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Full Name: Sterling Archer
Nationality: American
Organization: ISIS
Occupation Agent

Creator: Adam Reed
Time Span: 2009 - 2021

ABOUT THE SERIES

Sterling Archer is an agent with ISIS.

That acronym does not stand for the terror organization or would-be new Islamic caliphate. It refers to the International Secret Intelligence Service. As the name indicates, the agency is global in scope and deals with gathering, collating, analyzing, and then acting upon data concerning danger spots all over the world.

Exactly when the activities of this operative, and several of his fellow agents as well as those who provide much needed support services, take place is never really stated and, after a considerable number of those stories are told, the time period changes dramatically.

Archer is the best agent that ISIS has - at least in his own mind. To be honest he does accomplish the odd mission here and there so he should be considered successful in his work. Unfortunately, he also spends an inordinate amount of time proving that he is deep down a major narcissist and a woman-chaser. He also has intense mommy-issues stemming from the fact that his mother is Mallory Archer, likely the best agent that ISIS ever had and now its director.

Archer is 36 years old (which makes his whining a bit hard to take). He is extremely good looking, standing 6'2" and in excellent physical shape with black hair and blue eyes. He really is successful as an operative but he often proves the adage it is better to be lucky than good. When he does pull off a mission, it is usually because he has something to gain from it, not because it is what he is supposed to do.

Fighting alongside Archer is Lana Kane, likely ISIS's true best agent. She is (or was) also Archer's girl friend and really does care for him for which she deserves either a medal or therapy or both. Kane is a beautiful, athletic black woman who is extremely deadly with any weapon from her hands to the two Tec-9 machine pistols she prefers to carry.

Providing backup support as well as a host of interesting idiosyncrasies are Pam Poovey, ISIS's HR Director, Cyril Figgis, the comptroller of ISIS, Cheryl Tunt, slightly insane secretary to Mallory Archer, and Dr. Krieger, ISIS's gadgets inventor with some disturbing sexual proclivities.

As mentioned, the time period is which Archer's activities take place changes after a while as does what Archer actually does and who he does it for.

After 4 seasons of exciting adventures, ISIS gets disbanded by the American government and Archer and company have to find some other way to finance their activities (and Archer's more pressing issues like chasing women and drinking and looking after himself). From that point on, things get strange.

TELEVISION


Number of Episodes:126
First Appearance:2009
Last Appearance:2021
Network:FX

REGULAR CAST
H. Jon BenjaminSterling Archer [ 1-12 ]
Jessica WalterMalory Archer [ 1-12 ]
Aisha TylerLana Kane [ 1-12 ]
Chris ParnellCyril Figgis [ 1-12 ]

     The first four seasons of Archer were one solid block of exciting adventures of the lead character and others fighting the good fight in a Cold-War-ish time frame.

     Season 5 starts with ISIS being shut down and the first of several "themed" seasons beginning. It is popularly referred to as Archer Vice.
     Season 6 saw a return to "normal" adventures but with Archer and fellows now working for the CIA since by this time the terror group ISIS was in the news all the time.
     Season 7 has Archer now living in Los Angeles and working pretty much as a private investigator, adopting a pseudo-Charlie's Angels vibe.
     Season 8 is subtitled Archer Dreamland and reveals that Archer has been in a coma for some time and the activities he now engages in are in his mind.
     Season 9 is also known as Archer - Danger Island and deals with Archer in a world modeled after the 80's TV program Tales of the Gold Monkey.
     Season 10 takes still comatose Archer into the future and has him operating in outer space. Each of those people who played such a major role in Archer's life remain but drastically changed.
     Season 11 brings Archer out of his coma and back to his previous life as a secret agent but in the years that have transpired, a whole lot has changed in the real world. This is the first season without the show's creator and guiding hand, Adam Reed, running the creative team.


     
1 Mole Hunt
Episode S1-1, first aired 09/17/2009
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

Archer goes to great lengths to cover up discrepancies in his ISIS expense account as he attempts to access the agency's mainframe computer. Cyril and Lana's Friday night dinner date is interrupted by work.

