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Archer is an American adult animated sitcom created by Adam Reed for the basic cable network FX. It follows the exploits of a dysfunctional group of secret agentsSterling Archer (voiced by H. Jon Benjamin) and seven of his colleagues—Malory Archer (Jessica Walter), Lana Kane (Aisha Tyler), Cheryl Tunt (Judy Greer), Pam Poovey (Amber Nash), Ray Gillette (Reed), Cyril Figgis (Chris Parnell) and Dr. Algernop Krieger (Lucky Yates). The premise of Archer evolves in subsequent seasons as the show experiments with the standard setup of an anthology, each with self-contained arcs, new settings, a disparate set of personae for each character, even distinct humor. Beginning with the eighth season in 2017, the series moved to the FXX network.

Archer
Against a black background a white silhouette of a man holding a gun. Two green rectangles with black silhouettes of women. Underneath the word 'archer' in white.
Intertitle from S1–4 and 6,7
Also known as
  • Archer Vice (S5)
  • Archer Dreamland (S8)
  • Archer Danger Island (S9)
  • Archer 1999 (S10)
Genre
Created by Adam Reed
Voices of
Theme music composer
Opening theme "Archer Theme Song"
Ending theme "The Killer"
Composer(s) JG Thirlwell
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 9
No. of episodes 101 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Jeff Fastner
  • Neal Holman
  • Chad Hurd
  • Eric Sims
  • Bryan Fordney
Running time 19–24 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor 20th Television
Release
Original network
  • FX (2009–16)
  • FXX (2017–present)
Picture format 16:9 HDTV
Original release September 17, 2009 (2009-09-17) – present
External links
Website

Archer was conceived by Reed shortly after the cancellation of his Adult Swim comedy Frisky Dingo. It draws inspiration from a variety of sources, including the James Bond franchise. The show's hallmarks include reference-heavy humor, rapid-fire dialogue, and meta-comedy. Archer is produced using limited animation and takes its visual style from mid-century comic art. The cast members record their lines individually, and the show regularly employs guest actors and actresses for supporting characters. There have been 101 episodes broadcast in the show's history.

Archer has received positive reviews from critics and won awards, including three Primetime Emmy Awards and four Critics Choice Awards. The series has also received 15 Annie Award nominations, among others, for outstanding achievement in animation, writing, direction, and voice acting. At San Diego Comic Con 2018, it was announced the tenth season will be titled Archer: 1999.[1] Reed intends to conclude Archer after its tenth season, although plans have not yet been finalized.

Contents

Characters and settingsEdit

Archer follows the exploits of eight dysfunctional secret agents of the International Secret Intelligence Service (ISIS), a fictional New York-based intelligence agency. They are Sterling Archer, the show's narcissistic, womanizing protagonist;[2][3] Malory Archer, the retired agent-turned-ISIS director and Sterling's snarky, emotionally distant mother;[3] Lana Kane, Sterling's love interest and mother of his infant daughter, and by far the most professional field agent at ISIS;[4] Ray Gillette, the agency's openly gay bomb specialist;[2] Pam Poovey, the head of the agency's Human Resources department who is often ridiculed by her peers;[3] Cyril Figgis, a mild-mannered accountant-turned-agent;[3] Cheryl Tunt, Malory's delusional, psychotic personal assistant;[5] and Dr. Algernop Krieger, a bizarre, morally bankrupt scientist with little regard for the well-being of his subjects.[6]

 
The core Archer characters from left to right: Cheryl Tunt, Ray Gillette, Lana Kane, Sterling Archer, Malory Archer, Cyril Figgis, Pam Poovey, and Dr. Algernop Krieger

The show features an array of supporting characters, several of whom gained expanded roles in subsequent episodes. Major supporting roles in Archer include Slater, an arms dealer and agent for the CIA;[7] Katya Kazanova, head of the Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti (KGB) and Sterling's former love interest;[8] and Barry Dylan, Sterling's archnemesis, who vows to kill him.[9]

