Archer: Season 5 (2014)


Season 5

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Archer manages to remain fresh while staying true to its dirty, grimy, hysterically funny characters.



Critic Ratings: 12


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User Ratings: 549

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Air date: Jan 13, 2014

Someone dies. Someone who has been with the ISIS crew from the beginning. And then things get crazy. (C) FX

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Air date: Jan 20, 2014

Archer, Pam and Lana visit some old friends in Miami.

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Air date: Feb 3, 2014

Archer stages an intervention for Pam, but it gets derailed by an unwanted guest.

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Air date: Feb 24, 2014

Malory takes the gang on a road trip.

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Air date: Mar 10, 2014

Archer embarks on a secret mission to Colombia.

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Air date: Mar 17, 2014

Lana and Pam plan a spa day for Malory. Meanwhile, Archer, Ray and Cyril raft down a crocodile-filled river.

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Air date: Mar 24, 2014

Archer has a run-in with a shady arms dealer (voice of Christian Slater).

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Air date: Mar 31, 2014

Part 1 of 2. Archer and the gang stay as guests at a palace.

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Air date: Apr 7, 2014

Conclusion. Archer tries to keep a secret affair under wraps.

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Air date: Apr 14, 2014

Interesting new roles are taken up by Cyril, Cherlene and Archer.

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The gang leave spying behind and turn to a life of crime in Series 5 of this hilarious animated comedy. After ISIS is disbanded by the U.S. government, Archer (voice of H. Jon Benjamin) and his fellow former agents set out to sell a secret stockpile of cocaine he and Malory (Jessica Walter) had hidden away. Along the way, Cheryl (Judy Greer) transforms into a country-music singer, and Pam (Amber Nash) develops an addiction. Also back for the fifth series are Lana (Aisha Tyler), Cyril (Chris Parnell) and Ray (Adam Reed).

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Critic Reviews for Archer Season 5

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

This new season has been reassuring proof that Archer can explore new territory while remaining true to itself.

Jan 30, 2014 | Full Review…

It's still reliably dirty... but in the service of something much grimier and at once totally fresh. It's also very, very funny.

Jan 22, 2014 | Full Review…

Archer is defiantly silly but it is so in a way that people could easily underestimate. In other words, it takes smart people to write characters this gloriously dumb.

Jan 13, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Everything that makes the show great continues to hum along at full force-namely, its characters and the way any member of Archer's ensemble can bounce off of any other member with glorious ease.

Jan 13, 2014 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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The plots are perfunctory. The premise is beside the point. Archer just has funny characters, and trusts that their innate hilarity will keep people's attention.

Oct 19, 2018 | Full Review…

A rare, but refreshing move for an animated series...

Jun 12, 2018 | Full Review…

[Rebooting] gives the series new life. Not that it was floundering at all, but there was a certain circuitousness to the plotlines that Archer Vice not only interrupts, but short-circuits completely.

Jan 27, 2014 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

The episode succeeded in assuring fans things won't really change all that much, and the show is in the right hands.

Jan 20, 2014 | Rating: 8.8/10 | Full Review…

Archer's affection for character and craft makes it more likely to be remembered as one of the great TV shows of our time, and not just another dirty cartoon.

Jan 15, 2014 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

You already had me hooked, Archer; just don't make such a desperate sales pitch at me anymore and I'm sure we will still be cool.

Jan 14, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Kudos to Adam Reed and friends for not being afraid of change and keeping things fresh.

Jan 14, 2014 | Rating: 4.8/5 | Full Review…

Packed with its usual share of action and comedy, Archer's refresh injects some welcome energy into the adrenaline-fueled animated series as it continues to be one of the funniest shows on TV.

Jan 13, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Archer: Season 5

  • Nov 17, 2020
    This season was god awful. It was almost impossible to get through, and I found myself enraged by Pam. She's a truly terrible character who needs to be killed off. Hated this season, would literally never watch again.
  • Apr 10, 2020
    Excellent, pure archer
  • Oct 05, 2019
    The 5th season starts off with an extremely promising first episode that changes up the game for our beloved characters and ends with an insanely hilarious, gut-busting and exciting montage, but even after the great thrill when we realize that much of what was shown in the montage will, indeed, happen, it simply isn't as funny when played out over multiple episodes and arcs. That isn't to say it wasn't entertaining, just not as much as the previous seasons. I will say, however, that the show did benefit from changing up its formula, as if it had continued its seemingly perfect structure of the first four seasons things would definitely have gone a little stale. This was a necessary landmark for the show to segue into the better seasons of 6 and especially 7, as well as the first time the creators started experimenting with different styles and formats.
  • Sep 02, 2019
    One of the best animated series ever! Just like the old gypsy lady told me.
  • 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. This is the first introduction of a character that I don't care for, but the actor is one I do like. It almost feels like an attempt to redo Odin with another approach. Still excellent.
  • Jul 02, 2018
    One Of The only TV series That can actually change the whole plot in a season and Be as goOd as ever
  • Jan 17, 2018
    Ambitiously turning Season 5 into an entirely new concept appropriately titled 'Archer: Vice', Archer continues to prove itself and one of the smartest and ambitious comedies on TV.
  • Jul 16, 2017
    An adult orientated comedy that, as soon as the episode is finished, you can't wait to see the next one.
  • Mar 17, 2017
    Season 5 explores other settings and shakes up the status quo a bit with seamless ease.
  • Jan 22, 2016
    Amazing characters, long story, and writing. Wow!

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