Premiered September 17 at 10:30pm
If you haven’t heard of this show and didn’t even know it was airing, you’re not alone. In a very peculiar move, FX decided two days prior to its airdate that it was going to premiere the show after “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” without telling anyone or promoting it at all. It came out on a few websites, which is where I read about it, but the express purpose of this seems to have been to see how fans of FX’s raunchy 10pm comedy would like this, while shelving the rest of the series for a January launch. I, for one, despise “It’s Always Sunny” and therefore this show really didn’t interest me in the slightest. It’s an animated series that follows a promiscuous spy who works for his mother. It’s purposefully inappropriate and crude at every turn, and to those who enjoy that kind of humor, it may be appealing. For those unimpressed, the show has nothing else to offer. It attempts to push the boundaries of acceptability as far as possible (perhaps taking a page on television regulations from “Nip/Tuck”), and as a result boasts an inane story secondary to its efforts to be outlandish and over-the-top. Worst of all, it’s just not interesting. The characters are too vulgar and vapid, which is not a good combination. Voicing by Jessica Walter, Chris Parnell, and Judy Greer is supposed to be a draw, but it’s just irrelevant. This show is terrible, and it doesn’t seem to have any merit. One reviewer suggests it deserves praise because it’s better than “Testees,” but, despite the seven angry comments I’ve received for trashing that show’s pilot, that really isn’t a compliment.
How will it work as a series? It’s unclear what Archer will do next and what kind of missions he’ll go on since he didn’t actually undertake anything major in the pilot. There’s plenty of opportunity for Archer to sleep with many women and alienate himself from that particular gender, but otherwise, this show doesn’t have many places it can really go, at least not anywhere indicated in the pilot.
How long will it last? This ultra-secret premiere was a bizarre move, and while it may have been designed to drum up talk about the show leading up to its January debut, I think it will fade pretty fast. FX is targeting the “It’s Always Sunny” demographic, and while people love that show, I don’t think this one will catch on. FX is pretty confident in it, however, and has already added four scripts to the six episodes produced, and therefore I think it will run out this season and then fade from television history.
Pilot review: F