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The seventh season of the animated television series, Archer, premiered on FX on March 31, 2016.[1] It was originally planned to consist of 13 episodes,[2] however it was later changed to 10.[3]

Archer (season 7)
Archer Season Seven DVD.jpg
DVD cover
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 10
Release
Original network FX
Original release March 31 (2016-03-31) – June 2, 2016 (2016-06-02)
Season chronology
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List of Archer episodes

Contents

ProductionEdit

The show's seventh season changes its setting from New York City to Los Angeles and follows the main characters as they run a private investigation agency in Hollywood.[4]

While developing the season, the creative team took inspiration from Magnum, P.I. when writing the stories and they also used the series' location switch to change the series from the 1960s-aesthetic of prior seasons forward to 1970s-style, which included new clothing for the main characters.[5]

The seventh season also marked the first time the show had a composer, J. G. Thirlwell, scoring the soundtrack for the season, a notable difference from previous seasons, in which only the opening and ending music themes were made by composers (Scott Sims and Mel Young, respectively), and the episodes used stock library music.[6]

On February 1, 2016, a trailer for the show's seventh season was released. The trailer was a shot-for-shot remake of the opening scene of Magnum, P.I.[7] Later that month, pictures of female Archer characters appeared in both the online and print versions of the 2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.[8] On March 11, 2016, a new trailer for the show—a PSA in which Sterling and Lana instruct the audience at a movie theater to turn off their cell phones—began airing.[9]

EpisodesEdit

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Written by Original air date Prod.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
76 1 "The Figgis Agency" Adam Reed March 31, 2016 (2016-03-31) XAR07001 1.07[10]

Archer breaks into a mansion to restore the honor of a Hollywood starlet.

Guest stars: Ona Grauer as Veronica Deane Impersonator, Keegan-Michael Key as Detective Diedrich, Patton Oswalt as Alan Shapiro and J.K. Simmons as Detective Harris
77 2 "The Handoff" Adam Reed April 7, 2016 (2016-04-07) XAR07002 0.75[11]

Archer and Lana make a tricky handoff while the rest of the gang hears the best voicemail ever.

Guest star: Patton Oswalt as Alan Shapiro
78 3 "Deadly Prep" Adam Reed April 14, 2016 (2016-04-14) XAR07003 0.79[12]

A prep school reunion leads to an interesting business opportunity for Archer.

Guest stars: Jon Daly as Richard "Ivy" Stratton IV, Jon Glaser as Trent Whitney and Keegan Michael Key as Detective Diedrich
79 4 "Motherless Child" Adam Reed April 21, 2016 (2016-04-21) XAR07004 0.79[13]

A mysterious stranger needs Archer's help in finding his birth mother.

Guest stars: Ron Leibman as Ron Cadillac and Dave Willis as Barry Dylan
80 5 "Bel Panto: Part I" Adam Reed April 28, 2016 (2016-04-28) XAR07005 0.68[14]

Party crashers turn a fundraiser into no laughing matter.

Guest stars: John O'Hurley as Ellis Crane and Patton Oswalt as Alan Shapiro
81 6 "Bel Panto: Part II" Adam Reed May 5, 2016 (2016-05-05) XAR07006 0.83[15]

A hostage negotiation spirals out of control with Archer and Lana.

Guest stars: Keegan-Michael Key as Detective Diedrich, John O'Hurley as Ellis Crane, Patton Oswalt as Alan Shapiro and J.K. Simmons as Detective Harris
82 7 "Double Indecency" Adam Reed May 12, 2016 (2016-05-12) XAR07007 0.76[16]
Cyril, Krieger, Pam and Cheryl battle to determine the sexiest among them.
83 8 "Liquid Lunch" Adam Reed May 19, 2016 (2016-05-19) XAR07008 0.70[17]

Sterling and Slater cause a rift between Sterling and Lana.

Guest star: Christian Slater as Slater
84 9 "Deadly Velvet: Part I" Adam Reed May 26, 2016 (2016-05-26) XAR07009 0.76[18]

The Figgis Agency is hired by Ellis Crane to protect Veronica Deane on the set of her new film Deadly Velvet.

