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H. Jon Benjamin is Still Funnier Than You in Season 4 of 'Archer'

February 14th, 2013 10:40am EST
H. Jon Benjamin
H. Jon Benjamin has one of the most-heard voices on television. He supplies the pipes for superspy Sterling Archer on FX's Archer and beleaguered restaurant owner Bob Belcher on FOX's Bob's Burgers, and can occasionally be heard on FOX's Family Guy, too. BFTV wrangled Jon away from his numerous commitments to get some more witty commentary on the current season of Archer - and the weirdest experience he's ever had with the show's fans.

His two starring roles collided at the beginning of Archer's season, when Archer developed amnesia after his mother's wedding and became convinced that he w...
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'Archer' Recap: 'Bloody Ferlin' (3.09)

February 24th, 2012 1:39am EST
Archer
If I could have a crush on an animated gay man, it would be Ray Gillette. He's funny and generally saner than everyone else at ISIS, and completely deserving of his own Archer episode.

The saga begins when Lana and Archer find Ray (who is not actually paralyzed; he was just rolling with everyone else's assumption for the past six months) stocking up in the ISIS armory. "I kind of have some family problems," he tells them. His brother Randy is a "drug farmer" who's being targeted by the local sheriff, and he's intent on mounting a rescue mission. What interests Archer about this is tha...
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'Archer' Recap: 'Lo Scandalo' (3.08)

February 17th, 2012 1:38am EST
Archer
Of all the things on Archer that can make me cringe (and there are many of them), the topic that always gets to me is any mention of Malory Archer's sex life. So here's an entire episode about that!

Archer and Lana are called over by his mother on a rainy Friday night because there's "a guy in a full-body latex cat suit" who's been shot to death in her apartment - and that guy happens to be the Prime Minister of Italy. It looks like the fatal end to an incredibly kinky sex game, and it kind of is. This is Archer. No one ever really dies normally, or with much dignity.

We find ou...
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'Archer' Recap: 'The Limited' (1.06)

February 3rd, 2012 2:41am EST
Archer
Sterling Archer has always wanted to fight on top of a train. In this week's Archer, he finally gets his wish, with hilarious results.

The agents of ISIS are helping to transport a Canadian prisoner back to Canada...as well as Malory and her dozen-plus suitcases. Archer shows up wasted, having gotten the departure time wrong. The voice of reason is a black porter whose name actually is George. Yep, "The Limited" is a typical episode of Archer.

The transport is taking place via train, which means Archer can continue to get even more drunk in the dining car ("Do you even still get ...
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'Archer' Recap: 'The Man From Jupiter' (3.04)

January 20th, 2012 1:36am EST
Archer
Archer officially starts its third season with a great get: Burt Reynolds. Having Archer's hero in the house makes for a fantastic opening episode.

He comes into the picture when he and Archer are at the same bar; after trying and failing to pick up another random woman, Archer gets his face introduced to the bar by none other than his favorite actor. Unfortunately for Sterling, Burt Reynolds is there because he's meeting Malory for a date. Rather than throw up, as he would usually do, Archer decides to faint instead. "It was an involuntary reaction," he declares the next day, sp...
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Q&A: You Should Know Who 'Archer's' H. Jon Benjamin Is

January 19th, 2012 1:10pm EST
H. Jon Benjamin
From the moment Archer star H. Jon Benjamin gets on the phone, I know I'm in for it.

He's joining me to talk about the FX comedy's third season, which officially starts tonight after a three-part preview in September, but he wastes no time cracking jokes at the expense of the network representative. "This woman has too many rules," he says, "It's not fair for anybody to have to sit through that." He tries in vain to have her line disconnected.

I stifle my laughter and get to my first question. "You're doing, of course, Archer and Bob's Burgers, and your Comedy Central show..."

"We all ...
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TV Book Club: 'How To Archer'

January 19th, 2012 11:00am EST
How To Archer
We should all learn How To Archer.

Not because it would actually be constructive - the hero of FX's hit comedy series Archer is about the last person that I'd take as a role model - but because it is so entertaining that I actually pulled a muscle laughing.

