The Best Episodes of Archer (2009)

Last Updated: Dec 5, 2018

Archer follows the exploits of eight dysfunctional secret agents of the International Secret Intelligence Service (ISIS), a fictional New York-based intelligence agency. They are : Sterling Archer, the show's narcissistic, womanizing protagonist, Malory Archer, ISIS director and Sterling's snarky, emotionally distant mother, Lana Kane, Sterling's love interest and mother of his infant daughter, and by far the most professional field agent at ISIS, Ray Gillette, the agency's openly gay bomb specialist, Pam Poovey, the head of the agency's Human Resources department who is often ridiculed by her peers, Cyril Figgis, a mild-mannered accountant-turned-agent, Cheryl Tunt, Malory's delusional, psychotic personal assistant and Dr. Algernop Krieger, a bizarre, morally bankrupt scientist with little regard for the well-being of his subjects.

Archer Vice: Arrivals/Departures

#1 - Archer Vice: Arrivals/Departures

Season 5 - Episode 13

Archer helps Lana with the delivery of her baby, while Krieger tries to prevent the delivery of a deadly weapon.

star 8.35
1,154 votes
Directors: Adam Reed
Writers: Adam Reed
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Sea Tunt (2)

#2 - Sea Tunt (2)

Season 4 - Episode 13

Archer and the ISIS crew go to an underwater SEA LABoratory to stop the deranged Captain Murphy.

star 8.28
1,074 votes
Directors: Adam Reed
Writers: Adam Reed, Rick Cleveland
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The Man From Jupiter

#3 - The Man From Jupiter

Season 3 - Episode 1

Archer is shocked to learn that his mother is dating Archer's idol/hero/man-crush, Burt Reynolds.

star 8.25
1,127 votes
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Double Trouble

#4 - Double Trouble

Season 2 - Episode 13

Krieger works to finish a top-secret project, and Archer brings a mysterious former KGB agent named Katya Kazanova home to meet Malory.

star 8.24
953 votes
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Un Chien Tangerine

#5 - Un Chien Tangerine

Season 4 - Episode 10

Archer and Lana extract an agent from Morocco only to find out his bark is worse than his bite.

star 8.24
1,079 votes
Directors: Adam Reed
Writers: Adam Reed, Mike Arnold
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Archer Vice: The Rules of Extraction

#6 - Archer Vice: The Rules of Extraction

Season 5 - Episode 8

Archer, Ray, and Cyril raft down a crocodile-filled river while Lana and Pam plan a spa day for Malory.

star 8.24
1,156 votes
Directors: Adam Reed
Writers: Adam Reed
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White Elephant

#7 - White Elephant

Season 5 - Episode 1

ISIS is raided and disbanded by the U.S. government when it transpires that the agency was never sanctioned by them. Its former staff discover a hidden vault containing one-ton of cocaine, and form a drug cartel to sell the drugs to fund their retirements. Then, Archer becomes Archer Vice.

star 8.23
1,360 votes
Directors: Adam Reed
Writers: Adam Reed
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Space Race (2)

#8 - Space Race (2)

Season 3 - Episode 10

Season finale. Archer and the rest of ISIS are held captive by mutineers on the International Space Station.

star 8.22
884 votes
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Space Race (1)

#9 - Space Race (1)

Season 3 - Episode 9

Archer and his colleagues at ISIS voyage to the final frontier in an effort to prevent a catastrophe on the International Space Station.

star 8.22
931 votes
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El Secuestro

#10 - El Secuestro

Season 2 - Episode 10

Pam is abducted by kidnappers who mistake her for Cheryl. It seems that Cheryl wasn’t completely forthcoming about her background when she applied for her job at ISIS.

star 8.21
1,036 votes
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Deadly Velvet: Part II

#11 - Deadly Velvet: Part II

Season 7 - Episode 10

Things get even deadlier on the set of Deadly Velvet when someone turns up, you guessed it, dead.

star 8.20
1,932 votes
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Placebo Effect

#12 - Placebo Effect

Season 2 - Episode 9

When Archer discovers that the chemotherapy drugs he has been taking are phony, he goes on a rampage against the Irish gangsters behind the scheme. He also makes friends with a fellow marijuana-toking cancer patient (voice of Joan Van Ark). Meanwhile, Cyril learns why Krieger is fluent in Portuguese.

star 8.19
1,064 votes
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Lo Scandalo

#13 - Lo Scandalo

Season 3 - Episode 5

Malory turns to Archer and Lana for help when she finds herself in a compromising situation with the Italian prime minister.

star 8.18
944 votes
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The Honeymooners

#14 - The Honeymooners

Season 4 - Episode 9

Archer and Lana pose as newlyweds to stop a sale of enriched uranium.

star 8.17
1,046 votes
Directors: Adam Reed
Writers: Adam Reed, Mike Arnold
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Fugue and Riffs

#15 - Fugue and Riffs

Season 4 - Episode 1

Archer, I mean Bob, has amnesia and decides the only cure is a spa weekend.

star 8.16
1,189 votes
Directors: Adam Reed
Writers: Adam Reed
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The Wind Cries Mary

#16 - The Wind Cries Mary

Season 4 - Episode 2

Archer and his former best friend are holed up in the Vermont wilderness, fighting hard to come out on top.

star 8.15
1,079 votes
Directors: Adam Reed
Writers: Adam Reed, Chris Provenzano
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Drift Problem

#17 - Drift Problem

Season 3 - Episode 4

Archer's surprise birthday present - a high-tech, souped-up spy car - leads to all sorts of other surprises. None of which are good.

star 8.15
946 votes
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The Papal Chase

#18 - The Papal Chase

Season 4 - Episode 11

Archer must rescue the Pope from an assassination plot using Woodhouse as a decoy. Operation Bad Habit is a go.

star 8.14
1,106 votes
Directors: Adam Reed
Writers: Adam Reed, Eric Sims
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The Limited

#19 - The Limited

Season 3 - Episode 3

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police enlist the help of ISIS to transport a captured Canadian terrorist. On a train.

star 8.14
1,022 votes
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Bloody Ferlin

#20 - Bloody Ferlin

Season 3 - Episode 6

Archer must help Gillette save his younger brother from a crooked sheriff in the backwoods of West Virginia.

star 8.12
953 votes
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Crossing Over

#21 - Crossing Over

Season 3 - Episode 7

Archer's sex life compromises his effectiveness as an agent. But more seriously than the countless other times.

star 8.12
994 votes
Directors: Adam Reed
Writers: Adam Reed
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Sea Tunt (1)

#22 - Sea Tunt (1)

Season 4 - Episode 12

Cheryl's brother Cecil Tunt and his girlfriend Tiffy drive her crazier than usual as they travel into the Bermuda Triangle. Where mysteries abound!.

star 8.12
1,104 votes
Directors: Adam Reed
Writers: Adam Reed
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Live and Let Dine

#23 - Live and Let Dine

Season 4 - Episode 7

Archer, Lana, and Cyril go undercover in celebrity chef Lance Casteau's hellish kitchen.

star 8.11
1,018 votes
Directors: Adam Reed
Writers: Adam Reed
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Legs

#24 - Legs

Season 4 - Episode 3

Archer's fear of cyborgs hits home when Krieger offers to make robotic legs for Gillette.

star 8.10
1,079 votes
Directors: Adam Reed
Writers: Adam Reed
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Skytanic

#25 - Skytanic

Season 1 - Episode 7

When a bomb threat jeopardizes the maiden voyage of the luxury airship Excelsior, Archer and the ISIS crew must battle the clock (and each other) to avert disaster.

star 8.10
1,217 votes
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