Archer is an adult animated spy series that premiered in September 2009 on FX. The series satirizes other spy films and television shows, introducing a clever blend of spoof and lunacy into the genre.
Sterling Archer, a foreign spy, and seven other dysfunctional secret agents are followed in this season (just like Archer). Sterling is a stereotypical selfish womanizer who is far too self-absorbed for his own good.
Mallory Archer, his mother (and boss), Lana Kane, Cyril Figgis, Cheryl Tunt, Pam Poovey, Ray Gillette, and Dr. Algernop Krieger are among his agents. The Foreign Secret Intelligence Service, or ISIS, is responsible for this group of agents.
Archer and his supporting cast appeared in a noir-style crime story, a pulpy adventure serial, and a far-future space adventure, among other projects. The characters mirrored their previous incarnations in some instances, but not always. It allowed Reed and his collaborators to essentially create whole new shows while keeping Archer’s talented voice cast and devoted fan base.
However, some in that loyal fan base became increasingly disappointed with the lack of answers about what was happening to the “real” Archer and his comrades, and so, at the end of Season 10, Archer awoke from his coma, returning to the world he (and the audience) had known previously.
It’s no coincidence that Archer’s return to the show’s old format coincides with Reed’s departure from the show, despite his approval of the new direction. Whereas in previous seasons, Reed would write or co-write every episode, he only wrote about a third of Season 10 and only a single episode in the new season.
This gives the impression that the show is reverting to its previous formula, i.e., imitating Reed’s distinctive accent, rather than attempting something different.
In terms of plot, the show returns to episodic spy operations, with a Bloodsport-style underground martial arts tournament and a sting operation to capture an art thief among the highlights.
Some long-running characters make cameo appearances, and there are many references to long-running jokes. The show has always excelled at nuanced wordplay, and this season’s writers continue the tradition, which the voice actors perform flawlessly.
Jamie Lee Curtis, Bowen Yang, and Stephen Tobolowsky all appear as guest voices in the first four episodes, adding some extra spice to their appearances. The animation, which has evolved over time, is immersive without losing the simplicity of the character design, and there are some impressively crafted set pieces.
Holy heck just realized that Archer season 11 finished in October and was renewed for season 12. I am like 5 seasons behind loool.
— William (@WilllliamH) March 20, 2021
‘This series has received positive reviews from critics and viewers alike, winning three Primetime Emmys and four Critics Choice Awards.
Archer S11is now available to stream on Netflix with English subtitles, with a release date of December 4, 2020.