2 Training Day
Episode S1-2, first aired 01/14/2010
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

Lana's residual lust for Archer prompts Malory to promote Cyril to field agent. Archer then trains his new competition as only he can, whilst Malory frets over her own past and her son's future.

3 Diversity Hire
Episode S1-3, first aired 01/21/2010
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

The agency hires a studly agent because of his minority status, and the man makes an impressive debut, but Archer suspects he has ulterior motives.

4 Killing Utne
Episode S1-4, first aired 01/28/2010
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

Malory holds a shindig to schmooze with United Nations bigwig Torvald Utne, just as a group of assassins closes in to kill him.

5 Honeypot
Episode S1-5, first aired 02/04/2010
Director: unknown
Writers: Adam Reed, Tony Carbone

Malory's career is threatened when a sensitive videotape falls into the hands of a rogue (and roguish) Cuban agent, so she calls on Archer's expertise in seduction to turn the tables on her blackmailer.

6 Skorpio
Episode S1-6, first aired 02/11/2010
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

Archer must rescue Lana from the clutches of Skorpio, the infamous arms dealer. Meanwhile, Cyril fears not only for his girlfriend's life, but her succumbing to the seductive nature of Archer's heroics.

7 Skytanic
Episode S1-7, first aired 02/18/2010
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

When a bomb threat jeopardizes the maiden voyage of the luxury airship Excelsior, Archer and the ISIS crew must battle the clock (and each other) to avert disaster.

8 The Rock
Episode S1-8, first aired 03/04/2010
Director: unknown
Writers: Adam Reed, Boswell Cocker

After ISIS loses yet another lucrative contract to rival agency ODIN, Malory assigns Archer and Lana to embarrass ODIN by stealing a priceless diamond from their biggest client.

9 Job Offer
Episode S1-9, first aired 03/11/2010
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

When Archer takes a higher-paying job at rival agency ODIN, Malory will stop at nothing to get him back.

10 Dial M for Mother
Episode S1-10, first aired 03/18/2010
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

Questions about the identity of Archer's real father lead him into a perilous trap... and an explosive confrontation with Malory.

11 Swiss Miss
Episode S2-1, first aired 01/27/2011
Director: unknown
Writers: Mehar Sethi, Adam Reed

ISIS protects a German billionaire's cute daughter from terrorists. She's celebrating her 17th birthday at a Swiss ski resort. The problem is, she can't keep her hands off Sterling, landing him in trouble.

12 A Going Concern
Episode S2-2, first aired 02/03/2011
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

After Malory is wiped out in a Ponzi scheme, she hatches a scheme of her own: selling ISIS to rival spy agency ODIN. Archer and the rest of the ISIS employees must use every trick in the book to try to stop the sale.

13 Blood Test
Episode S2-3, first aired 02/10/2011
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

Archer is in for a huge surprise when his favorite call girl, Trinette, shows up at ISIS with a subpoena in her purse.

14 Pipeline Fever
Episode S2-4, first aired 02/17/2011
Director: unknown
Writers: Boswell Cocker, Adam Reed

While Malory tries to make ISIS a green workplace, Archer and Lana head to the Louisiana Bayou to prevent a dangerous eco-terrorist from bombing America's largest natural gas pipeline.

15 The Double Deuce
Episode S2-5, first aired 02/24/2011
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

When members of Woodhouse's famed WWI Royal Flying Corps squadron start dying mysteriously, he naturally suspects foul play. As does Archer, who tries to help his loyal manservant track down the killer.

16 Tragical History
Episode S2-6, first aired 03/03/2011
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

Tired of his colleagues constantly calling him a failure, Cyril agrees to help George Spelvin, a mysterious computer security expert, inject a virus into the ISIS mainframe so he can defeat the virus and be seen as a hero.

17 Movie Star
Episode S2-7, first aired 03/10/2011
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

The normal childish squabbles, sneaky backbiting, and petty jealousies at ISIS are multiplied exponentially when a famous Hollywood actress, Rona Thorne, spends a week shadowing the agents as research for an upcoming role in a spy movie.

18 Stage Two
Episode S2-8, first aired 03/17/2011
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

After Malory's brief scare with breast cancer, another ISIS agent decides to be tested for the disease, with a tragic result.

