For years, FX has been known as the home of edgy original drama, with a little comedy sprinkled in.
Now it’s time for something completely different, as FX rolls out its first animated series, “Archer,” which debuts at 10 tonight.
“Archer” is a spy comedy, and follows the exploits of clueless momma’s boy Sterling Archer (voiced by H. Jon Benjamin), codename “Duchess,” the top agent for the International Secret Intelligence Service, ISIS, which is run by his mother, Malory (Jessica Walter, “Arrested Development”).
ISIS’ other lead agent is Lana Kane (Aisha Tyler), Sterling’s ex who is now dating Cyril Figgis (Chris Parnell), ISIS’ wimpy comptroller. Rounding out the cast are Malory’s love-struck assistant, Cheryl (Judy Greer); the mannish director of human resources, Pam (Amber Nash), and Sterling’s put-upon man-servant, Woodhouse (George Coe).
“Archer” is less about the missions and more about the interaction among the characters, most of whom can’t stand each other.
If the show has an “Adult Swim” feel to it, there’s a reason for that, as creator Adam Reed previously created “Sealab 2021” and “Frisky Dingo” for Cartoon Network’s late-night block. “Archer” needs that sort of time slot, with its profanity and adult situations.
Although its rudeness won’t be for everyone, “Archer” is hilarious, with more laughs in a single episode than Jay Leno has delivered in an entire season. This agent won’t be secret for long.