The library had the first season of Archer sitting on the shelf and I picked it up. I hadn't seen the animated series but had heard of it. It's been going for 6 years and signed for a 7th. Adam Reed is the creator, he worked on several Adult Swim series that I hadn't seen. I'm sadly lacking any but a slight amount of exposure to Adult Swim. I'm not feeling sad about it. I can learn all I need to know off the internet and I've got plenty of material to watch as it is, I hardly need to find more. The first series started airing September 17 2009 and ran for 10 episodes. I like it when there are only a few episodes in a season or series. Means you can polish them off in a couple of evenings or a weekend day.
The series is about a spy agency for hire called ISIS. Archer Sterling (H Jon Benjamin) is their head spy. He's kind of a self-absorbed full of shit himself kind of guy who talks loud all the time. Kind of like the dad on American Dad. He's on the right in the grey suit. His mother Malory Archer (Jessica Walters) runs the place and she owns the business. She's domineering and totally untrustworthy. Aisha Tyler is Lana Anthony Kane, she's a better spy than the rest of them but she used to date Sterling Archer so that's some points off. That's Malory in the grey dress and Lana in the white dress. Next to Lana is Cyril Figgis, played by Chris Parnell, the company comptroller and the near man currently dating Lana. He's a big wimp and not totally competent at much of anything. At one point they try to make him a field agent but it ends poorly for him. The guy in the white lab coat next to Cyril is Doctor Algernop Krieger who's played by Lucky Yates. He's a weird one. Really fuckin' weird. On the left behind the desk is Raymond Q. "Ray" Gillette, played by show creator and producer Adam Reed. Ray is an openly gay spy and the most level headed one of the bunch. Next to him is Pamela "Pam" Poovey, played by Amber Nash. She's the HR lady and she's a bag of fucked up shit. Not to be trusted in any way. The last lady is Cheryl Tunt, played by Judy Greer. She's Malory's secretary and she's just flat out crazy. Judy's Wikipedia page has her appearing in 7 movies in 2015.
The stories usually have an assignment that involves some spying or other security trouble. That story is mixed in with story threads that uncover more and more about the daily lives of the characters. In the first story Archer wants to cover up some expenses so he hacks the main frame computer at the company. He uncovers a mole. Corby Bell guests in episode 3 as a super black agent. He was pretty cool but he turned out to be trouble. Malory hires a hit man and his girlfriend to pretend to kill a potential client. Someone else had also hired them to kill the guy. Oops. In another episode a Malory sex dvd causes some trouble and not just to people who had accidentally watched it. The team also does security for a cruise ship that has been threatened with a bomb. It turns out Malory called in the bomb threat to get a free cruise. She's a real asshole and it's no wonder that ISIS workers go on strike. Lana almost gets a job with another firm but you know that's not going to happen. Archer gets kidnapped by the Russians. The head of the KGB, who might be his daddy, puts a chip in Archer's head so he can go back and kill Malory. Love is fleeting, huh.
It took me a while to warm up to the show. There's hardly anyone likeable and they lead such train wreck lives. It's like a fucked up Get Smart. There's a good bit of spy activity and plenty of action. People get slaughtered left and right. It's filled with inappropriateness from the opening minute. I don't watch the credits but there's probably swearing in them. There's no nudity, all the naughty bits are covered up, but there is a good bit of sex, some of which is bad for your brain. It seems to be made to be annoying, not much you an do about it. I got a laugh or two out of each episode. I'm going to get season 2 from the library and watch that.