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Archer- At a Glance

Catch it on Netflix or FX
Catch it on Netflix or FX
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So here I am again, thinking of what to write, when suddenly the guys upstairs helped make my decision a LOT easier. Turns out my current title of Columbia Cartoon something or other is sticking, at least for now. So, be that as it may, I'm gonna write about cartoons, my way, and to kick things off, I'm starting with my favorite cartoon of the moment, possibly of all time. Archer.

Archer is a unique and exciting breath of fresh air when it comes to creativity. To make things even better, it's a home grown production out of Georgia. To sum up what Archer is like, the producers simply got together and asked this question:

What do you get when you take a functioning alcoholic and surround him with his ex-lover, his overbearing mother, a sex fiend, a mad scientist, and an HR Rep totally inappropriate for the job?

Apparently the answer isn't "increased sales in anti-psychotics", but instead a pretty awesome cartoon. And the quirks don’t stop there, to really get a feel of the absurdity that is Sterling Archer’s life, you have to take a moment and watch. Seriously, it’s a mess, but the kind of mess that you just can’t look away from. It also just happens to be one of the funniest shows on television.

That being said, a lot of this humor is going to offend a fair number of people. The show contains strong sexual scenes, lots of alcohol, alcoholism, cyborgs, drug references, gambling, drugs, continuity, homosexual slurs, racial slurs, the French, child endangerment, Burt Reynolds, sarcasm, violence, murder, guns, explosions, air boats, addiction, alligators, and the occasional curse word or three. Apparently they can say s*** on television now. So if this doesn’t sound like the kind of thing you could chuckle at, then you might want to look elsewhere for laughs. Tosh.O or South Park perhaps.

The show is so good in fact, that while I’m currently stuck with the title of Cartoon Reviewer for the Columbia area, I’ve decided to do a Season by Season review of the show. SPOILER ALERT: There will be spoilers.
Probably. But each one will come with its own nifty SPOILER ALERT warning.

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