if you’re not watching this show, please take a moment to consider what other non-brilliant crap you’re stuffing your brain with and whether watching attention whores duke it out for various fabricated reality show prize titles is any better than investing thought activity into a deliciously nerdy, cleverly written, genre-pushing cartoon on the same channel that brought us Day Man. It combines what this blog considers to be three of the greatest forces in recent television: 1) the voice of H. Jon Benjamin, who has yet to do any ungood project at all; 2) the guys behind Sealab 2021, the show that helped lead the Adult Swim revolution that reclaimed animation as a post-modern art form and greatly shaped the balance of my college career; and 3) several cast members from Arrested Development, including Jessica Walter, Judy Greer and a guest appearance by Jeffrey Tambor. Some of the jokes, themes and character traits seem to have bled over directly from Arrested, in all its matricidal, cyclical humor, language-toying glory. And if Sealab was the first spark of prodigy brilliance, Archer is its mature wizened thesis statement, sprinkled with Melville references and great uses of phrases such as “woefully esoteric.”
Watch it, cuz I think you’re already in the DANGER ZONE!
And hey, it just got picked up for a second season! FX, you’re good people.