[[caption-width-right:350: ''[[RunningGag This is]] [[WhyWeCantHaveNiceThings why we can't have nice things]].'']]

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->'''Malory:''' ''Most'' secret agents donít tell every harlot from here to Hanoi that they ''ARE'' secret agents!\\
'''Archer:''' ...Then why be one?

When Adam Reed, the creator of ''WesternAnimation/{{Sealab 2021}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/FriskyDingo'', went to Creator/AdultSwim with the idea for '''''Archer'''''--a show [[WordOfGod aptly described as]] "''Film/JamesBond'' meets ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''"--the network passed it over. The FX network saw potential in ''Archer'', however, and greenlit the show, which began to air in September 2009.[[note]]To their credit, [adult swim] plugs it every so often during their bumps.[[/note]] Creator/ComedyCentral also airs it on Monday nights.

The show focuses on title protagonist Sterling Archer, an agent for the open-market spy agency, the International Secret Intelligence Service (ISIS; not to be confused with [[FunnyAneurysmMoment a certain real life Islamist militia]]), and his random misadventures both inside and outside of the office walls. Archer makes for a well-trained spy--but his {{Jerkass}} behavior and his tendency to remain oblivious to everything except himself often renders his competence in the field next-to-useless.

''Archer'''s humor, much like ''Arrested Development'' (and [[SpiritualSuccessor spiritual predecessor]] ''Frisky Dingo''), relies heavily on {{Call Back}}s and {{Running Gag}}s alongside a large EnsembleCast (including a cast member or two from ''Arrested Development'') and TwoLinesNoWaiting plots. A fan of either ''Arrested Development'' or ''Frisky Dingo'' will almost certainly enjoy ''Archer'', whereas someone who found either show repetitive or too low-key probably won't.

Come Season 5, the show took a radical departure from its usual approach to prevent SeasonalRot.[[labelnote:Explanation (spoilers!)]]In the first episode, the FBI closes down ISIS, citing that the agency was never actually legally sanctioned in the first place. No longer spies but unwilling to be unemployed, the staff remain in Malory's employ to further help her "dispose" of the leftover evidence in her concealed vault: a literal, not figurative, [[InsistentTerminology metric tonne]] of ISIS-confiscated cocaine, worth about fifty million dollars, literally changing the entire premise of the show from a spy agency to a drug cartel.[[/labelnote]] From that point on, the season was dubbed ''[[NewSeasonNewName Archer Vice]]''. The ''Vice'' story finished in the season finale, with ISIS (no longer using that name [[RealLifeWritesThePlot because of the real life terrorist group]]) heading into Season 6 with a new direction: being subcontracted by the CIA. The show has also been renewed for a following, seventh season, which sees the cast [[spoiler:moving to UsefulNotes/LosAngeles and starting a private detective agency]].

This series has a [[Characters/{{Archer}} character sheet]], a [[ShoutOut/{{Archer}} Shout-Out page]], a page listing [[Extras/{{Archer}} tropes found on the characters' Twitter feeds]], a [[Recap/{{Archer}} page of episode summaries]] (which NeedsWikiMagicLove), and even a [[AnachronismStew/{{Archer}} page examining the show's time period]]. You can vote for best episodes [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/crowner.php/BestEpisode/Archer here]].

Don't confuse this show with the Creator/{{BBC}} radio soap ''Radio/TheArchers'' or the [[Film/BloodDiamond many]] [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight other]] [[LightNovel/FateZero fictional]] [[Series/StarTrekEnterprise characters]] who share Sterling's surname. It also has nothing to do with the ArcherArchetype (that's about those guys with the bows and arrows).

!!Do you want tropes? Because that's where you get tropes:
* Archer/TropesAToC
* Archer/TropesDToG
* Archer/TropesHToN
* Archer/TropesOToS
* Archer/TropesTToZ