19 Placebo Effect
Episode S2-9, first aired 03/24/2011
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

When Archer discovers the chemotherapy drugs he's been taking for his breast cancer are counterfeit, he sets out to destroy the criminals behind the scheme.

20 El Secuestro
Episode S2-10, first aired 03/31/2011
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

ISIS goes into full lockdown after Pam is abducted by kidnappers. Wait, Pam? Yes, but the kidnappers were really after Cheryl/Carol. Wait, Cheryl/Carol? Yes, because Cheryl/Carol isn't quite who she appears to be.

21 Jeu Monégasque
Episode S2-11, first aired 04/07/2011
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

The team's in Monaco during Gran Prix so Malory can buy a 4M$ disc. Unfortunately, she got the money from ISIS's employees' 401 (k). Worse, Sterling gambles 3.2M$ away. It gets worse.

22 White Nights
Episode S2-12, first aired 04/14/2011
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

Archer's search for his father's identity by going to Russia puts him in hot water as he is held prisoner by Nikolai Jackov and Malory has to ask Barry Dillon to rescue him.

23 Double Trouble
Episode S2-13, first aired 04/21/2011
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

Sexy KGB Katya saves Sterling's life in Russia and comes to USA with him. Is she there to spy, a job at ISIS, a green card or Sterling's

24 Heart of Archness: Part I
Episode S3-1, first aired 09/15/2011
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

Malory wants her son dragged home from a South Pacific island, where he's getting over Katya's death. Rip gets him on a seaplane that crashes, thanks to Sterling.

25 Heart of Archness: Part II
Episode S3-2, first aired 09/22/2011
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

Archer finally agrees to head back to Isis. Unfortunately as he boards Riley's plane to head back, their plane is attacked by pirates and they soon find themselves on an island run by pirates, and Archer is crowned their new pirate king.

26 Heart of Archness: Part III
Episode S3-3, first aired 09/29/2011
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

At ISIS HQ, Malory awaits a call on her son's situation/ransom on the pirate island. Meanwhile, he goes from being pirate king to being pirate prisoner together with Rip, Lana, Ray and Noah.

27 The Man from Jupiter
Episode S3-4, first aired 01/19/2012
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

Burt Reynolds is dating Malory. Sterling is not OK with it.

28 El Contador
Episode S3-5, first aired 01/26/2012
Director: unknown
Writers: Tesha Kondrat, Adam Reed

Malory sends Sterling, Lana and (just promoted to field agent) Cyril to catch a Colombian drug lord in the jungle to score $1M for ISIS. "Ironside" is demoted. ISIS employees will be drug tested.

29 The Limited
Episode S3-6, first aired 02/02/2012
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

ISIS transports a Canadian terrorist by train to Mounties in Canada. Will Nova Scotian terrorists free him? Will the drunk Sterling fulfill his dream of fighting on the roof of a moving train?

30 Drift Problem
Episode S3-7, first aired 02/09/2012
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

It's Sterling's birthday and his mom gives him a super spy car. She tells him to not get it stolen. Looking for his stolen car, he crosses path with the Yakuza.

31 Lo Scandalo
Episode S3-8, first aired 02/16/2012
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

Archer and Lana are called over to Malory's apartment on what was supposed to be an off night for the ISIS crew. There, they are shocked to discover what appears to be a dead body, some foreplay, and a few random gun shots. As they put together the pieces of the mystery, they soon discover that there's more to this story than meets the eye, and does Archer have enough spaghetti and meatballs for everybody? And what is underneath Malory's trench coat?

32 Bloody Ferlin
Episode S3-9, first aired 02/23/2012
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

The ISIS crew travels to West Virginia to help Ray and his brother save their crop from a crooked Sheriff. Meanwhile, Archer discovers that Ray has been faking his paralysis.

33 Crossing Over
Episode S3-10, first aired 03/01/2012
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

Stirling wakes up with a hangover, only remembering having the best sex ever - but with whom? What may be Stirling's dad defects Russia and comes to see his mom and get protection from ISIS.

34 Skin Game
Episode S3-11, first aired 03/08/2012
Director: unknown
Writers: Chris Provenzano, Adam Reed

When Archer's fiancee returns under mysterious circumstances, he immediately suspects that his arch rival Barry is behind it, and soon begins to plot against them both.

