TV Review: First Six Episodes of ‘Archer’ Season 6

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Archer | 22 min. | TV-MA
Creator: Adam Reed
Stars: H. Jon Benjamin, Aisha Tyler, Judy Greer, Amber Nash, Chris Parnell, Adam ReedLucky Yates and Jessica Walter

The first episode of season six of Archer features cobra whiskey, lady boy hookers, holograms, hidden jacuzzis, and a stranded World War II soldier from Japan. All of those things happen in approximately 22 minutes worth of cartoon.

Oh yeah, there’s also the appearance of a dik-dik.

These are just many reasons why Archer has become the rare mix of commercial success and cult following. Judging from the first half of the newest season, commercial success has not ruined creator Adam Reed as he and the creative team for the show continue to churn out one of the smartest shows on television.

ARCHER: Episode 1, Season 6 "The Holdout" (Airing Thursday, January 8, 10:00 PM e/p) Archer must salvage a crashed plane in a jungle filled with relics from World War II. Pictured: (center) Sterling Archer (voice of H. Jon Benjamin). CR: FX

ARCHER: Episode 1, Season 6 “The Holdout” (Aired January 8) Archer must salvage a crashed plane in a jungle filled with relics from World War II. Pictured: (center) Sterling Archer (voice of H. Jon Benjamin). CR: FX

Yes, they have ditched the name ISIS (for obvious reasons) and they have added a baby to the mix. Rest assured, the addition of Archer (H. Jon Benjamin) and Lana’s (Aisha Tyler) kiddo doesn’t jam a stick in the spokes of the show. The baby is always a factor, but mostly because a) people keep losing it or b) Lana constantly worries that Archer will die on a mission, leaving her kid fatherless.

The entire gang is back with only a few changes. Ray (voiced by Adam Reed) finally gets to start a season and not be in a wheelchair. Pam (Amber Nash) is no longer skinny and no longer hooked on cocaine. Cyril (Chris Parnell) is no longer the dictator of a South American country. Cheryl (Judy Greer) ditched her country singer persona.

Pictured: (right) Sterling Archer (voice of H. Jon Benjamin). CR: FX

Pictured: (right) Sterling Archer (voice of H. Jon Benjamin). CR: FX

And Dr. Krieger (Lucky Yates)… well… he’s still insane, and he may or may not be a biological clone of Adolf Hitler.

There will be plenty of guest stars this season as well, with Rob Huebel, Christian Slater, and Alison Tolman all showing up. In a piece of pure casting brilliance, Tolman is Pam’s sister, Edie, complete with her Fargo accent on full display.

There is also an episode titled “Vision Quest,” which may be the greatest Archer episode of all-time.

All in all, this season is not a let down after the wheels off genius of season five, Archer: Vice. This could be the year when the show hits that sweet spot of massive popularity, critical acclaim, and award nominations. If Archer isn’t nominated for the Best Animated Show Emmy, an absolute crime will have been committed.

Archer airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. e/p only on FX.

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Preston Barta

I have been working as a film journalist since 2010, dividing the first four years between radio broadcasting and entertainment writing in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. In 2014, I entered Fresh Fiction (FreshFiction.tv) as the features editor. The following year, I stepped into the film critic position at the Denton Record-Chronicle, a daily North Texas print publication. My time is dedicated to writing theatrical film reviews, at-home entertainment columns, and conducting interviews with on-screen talent and filmmakers, as well as hosting a podcast devoted to genre filmmaking (called My Bloody Podcast). I've been married for seven happy years, and I have one son who is all about dinosaurs just like his dad.