December 13, 2013

Archer Fourth Season Premiere

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Am I seriously the only one who’s genuinely excited for the return of Archer?  The show returns for a fourth season in [corrected]: early 2013.  H. Jon Benjamin has proven himself to be one of the best and most underrated voice actors of this generation, and the mix of harsh, dry humor and action/adventure is a recipe for serious success.  This is a show that won the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Animated Series this year.  It also won an award as “The Best Show You’re Not Watching.”  So why is this show getting no publicity?

Go Google Archer and click the “News” tab.  You’ll find nothing about an animated TV show about a promiscuous, overly confident secret agent.  Try adding “season 4,” and even “FX,” and the closest you get on the first page is Charlie Sheen’s new show.  If you haven’t seen it, it’s essentially James Bond meets Louis C.K. in cartoon form.

Is the world really just not ready for a cartoon of this caliber?  Often raunchy, and always hilarious, the show definitely appeals to a specific target audience.  Sure the premise of the show is contrived and unrealistic, but who wouldn’t want to live vicariously through the life of Sterling Archer, the greatest secret agent in the world?  It’s definitely a show unlike any other on TV right now, however it’s possible that the fact that it is animated is turning away potential viewers.  Like any good show on TV today, it’s humorous content is its main driving point.  The comedic timing alone is more than enough to put Archer among the top comedy shows on the air today.  The impeccable cast of characters come together to turn a secret agency into a business, and from there, the jokes range from office humor to gunfights with terrorists and everything in between.

The makers of Archer have even announced a crossover episode of Archer with one of H. Jon Benjamin’s other TV shows, Bob’s Burgers.  This should bring some new fans, that is, if anyone knew that it was happening.  Archer and Bob’s Burgers are two good shows that don’t get the recognition that they deserve outside of their niche audiences.  If you have the time – and let’s be honest, you do – check it out.

By Kevin Cardoni

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