35 Space Race: Part I
Episode S3-12, first aired 03/15/2012
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

The ISIS staff is called by ISA to stop the international space station from being taken over by space pirates. During training, Cyril proves to be a more than adequate pilot, a skill which will prove valuable when they return. While on the mission, Malory attempts to make drinks in low gravity, Cyril one again shows he has no concept of what "suppressing fire" is and Lana has an unusually weak stomach.

36 Space Race: Part II
Episode S3-13, first aired 03/22/2012
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

Once on board the international space station, Archer and the Isis crew have very little time to save the crew on board from being taken over by space pirates, but an even sinister motive looks to make things even worse for Archer and Isis.

37 Fugue and Riffs
Episode S4-1, first aired 01/17/2013
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

Archer is working at a burger shop, but can't remember any of the events that led to him working there. Fortunately, Malory takes the Isis crew to a luxury spa and Lana helps Archer cure his amnesia.

38 The Wind Cries Mary
Episode S4-2, first aired 01/24/2013
Director: unknown
Writers: Adam Reed, Chris Provenzano

Archer and his former best friend are holed up in the Vermont wilderness, fighting hard to come out on top.

39 Legs
Episode S4-3, first aired 01/31/2013
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

Archer's fear of cyborgs hits home when Krieger offers to make robotic legs for Gillette.

40 Midnight Ron
Episode S4-4, first aired 02/07/2013
Director: unknown
Writers: Adam Reed, Tesha Kondrat

The beginning of beautiful hatred between Archer and his new stepfather plays out as the two are chased by gangsters.

41 Viscous Coupling
Episode S4-5, first aired 02/14/2013
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

With Barry stuck in space, Archer's former fiancee Katya, who is now living as a cyborg herself, seeks Archer's help in getting Barry returned to earth. But as manipulative as Archer is, he has other plans in mind.

42 Once Bitten
Episode S4-6, first aired 02/21/2013
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

While accompanied by Cyril and Ray on a mission in Turkmenistan, Archer comes in contact with a venomous snake with hallucinogenic repercussions. Meanwhile back at ISIS tensions come to a head between Lana and Malory.

43 Live and Let Dine
Episode S4-7, first aired 02/28/2013
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

After a security threat, ISIS goes undercover as staff in a restaurant to protect its clients including the Albanian ambassador. Chaos ensues.

44 Coyote Lovely
Episode S4-8, first aired 03/07/2013
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

The Isis crew heads to the Mexican border to save a coyote, but Archer and Lana soon find themselves being smuggled over the border with an immigrant family.

45 The Honeymooners
Episode S4-9, first aired 03/14/2013
Director: unknown
Writers: Mike Arnold, Adam Reed

Archer and Lana are on a mission as a couple staying in the honeymoon suite. Their colleagues are spying on them. The North Koreans are in NYC to buy uranium.

46 Un Chien Tangerine
Episode S4-10, first aired 03/21/2013
Director: unknown
Writers: Mike Arnold, Adam Reed

Archer and Lana head to Morocco to save a member of Isis' canine unit, but soon get themselves in deep dog doo doo.

47 The Papal Chase
Episode S4-11, first aired 03/28/2013
Director: unknown
Writers: Eric Sims, Adam Reed

The Isis crew heads to the Vatican to stop an assassination attempt on the Pope. Archer attempts to use Woodhouse as a decoy, while Archer and Pam pose as a priest and a nun.

48 Sea Tunt: Part I
Episode S4-12, first aired 04/04/2013
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

The Isis crew heads deep into the Bermuda Triangle to save an underwater sea laboratory from its deranged leader, thanks to the help of Cheryl's dim-witted brother and his equally dim-witted fiancee, who drive Cheryl crazier than usual.

49 Sea Tunt: Part II
Episode S4-13, first aired 04/11/2013
Director: unknown
Writers: Adam Reed, Rick Cleveland

Once on board the underwater laboratory, the Isis crew find they have very little time to rescue the lab from its deranged captain. But of course, the Isis crew's conflicts and Archer's recklessly impulsive tendencies don't exactly help things.

