Archer is possibly one of the most original animated sitcoms to come out in years. It’s very much an office comedy; if that office happened to be a spy agency where everyone has sex with each other while also suffering from different forms of mental/social disorders. Oh yeah, and somehow America still needs to worry about the Soviet Union invading while still using smart phones to control cyborgs. And if those last three sentences were too much for you: think Family Guy plus Get Smart, throw in a little News Radio, and you get the dysfunctional hilarity known as Archer.
A show that is utterly quick-witted, dark humored, twisted, perverted, offensive, and above all not afraid to go there. This show has some of the best writing ever. It has clever running gags that have a hard time getting old. The show is now closing its fourth season, and I still laugh at all of the jokes that were first made in season one. The only other show I can think of that had that kind of control of its running jokes is Arrested Development (guess what I’ll be reviewing come the end of May).
The show also really packs a punch when it comes to its characters. There is not a single character you will not like. Not because any of them are actually, ya know, likable. Oh God, no. Each person on the show is their own brand of social ineptitude. Plus, everyone on the show is an asshole. Especially the show’s title character. Archer proves, along with Bob Belcher and Coach McGuirk, that Jon Benjamin (or H. Jon Benjamin, I don’t know. Check out his IMDB page, he’s been listed as both) has one of the best voices for animation. Especially when it comes to fictional characters I would never, EVER, want to be associated with.
I could go on and tell you guys and gals about how awesome all the other members of the cast are, but that would mean this article would take too long and since this is going to be an article on the Internet, that would mean it would fall under the “TL/DR” category. I’m an internet nerd too, people. I have a hard time reading anything longer than twelve paragraphs. Just take my word for it, you’ll love every person on this show because they are all written so well. The only other thing I’ll mention is that every episode also has a really well-written plot that is never boring. Being a spy show, it tends to have a lot of action scenes that are really well done.
Really? You’re reading this part after I just spent all this time praising this show and you expect me to keep writing about it? I’m not going to do that. I already told you I think the show is awesome, just keep scrolling and read the rules for the drinking game.
Take a Drink: every time Archer says, “Danger Zone.”
Take a Drink: every time someone gets shot but lives.
Take a Drink: every time someone mentions Lana’s large, man-ish hands.
Take a Drink: every time someone has sex.
Take a Drink: whenever a character references a line used earlier in the episode by a different character.
Take a Drink: every time Cheryl/Carol (whatever) gets turned on by violence (especially choking) inflicted upon herself.
Take a Drink: every time you have to question what time period this show takes place.
Do a Shot: every time Pam proves how much of a badass she really is.
Do a Shot: every time you see Malory’s gun. I know I didn’t mention anything about it in the review, but it’s a revolver that has a laser sight AND a scope on it. So unnecessarily stupid…