We wouldn’t blame you if you somehow managed to miss the small cultural phenomenon that is Archer, the animated series on FX that’s taken the world by storm with nearly six seasons of quality animation entertainment. Aptly described by some as “James Bond meets Arrested Development,” Archer follows the globetrotting exploits of Sterling Archer, the world’s foremost super spy and occasionally well-intentioned jackass. Employed by his overbearing alcoholic mother (voiced by the spectacular Jessica Walters) and with a team of ragtag agents and support staff as his compatriots, Archer does his best to keep the perils of the world at bay while drinking, screwing and shooting his way into the hearts of viewers everywhere. Smartly written, pop culture laden and idiosyncratic to a tee, Archer is one of the best series on TV that you probably aren’t watching, which is why we here at Goliath have put together a list of the series 10 best episodes, so as to educate our beloved readers on the comings and goings of Archer, code named “Duchess” (his boss really, really loved that dog).
10. “Training Day” (Season 1, Episode 2)
It’s a testament to the strength of the show that one of Archer‘s best episodes comes extremely early on. The show’s second episode, “Training Day,” remains one of the most highly rated and often quoted in the series, and it sees protagonist Archer taking a mild mannered accountant named Cyril Figgus (voiced by Chris Parnell) under his wing, both in an attempt to train him as a spy and/or get him killed in the process (Cyril happens to be dating Archer’s ex, Lana). A hilarious episode that seeks to provide endless laughs while further introducing the audience to the series supporting characters (all of whom eventually become primary characters in their own right), “Training Day” features guest vocals from Maggie Wheeler (Janice from Friends) and is an excellent follow-up to the series’ so-so pilot.