Thank the TV Gods: ‘Archer’ Gets Fifth Season

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We are officially on our way back to the Dang-ahhh Zoooone!

Thank you, FX.

The characters of "Archer"

Just think, some kid might have a poster of this on his bedroom wall… what lucky and proud parents he would have.

Thank you for continuing to air one of the most refreshingly-funny and well-written shows – cartoon or otherwise – on television today.

Thank you for picking up Archer for a fifth season.

Fans of the animated show – which features an MI6-style organization called ISIS and the secret agents they employ, including the aforementioned Archer… Sterling Archer (a.k.a. “Duchess”) – can thank the network for adding 13 or more episodes to the catalog.

This means there will be more references to Lana and her gigantic, Truckasaurus-sized hands, as well as additional examples of strategic places to put stickers. This means there will be more of Cyril’s in-the-field ineptitude, more conversations with “Other Barry,” more sexual escapades with office floozies Pam and Cheryl, and more fantastic voice work done by the cast (I love you H. Jon Benjamin) and the vast number of guest appearances on the show through the years. I’m talking about you, Patrick Warburton/ Rip Riley.

By the way, if you want an example of the brilliance that the show provides, check out the season four premiere – where the line gets blurred between two popular, animated shows and the characters that inhabit them. Just watch it, you’ll know of what I speak.

Did I mention that I’m a fan of the show?

The show was conceived by “Sealab 2021” and “Frisky Dingo” co-creator (with Matt Thompson, who currently serves as Executive Producer for “Archer”) Adam Reed for Floyd County Productions and has been running on FX since 2009. Reed also voices several characters for the show – including off-and-on paraplegic Ray Gillette. This season still has seven episodes remaining and concludes on April 11.

Archer is not only well-done; it’s a success in the ratings department, as well. For this year, the show ranks behind only AMC’s The Walking Dead in the 18-34 year-old male demographic and has procured the number-one television ranking for its Thursday, 10:00 p.m. time slot in four of the last six weeks. Additionally, the show is averaging 2.37 viewers every week and is garnering a 2.01 weekly rating in the 18-49 year-old demographic, as well.

But, like I said, the success of the show is not only about the numbers. Its snarky, sarcastic sense of humor is just a little different than that of fellow animated, prime-time shows, such as Family Guy and The Simpsons. It reaches a more intelligent audience. Granted, it still relies on pop culture references, drunken potty humor, and sexually-charged banter for a great deal of its jokes, but – dare I say – there seems to be more of a cultured approach to the writing on the show.

A great deal of this is due to the titular character’s dialogue, stemming from his lacrosse-playing adventures at prep schools, which occurred for most of his formative years. Plus, growing up as the bastard son of ISIS head – the jet-setting, former secret agent Malory Archer (voiced by Arrested Development’s Jessica Walter) – doesn’t hurt either.

Did I mention that I’m a fan of the show?

So, for all of us Archer fans, we now have something to look forward to other than DVD releases and the inevitably-eventual re-runs on Adult Swim.

There’s only one thing any fan of  Archer (or Archer himself, for that matter) can say… wooooooooh!!!

Let’s hear it for season five of  Archer!

And season six… and seven… and eight… and….

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