Archer—Season 1

8.5 Overall Score
Story: 8/10
Acting: 9/10
Visuals: 9/10

Good spoof of spy genre + a hint of The Office

Maybe too vulgar for some


Archer’s coworkers at ISIS reveal what they really think of him

Meet Sterling Archer codename:  Duchess…He’s a secret agent with ISIS and wants everyone to know it.  While dealing with his mother, Archer is out to have as much fun as he can at the expense of the company.  Archer has a lot of enemies but most of them are just in the office…be it his ex-Lana Kane (who’s new boyfriend Cyril works there also), the HR rep Pam, or the office tramp Cheryl who sometimes enjoys being strangled, Archer has a past with them all.  Archer’s mother Mallory is hiding things also, like the truth about Archer’s father.

Archer follows in the tradition of South Park in its vulgarity, but goes its own direction by being serialized (at least slightly).  The series starts out kind of episodic, but gets more continuing themes as the show goes on.  This is aided by a great vocal cast that I’m sure will expand to more fun guest-stars as the series gains popularity.


This dog is AWESOME!

Archer’s animation isn’t for everyone.  I’ve talked to some who find it too difficult to watch.  It is almost done in old Hanna-Barbara style but in my opinion, that is what makes it funny since those shows were always so wholesome…maybe even more wholesome that Looney Tunes that always had their characters being blown up and killed.

It took me a while to get on the Archer bandwagon, but I’m glad I did.  I look forward to seeing what future seasons bring and how dirty the show can get.  If you haven’t checked it out, it is worth it, but give it a few episodes to get the feel of the show.

Archer—Season 1 Complete Episode Guide:


“Mole Hunt”

1.1              Mole Hunt Airdate:  09/17/09

Sterling Archer (voiced by H. Jon Benjamin) is a super spy with an attitude.  His mother Malory (voiced by Jessica Walter) is looking over his expense reports, and Archer’s needs his money to keep his lifestyle going.  When Archer proposes that there is a mole in ISIS, he accidently exposes a real mole.  When the mole breaks into ISIS during Archer’s attempt to cover his purchases, Lana Kane (voiced by Aisha Tyler) and Cyril Figgis (voiced by Chris Parnell) are faced to give up Stir Friday to respond.


“Training Day”

1.2              Training Day Airdate:  01/14/10

Archer is forced to train Cyril for field training when Malory worries Lana is still interested in Archer.  Plus, ISIS is forced to switch its flexible spending account, and Cheryl Tunt (voiced by Judy Greer) and Pam Poovey (voiced by Amber Nash) get access to everyone’s accounts.


“Diversity Hire”

1.3              Diversity Hire Airdate:  01/21/10

ISIS loses a Hispanic agent and decides they have to hire a new diversity hire named Conway Stern (voiced by Coby Bell).  Lana and Archer question Conway’s background and work to get him fired.  When Conway learns about Cuban subs are near Miami, he selects Archer to go undercover.


“Killing Utne”

1.4              Killing Utne Airdate:  01/28/10

Malory plans a fake attack on Torvald Utne (voiced by Jeffrey Tambor) to get a UN contract for ISIS and throws a dinner party.  Mannfred (voiced by Rene Auberjonois) and Uta (voiced by Kathryn Cressida) are hired to fake the assassination but secretly plan to kill Utne.  Archer tries to find a date and accidentally brings an assassin named Elke Hubsch (voiced by Audrey Wasilewski) to the party.



1.5              Honeypot Airdate:  02/04/10

Major Nikolai Jackov (voiced by Peter Newman) loses a sex tape with Malory, and Malory has to get Archer to seduce a gay Cuban so he becomes a target of Castro before he can sell it.  When Archer gets turned down, Archer gets coaching from a couple of gay men to try to get the target.  Meanwhile, the ISIS agents get involved in a survey of kill/bang/marry with the office.



1.6              Skorpio Airdate:  02/11/10

Jackov and Malory have a getaway, and Malory works as Lana’s contact on a mission to spy on Skorpio (Rafael Ferrer).  When Lana is captured, Archer is sent in to rescue her.  Cyril worries that Archer and Lana are having an affair, but Archer discovers a secret about Lana.



1.7              Skytanic Airdate:  02/18/10

A rigid airship is targeted by terrorists and Lana and Archer have to go undercover as husband and wife.  Cyril, Cheryl, and Pam get stuck on the ship as it heads to England, and Cheryl harasses Cyril about having sex with her to make Archer jealous.  Can they find the bomber in time?


“The Rock”

1.8              The Rock Airdate:  03/04/10

Cyril prepares to propose to Lana and hides it from Cheryl.  ISIS loses another account to ODIN and Malory plans to humiliate Len Trexler (voiced by Jeffrey Tambor) by having ISIS break in under ODIN security.  The mission is jeopardized when the workers of ISIS decide to strike to unionize.  Cyril wonders how to win Lana and turns to Pam for help.


“Job Offer”

1.9              Job Offer Airdate:  03/11/10

Lana is offered a job by Barry Dillon (voiced by Dave Willis), but Archer thinks the offer is for him.  Malory fires Archer to get him hired at ODIN and tries to get Trexler to fire him to get Archer to appreciate ISIS.  When Trexler refuses to fire Archer, Malory orders a burn notice under the influence of absinthe.


“Dial M for Mother”

1.10          Dial M for Mother Airdate:  03/18/10

Archer learns that Jackov might be his father and that his mother lied about who his real father was.  Malory decides to implement a no-sex policy for ISIS after learning about Cyril’s sex escapades and Lana decides to sleep with all the men in the office before the policy kicks in to get revenge on Cyril.  When Jackov decides to get even with Malory, he orders Mannfred and Uta to implant Archer with a control chip to go after Malory.

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Related Links:

Archer—Season 2 Review and Complete Episode Guide

Archer—Season 3 Review and Complete Episode Guide

Archer—Season 4 Review and Complete Episode Guide

Archer—Season 5 Review and Complete Episode Guide


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