Archer: Dreamland (2017)



Critics Consensus

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: 10


Audience Score

User Ratings: 185
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Air date: Apr 5, 2017
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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.


H. Jon Benjamin
as Sterling Archer
Aisha Tyler
as Agent Lana Kane
Brian Keith
as Lew Archer
Chris Parnell
as Cyril Figgis
John P. Ryan
as Lt. Barney Brighton
George Coe
as Woodhouse
Adam Reed
as Ray Gillette
Dave Willis
as Barry Dylan
Ona Grauer
as Katya Kazanova
Ron Leibman
as Ron Cadillac
Jeffrey Tambor
as Len Trexler
Coby Bell
as Conway Stern
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Critic Reviews for Archer Dreamland

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (2)

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 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…
Top Critic

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…
Top Critic

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…

In Archer: Dreamland - the eight season - both the show and story stay fresh and funny by taking us to a 1940's noir setting.

Apr 3, 2017 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Where Archer: Dreamland improves upon the formula is its story. I wouldn't be surprised if Reed and his writers carefully plotted out each beat of the season before getting started as the ongoing film noir detective story is satisfyingly rich and twisty.

Mar 27, 2017 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Archer: Dreamland

  • 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
  • Apr 28, 2018
    there was just something missing in this season. there were funny parts scattered throughout this season, but some of the running gags kind of fell short. it's kind of the feeling i had in season 5 where there were some truly funny parts, but some of the thing like the pam cocaine addiction were beat over your head each episode.
  • Feb 11, 2018
    Best season of Archer,... ever. So melodramatic, refreshing to the series and cracking funny.
  • Jul 29, 2017
    This show is really funny and I totally recommend it
  • Jul 11, 2017
    i love archer and the new style mixed with the old style of cartoon but i remember a bit more sex in the other seasons.
  • Jun 21, 2017
    A very big whiff from an otherwise great show. In my binge watches, I will be sure to stop at 7.

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