50 White Elephant
Episode S5-1, first aired 01/13/2014
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

After ISIS headquarters is raided by FBI Agents, Archer and Lana work to break out the crew while Mallory works on a deal to get them all free.

51 A Kiss While Dying
Episode S5-2, first aired 01/20/2014
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

Archer, Pam and Lana travel to Miami to visit some old friends. It's a fondue party!

52 A Debt of Honor
Episode S5-3, first aired 01/27/2014
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

Pam gets targeted for death by the Yakuza while the group continues to dig their way out of financial trouble.

53 House Call
Episode S5-4, first aired 02/03/2014
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

Archer has to stage an intervention for Pam that gets derailed by an unwanted guest.

54 Southbound and Down
Episode S5-5, first aired 02/24/2014
Director: unknown
Writers: Adam Reed, Ben Hoffman

Malory buys a bus and takes everyone on a road trip. Put that hammer down and give it hell.

55 Baby Shower
Episode S5-6, first aired 03/03/2014
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

Archer travels to Columbia on a secret mission that becomes not so secret after he gets drunk.

56 Smugglers' Blues
Episode S5-7, first aired 03/10/2014
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

Archer, Ray, and Cyril raft down a crocodile-filled river while Lana and Pam plan a spa day for Malory.

57 The Rules of Extraction
Episode S5-8, first aired 03/17/2014
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

Archer avoids crash landing in a dangerous swamp only to come face-to-face with a shady arms dealer (Christian Slater).

58 On the Carpet
Episode S5-9, first aired 03/24/2014
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

Archer and Pam try to get Kenny Loggins to play at Lana's baby shower and wind up in a zone of danger.

59 Palace Intrigue: Part I
Episode S5-10, first aired 03/31/2014
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

Archer and the rest of the ISIS gang are the guests of Gustavo Calderon and his wife Juliana. Calderon is a big fan of Cherlene but Juliana is a bigger fan of Archer.

60 Palace Intrigue: Part II
Episode S5-11, first aired 04/07/2014
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

Archer tries to keep his fling with the dictator's wife a secret while Krieger bonds with his clone-brothers.

61 Filibuster
Episode S5-12, first aired 04/14/2014
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

Cyril becomes the new president of San Marcos, Cherlene becomes the first lady of country music, and Archer becomes a resistance fighter.

62 Arrival/Departure
Episode S5-13, first aired 04/21/2014
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

While Lana is trying to give birth to her baby, it turns out that the whole "cocaine-case" was a secret agreement between Malory and the CIA.

63 The Holdout
Episode S6-1, first aired 01/08/2015
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

Archer must salvage a crashed plane for the CIA after he disappeared for six weeks in Thailand.

64 Three to Tango
Episode S6-2, first aired 01/15/2015
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

An agent from the past has a hand in creating tension between Archer and Lana.

65 The Archer Sanction
Episode S6-3, first aired 01/22/2015
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

Archer, Lana and Ray travel to the Swiss Alps to carry out an assassination, while Cyril, Pam and the rest of the gang capitalize on having a little free time.

66 Edie's Wedding
Episode S6-4, first aired 01/29/2015
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

Pam and Archer take a trip to Wisconsin for Edie Poovey's wedding, but Barry Dillon and Other Barry might have a thing or two to say about it.

67 Vision Quest
Episode S6-5, first aired 02/05/2015
Director: unknown
Writers: Adam Reed, Ben Hoffman

Everyone is stuck in an elevator. The only thing lower than rations is patience. Oh, and their only rescue is a highly advanced rolling toaster. What could go wrong?

68 Sitting
Episode S6-6, first aired 02/12/2015
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

Archer babysits AJ for the weekend.

69 Nellis
Episode S6-7, first aired 02/19/2015
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

A rescue mission turns into an out-of-this-world visit to Area 51.

70 The Kanes
Episode S6-8, first aired 02/26/2015
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

Lana introduces Archer to her parents; Archer introduces Lana's parents to high-speed chases.

71 Pocket Listing
Episode S6-9, first aired 03/05/2015
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

Slater has the gang swindle the Durhani royal family and Gillette lends a hand.

72 Reignition Sequence
Episode S6-10, first aired 03/12/2015
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

An office romance is interrupted by the Russians.

