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FX’s ‘Archer,’ created by two Atlantans, gets second season


FX has given sardonic animated spy comedy “Archer” a second season.

The show, which airs at 10 p.m. Thursdays, has averaged 1.2 million viewers in first-run numbers but its ratings fell precipitously from 1.8 million Jan. 14 in its opening frame to as low as 622,000 Feb. 5. Nonetheless, FX said the show has done well among younger men and repeats well, which is common among animated shows.

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As the creators noted, it really is a nice blend of “Arrested Development” and James Bond.

Adam Reed, an Atlanta-based creator with Matt Thompson, wrote me:

Well, we’re just incredibly stoked about getting another season of Archer. And I think FX has really shown a lot of faith in the show by giving it a chance to grow its audience. The show is doing well on iTunes, and very well on Hulu, so I think you’re right that it’s been in a competitive time slot. And then there’s those pesky Olympics…

I’m just now starting to sift through the huge stack of cocktail napkins on which I’ve been scribbling ideas for season two; if I can make out even half of these scrawls, there should be plenty of storylines.

Thompson sent me an email later in the afternoon that was written in more haiku style:

We are super excited.
Really awesome to make cartoons for a living.
Even better that we get to do it from Atlanta.
We just have no desire to move to LA and make TV.

The time slot was a killer. Plus we were not paired with anything / didn’t have a lead in.
We were alone on an island. Plus people loves them some Burn Notice.

The TIVO numbers have been great to us.
Same with HULU.

I think it all rolls in to FX’s thinking on the pick up.
Whatever it was, we are thrilled.

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February 23rd, 2010
12:07 pm

I just hate that a causes me ogle cartoon characters in skimpy outfits! It is a great show though!

James B

February 23rd, 2010
12:14 pm

This show really is funny. Crass, but funny. I’m glad they renewed it. My wife hates it but I love it!

Bond, James Bond

February 23rd, 2010
12:32 pm

I love the show! DVR it every episode and watch it at least twice. Already coined a couple of phrases from it too! All I know, “that’s so totally ninja”!


February 23rd, 2010
12:44 pm

I really enjoy good animated satire. This isn’t it. I applaud the attempt at something different, but the writing is nowhere near the quality of Futurama, South Park, or Simpsons. Glad to see the local boys get a shot at another season, but this show has a long way to go.


February 23rd, 2010
12:45 pm

Awesome! I had heard that it might not get a 2nd season, so this is great news. We’ve been watching it from the first episode, and it is already our favorite show to catch. We also love that it has the voices of several Arrested Development alumns. Keep up the good work!

Robert Sizemore

February 23rd, 2010
12:50 pm

Archer is totally ninja!!! I love it and my wife does too. It’s just too funny and totally non-politically correct, which is just gravy! There should be an Archer movie, just like that other guy, James Bond. One question, where are the supervillians? Second question, explain the whole “Johnny Bench called” thing, I just don’t get it.

Hooray for hipster animators

February 23rd, 2010
12:54 pm

Way to go, Mack and Neal. Keep on rockin’ in the free world.


February 23rd, 2010
1:00 pm

Just wish they could work some Frisky Dingo into Archer too.


February 23rd, 2010
1:14 pm

Oh yeah, I’m watching and will continue to do so.

Good, but could be better

February 23rd, 2010
1:16 pm

I will watch anything these guys make. But I miss the awkward pauses and purposeful pace of Frisky Dingo and Sealab. Slow down the dialog and let the lines have room to breathe. Keep making fun of the mundane – costumed henchmen complaining about their 401k and missing children’s piano recitals is brilliant. And keep the plot lines absurd.

bill mc

February 23rd, 2010
1:52 pm

May be the best show on television. Family guy for the people that don’t want dumb down for a half hour(and that is not a slam of family guy either, because sometimes the dumbing down frees the mind and that show will make you laugh despite your inhibitions). It’s close to a Monty Python meets cartoon 007. I would guess most women wouldn’t care much for it. Kudos to those that do, I would like to meet a few of them.
Anyway, I hope it gets several more seasons and an archvillain is not a bad idea.
By the way, the Johnny Bench remarks refer to Aisha Tyler’s character and her rather large hands(like catcher’s mitts).


February 23rd, 2010
2:20 pm

I like the animation style and the writing but the voice acting is terrible….too dry and loud.


February 23rd, 2010
2:20 pm

This show is so funny! My favorite character is Lana and Cyril. Archer is entertaining as well. I knew that this show was made of awesome when Jessica Walter and Aisha Tyler were cast!


February 23rd, 2010
2:20 pm


Dr. GE

February 23rd, 2010
2:23 pm

My husband LOVES it. I try to be disgusted by it, but I do find myself laughing out loud!!! Shame on us :)


February 23rd, 2010
2:45 pm

I think this show is terriffic! I love the pace and the crassness of it. Unfortunately, my 12-year-old son likes it too. Oh, well, they have to grow up sometime. My favorite line was the episode on the blimp. They discover the captain is the culprit, Lana shouts out his name in surprise, and Archer says, “Nice read, Velma.”


February 23rd, 2010
3:11 pm

Gary, you must have the audio turned off, Archer is better than all the shows you listed. Kudos to FX for giving it a chance, I hope online buzz & HULU help raise the ratings. Also I think “johnny bench called” is used to exit an awkward moment in conversation.

Scott W

February 23rd, 2010
6:00 pm

H Jon Benjamin is a GOD. I will watch anything that he is a part of. EVERYTHING about this show is FANTASTIC. The pace is fast and the show just goes by too quick. I end up wanting MORE.

I hope this show runs for MANY years.


February 23rd, 2010
8:27 pm

I have been following Adam Reed and Matt Thompson since their “Space Ghost” days. Both “Sealab 2021″ and “Frisky Dingo” are still some of my favorite shows to have ever been shown on Adult Swim. H. Jon Benjamin, who plays the title character Archer, is also one of my favorite voice actors. He’s guest starred on “Family Guy”, “Aqua Teen”, and “Venture Bros”. He was also hilarious as the Devil in “Lucy, Daughter of the Devil”, which Adult Swim cancelled. And he worked with Metalocalypse’s Brendon Small on the show “Home Movies” as Coach McGuirk.

The show is very edgy, which I love. The voice-acting all around is amazing. The writers also throw in very obscure references, and my fiance and I are also usually laughing so hard during the show that we have to rewind it and listen to it again. Thank God for DVR!

I was worried that FX would cancel the show. It is definitely edgier than anything they’ve ever shown. I guess shows like nip/tuck (even though I can’t stand it) have paved the way for shows like Archer. I’m really glad it’s getting a second season!


February 25th, 2010
8:35 pm

“Archer” is the only show I make time to watch anymore. Totally inappropriate and crass, yet absurdly funny. Great stuff.