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The third season of the animated television series, Archer originally aired in the United States on the cable network FX. The three part episode "Heart of Archness" aired from September 15, 2011 until September 29, 2011. The rest of the season started on January 19, 2012 with "The Man from Jupiter" and ended with the two part episode "Space Race" on March 16, 2012, and March 23, 2012, respectively, with a total of thirteen episodes.

Archer (season 3)
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Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 13
Original network FX
Original release September 15, 2011 – March 22, 2012
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List of Archer episodes



It was announced on March 29, 2011, that Archer was renewed for 16 more episodes.[1] FX had originally intended the first three episodes of Season 3 to air in the fall of 2011 as a "Special Assignment" three-part event, with a further 13 episodes (a normal sized season for most FX shows) to air at the beginning of 2012. Series creator Adam Reed later clarified the situation. He explained that while FX had intended the second set of episodes to be 13 episodes, he had believed that he was only going to be producing a further 10 episodes (with the first three episodes completing the standard order of 13 episodes). While he attempted to produce the full 16 episodes after he realized his error, it soon became clear that it would be impossible to produce three additional episodes. The order was eventually reduced to 13 episodes.[2]


No. in
TitleWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
US viewers
241"Heart of Archness: Part I"Adam ReedSeptember 15, 2011 (2011-09-15)XAR030011.17[3]

Malory hires an adventurer named Rip Riley to find Archer, who has been missing since Katya Kasanova sacrificed herself to save Archer on their wedding day. Rip finds him on a tropical island, but Archer has no interest in leaving.

Special guest stars: David Cross as Noah and Patrick Warburton as Rip Riley
252"Heart of Archness: Part II"Adam ReedSeptember 22, 2011 (2011-09-22)XAR030021.10[4]

After being captured by pirates, Archer emerges as Pirate King, but he has bit off more than he can chew, getting little help from his first mate, Noah. Meanwhile, his ISIS colleagues keep up their attempts to rescue him, sort of.

Special guest stars: David Cross as Noah and Patrick Warbuton as Rip Riley
263"Heart of Archness: Part III"Adam ReedSeptember 29, 2011 (2011-09-29)XAR030031.19[5]

Archer, Rip, Lana and Ray try to escape the island. Meanwhile, Cyril realizes he hid all the agency's money while drunk and has to find a way to get it back.

Special guest stars: David Cross as Noah and Patrick Warbuton as Rip Riley
274"The Man from Jupiter"Adam ReedJanuary 19, 2012 (2012-01-19)XAR030051.31[6]

Archer is overjoyed when he meets personal hero, Burt Reynolds, only to find out that Reynolds is dating his mother, Malory.

Special guest star: Burt Reynolds as himself
285"El Contador"Story by : Tesha Kondrat
Teleplay by : Adam Reed
January 26, 2012 (2012-01-26)XAR030061.12[7]

Against her other agents' wishes, Malory promotes Cyril to field agent and sends him with Archer and Lana to capture a drug lord, where they find out he might actually have a talent for it. Back at the office, Malory institutes a strict drug testing policy for her employees, forcing Pam, Cheryl, and Ray to use Dr. Krieger's purifying herbal tea to beat it. Its side effects, however, cause them to have horrifying hallucinations.

Special guest star: Joaquim de Almeida as Román Calzado
296"The Limited"Adam ReedFebruary 2, 2012 (2012-02-02)XAR030071.06[8]

ISIS helps The Royal Canadian Mounted Police capture a Canadian terrorist while on a high speed train. Malory finds out that the support staff have tagged along with Cheryl, and the terrorist escapes when Cyril leaves him alone. The agents have to search the train to find him, but Archer is more concerned with finding Cheryl's pet ocelot when it escapes.

Special guest stars: Mike Smith as Mountie/Terrorist, John Paul Tremblay as Mountie/Terrorist, Robb Wells as Kenny Bilko and Dave Fennoy as George
307"Drift Problem"Adam ReedFebruary 9, 2012 (2012-02-09)XAR030081.22[9]

When his birthday present of a spy car is stolen, Archer's quest to get it back leads to a conflict with the Yakuza.

Special guest star: George Takei as "Mr. Moto"
318"Lo Scandalo"Adam ReedFebruary 16, 2012 (2012-02-16)XAR030041.20[10]
Malory claims to have been framed for killing her long-time lover, the Italian prime minister, and the gang have to help her cover up the crime fast.
329"Bloody Ferlin"Adam ReedFebruary 23, 2012 (2012-02-23)XAR030101.27[11]

Archer and Lana discover that Ray has been faking his paralysis all along when he's caught stealing weapons from ISIS. Ray needs to help his drug-dealing (or 'Farming') brother which leads to a trip to Ray's backwoods hometown of Ferlin, West Virginia where Ray has Cheryl pose as his wife.

Special guest stars: Paula Malcomson as Janelle, Jack McBrayer as Randy Gillette and Michael Rooker as Sheriff E.Z. Ponder
3310"Crossing Over"Adam ReedMarch 1, 2012 (2012-03-01)XAR030091.07[12]
When Barry becomes the head of the KGB, Jakov decides to defect to the U.S. with ISIS protecting. Archer finds himself in a relationship with a woman who gives him the best sex of his life: Pam.
3411"Skin Game"Chris Provenzano & Adam ReedMarch 8, 2012 (2012-03-08)XAR030111.04[13]

Krieger revives Katya as a cyborg but Archer is jarred by her inhuman nature despite his love for her. Barry comes back for revenge.

Special guest star: Ona Grauer as Katya Kazanova
3512"Space Race: Part I"Adam ReedMarch 15, 2012 (2012-03-15)XAR030121.16[14]

The team (including Malory but not Pam and Cheryl/Carol) receive emergency Space Training; before heading to The Danger Zone, this time an international space station called Horizon where murderous mutineers have apparently gained control. While in transit Pam and Cheryl are discovered to have been stowed by Archer who continues to have his affair with Pam.

Special guest star: Bryan Cranston as Commander Tony Drake
3613"Space Race: Part II"Adam ReedMarch 22, 2012 (2012-03-22)XAR030131.33[15]

Archer and the rest of ISIS are held captive by mutineers on the Space Station Horizon.

Special guest star: Bryan Cranston as Commander Tony Drake

Home releaseEdit

Archer: The Complete Season Three
Set details Special features
  • 13 episodes
  • 2-disc set
  • 16:9 aspect ratio
  • Languages:
    • English
  • Subtitles
    • English
    • Spanish
  • Commentary on "El Contador"
  • Commentary on "Drift Problem"
  • Commentary on "Lo Scandalo"
  • "Heart of Archness" Extended Version
  • Gator 2 Trailer
  • Answering Machine Messages
  • Cooking with Archer
DVD release dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
January 8, 2013 March 25, 2013 TBA


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