73 Achub Y Morfilod
Episode S6-11, first aired 03/19/2015
Director: unknown
Writers: Adam Reed, Mike Arnold

Archer and Lana travel to Wales for a romantic getaway of aiding separatists.

74 Drastic Voyage: Part I
Episode S6-12, first aired 03/26/2015
Director: unknown
Writers: Adam Reed, Casey Willis

Archer and the gang prepare for their most fantastic voyage ever.

75 Drastic Voyage: Part II
Episode S6-13, first aired 04/02/2015
Director: unknown
Writers: Adam Reed, Casey Willis

The fantastic voyage concludes.

76 The Figgis Agency
Episode S7-1, first aired 03/31/2016
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

Secret agent - turned private investigator Archer and the group are working on the West Coast, and Archer's newest case involves breaking and entering a mansion in order to bring back honour to one of Hollywood's leading ladies.

77 The Handoff
Episode S7-2, first aired 04/07/2016
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

Archer and Lana make a tricky handoff while the rest of the gang hears the best voicemail ever.

78 Deadly Prep
Episode S7-3, first aired 04/14/2016
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

A business opportunity arises at a prep school reunion.

79 Motherless Child
Episode S7-4, first aired 04/21/2016
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

An important member of the team is kidnapped and all leads point towards the infamous disc. Meanwhile Krieger is up to no good and Lana gets a new pet.

80 Bel Panto: Part I
Episode S7-5, first aired 04/28/2016
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

Party crashers turn a fundraiser into no laughing matter.

81 Bel Panto: Part II
Episode S7-6, first aired 05/05/2016
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

A hostage negotiation spirals out of control when Archer and Lana go missing.

82 Double Indecency
Episode S7-7, first aired 05/12/2016
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

Who's sexier, Cyril or Krieger? Pam or Cheryl? Only one way to find out... Bar fight!

83 Liquid Lunch
Episode S7-8, first aired 05/19/2016
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

The on-again, off-again relationship of Archer and Slater causes a rift in the on-again, off-again relationship of Archer and Lana.

84 Deadly Velvet: Part I
Episode S7-9, first aired 05/26/2016
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

The Deadly Velvet production is beset with chaos and destruction so the film's producer hires the Figgis Agency to discover what's behind the suspicious activity. The team's romances and jealousy complicates the investigation, and puts Archer in a difficult situation with Lana and Ms. Deane.

85 Deadly Velvet: Part II
Episode S7-10, first aired 06/02/2016
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

Things get even deadlier on the set of Deadly Velvet when someone turns up, you guessed it, dead.

86 No Good Deed
Episode S8-1, first aired 04/05/2017
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

Archer tries to find out who killed his partner but ends up in bed with notorious L.A. crime boss, Mother.

87 Berenice
Episode S8-2, first aired 04/12/2017
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

A mysterious woman hires Archer to fake her death but Archer is unable to rise to the occasion.

88 Jane Doe
Episode S8-3, first aired 04/19/2017
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

Archer tries to escape from jail with the help of a crazed heiress and a dysfunctional jazz quartet.

89 Ladyfingers
Episode S8-4, first aired 04/26/2017
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

Archer must convince the Vander Tunts that Charlotte has been kidnapped. Krieger reveals too much about his past.

90 Sleepers Wake
Episode S8-5, first aired 05/03/2017
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

Dutch becomes a new man while Archer's ransom exchange goes up in smoke.

91 Waxing Gibbous
Episode S8-6, first aired 05/10/2017
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

All roads lead to Len Trexler as Archer and the gang try to avoid unfriendly ghosts.

92 Gramercy, Halberd!
Episode S8-7, first aired 05/17/2017
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

Archer's past comes back to haunt him. Dutch proves himself a hard man to get rid of. Trexler attempts a great escape.

93 Auflösung
Episode S8-8, first aired 05/24/2017
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

Archer visits Dreamland and receives a big break that leads him to Woodhouse's killer.

94 Strange Pilot
Episode S9-1, first aired 04/25/2018
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

Archer inserts himself into a domestic dispute and engine troubles threaten to ruin his business.

