Television is a hard nut to crack these days when most major draws are dramas; “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Walking Dead,” True Blood,” and “Breaking Bad.” And to top it all off, you’d be lucky to find a good comedy somewhere that doesn’t feel like a straight 90’s rip-off. A lot of the comedy involved on FX’s “Archer” comedy lies in its context and it’s a testament to the show writers that they’ve been able to build a unique setting from the ground up, and do so solidly enough for it not to crumble under its own self referential humor. The show is now over done with its airing of the fourth season and has been renewed for a fifth. The stellar voice cast only add to the shows success, with H Jon Benjamin delivering main character Sterling Archer’s ridiculous lines, as well as Aisha Tyler being more than convincing as the beautiful and very deserving of a Bond leading lady role Lana Kane.
The true beauty of the cast of “Archer” is where most shows may have one or two main characters, with the others thrown in as a half-hearted ensemble, “Archer” fleshes out its cast with eccentric backstories and quirks that mean you fall in love with them and are always happy to see them on screen. From the psychotic and likes to be choked Cheryl, the surprisingly pot friendly and strangely strong HR Director Pam, or the potential clone of Hitler, Dr. Krieger, there isn’t a weak link in the cast of characters at ISIS, with the only challenge being creating a scenario where they can all shine and luckily, it happens quite often.
The biggest draw of “Archer;” as I mentioned before, is its universe. The date is never fully established, which allows for plenty of liberty with the older character’s origins. However the greatest part of it is its solid build. It would of been easy for the writers to have written this show as a dysfunctional James Bond satire, but instead they chose to create something that’s original, endearing and hilarious. Sure, there are winks and nods to things here and there as it is a show based on spies but from the delivery, the stories and the inclusion of an amazing group of voice actors and guest stars (ranging from George Takei to Burt freaking Reynolds). Also, the art on the show is another major draw as the backgrounds and the character models never cease to amaze with just the amount of detail and care that’s added to each episode and continually gets better every season onward.
Tune in and check it out but make sure you watch it from the beginning otherwise nearly everything (joke, line and pun) will go over your head. But in the end, trust me. It’s worth it. “Archer” airs on FX, Thursdays at 10pm.