• Network: FX
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 14, 2010
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5
Metascore
88

Universal acclaim - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Feb 3, 2011
    90
    Archer hits the comedy bull's-eye with smart, provocative writing.
  2. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Feb 3, 2011
    80
    The other six episodes I've seen have their ups and downs, but that's kind of the nature of the beast with comedies that push the outer edge of the envelope of taste and common decency; their batting average will be lower than their comedy peers, but their slugging percentage will be higher.
  3. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Feb 3, 2011
    100
    Like any episode of Archer, telling the jokes does them no justice. You need to find out for yourself why this series is such a politically incorrect gem.
  4. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Feb 3, 2011
    83
    It's FX scoring again with another out of the box, jump-in-your-face series that most assuredly isn't for everyone but most definitely knows what it's doing.
  5. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    Feb 3, 2011
    100
    Archer is the next generation version of "Get Smart," with a similarly thickheaded, overconfident, horny hero whose petulant deadpan lines are funnier than they have any right to be.
  6. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Feb 3, 2011
    90
    By combining the traditional elements of spy dramas (and spy parodies) with office comedy, this look inside the halls of ISIS manages to be both an effective spoof and an effective character sitcom.
  7. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Feb 3, 2011
    90
    It's a brisk, naughty little show, among the freshest of genre parodies. Despite its vintage look, Archer feels very modern.
  8. Reviewed by: Kris King
    Feb 3, 2011
    88
    Archer is sleekly animated, has a cool retro design, and writing that manages to be both smart and bawdy all at once, but most of all, it has a fantastic voice cast.
  9. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Feb 3, 2011
    75
    The trick to Archer is that you have to listen--and watch--carefully. What can be seen and heard on the surface is outlandish, but the real genius of the show is to be found in its seemingly offhand sight gags and throwaway lines.
  10. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Feb 3, 2011
    80
    Okay, it gets silly. But silly can be funny, too, and Archer is, as noted, consistently funny.
  11. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Mar 4, 2011
    88
    In its second season, the spy parody remains my favorite animated series, thanks to its retro visual design--this is a cartoon for the age of Mad Men--and the vicious, dead-aim put-downs that make up most of the dialogue. [14 Mar 2011, p.42]
  12. Reviewed by: Clark Collis
    Feb 3, 2011
    91
    Congrats to Bob's Burgers star H. Jon Benjamin, who is now voicing the lead on two of TV's funniest shows. [28 Jan 2011, p.68]
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 161 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Feb 7, 2011
    10
    Here's the thing that makes Archer so great to watch: LAYERS. This show rewards the viewer by delivering a show that works better and better the more you watch it. The first time you watch an episode it'll make you laugh just with the funny double entendres, crisp animation showing a prostitute loving secret agent blowing the hell out of some bad guys, and the great quips from some pretty amazing voice artists. But this show really shines when you begin to notice all the attention to detail in the script. Almost every episode will start a new inside joke that will build to a great payoff. Or the all of the subtle references the show throws out that you don't need to get in order to enjoy the show, but will make a rewatch just as good as the first time around. This happens a lot.... they'll throw out a reference, you'll have no idea who they're talking about, then you'll randomly see that persons name and be like "Hey that was on Archer!" The show is great. You can relax and laugh at all the easier stuff or you can pay a little more attention and get these much more clever jokes that are begging to be noticed....

    No matter how you watch it, the show delivers.
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  2. Mar 28, 2011
    10
    One of the greatest shows on TV now. Constantly funny with tons and tons of background jokes. The world they created is a weird twist between Cold War USA and a modern world in which cell phone can have hip hop ring tones titled "Mulatto Butts" Full Review »
  3. Apr 22, 2014
    8
    Featuring an excellent cast of characters and voice actors Archer’s second season see’s an improvement in terms of consistency, and out and out laughs, over the already pretty good first season. Full Review »