Adam Reed talks leaving Archer, going to Applebees, and firing his characters into space

For nine seasons (and 101 episodes) Adam Reed’s Archer has been a staple of TV comedy, introducing the world to the Danger Zone, “sploosh,” tactical turtlenecks, and all the phrasing jokes any one person could possibly take. (Which, uh… Phrasing.) For the last two years, though, it’s also been one of the most…

David Cross returns to Archer to remind us of other, better island adventures

Seven years ago, Archer did something weird: Starting in September 2011, the show kicked off its third season by ditching all of its spy series trappings and general James Bond spoofery—ostensibly the stuff that sold it to fans in the first place—in favor of sending its heroes off on a strange, sprawling, off-model…

A little quicksand can't drag down Danger Island's best outing yet

It only took five episodes—i.e., more than half this season’s entire order of shows—but Archer has finally zeroed in on what makes Danger Island great: Stick Pam and Archer somewhere, give them something to fight about (with Crackers on the outskirts to crack jokes and catch an occasional “Shut up, bird”), and let the…

On The Late Show, H. Jon Benjamin succeeds in cracking up Stephen Colbert with his failed threesome 

Whether playing Sterling Archer, Bob Belcher, Ben Katz, Coach John McGuirk, or the most unexpectedly soulful can of mixed vegetables in movie and TV history, H. Jon Benjamin just makes failure funny. On Friday’s Late Show to promote Archer’s latest narrative left turn (the super-spy is basically Rip Riley as Indiana…

5 things to know about Archer’s new Danger Island reboot 

If last year’s Archer: Dreamland was the animated show’s equivalent of a semester abroad—a fun but frivolous affair, enjoyable yet lacking the usual stakes to invest in—then Danger Island, the new season, is a follow-up spring break in Miami. There’s still pleasures to be had, but it’s all a bit hollow.

What's a common pop-culture experience you've never had? 

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

Archer's got a talking parrot, and Margot Robbie's got the bloodlust, in today's trailer happy hour

Welcome back to Trailer Happy Hour, where we collect the day’s teasers, trailers, promo spots, and general pop culture marketing detritus, and boil them all down to one simple, easy-to-digest digest. Today, we have on-tap a murderous Margot Robbie, a priest on the edge, a former spy getting farted on, and a…

Archer’s next season is headed to “Danger Island”

Earlier this year, Archer creator Adam Reed made it clear that his long-running FXX series—which recently spent a season-long sojourn in a noir-flavored coma dream—wouldn’t be returning to “normal” any time soon. Up until tonight, Reed was staying coy about what sort of setting the show’s ninth season might send…

Archer: Dreamland ends on a bloody, heartbroken nightmare

So, what are we doing? Are we just jumping right into this? Because tonight’s Archer is one of the strangest, darkest things this show has ever done, and I’m honestly at a bit of a loss as to how to approach it. The first half of “Auflösung”—German for “resolution”—is pretty normal Archer fare: everybody takes turns…