Early seasons of Archer take place in an anachronistic, Cold War-esque universe—the exact period is intentionally vague.[10][11] This, according to art director Neal Holman, allowed producers the freedom to "cherry pick the stuff [they] like and ignore the elements that [they] don't."[10] Yet in Archer's subsequent years, Reed developed new settings and character arcs, often with self-contained stories, as he explored new concepts for the comedy, much like an anthology.[12][13] These seasons see the group attempt to complete a number of laborious tasks in highly unusual circumstances, generally to no avail, that involve sustaining an illegal cocaine operation to keep afloat,[14] contract work for the CIA,[15] and running a private, Los Angeles-based detective agency after being blacklisted from espionage by the US government.[16] The show's eighth season, Archer Dreamland, transpires in Sterling's subconscious, reimagining the core cast as stock characters from a Gangland-era noir film set in 1947 Los Angeles.[12] The ninth season, Archer: Danger Island, continues this arc as the characters are again re-envisioned as inhabitants of a remote South Pacific island circa 1939.[17] The tenth season will be set in Archer's subconscious version of space. According to Reed, it will be a "1970s vision of the future"[18] with nods to the "prevalent aesthetic at the time",[18] featuring "floppy disks instead of holograms",[19] and "xenomorphs"[19] of some description.

BroadcastEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
110September 17, 2009 (2009-09-17)March 18, 2010 (2010-03-18)FX
213January 27, 2011 (2011-01-27)April 21, 2011 (2011-04-21)
313September 15, 2011 (2011-09-15)March 22, 2012 (2012-03-22)
413January 17, 2013 (2013-01-17)April 11, 2013 (2013-04-11)
513January 13, 2014 (2014-01-13)April 21, 2014 (2014-04-21)
613January 8, 2015 (2015-01-08)April 2, 2015 (2015-04-02)
710March 31, 2016 (2016-03-31)June 2, 2016 (2016-06-02)
88April 5, 2017 (2017-04-05)May 24, 2017 (2017-05-24)FXX
98April 25, 2018 (2018-04-25)June 13, 2018 (2018-06-13)

Syndication and streamingEdit

The cable television network Comedy Central has exclusive US broadcast syndication rights for Archer. The terms of the deal cover the show's existing content and a commitment for future seasons.[20] Comedy Central began airing the series on their network on March 2, 2015, in one-hour program time slots.[21] In the United Kingdom, Viceland owns exclusive cable syndication rights for Archer's first five seasons.[22] In Canada, the show is syndicated nationally on Teletoon at Night,[23] and new episodes are aired in tandem with the American broadcast.[24]

In 2014, Amazon Prime and Hulu purchased online streaming rights to Archer as part of multiyear licensing agreements with 20th Television.[25][26] Beginning in 2018, Hulu retains exclusive streaming rights to the show under a new licensing agreement with 20th Century Fox.[27][28]

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

 
Adam Reed, the creator of Archer

Before the creation of Archer, Adam Reed worked on animated comedies with executive producer and longtime collaborator Matt Thompson. The pair became renowned for their work on a number of Adult Swim television projects, chiefly Sealab 2021 and their follow-up Frisky Dingo, which aired for several years.[11][29] After the cancellation of Frisky Dingo in 2008, Reed took a vacation to Spain to brainstorm ideas for a new project. His experience traversing the Vía de la Plata, and people watching in Plaza Mayor in nearby Salamanca, enabled him to conceptualize his vision of Archer.[30][31] Reed recalled in an interview, "So I sat on the Plaza Mayor for three days—drinking either coffee or beer or gin, depending on the time of day—surrounded by these Spanish women who seemed both unaware and completely aware of their beauty. Occasionally they would glance over—and catch me gaping at them—and just smile at me like, 'I know, right?' And for three days, I couldn't even splutter 'Buenos dias' to any of them—not once. And thus was Sterling Archer born—he would've absolutely sauntered over to a table full of those women and sat down and ordered an entire case of cava or whatever."[30] Nevertheless, he believed developing a sitcom with the theme of global espionage was inevitable given his proclivity for adventure-driven comedy.[11] The James Bond franchise, OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (2006), and The Pink Panther franchise were Reed's inspiration as the series, then under the working title Duchess,[32] began taking definite form.[11]

By August 18, 2009, following Reed's pitch to FX, the network commissioned six episodes for Archer.[33] FX initially commissioned the project as a companion series for their situational comedy It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia,[34] but the network ultimately delayed Archer's premiere to the following January because of the demanding production schedule, and The League became Philadelphia's companion show instead.[35] Despite this, the pilot, "Mole Hunt", aired as a test screening on September 17, 2009, following the season five premiere of Philadelphia. The pilot was not featured in program listings or otherwise promoted by FX; rather the network merely informed select television critics of the broadcast.[34][36]

