Archer: Season 1 (2009 - 2010)


Season 1

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A zany, deadpan adult cartoon with insightful observational humor on office space and international espionage.



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Air date: Sep 17, 2009

When Malory questions Archer's expense account, he must break into the ISIS mainfame to tidy it up. Meanwhile, the hunt is on for a mole; and Lana and Cyril's Friday-night dinner is interrupted by an urgent call.

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Air date: Jan 14, 2010

Ineptitude trumps intrigue in a spy spoof focusing on ISIS agent Sterling Archer (voice of H. Jon Benjamin), who has James Bond's vices down pat, if not his virtues. In the opener, Archer must train comptroller Cyril Figgis, who has been promoted to agent by the agency's head---Archer's mother, Malory.

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Air date: Jan 21, 2010

Owing to a rash of agent deaths (the result of Sterling's carelessness), ISIS can't meet government diversity standards. Enter the gruffly elegant Conway Stern, an "onyx" agent who wears a Star of David around his neck. Conway is "a diversity double whammy," gushes Malory, but that and his secret-agent skills aren't the only reasons she hired him.

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Air date: Jan 28, 2010

Malory hosts a dinner party for the UN Intelligence chairman (voice of Jeffrey Tambor) to get a contract for ISIS, but assassins are out to kill him.

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Air date: Feb 4, 2010

Malory's job is in danger after a sensitive videotape falls into the wrong hands, and she must rely on Archer's skills of seduction to save it. Guest voices include Ron Perlman (Ramon Limon) and Thomas Lennon (Charles).

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Air date: Feb 11, 2010

Malory chooses Lana over Archer for a mission to Saint-Tropez to take out an international arms dealer, and she accompanies Lana there as well---for a "conference" that turns out to be a tryst with her KGB paramour, Nikolai. But soon, Archer is heading for the arms dealer's yacht as well. Back at ISIS headquarters, Cyril is worried sick about Lana's safety (not to mention her fidelity).

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Air date: Feb 18, 2010

A bomb threat jeopardizes a luxury airship's maiden voyage, sending the ISIS crew into action.

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Air date: Mar 4, 2010

ISIS loses yet another contract to ODIN, so Malory assigns Archer and Lana to steal a priceless diamond from ODIN's biggest client in order to embarrass the rival spy agency.

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Air date: Mar 11, 2010

Archer takes a better-paying job at rival agency ODIN, and Malory is determined to get him back.

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Air date: Mar 18, 2010

Season 1 finale: Questions about the identity of Archer's real father lead him into a trap---and a confrontation with Malory.

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The first series of "Archer" introduces the outrageous world of the satirical spy agency known as ISIS (International Secret Intelligence Service). Sterling Archer (voice of H. Jon Benjamin) finds himself in hot water after questions are raised about his expense account, and Malory (Jessica Walter) hosts a dinner party for the UN Intelligence chairman. Other series regulars include Lana (Aisha Tyler), Cyril (Chris Parnell) and Pam (Amber Nash).

Cast & Crew

Aisha Tyler
Lana Kane
Judy Greer
H. Jon Benjamin
Sterling Archer
Jessica Walter
Malory Archer
Chris Parnell
Cyril Figgis
George Coe
Adam Reed
Ray Gillette
Peter Newman
Maj. Nikolai Jackov
Amber Nash
Pam Poovey
Coby Bell
Conway Stern
Dave Willis
Barry Dillon
Adam Reed
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Critic Reviews for Archer Season 1

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (14)

Archer in fact has its moments. It also features sterling voice-over work by H. Jon Benjamin, who's in command from start to stop.

Oct 29, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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Perhaps what's most impressive about "Archer" is that it has managed to continually weave an intricate linguistic tapestry to go along with the "Mad Men"-adjacent visual aesthetic it had at its outset.

Jul 5, 2018 | Full Review…
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Suffice it to say, keep the kids away, but you will laugh - and feel guilty about it afterward.

Jan 14, 2010 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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I've seen five "Archer" episodes - and laughed frequently and loudly at all five.

Jan 14, 2010 | Full Review…

I like "Archer'' because it succeeds where so many of the snarky animated series tend to fail.

Jan 14, 2010 | Full Review…

FX's new animated "Archer" is one of those shows you're going to love or hate. Put me down for love.