Guest stars: Keegan-Michael Key as Detective Diedrich, John O'Hurley as Ellis Crane, Patton Oswalt as Alan Shapiro and J.K. Simmons as Detective Harris
85 10 "Deadly Velvet: Part II" Adam Reed June 2, 2016 (2016-06-02) XAR07010 0.71[19]

Things get even deadlier for Archer and the gang on the set of Deadly Velvet.

Guest stars: Keegan-Michael Key as Detective Diedrich, Patton Oswalt as Alan Shapiro and J.K. Simmons as Detective Harris

Home releaseEdit

Archer: The Complete Season Seven
Set details Special features
  • 10 episodes
  • 2-disc set
  • 16:9 aspect ratio
  • Languages:
    • English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Subtitles:
    • English SDH
    • Spanish
    • French
  • Archer Reviews Bond
  • Archer Live! Reading (Table Read from San Diego Comic Con)
DVD release dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
March 28, 2017 TBA TBA

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Otterson, Joe (January 16, 2016). "‘Archer’ Sets Season 7 Premiere Date". TheWrap. Retrieved February 4, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Archer Renewed for Two Seasons at FX". TVLine. March 6, 2014. Retrieved February 4, 2016. 
  3. ^ "(#710) Deadly Velvet: Part II". The Futon Critic. Retrieved May 8, 2016. 
  4. ^ Marlow, Stern (February 4, 2016). "Exclusive: Inside Archer Season 7, from A-List Guest Stars to L.A. Mysteries". The Daily Beast. Retrieved November 8, 2016. 
  5. ^ Framke, Caroline (March 31, 2016). "Archer, FX’s gleefully filthy spy comedy, returns for maybe its most ambitious season yet". Vox. Retrieved November 8, 2016. 
  6. ^ Wilbur, Brock (April 1, 2016). "Archer Is Stealing The Composer From Venture Brothers For Its LA Reboot". Inverse. Retrieved November 8, 2016. 
  7. ^ Whitbrook, James (February 2, 2016). "Archer Is Really Going All Magnum P.I. Next Season". Gizmodo. Retrieved February 4, 2016. 
  8. ^ Lynch, Jason (February 22, 2016). "FX and Sports Illustrated Feature 'The Girls of Archer,' Swimsuit Issue-Style". Adweek. Retrieved March 13, 2016. 
  9. ^ Lynch, Jason (March 10, 2016). "After Spoofing SI's Swimsuit Issue, FX’s Archer Wants You to Turn Off Your Cell Phones in Theaters". Adweek. Retrieved March 10, 2016. 
  10. ^ Welch, Alex (April 1, 2016). "Thursday cable ratings: 'Vikings' and 'WWE Smackdown' stay steady". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 1, 2016. 
  11. ^ Welch, Alex (April 8, 2016). "Thursday cable ratings: NBA basketball wins the night". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 8, 2016. 
  12. ^ Welch, Alex (April 15, 2016). "Thursday cable ratings: Democratic debate lands on top". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 15, 2016. 
  13. ^ Welch, Alex (April 22, 2016). "Thursday cable ratings: 'Vikings' ticks up, 'WWE Smackdown' stays steady". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  14. ^ Welch, Alex (April 29, 2016). "Thursday cable ratings: NFL Draft dominates". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 30, 2016. 
  15. ^ Welch, Alex (May 6, 2016). "Thursday cable ratings: NBA Playoffs continue their dominance, 'Smackdown' rises". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 6, 2016. 
  16. ^ Welch, Alex (May 13, 2016). "Thursday cable ratings: 'WWE Smackdown' holds steady". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 13, 2016. 
  17. ^ Welch, Alex (May 20, 2016). "Thursday cable ratings: 'WWE Smackdown' holds steady, NBA Playoffs win the night". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 20, 2016. 
  18. ^ Welch, Alex (May 31, 2016). "Thursday cable ratings: NHL Conference Finals tick up, WWE Smackdown dips". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 31, 2016. 
  19. ^ Welch, Alex (June 3, 2016). "Thursday cable ratings: ‘WWE Smackdown’ ticks up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved June 3, 2016. 

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