FX moved Archer to FXX's broadcast lineup in 2017 as part of an aggressive strategy to increase the network's output of animated programming.[37] FX had planned the move before the show's seventh season, in conjunction with the debut of Cassius and Clay,[38] but decided against it after Clay's abrupt cancellation.[39] The ninth season premiered on April 25, 2018.[40] Reed intends to conclude Archer after its tenth season,[41][42] although plans have not yet been finalized according to a 2018 interview with IndieWire.[43]

WritingEdit

Scriptwriting an episode consumes three weeks of the production schedule.[44][45] As the comedy's main writer, Reed typically creates the first draft during pre-production, which he submits to his team of producers and art directors. From there, they analyze the script for each character, cast guest stars, and create basic concept designs, before Reed develops a final script to submit to FXX.[44][45] A typical Archer episode goes through a page of dialogue per minute.[46]

Archer uses the standard setup of a workplace comedy, where "subversively unlikeable" characters play off bawdy, reference-heavy humor,[47][48] rapid-fire dialogue,[49] and interaction-based drama.[50] Early episodes parody spy film and routinely mock cliches of the genre. By the end of the fourth season, however, Reed questioned the longevity of the comedy's spy premise and began contemplating a new direction for Archer, partly inspired by the then-growing associations of ISIS with the identically initialled fundamentalist Salafi jihadist group. Newer seasons experiment with the standard format of an anthology, each with their own self-contained arc, new settings, a disparate set of personae for each character, even distinct humor.[51][52] Reed said, "Once we started making them, and having a good time making them, [we thought] 'what are some other things we can do now that the boundaries have sort of been passed?'"[51]

Cultural references on Archer cover a wide spectrum of society and the human condition, in film, literature and music for example.[53][54][55][56] Some—chiefly references to literature—are obscure, and the audience often may not notice them in a single viewing.[57] Reed cites his time as a university English major as the primary forebear for the show's literary references.[54] Archer also develops a unique self-referentiality through character-based jokes, catchphrases, and running gags that evolve over multiple episodes.[58][46] For example, Sterling or another character may yell "phrasing" in response to any sexually suggestive remark.[59][60] Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times argues that Archer uses "a caustic brand of humor that isn't for everybody but that has brought the show a dedicated fan base."[61]

AnimationEdit

 
Archer's characters are composed in Adobe Illustrator using referential material, such as photos of models and actors in costume (pictured above).

Archer's animation style mirrors the aesthetic of Mad Men and mid-century comic art in the style of Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, among others.[62][63][11] Line work is pronounced by thick, bold outlines, in contrast to the very fine, thin line work characteristic of prime time comedies such as The Simpsons and Family Guy.[63] The Atlanta-based studio Radical Axis and Kansas City-based studio Trinity Animation were responsible for animating Archer in its early years;[62][64] the show's production base has since relocated to a set of offices in Atlantic Station.[65] Production of the comedy involves a workforce of 70 crew members from Reed's Atlanta-based company Floyd County Productions, double the number that worked on its freshman season.[66]

Archer's production process uses Adobe softwarePhotoshop, Illustrator, and After Effects—as well as visual effects programs such as Toon Boom Harmony and Cinema 4D for compositing and animation.[67][68] This begins via storyboarding, typically after a script has been approved,[44] and lasts around 11–13 weeks per episode.[67][10] Four episodes are produced in tandem at any given session, generally in staggered phases.[10] In the initial stages of animation, art director Chad Hurd and producer Neal Holman storyboard set pieces with a team of artists based on specifications in the script.[68] After a series of design revisions and reviews, these skeletal designs are then rendered as 3D models in Autodesk 3ds Max, employing a variety of animation and special effects techniques.[69][67] The illustration team takes various screenshots of the 3D models once they have been completed, and the resulting images are enhanced by specialized artists in After Effects.[67]

The characters are composed in Illustrator using referential material, among them photos of models and actors in costume.[70][68] Because Archer is produced using limited animation, characters are rendered as digital puppets, and not hand-drawn on paper and digitally composited for traditional cel animation.[71] Costumes may or may not be reproduced depending on their animatability; too much detail can hurt a character's animatability.[67] These body pieces are then separated into basic components and layers, much like an action figure, and rigged in After Effects.[68][71] Consequently, one given pose can turn into a range of others, which, according to producer Bryan Fordney, creates "the illusion of more animation on screen than what is actually present."[71] A similar technique is used in the animation of a character's face—head illustrations are divided into basic components that can be turned "off" and "on" in sequence, lending the appearance of facial movement and expression.[72][67] Source codes are often implemented to ensure better automation and a more fluid range of motion.[71]

