Somewhat reigned in by the almighty Malory Archer (Jessica Walter), the International Secret Intelligence Service (ISIS) crew in Season 4 is still as filled with wild hijinks and as many one-liners that take the humor just a little too far as ever. However, with a different starting point and new adventures, including the teased and promised Bob’s Burgers homage—which is fitting since H. Jon Benjamin provides the vocal leads for both Sterling Archer and Bob—the season kicks off with a bizarre parody and just continues to get weirder from there on out.
To kick off season four of the espionage-centered comedy cartoon series and celebrate the release of season three's DVD, the cast and producers of Archer came together to perform scenes from the show, share clips, play games and answer questions. And though the event was far from being a finely tuned machine, it was one of the greatest live shows I've ever experienced.
Any fan worthy of their tactilneck can tell you the espionage-comedy cartoon series owes a great debt to Arrested Development. Like the brilliant but short-lived sitcom about the battling Bluth family, Archer has a comedy style that relies on in-jokes, callbacks and ludicrous characters. Moreover, there's been quite a bit of casting crossover with Jessica Walter, Judy Greer, Jeffrey Tambor, and David Cross all lending their voices to Archer in either lead roles or guest spots.
FX must have decided that this new sploosh-tastic poster wasn't enough to properly promote the rapidly approaching fourth season of Archer, so they also decided to subject the rest of the cast of characters to the press rounds on media day in order to spread the word that the premiere is less than a week away. Junket interviews and a very busy "Quantum of Mediocrity" one-sheet for Season 4 of the spy spoof.
You know what the worst thing about Archer is? Seriously? Because I have no idea. I can’t even tell you one single negative thing about it at all. If I’m held at gunpoint, and I knew there was one bullet left – because like Sterling Archer himself, I count all shots fired – I could only complain that there aren’t nearly enough episodes per season. If The Simpsons and Family Guy are still getting around and above twenty episodes a season, Archer should be right alongside them. Why aren’t these decisions mine to make?
From Louie to The League, FX has built a great roster of comedies to ensure that Thursday night is always stocked full of laughs no matter what time of year and next week marks the beginning of a new rotation. And with Archer, the world's best and funniest secret agent, back so soon, it's the perfect time for Sterling to be making the press rounds promoting Season 4. Here's the spy explaining his perfect day...
Of all the shows that made us laugh this year, some stood out from the crowd. What makes a great comedy may be a matter of personal taste, but in our opinion these series all came out on top this year. From freshman comedies to long-running favorites, these shows kept us in stitches and gave us an escape to look forward to with every new episode. Presented in no particular order, here are TVBlend’s top 10 comedies of 2012.
The third season of Archer was impeccable. Seriously, look back at the recaps from early this year and 'impeccable' is definitely the word used most often while chronicling Sterling Archer's adventures as a super-spy cliche. That may sound like an insult but Adam Reed and his amazing voice-cast take the characters and situations to such high art absurdity that the result is usually an amazing animated satire. And, after the long wait, Archer is getting ready to return to FX for Season 4.
When FX decides to set premiere dates, the network doesn’t mess around. For fans who have been looking forward to new seasons of Justified, Archer, and Anger Management, or who are wanting to check out the network’s brand new comedy, Legit, will be able to do so sooner than anyone may have expected.
If you feel like Archer’s Season 3 wrapped up a long, long time ago, it did. Season 3’s finale aired at the end of March. That episode’s space theme was pretty memorable, but it’s not enough to have tided my over in the interim between new and old episodes. Luckily, the hit animated adult comedy series has finally announced its Season 3 Blu-ray and DVD release, but, in usual fashion, we’ll have a while to wait.
One of the funniest voice-actors working today is H. Jon Benjamin. By no means a diverse talent, for example, he doesn't have the range of a Billy West or Hank Azaria, Benjamin's work over the years has all sounded, well, like Benjamin but he's still managed to create a some memorable animated characters. The comedian has several voice gigs going on at the moment with the biggest two, FX's Archer and Fox Bob's Burgers, going to crossover.
As expected, the Archer panel was hilarious. The ensemble is full of equally depraved and disgusting individuals and almost the entire excellent voice cast was on hand for the event. Moderated by TV Guide's Damian Holbrook, in attendance were H. Jon Benjamin, Aisha Tyler, Chris Parnell and Amber Nash as well as series creator Adam Reed.
FX will be returning to Comic Con this year, showcasing three of their original series with panels in San Diego this July. While I was really hoping we'd hear word that American Horror Story would be featured in a panel at SDCC, that doesn't appear to be the case. On the bright side, SAMCRO will return! In addition to panels for Wilfred and Archer, FX's biker drama Sons of Anarchy will also be back to Comic Con for a panel.
“Space Race: Part 2” is the finale for the fantastic third season Archer. Last week's "Part 1" had its problems but the big laughs, incredible guest spot from Bryan Cranston and beautiful outer space animation all easily erased any of my concerns with the somewhat lacklustre plotting. However, unlike the first part of the space saga, Part 2 wasn't as successful at masking its shortcomings and even with several bright spots, the episode was no where near the finale that the fantastic third season deserves.
All goods things must come to an end. It's a cliche but that doesn't make it less true. The fantastic third season of FX animated series Archer is all but over with last week's “Space Race: Part 1" marking the beginning of the end. The first part saw Archer, the field agents and a few extra ISIS stowaways unwittingly aid mutineers set on terra forming and colonizing Mars. Oops. So, how will the team deal with that, uh, minor misstep in “Space Race: Part 2?”