Archer is a spy/workplace comedy centered on Agent Sterling Archer, aka "Duchess." He's regarded as "the world's most dangerous spy," despite his narcissism, his alcoholism, his irresponsibility, and many, many, unresolved mother issues. The show premiered in 2009, followed by a full first season in 2010, with a full season in 2011. The shows features the voices of H. Jon Benjamin as Sterling Archer, Aisha Tyler as Lana Kane, Chris Parnell as Cyril Figgis, Jessica Walter as Malory Archer, Judy Greer as Cheryl/Carol/Carina/Cristal, and Amber Nash as Pam. It was created by Adam Reed, who had previously made Frisky Dingo and Sealab 2021 along with Matt Thompson, who is also the executive producer. Reed also has written every single episode, which allows the series to have ongoing in-jokes, like Lana's freakishly large hands, Archer's obsession with Burt Reynolds, and Malory's promiscuity.
Many details about the show are deliberately fuzzy, especially the time period that it is set. The clothing, furnishing and cars would indicate that it is set in the past, but modern cell phones and pop culture references ("Call Kenny Loggins, because you're in the Danger Zone,") would indicate that the show is set in more recent times, despite the fact that the Soviet Union still exists (albeit coexisting with an independent Turkmenistan,) with Josef Stalin still in power (at least during the first season.) Reed has admitted that he had intended the show to be set in the sixties, citing the influence of Mad Men, but wanted cell phones because he didn't want to constantly have to have the characters find pay phones. Cultural attitudes are also more modern, with Malory citing diversity requirements, and openly gay characters.
The show ended in 2023 with 14 seasons.
The following lists the seasons of Archer:
The ISIS Armory
The ISIS armory has a large collection of weaponry on its walls, much of it accurately rendered, except for scale. The Sa. Vz.61 Skorpion for example, is ludicrously large.
Evolution of Archer's PPK
Archer weapon in the first season was identifiable as a Walther TPH, not the better known but slightly larger PPK.
The animators switch Archer's gun between seasons 1 and 2 to the PPK, also adding more detail and cycling animation.