Jan 14, 2010 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

[T]he fact that this show is so confident of all of its characters and all of its settings that it feels like it should pay off even some of the smaller ones in its first season finale suggests a series that's really hitting its stride.

Oct 30, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

This witty series flips the conventions of the espionage thriller, creating an entertaining and original show.

Oct 29, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

When the show lacked in plot at times, the characters, magnificent dialogue and voice acting kept the show flying.

Oct 28, 2019 | Rating: 9.2/10 | Full Review…

The effect can be like some sort of engrossing hallucination you're having that happens to be killingly funny in spots.

Oct 31, 2018 | Full Review…

"Archer" wins points with its observational humor about modern life and in its mocking of mundane workplace minutiae.

Jan 14, 2010 | Full Review…

It's fun, but it's best in moderation.

Jan 14, 2010 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Archer: Season 1

  • Oct 16, 2020
    While season one of Archer did not exactly make me fall in love with the show or its characters, it was enjoyable enough that I am continuing to watch its second season. The season is not bad at all but the characters just are not likable at all. Most of them I did not remember their names apart from Archer, Lana, Cyril, Pam, and Malory. The standout characters would have to be Archer, Lana and Malory but there is a scientist character that also has some funny moments. This season was odd but in a good way, the actor that plays Archer is a perfect casting the voice talent is all great but that was a standout. The main plots of the season revolve around Lana and Cyril's relationship and Archers attempts to sabotage it out of jealousy but he will never admit to that. Archer also is dealing with his unhealthy relationship with his mother who lacks empathy for the way she parented him which makes Archer a more interesting character as well as Malory. Malory is trying to beat her rival and ex lover from rival agency ODIN throughout the season while being in a relationship with possibly Archers father the head of the KGB. There is also a receptionist character who is blackmailing Cyril because he cheated on her with the receptionist. Lana is just trying to live her life as a spy but is constantly dealing with everyone's insanity making her the designated observation humor provider which is somewhat problematic for her character because even though it is important she has yet to come into her own as a character. A lot is going on in these ten episodes and there is a lot more details but ultimately the first season is funny at times and is pleasant to watch, hopefully it can become something special in latter seasons.
  • Jan 10, 2020
    Hilarious throughout the season. With a diverse ensemble of witty and zany characters, excellent writing and consistently great voice acting, Archer is among the greats of adult animation. On top of this, the best looking animated show in recent memory.
  • Dec 14, 2019
    Quick and witty comedy, full of references to popular culture, as well as great voice acting is what the show embodies -match that with a creative direction that explores an entirely new premise and dynamic between the characters every season after season 4, and a great show is born.
  • Sep 15, 2019
    If you're easily turned off by excessive sex humour, don't let the first ten minutes of the first episode episode make you turn off the show, it gets so much better than that. The characters only get funnier and more interesting as the show progresses, and the animation style, though I didn't like it at first, soon grew on me in a sort of parodic or self-aware pulpy way. If you're an easily offended person I probably wouldn't recommend this to you, but for me the show is just so fast-paced and filled with hilarious dialogue that none of it really bothers me.
  • Sep 03, 2019
    This blend of James Bond, The Office and Adult Cartoons will without a doubt get you hooked
  • Jan 02, 2019
    Entertaining and outrageously funny. Archer delivers a solid season of espionage and humor slammed together. The season will have you laughing the whole way through.
  • Jan 02, 2019
    Excellent comedy. The entire cast is a talented set of voices and the artwork is entertaining. The relationships are constantly surprising and entertaining. A must watch for the mature adult who doesn't want to be too mature.
  • Jan 28, 2018
    Archer is a spy show that's a comedy that you'll love to watch its not that action packed but its a funny show that you would watch over and over again cause its funny Archer is amazing watch it 10/10
  • Jun 27, 2017
    Observational, and edgy as f*** - Archer is wonderful cartoon-comedy television.
  • Apr 07, 2017
    Archer is phenomenal. Spy Archer goes on different missions each episode and it's funny and thrilling. Aishii Tyler's character is amazing, Archer is great all characters are great. This show does get kind of repetiitive but besides that this films is a great crude animated show. Definitely for a first time watcher.

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