Saturday, October 6, 2012

Program Review: Archer, Season 1

(Image:  Archer Season One Promotional Poster)

I bought the first season of Archer based on the advice from a couple of friends.

I'm very happy I listened to them. 

The show, which first aired in 2010, is about super-spy and lout, Sterling Archer, along with the rest of the operatives of the dysfunctional ISIS (International Secret Intelligence Service)--headed by Archer's domineering mom.

What did I think of the show?

To paraphrase my friend Joe, Archer is:  "Blow-soda-out-your-nose-funny."

Seriously.  If you are eating or drinking anything, pause the show, then resume it when you don't have any food or beverage in your mouth.

Archer is available on DVD through

Out of 138 reviews, 112 are 5-stars.  (Mine will be the 113th).  The folks who gave it less than 5-stars were peeved at the bonus material.  Since I don't get a chance to watch television shows while they're on the air, I didn't feel short-changed about the bonus stuff.  The "Unaired Pilot," which drew the most "WTF?" criticism, featured a shrieking dinosaur in place of Sterling Archer.  There's a reason why this episode was "unaired."  So as long as you don't waste your time watching this pile of dino dung, you'll still enjoy the real episodes.

When I wasn't laughing, I often asked myself:  At what point in time does Archer take place? The show's creator, Adam Reed has played fast and loose with history and current events.  Archer's antics are set in a unique universe, where the 1960s blends in with 2010.

Unique universe, or otherwise, Archer is popular in the here and now, as these cosplayers at this year's Emerald City Comicon can attest to:

For everything you want to know about Archer, check out the Archer Wiki.


ColKillgore said...

Archer is hilarious. I haven't missed an episode since they started and can't wait for the next season to start.


Ted Henkle said...

I've got some catching up to do. I have the DVD set for Season Two, which I'll start watching next. I don't get a chance to watch much TV, so I buy the DVD sets of shows my friends rave about. Enjoy Season Three ColKG!