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Archer Vice returns: How the show has changed backgrounds

AS_Krav_Maga_Stance_FIXBY BRIAN GODAR

Archer returned for its highly anticipated fifth season this January, but it’s more of a reboot than a continuation. It even has a new name: Archer Vice. Before this season began, Adam Reed, the show’s creator, executive producer, and sole writer, let slip that he had gotten bored with writing about bungling spies, Cold War espionage, and covert missions, and would rather focus on something flashier: one literal ton of pure Colombian cocaine.

That’s right, Archer breaks bad. It wasn’t a huge stretch of the imagination, as drug dealing fits right in with Archer’s boozing, partying, prostituting, and general morally ambiguous lifestyle. The new season brought a new decade of style to the show, as well.

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Archer’s unchanging characters and the best world on television

AS_Krav_Maga_Stance_FIXBY ALEX RUSSELL

It’s a safe bet that if you love comedy and you aren’t a time traveler from thirty years ago who still derides animation as television for children, you already watch Archer. It’s in the running (along Bob’s Burgers) for the best voice acting cast in an animated show still on the air and it absolutely has the best showrunner an animated comedy could ask for in Adam Reed. There are once-in-a-generation talents making a show with a premise so simple it shouldn’t work at all, but it does. It straddles a very thin line between tropes that make a show easy to love and difficult to make. It’s not all about Jon Benjamin, or at least not as much as it can seem like sometimes.

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