FX has a new half-hour animated comedy series called ARCHER will premiere on January 14th, 2010 at 10 pm. The show revolves around the International Secret Intelligence Service or ISIS. It’s a spy agency, of course. We get great voicework from H Jon Benjamin as Sterling Archer (codename: Duchess), Jessica Walter as Archer’s Mom Malory, Aisha Tyler as Archer’s ex-girlfriend Agent Lana Kane, George Coe as the butler Woodhouse, Chris Parnell as ISIS comptroller (whatever THAT is) Cyril Figgis, and Judy Greer as Malory’s secretary Cheryl. And I gotta say, this has got to be the most fun thing to do voice over work for. I wouldn’t know since I’ve never done any actual voice over work unless you count talking over my friend while she sleeps…but – hell, that makes me kind of a pro doesn’t it?
FX graciously allowed me to view several of the season one episodes for Archer. Of course, I’m not majorly into cartoons unless they were from the 80’s (Jetsons! Smurfs! Jem!) I tend to assume that most new “adult” cartoons are going to just try to be overly hipster-ish… But I really did like watching this show. It’s the wit. The wit is strong with this show. Archer is playful (read: nonsensical in the best way) and comical. If I ever described things as a “romping good time”, I would say that about this show.
If James Bond had mother issues and was a bit more neurotic, he could easily pass for Archer Sterling. The team of players really work well together. I could have done without Lana’s cartoon boobs being so ginormous, but that’s just a personal preference. I happen to love the way Aisha Tyler has Lana say “Yuuuuup” so it evens out. I relate to Cheryl the most because…I just do. I’m dodging questions about this if you ask.
Archer Episode Guide
“Mole Hunt” (Thursday, January 14th, 2010) “Archer goes to great lengths to cover up discrepancies in his ISIS expensive account as he attempts to access the agency’s mainframe computer. Cyril and Lana’s Friday night dinner date is interrupted by work.”
“Training Day” Archer trains Cyril.
“Killing Utne” A swanky dinner party goes wrong.
“Diversity Hire” A new hire seems too perfect.
“Skorpio” An infamous arms dealer is running amok.
“Lana, I know I’m supposed to be up my own ass right now but…” – Archer
“You think her loins were stirring?” – Cyril
“If not frothing!” -Malory
“Karate? The Dane Cook of Marital Arts? ISIS agents use Krav Maga” – Archer
“I don’t care if you have FIFTY dead hookers in the trunk, you lied to me!” – Lana
“Well, YOU shot a machine gun at me!” – Cyril
“AROUND YOU! Because my feelings were hurt.” – Lana
“Do you really want to open this can of trust-breachy worms right after I caught you and my ex-boyfriend with a dead hooker in the trunk?” – Lana
“Seriously Lana, call Kenny Loggins because you’re in the danger zone.” – Archer