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Archer Season 4 Episode 1 "Fugue and Riffs" | Watch FREE Online Stream

Posted Jan 17 2013 2:41pm
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Archer Season 4 Episode 1 "Fugue and Riffs" | Watch FREE Online Stream


Archer has amnesia and decides the only cure is a spa weekend.


Archer has amnesia and decides the only cure is a spa weekend.

Set at ISIS, the International Secret Intelligence Service in New York City, suave but incredibly self-centered master spy Sterling Archer deals with global espionage; his domineering, hypersexual mother/boss, Malory Archer; his ex-girlfriend (and fellow ISIS agent), Lana Kane; and his other ISIS co-workers (including fellow agent Ray Gillette, accountant Cyril Figgis, Human Resources Director Pam Poovey, secretary Cheryl Tunt, and Applied Research head Doctor Krieger); as well as a less-than-masculine code name: "Duchess" (after his mother's deceased Afghan Hound).

The show's time setting is comically anachronistic, deliberately mixing technologies, clothing styles and historical backdrops of different decades. The characters wear 1960s clothing and hair styles and many episodes feature references to the Soviet Union as a current nation and to Fidel Castro as the current leader of Cuba. Similarly, the second episode of the series shows a very young Sterling receiving a letter from Malory about Operation Ajax, which occurred in 1953, though the same episode includes a reference to Dane Cook, who was not a well-known figure until the 2000s. In another episode Sterling, at a similarly young age, is shown after trick-or-treating with Malory who was wearing an Elvira costume. Also, in another episode, Mallory begins dating a modern day Burt Reynolds. As Elvira did not appear until 1981 this implies the series is set well into the 2000s (however if Archer is 36 and was 5 when Mallory returned from what was presumably World War II, the show's first season would take place in 1976). Woodhouse's involvement in World War I implies the show is not set in modern times (the last surviving World War I combat veteran died at age 110 only months after an episode depicting Woodhouse and several other members of his specific squadron as still living). The technological sophistication within the series varies, with characters using computers that are dated (e.g. reel-to-reel mainframe systems, dot-matrix printers and punchcards), but also cell phones, GPS devices, and laser gunsights (though it could be argued that these technologies are only available to those working within ISIS due to its use of advanced technologies). In addition, modern day insults are prevalent (such as "suck it", "screw you", and "douche bag"). This ambiguity is explicitly recognized in the season 3 episode "Lo Scandalo" (Malory: "What year do you think this is?" Archer: "I, uh, yeah. Exactly. Good question."). Adam Reed was asked about the conflicting style, and concluded, "I just think it's ill-defined."

Archer is quite possibly the funniest show on television, rapid fire jokes about whore island, a hungry hungry hippo, and baby crazy ex girlfriends, all that plus the brilliance of stir Friday. I am a total TV alchoholic and this show is incredibly funny. Though there is a slight issue with the comedy, if you take yourself too seriously and or you can't laugh at sheer stupidity the show might not be for you. Anyways you won't know if you like the comedy or not without watching and episode yourself. So I strongly incourage everyone to sit down watch an episode or two and I bet you will be rolling on the floor due to the doucheness that is Sterling Archer. Alright Andy I know the fact that arrested development got canceled still hurts but it doesn't mean you should start bashing a different kind of comedy. Archer is incredibly funny, and yes it is basic raunchy humor, but it is the sheer ridiculousness of each situation that allows the comedy to turn in literal loll. so open your mind laugh at a Russian roulette joke and enjoy the brilliant stupidity that is Archer. 
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