95 Disheartening Situation
Episode S9-2, first aired 05/02/2018
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

Archer works to overcome his dead stick while Pam and those who bailed try to survive the local nightlife.

96 Different Modes of Preparing the Fruit
Episode S9-3, first aired 05/09/2018
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

Archer and Pam look for ways to make enough money to repair the plane.

97 A Warrior in Costume
Episode S9-4, first aired 05/16/2018
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

A group of German pilots show up on the island. Their leader was Archer's nemesis during the Spanish Civil War, shooting Archer down a total of five times. Archer longs for revenge.

98 Strange Doings in the Taboo Groves
Episode S9-5, first aired 05/23/2018
Director: unknown
Writers: Adam Reed, Mike Arnold

But there is no joy in Mudville- mighty Pam has struck out.

99 Some Remarks on Cannibalism
Episode S9-6, first aired 05/30/2018
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

Archer and Pam try to escape the cannibals with the less-than-willing help of an anthropologist while everyone else races to the idol.

100 Comparative Wickedness of Civilized and Unenlightened Peoples
Episode S9-7, first aired 06/06/2018
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

Archer helps defend a village from party crashers intent on ruining oysterfest.

101 A Discovery
Episode S9-8, first aired 06/13/2018
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

The Band finally close on a discovery.

102 Bort the Garj
Episode S10-1, first aired 05/29/2019
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

Archer and the crew of the Seamus wake up to the smell of shepherd's pie and see a business opportunity in their new guest.

103 Happy Borthday
Episode S10-2, first aired 06/05/2019
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

The crew provides entertainment for Bort while Barry-6 tries to crack Archer's safe.

104 The Leftovers
Episode S10-3, first aired 06/12/2019
Director: unknown
Writer: Mark Ganek

Pam's sandwich ruins everyone's dinner by releasing something deep inside of them.

105 Dining with the Zarglorp
Episode S10-4, first aired 06/19/2019
Director: unknown
Writer: Shane Kosakowski

Deep in space, Archer and the crew encounter a terrifying cosmic beast; even deeper, they encounter a self-aggrandizing life coach.

106 Mr. Deadly Goes to Town
Episode S10-5, first aired 06/26/2019
Director: unknown
Writer: Mark Ganek

Archer and the crew pick up a hitchhiker and try to convince him to turn his life around.

107 Road Trip
Episode S10-6, first aired 07/10/2019
Director: unknown
Writer: Mike Arnold

Daydreams of an interstellar road trip turn into an existential nightmare.

108 Space Pirates
Episode S10-7, first aired 07/17/2019
Director: unknown
Writer: Kelly Galuska

A voyage home gets interrupted by an alien battle cruiser carrying precious cargo.

109 Cubert
Episode S10-8, first aired 07/24/2019
Director: unknown
Writers: Adam Reed, Tesha Kondrat

Archer is convinced a mysterious object is causing the crew to act strangely.

110 Robert De Niro
Episode S10-9, first aired 07/31/2019
Director: unknown
Writer: Adam Reed

When a trial turns into a party, it can only mean that Barry-6 has returned.

111 The Orpheus Gambit
Episode S11-1, first aired 09/16/2020
Director: Chad Hurd
Writer: Mark Ganek

Archer is back in the spy game and his first mission is to guard a priceless statue; then, he must tell Lana his true feelings and get blind drunk.

112 Bloodsploosh
Episode S11-2, first aired 09/16/2020
Director: Pierre Cerrato
Writer: Mike Arnold

Archer and the gang attend a martial arts tournament to capture an international arms dealer.

113 Helping Hands
Episode S11-3, first aired 09/23/2020
Director: Casey Willis
Writer: Shana Gohd

The agency attempts to steal experimental technology from a reclusive inventor, but they forget one vital item.

114 Robot Factory
Episode S11-4, first aired 09/30/2020
Director: Matt Thompson
Writer: Matt Roller

Archer and the gang team up with Barry to stop an army of Barrys from turning the world into Barrys.

115 Best Friends
Episode S11-5, first aired 10/07/2020
Director: Chi Duong Sato
Writer: Matt Roller

Archer is smitten with his new valet, Aleister, who promotes exercise; Archer just wants to eat.

