It’s been 11 years since Archer first graced our screens. In that time, the entire cast has been through a lot of changes. Indeed, the fictional spy agency itself has seen all sorts of dramatic upheaval. But through it all there are obviously standout episodes. Read on for the 7 best Archer episodes in existence.
Archer 2009 – 2020
In it’s 11 year history we’ve seen 110 episodes of Archer aired. These were divided across 10 seasons. An 11th season was expected to air in May 2020, but has been delayed due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Until we receive that newest season, we can look back at the best Archer episodes to date.
Season 2, Episode 4 – Archer and Lana are assigned to stopping an ecoterrorist blowing up a natural-gas pipeline. Travelling to Louisiana, Archer’s also looking forward to a Big Easy vacation. Of course, nothing ever goes according to plan for him. Back at fictional spy agency ISIS headquarters, Mallory orders the staff to go green to get ‘freebie socialist tax credits.’ In this episode, we also see a flashback recalling Lana’s introduction to ISIS.
Season 2, Episode 9 – Archer’s in a bad way. Things only get worse when he discovers a group of Irish gangsters have been pulling the strings that lead to his chemotherapy drugs being phony. Archer being Archer, his retaliation is to he go on a rampage and kill them all. Meanwhile, Cyril learns why Krieger is fluent in Portuguese. It’s exactly as crooked as you think it is.
Season 1, Episode 5 – Malory Archer’s career is in jeopardy when a ‘sensitive’ videotape falls into the hands of a rogue Cuban agent. Of course she calls on Archer’s expertise in seduction to turn the tables on her blackmailer. Shockingly, Archer’s own sense of satisfaction far outweighs the need for him to succeed in the mission.
Season 1, Episode 1 – Archer gets into trouble with his Mother and the Comptroller due to his expense account. He is racking up a bill that is way out of proportion to his actual expenses. In an attempt to get away with it he creates the idea that a Mole has breached ISIS and he needs to get into the mainframe to hunt him down. However, there’s more going on under the surface which Archer inadvertently uncovers.
Season 2, Episode 7 – Malory orders Lana to help Hollywood star Rona Thorne research her role in a spy thriller. Meanwhile Malory herself writes ad additional part into the movie, casting herself. Things take a dramatic turn when Pam steals Rona’s diary.
Season 1, Episode 4 – Trying to convince the UN intelligence chairman to give ISIS a weapons contract, Malory hosts a dinner party. She plans to impress the chairman by way of a fake assassination attempt, which the ISIS agents will protect him from. Unfortunately, a group of rivals have targeted Mr. Utne for a real assassination.
A Going Concern
Season 2, Episode 2 – After Malory’s capital is wiped out in a Ponzi scheme, she needs to make money quickly. She decides to sell ISIS to archrival spy agency ODIN. However, Archer and the rest of the ISIS employees, fearing for their jobs, hatch a scheme of their own to prevent the sale from going ahead.
That’s it! The seven best Archer episodes from the first 10 seasons. Do you have a different favourite episode? Let us know in the comments below!
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