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?”
This week's episode not only features the great Bryan Cranston in a guest spot but also finds Archer ready to take down some space pirates for the ISA since the first part of the season finale is set in the final frontier. Oh, and despite the frequent Soviet related story lines, Archer's space race isn't about the Reds, it's about the Red Planet. You know, Mars. Jesus, read a book.
Archer is gearing up for its first two parter of the season with the second half being the all too soon season finale. Sadly, the third season of FX animated comedy from Adam Reed is coming to an end the following week but at least it seems to be going out on a high note since, well, you can't get much higher than outer space. The spy spoof which often lampoons US-Russian relations is finally tackling one of the great Cold War conflicts with “Space Race: Part 1.”
Expectations are always high when it comes to Archer, especially in light of the stellar year it's been having, but they may have gotten a little out of hand after the preview for "Crossing Over" showed Archer's sexual depravity leading him right into Pam's, uh, arms as well as the return of former ODIN Agent Barry Dylan or should I say Bionic Barry. But my expectations may have gotten the better of me because, like last week's outing in the "Bloody Ferlin," "Crossing Over" is just another good but not great episode of Adam Reed's animated comedy.
This may sound redundant but this week's Archer looks incredible. After what was just a solid outing last week with "Bloody Ferlin," the FX animated series looks to be pulling out all the stops with "Crossing Over." Not only are Sterling's sexual escapades affecting his work, more so than usual, but we also get the return of Barry. Sorry, Bionic Barry. That in and of itself is more than enough reason to tune in on Thursday night. Barry is back!
Bloody Ferlin was just a solid effort in what has been a terrific third season. It wasn't the funniest episode of Archer by any means - the laughs were certainly there but not as big or bountiful as usual - but it did provide an excellent twenty two minutes of storytelling. Perhaps we've just been so spoiled lately that it's easy to expect greatness each and every week from Adam Reed? Oh well, that's not a bad problem to have and a good episode of Archer is still better than most anything else. Don't judge me, food.