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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
  • 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

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

Product Details

  • 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.)
  • 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 (2,184 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00475B0G2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,674 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Archer: Season 1" on IMDb

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By Theo on October 29, 2010
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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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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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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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This is my new favorite show. I just binge watched Season 1 and absolutely loved it.

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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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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This show is a fantastic, absurd, and farcical send up to the secret agent genre, and it's one that even works beyond parody and just becomes a fun show to watch.

This is basically a show about selfish sociopaths without any real self awareness. The characters are pretty one dimensional, but are in such a way that makes them fun to watch being put into situations they really cannot handle, rather than expecting character growth. It sounds boring a first, but it's a benefit of the writing that everything stays fresh even after so many episodes featuring character does thing. The show also has its own baked in memes, but it also has fun with it in a way that's not just straight winking and pandering.

The show very much looks like something you'd see on the Adult Swim animation block, which makes sense as several key players on the show cut their teeth there. So the actual show animation isn't going to impress. But the art style does have sort of a faux abbreviated realism style that also draws sources from pulp noir. It's quite an interesting look, and more than makes up for the general lack of actual animation.

Special mention goes to the voice cast. H. Jon Benjamin is generally good no matter what he's in, even if he generally does the same voice. He's just very good at delivery and inflection. The rest of the cast bring a significant amount of life to their characters. And even though the cast consists mostly of caricatures, there's still a lot of love put into the characters performances. This is a really nice show for burgeoning voice actors that watch, since it's a great example of good emergent voice acting taking something good and making it great.
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