Once compositing begins, compositors enhance the visual palette of artwork from three or four departments until it "looks like it was made by a single artist."[73] For elaborate scenes like action sequences, artists develop several composites, which are then superimposed on stock footage using special effects.[73]

Title sequence and musicEdit

Holman cited Catch Me If You Can (2002), The Incredibles (2004), Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2006), and the work of Saul Bass as strong stylistic influences in the creation of Archer's title sequence.[74] When he was developing the original sequence, the rough draft version consisted of style frames with roiling flame silhouettes of the characters coalesced on a charred, black background. The crew initially struggled to develop an opening theme they believed was compatible with the premise of Archer, but once the show's eponymous theme song had been completed, Holman felt his idea was too melodramatic and went in a different direction.[75] He created the finalized version of the sequence from several segments, each reviewed by the producers, because of the demanding production schedule.[76] The standard opening of Archer has gone through six iterations—a replacement of shots at the start of the show's sixth season, and brand new sequences for its fifth, seventh, eighth and ninth seasons.[74]

Archer did not employ a composer to develop a soundtrack in its first four seasons, but instead used a compilation of needle drop stock music.[77][78] By season five, musician JG Thirlwell was hired as the composer for the comedy's jazz-influenced score, brought to the producers' attention for his work on The Venture Bros..[77][78]

Voice actorsEdit

 
From left to right: Tyler, Reed, Benjamin, Parnell, Greer, and Nash

Archer has a principal cast of eight actors: H. Jon Benjamin, Jessica Walter, Aisha Tyler, Judy Greer, Amber Nash, Chris Parnell, Lucky Yates, and Adam Reed. Benjamin voices the show's titular character,[79] Walter voices Malory Archer,[80] Tyler plays Lana Kane,[81] Greer portrays Cheryl Tunt,[64] Nash plays Pam Poovey,[82] Parnell voices Cyril Figgis,[83] Yates portrays Dr. Algernop Krieger,[84] and Reed plays Ray Gillette.[2] Reed was expected to play the titular role in the original pilot, but was recast because producers felt his voice-over did not serve the character's dialogue well.[85] When Benjamin received the offer, he was surprised since he did not believe his voice was suitable for the part. At one point, Benjamin used a British accent for the character, but Reed insisted he use his normal speaking voice.[86]

Walter was the first significant casting choice on Archer.[87] Producers contracted her shortly after they sent out character descriptions to talent agencies, and they promoted her involvement to recruit actors for the project.[88] Greer agreed to Archer because of her wish to break into voice acting, although she initially believed the series was too provocative for network TV.[89] Nash did not audition for her part, rather the actress was approached by Reed and Thompson, whom she had previously collaborated with in Frisky Dingo, while she was recording DVD extras for their program.[84] Yates was brought onto Archer at Nash's request, after Krieger was given a more prominent speaking role.[86]

In addition to the main cast, episodes often feature guest voices from a range of professions. Major supporting roles in Archer are played by George Coe (until his death in 2015),[90] Jeffrey Tambor, Christian Slater, Jon Hamm, Allison Tolman, Dave Willis, Ona Grauer, Keegan-Michael Key, Bryan Cranston, and J.K. Simmons, among others.[91][92][93] Some stars appear as themselves, or portray fictionalized caricatures of themselves, such as Slater, Burt Reynolds, Kenny Loggins, and the late Anthony Bourdain.[91]

Archer cast members record their lines individually rather than at group recording sessions to accommodate their work schedules. The producers therefore do not host table reads or rehearsals.[94] Reed or another producer may be present at a session, or direct actors over the phone in the event they are not together.[95][94] Recording sessions can take place anywhere, but are typically held at studios in Atlanta, Los Angeles, and New York, depending on the actor's home base.[96]

ReceptionEdit

ReviewsEdit

Season Critical response
Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
1 92% (13 reviews)[97] 78 (20 reviews)[98]
2 100% (9 reviews)[99] 88 (12 reviews)[100]
3 100% (6 reviews)[101] 75 (6 reviews)[102]
4 93% (15 reviews)[103] 79 (6 reviews)[104]
5 100% (10 reviews)[105] N/A (3 reviews)[106]
6 100% (8 reviews)[107] 78 (5 reviews)[108]
7 100% (5 reviews)[109] 78 (6 reviews)[110]
8 88% (8 reviews)[111] 72 (6 reviews)[112]
9 56% (9 reviews)[113] N/A (3 reviews)[114]