This is not the first time we've seen a book penned by a fictional character (anyone else remember Bart Simpson's Guide To Life? Or more recently, the Richard Castle novels?) but it is undoubtedly the best one I've read.

In this how-to guide on everything he cares about (it's all there in the subtitle: The Ultimate Guide to Espionage ...
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The 11 Best From 2011

December 31st, 2011 11:00am EST
Southland
2011 was a fantastic year for entertainment. Here are my eleven favorite things from the year that's about to wrap, in chronological order...

1. Southland, TNT

(Season 3 began January 4)

I have to admit that I didn't keep up with TNT's gritty Los Angeles cop drama as much as I would have liked; it fell victim to sharing Tuesday nights with three other shows on my watch list. Yet when I did find time to catch it, I was no less than impressed every time.

There's been talk about the show's TV-MA content (allegedly the reason that NBC axed it), but the real talking point should be the st...
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'Archer' 3.03 'Heart of Archness, Part 3' Review

September 30th, 2011 2:14am EDT
Archer
Sterling Archer's pirate saga concludes tonight, and that also means the end of our Archer fix until 2012. At least we have a great conclusion to hold us over.

Malory has realized that half the ISIS team has gone missing at the same time that Cyril discovers he must have drained the agency's accounts in his drunken rage. It's the makings of a very bad day - so unsurprisingly, it's the time when Archer has become a comedian, and not a very good one. He's still in the pirate dungeon, making jokes about (wait for it...) Dungeness crabs. He is useless to everyone trapped with him, but ...
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'Archer' 3.02 'Heart of Archness, Part 2' Review

September 23rd, 2011 2:10am EDT
Archer
In case you missed it: Sterling Archer is the Pirate King. He's just not a very good one.

He's too busy being sloshed in bed with two women and, to use his own words, "covered in every bodily fluid there is." He hasn't read the orientation materials - in fact, he lit them on fire - and he's left the actual management up to Noah (David Cross), who informs him that karaoke night and intramural lacrosse don't keep unpaid pirates happy, and that he sucks at actual piracy.

Archer's total leadership fail causes the pirates to suggest a democratic election, challenge him to a fight, and fi...
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'Archer' 3.01 'Heart of Archness, Part 1' Review

September 16th, 2011 12:15am EDT
Archer
Sterling Archer is back. Sort of. He's back on our TV, but he's gone into hiding like a sulking fourteen-year-old boy. Not that the title character of FX's Archer was ever known for his maturity.

It's been three months since his fiancee Katya was murdered by his arch-nemesis Barry ("Double Trouble"), and Archer's idea of mourning is to vanish to a tropical island, take up bartending, and bed newlyweds. His mother slash boss, Malory (the always perfect Jessica Walter) is distraught over her son's absence - except for the thirty seconds where she realizes that agent Rip Riley (Rules...
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People Who Are Awesome: "Archer" & "Bob's Burgers" Star H. Jon Benjamin

April 30th, 2011 5:08pm EDT
Archer
I feel confident in saying that H. Jon Benjamin is the king of voice-over actors.

At this present moment, he's the star of not one but two animated series: the funniest comedy on TV, FX's Archer, and quirky freshman entry Bob's Burgers on sister network FOX. This summer, Comedy Central has given him a third series - the sketch comedy show simply titled Jon Benjamin Has A Van. As if that's not enough, he's still Carl the convenience store clerk on Family Guy, too. If you're into animated comedy, chances are you hear Benjamin (pictured here between Archer co-star Aisha Tyler and creator Ad...
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'Archer' 2.13 'Double Trouble' Review

April 22nd, 2011 1:30am EDT
Archer
I'm so sad that the second season of Archer is over now. Where am I supposed to get my fix of complete insanity?!

Seriously, though, this episode ensures that the season goes out a winner. Picking up from the events of last week's "White Nights," "Double Trouble" is packed with hilarity, more shooting, and even a touch of genuine emotional impact. I'm not supposed to be getting choked up watching Archer, dammit!

Our hero has brought his new ex-KGB lady friend Katya back home, where she declares that she wants to become an ...and a newer, better, still ticked off Barry Dylan.

There ...
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