TV on DVD 01/04/11 – Big Love for Archer

Archer: The Complete Season One (Fox) – Sterling Archer (code name: Duchess) has worked his way to the top of the spy game with a combination of arrogance, recklessness, hard-drinking, womanizing and nepotism: his mother (voiced by Jessica Walter) is the sarcastic head of the private intelligence agency ISIS (the International Secret Intelligence Service) that sends Archer around the world with weapons he should not be trusted with. That’s just one of the issues of contention between Archer and Lana Kane (Aisha Tyler), the unbelievably pneumatic top agent at Isis and Archer’s former girlfriend.

The made-for-FX animated series is a mix of espionage spoof of international intrigue and a skewed sitcom of cutthroat office politics with raunchy humor, and for a self-obsessed, sex-driven, easily-distracted moron, Archer’s actually got some mad skills between his playboy jaunts and cover-ups. And the show itself is pretty damn funny, utterly uninhibited and hilariously excessive, yet delivered with a deadpan directness. The show has the hard-lined look of a sixties comic book and features a voice cast that includes Chris Parnell (as the head tech geek at Isis), Judy Greer (the slutty secretary) and veteran voice actor H. Jon Benjamin as Archer, plus guest shots by Jeffrey Tambor, Coby Bell, Rene Auberjonois, Thomas Lennon and Ron Perlman.

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