116 The Double Date
Episode S11-6, first aired 10/14/2020
Director: Marcus Rosentrater
Writer: Shane Kosakowski

Archer shows off his date to Lana. Cyril shows Archer's date a top-secret dossier. Archer's date shows Archer his innermost desires.

117 Caught Napping
Episode S11-7, first aired 10/21/2020
Director: Justin Wagner
Writer: Mark Ganek

When AJ is kidnapped, it's up to Archer to get her back and keep Lana's rampage pointed in the right direction.

118 Cold Fusion
Episode S11-8, first aired 10/28/2020
Director: Casey Willis
Writer: Mark Ganek

Archer and the gang travel to Antarctica to solve a murder mystery with international implication

119 Identity Crisis
Episode S12-1, first aired 08/25/2021
Director: Matt Thompson
Writer: Shane Kosakowski

Archer and the gang just saved the world from a nuclear catastrophe and their reward is five nights in a rat-infested Moldovan hotel.

120 Lowjacked
Episode S12-2, first aired 08/25/2021
Director: Pierre Cerrato
Writer: Shana Gohd

The Agency embarks on a team-building exercise that doesn't quite get off the ground.

121 London Time
Episode S12-3, first aired 09/01/2021
Director: Justin Wagner
Writer: Brittany Miller

A mission across the pond turns into a trip down memory lane for Mallory. Cheryl/Carol teaches Pam about British history.

122 Photo Op
Episode S12-4, first aired 09/08/2021
Director: Casey Willis
Writer: Asha Michelle Wilson

Archer and Lana face off against snakes, crocodiles and mercenaries to reunite a family.

123 Shots
Episode S12-5, first aired 09/15/2021
Director: Matt Thompson
Writer: Matt Roller

Archer and the gang celebrate another barely successful mission.

124 Dingo, Baby, Et Cetera
Episode S12-6, first aired 09/22/2021
Director: Chi Duong
Writer: Mark Ganek

Lana makes rookie mistakes as ghosts from Archer's past haunt him on a special mission.

125 Colt Express
Episode S12-7, first aired 09/29/2021
Director: Yusuke Sato
Writer: Alison Silverman

A mysterious stranger and a scavenger hunt help Archer and the gang get a jump on their enemies.

126 Mission: Difficult
Episode S12-8, first aired 10/06/2021
Director: Megan Johnson
Writer: Mark Ganek

Archer is trapped inside IIA headquarters, and Barry is trapped inside Other Barry.

REFERENCE BOOKS

Number of Books:1
First Appearance:2011
Last Appearance:2011

1 How to Archer How to Archer
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 2011

Subtitled The Ultimate Guide to Espionage, Style, Women, and Cocktails Ever Written.
"Lying is like 95% of what I do. But believe me: in this book, I’ll let you know exactly how to become a master spy just like me. Obviously, you won’t be as good at it as I am, but that’s because you’re you, and I’m Sterling Archer. I know, I know, it sucks not being me. But don’t beat yourself up about it, because I’m going to show you all the good stuff—what to wear; what to drink; how to seduce women (and, when necessary, men); how to beat up men (and, when necessary, women); how to tell the difference between call girls and hookers (hint: when they’re dead, they’re just hookers) and everything about weapons, secret devices, lying ex-girlfriends, and turtlenecks. In a word? How to Archer."

MY COMMENTS

     I was excited when I saw the first trailers for the upcoming show. The artwork looked excellently done and the handsome, dashing star looked like a young James Bond promising loads of exciting adventures.

     That all came true so in that regards the trailers were accurate. What I did not expect and was less than thrilled with was the whining that came with Archer (and according to my spouse, I know a thing or two about whining). I really had mixed feelings about his constant problems with his mother - on the one hand they were perpetually annoying and on the other totally justified.

     I stuck with the show for most of the first season but after that just monitored from afar.

     I must admit, though, that while it is not my personal cup of tea, it has to be someone's and apparently a lot of them because no series lasts as long as Archer has without a steady, loyal base.

     While I was not a fan, I did give it a pretty good grade because it did tell a whole lot of exciting, interesting adventures, paying homage as called for to all the cloak & dagger tropes.

GRADE

My Grade: A-

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