the immortal "James Bond" add a dash of the "Black and White Spys" from Mad Magazine....shake it up (not stirred) set it on top of some mad scientist's doomsday device with a big fat red button that says "DO NOT PRESS" in HUGE red letters and....well, there you have it....you know your going to push it, right? Archer would!
It's crude, politically incorrect and just plain wrong. And so funny.
This show is NOT for everyone. If you are easily offended, move along. It's humor essentially revolves around skewering everything under the sun. Also, although it's a cartoon, it deals with a lot of adult stuff with little regard for whom or what they target.
I would highly recommend watching an episode or two to see if you love or hate this show. I loved it. Besides, where else can you hear the star of a show exclaim, "She is like the Pelé of a*** s*x."
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