Archer has been well received by the media. A number of TV critics have complimented the work of the voice actors,[115][116][117] often singling out Benjamin for further praise:[118][119][115] Tim Goodman from The Hollywood Reporter, for example, viewed Benjamin's acting as the bedrock of Archer, "mixing rants, mumbling, whining and a stop-and-start delivery style that is note-perfect for comedy."[117] Other reviewers cited the writing, the crude sensibility, and characterization among the show's most satisfying attributes:[120][121] the main characters have been described as "exceedingly well-defined."[122] Chris Barton of the Los Angeles Times called Archer "the smartest, strangest animated show on TV this side of Rick and Morty,"[123] and Entertainment Weekly journalist Ken Tucker praised the series for its "solid plotting, vividly distinct characters, and some of the most unexpected punchlines and sight-gags in prime time."[119]

Archer's willingness to experiment with anthologized tropes is a principal topic of discussion among critics. Some journalists felt these arcs provide the show greater creative license to explore deeper within itself.[61] While the comedy received positive feedback for staying true to form "in the service of something much grimier and at once totally fresh" in early seasons,[124] later Archer episodes have been subjected to criticism as the tone and emphasis of the show evolves. By the eighth and ninth seasons, some critics believed that despite having greater visual appeal, Archer too often sacrifices narrative continuity and humor through increasingly predictable and uninspired writing.[125][52]

The series has been included on a number of best of lists. TV Guide ranked Archer among the 60 greatest TV cartoons of all time,[126] and the show placed within the top ten on Entertainment Weekly's 25 Greatest Animated TV Series.[127] Similarly, The New Yorker, in a non-ranked rundown of 2014's most noteworthy programs, called Archer "good counter-programming for every horrible thing in the news."[128]

AccoladesEdit

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2010 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Voice-over Performance[129] H. Jon Benjamin Nominated
Gold Derby Awards Best Animated Program[130] Archer Nominated
NewNowNext Awards Best Show You're Not Watching[131] Archer Won
2011 Annie Awards Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production[132] Archer Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Comedy Series[133] Archer Nominated
2012 Annie Awards Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production[134] Archer Nominated
Character Design in a Television Production[134] Chad Hurd Nominated
Voice Acting in a Television Production[134] H. Jon Benjamim Nominated
Judy Greer Nominated
Jessica Walter Nominated
Comedy Awards Best Animated Comedy Series[135] Archer Won
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Animated Series[136] Archer Won
2013 Annie Awards Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production[137] Archer Nominated
Voice Acting in an Animated Television or Other Broadcast Venue Production[137] Jessica Walter Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Animated Series[138] Archer Won
Gold Derby Awards Best Animated Program[139] Archer Won
2014 Annie Awards Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production[140] Archer Nominated
Outstanding Achievement in Storyboarding in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production[140] Adam Ford, et al. Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Animated Series[141] Archer Won
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Animated Program[142] For "Archer Vice: The Rules Of Extraction" Nominated
Gold Derby Awards Best Animated Program[143] Archer Won
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series[144] Aisha Tyler Nominated
2015 Annie Awards Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production[145] Archer Nominated
Outstanding Achievement in Directing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production[145] Bryan Fordney Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Animated Series[146] Archer Won
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Animated Program[147] "Pocket Listing" Nominated
Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media – Multiplatform Storytelling[148] Mark Paterson & Tim Farrell for "Archer Scavenger Hunt" Won
2016 Annie Awards Outstanding Achievement in Directing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production[149] Bryan Fordney Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Animated Program[150] "The Figgis Agency" Won
Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media – Multiplatform Storytelling[151] Mark Paterson, Tim Farrell, & Bryan Fordney for "Archer Scavenger Hunt 2" Won
Gold Derby Awards Best Animated Series[152] Archer Nominated
2017 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Animated Program[153] "Archer Dreamland: No Good Deed" Nominated
Gold Derby Awards Best Animated Series[154] Archer Nominated
2018 Annie Awards Outstanding Achievement for Writing in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production[155] Adam Reed Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Animated Series[156] Archer Nominated
Webby Awards Best Use of Augmented Reality[157] Archer, P.I. App Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Animated Series or Film on Television[158] Archer Nominated

Related mediaEdit

Companion booksEdit

A number of companion books have been published by HarperCollins' imprint It Books:

  • How to Archer: The Ultimate Guide to Espionage and Style and Women and Also Cocktails Ever Written (January 2012, ISBN 9780062066312), the fictional how-to guide of the daily life of Sterling Archer.[159][160]
  • Archer and Bob's Burgers: The Untold History of Television (August 2015, ISBN 1443444219) by Kathleen Olmstead, with information about the actors and production crew, the show's conception, and episode analyses.[161]
  • The Art of Archer, (December 2016, ISBN 0062484133) by Neal Holman, with a foreword by Christian Slater. The book contains commentary on Archer's creative development, concept art, cast interviews, script excerpts, and the original pitch for the series.[162]

TourEdit

Archer's success allowed the ensemble to embark on a nationwide tour, Archer Live!, where the actors performed scenes from the show's repertoire.[163] The tour commenced with shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and New York—sporadic dates were later added to the itinerary.[164][165][166] Live readings may also be held at promotional events such as the San Diego Comic-Con International.[167]

AlbumEdit

FX released Cherlene (Songs from the Series Archer), a compilation of country music, on March 3, 2014, through digital media.[168][169] The album features a cover of "Danger Zone", with guest vocals by Kenny Loggins, as well as three original tracks composed by Aaron Lee Tasjan.[169][168] Kevn Kinney, frontman of Drivin N Cryin, led music production of Cherlene.[168] Kinney had met Adam Reed a decade earlier, and was hired after a lunch meeting with the writer and Matt Thompson in Atlanta.[170] In preparation for his services, Kinney viewed Archer's first three seasons to familiarize himself with Cheryl Tunt—the eponymous character of Cherlene. The album was recorded at Griffin Mastering, Inc. with a group that included Tasjan, David Franklin, and Drivin N Cryin member Dave V. Johnson on instrumentation.[170] Jessy Lynn Martens provided Cheryl's singing voice, chosen because of her subdued Southern accent and likeness to Judy Greer's voice.[170][168] Cherlene received positive reviews and peaked at number 68 on iTunes' best-selling albums chart.[171]

FilmEdit

In June 2016, Thompson and executive producer Casey Willis discussed the possibility of a feature-length Archer film with The Daily Beast. According to Thompson, this discussion happens "once every two years" among Reed and the producers, although work on the project would likely not begin until after the show ends.[172] As well, they cited Jon Hamm as their ideal choice of actor to portray Sterling if it's commissioned as a live-action adaptation.[172]

Crossover and other appearancesEdit

"Fugue and Riffs", Archer's season four premiere, is a crossover episode with the Fox series Bob's Burgers. It features a cameo of the Belcher family and Sterling, in a fugue state, assuming an identity identical to the main protagonist of Bob's Burgers.[173][174] John Roberts reprises his role as Linda for the appearance.[175] Reed devised the idea of a Bob's Burgers crossover because he was a fan of the series. According to H. Jon Benjamin, "He asked me to ask Loren Bouchard, [...] so I was the middle man. It went really smoothly. It was around a 15-20 second phone call—then they turned it over to hundreds of thousands of lawyers."[174]

The characters of Archer have appeared in other media as part of broad marketing campaigns for the show. Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue featured Lana, Cheryl, and Pam in a spread for their March 2016 issue to promote the comedy's seventh season, while a 2014 Esquire advertisement presents Sterling in ready-to-wear from Ermenegildo Zegna and Saint Laurent.[176][177] Similarly, to promote Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017), Fox released an animated short film featuring Sterling's encounter with Eggsy Unwin.[178][179]

Home mediaEdit

DVD and Blu-ray release dates by DVD region code
Season Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 December 28, 2010 (2010-12-28) (DVD)[180]
December 27, 2011 (2011-12-27) (Blu-ray)[181]
May 2, 2011 (2011-05-02)[182] March 2, 2011 (2011-03-02)[183]
2 December 27, 2011 (2011-12-27)[181] May 7, 2012 (2012-05-07)[184] February 29, 2012 (2012-02-29)[185]
3 January 8, 2013 (2013-01-08)[186] July 1, 2013 (2013-07-01)[187] March 13, 2013 (2013-03-13)[188]
4 January 7, 2014 (2014-01-07)[189] N/A February 5, 2014 (2014-02-05)[190]
5 January 6, 2015 (2015-01-06)[189] N/A February 2, 2015 (2015-02-02)[190]
6 March 29, 2016 (2016-03-29)[191] N/A February 17, 2016 (2016-02-17)[192]
7 March 28, 2017 (2017-03-28)[193] N/A February 15, 2017 (2017-02-15)[194]
8 March 20, 2018 (2018-03-20)[195] N/A November 8, 2017 (2017-11-08)[196]

ReferencesEdit

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