Archer: Dreamland (2017)



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Dreamland may just be a diversion into Sterling Archer's self-aggrandizing imagination, but it wholly succeeds as both an antic parody of hard-bitten noir and a self-contained revitalization of the long-running series' format.



Critic Ratings: 14


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User Ratings: 219

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Air date: Apr 5, 2017

In the eighth season premiere, Archer tries to find out who killed his partner, but accidentally gets in bed with Mother, a notorious L.A. crime boss.

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Air date: Apr 12, 2017

A mysterious woman hires Archer to fake her death, but he's unable to rise to the occasion.

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Air date: Apr 19, 2017

Archer tries to escape from jail with the help of a crazed heiress and a dysfunctional jazz quartet.

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Air date: Apr 26, 2017

While investigating a kidnapping, Archer reveals too much about Figgis and Krieger reveals too much about his past.

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Air date: May 3, 2017

Dutch becomes a new man while Archer's ransom exchange goes up in smoke.

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Air date: May 10, 2017

All roads lead to Len Trexler as Archer and the gang try to avoid unfriendly ghosts.

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Air date: May 17, 2017

Archer and Trexler try to escape a rampaging Dutch by telling the world's worst knock-knock joke.

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Air date: May 24, 2017

In the season finale, Archer visits Dreamland and receives a big break that leads him to Woodhouse's killer.

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Tv Season Info

In Season 8 of this animated comedy, Archer (H. Jon Benjamin) goes in search of his partner's killer in 1947 Los Angeles. However, the case becomes a tug-of-war between L.A.'s crime bosses and Archer gets caught up in a mystery involving kidnapping, prostitution and drug addiction.

Cast & Crew

Aisha Tyler
Lana Kane
Lucky Yates
Judy Greer
H. Jon Benjamin
Sterling Archer
Jessica Walter
Malory Archer
Amber Nash
Pam Poovey
Adam Reed
Ray Gillette
Chris Parnell
Cyril Figgis
Dave Willis
Barry Dillon
April Hong
English Speaking Chinese Woman
Adam Reed
Matt Thompson
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Critic Reviews for Archer Dreamland

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4)

[T]he unknown future, while exciting, also feels a little bit empty.

Oct 30, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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Archer's vacation in Dreamland ends as all great film noir must, with our hero shouldering the terrible burden of perspective for the sake of the world he's kept safe.

Oct 30, 2019 | Full Review…

What seems, at first, like a complete clearing of the board, quickly reveals itself as a brilliantly surgical excision, cutting away the show's accumulated baggage and leaving behind only those things that work.

Apr 7, 2017 | Rating: A | Full Review…
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Archer has always had a nostalgic appreciation for the antic paces of screwball comedy, and going back in time gives the show permission to alter its tone somewhat so as to follow that muse.

Apr 5, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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Archer: Dreamland may be a clever homage to classic hard-boiled detective fiction from the '40s, but Archer in Dreamland is not the wild man we've come to love/hate.

Nov 7, 2019 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

This looks like the best season of "Archer" yet.

Oct 30, 2019 | Full Review…

Season 8 is promising a lot but, so far, a resolution doesn't seem part of it.

Mar 12, 2019 | Full Review…

Cheryl's appearance - not to mention Judy Greer's especially brilliant performance - may have saved Archer's eighth season from itself.

Mar 12, 2019 | Full Review…

In Dreamland, the entertainment is as high as it's ever been.

Apr 7, 2017 | Full Review…

A show this funny could be content to rest on its humor, but "Archer" has upped its game, showing that Adam Reed and his team's ambition isn't just limited to comedy.

Apr 5, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

What started out as a goofy spy series has almost backdoored -- phrasing -- its way into becoming a limited series, with a new adventure and setting every season, like some sort of Ryan Murphy show. That's pretty cool.

Apr 3, 2017 | Full Review…

There's no expansion or even mutation of the noir style beyond an increase in humor and a moderate amount of self-awareness, neither of which is strong enough to override how plodding and unadventurous this all feels.

Apr 3, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Archer: Dreamland

  • Jul 03, 2020
    Just not funny. The show was laugh out loud funny until this season, but really jumped the shark this season.
  • May 02, 2020
    neo noir theme was refreshing.
  • Jan 10, 2020
    The first hints of Archer's downward spiral can be seen in this season. Demonstrating a lack of quality uncharacteristic of Archer, this season was merely alright. Very disappointing when compared to the incredibly consistent quality of previous seasons.
  • Sep 02, 2019
    I really liked this seasons time period it was really good.
  • May 16, 2019
    Dismal, annoying, boring, nonsensical, unoriginal. This season was by far the worst, I've watched every other season at least 20 times, this one ive seen twice and hated it both times.
  • Apr 11, 2019
    Season 8 reinvents Archer again - but this time on a more fundamental level as it takes place in Archer's coma dream, featuring a new setting as well as all characters in new roles. The 1940s noir setting fits very well and it is refreshing to see the characters in new roles. All character reinventions are great but especially Krieger got an interesting role as he is for once is not a Nazi but actually a Jew who sabotaged the Nazi regime from the inside. The new season is much darker, with both Archer and Krieger getting WWII flashbacks and Woodhouse's murder running throughout the whole season - even if Archer keeps getting distracted. This also makes for a surprising emotional season. Still, the season 8 keeps the typical Archer elements we all know and love, like Krieger's crazy experiments - I'm not sure if it was just me but I found the robot cat just hilarious - Cheryl being crazy, Archer's alcohol and drug abuse, rampant violence and so on. The darker tone fits Archer really well and the serialized form worked perfectly, making this season the best in years. As a German I also have to pay my compliments to Lucky Yates. For someone who doesn't speak German at all he did really, really well with his German lines - which were a lot this season. I know native English speakers who have learned German for years and have a much stronger accent.
  • Jan 02, 2019
    The cast is fantastic, as always, but I feel like it is a reboot, not a continuation. I understand the premise, but it feels as if an entire series to do this is not the best way to put off an in suspense audience. 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.
  • Sep 24, 2018
    The worst season of Archer. :(
  • Sep 15, 2018
    A real disappointment compared to past seasons. After having watched Danger Island as well, I think I may be done with this show. Used to be one of my favourites, but they really seem to have lost what made the original show so great.
  • Jun 18, 2018
    Poor. ruined the series, tanked the ratings. not really that funny

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