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10 Hilarious Cartoons Not Just for Kids

June 8th, 2014 10:00am EDT
10 Hilarious Cartoons Not Just for Kids
With Fox's The Simpsons now well into its third decade on the air, it's been established for a while that animated television shows can appeal to the masses or even be aimed squarely at adult viewers.

From the antics of Peter Griffin to the adventures of Kyle, Stan, Cartman and Kenny, there are plenty of great shows that lull you in with the cartoon animation you watched as a kid, only to wallop you over the head with their over-the-top adult humor.

Here are 10 of our favorite cartoons aimed at adult audiences.

The Critic

We'll start our list with one of our personal favorites that ...

'Archer' Soundtrack Album 'Cherlene' Is A Stroke Of Pure Genius

March 3rd, 2014 11:20am EST
Someone better give Adam Reed and Matt Thompson a gold star, because not only have they pulled off a wild reinvention of Archer in its fifth season, but they've also commissioned a tie-in album that stands on its own as an entertaining country music record.

SPOILER ALERT: This review contains references to the currently airing fifth season of Archer, including one tidbit about tonight's episode.

If you've been watching Archer - retitled Archer Vice - so far this season, you know that one of the latest schemes of its dysfunctional cast is trying to turn mentally unstable former secretary C...

'Archer' Season 5 Preview: Big Changes For The Hit FX Comedy

January 13th, 2014 12:09pm EST
[SPOILER ALERT - This preview reveals details regarding the upcoming fifth season of FX's hit animated comedy series Archer, including a significant point of tonight's season premiere episode. If you don't want to know anything about season five, please stop reading now and come back after you've seen "White Elephant."]

You have to hand it to Adam Reed, Matt Thompson, and FX. Having one of the funniest, most outrageous, wildly popular shows on television, they could just sit on their laurels and churn out a great season five. Instead, they've taken a huge risk by significantly reinventing ...

‘Archer’ Cast Interviews From New York Comic Con 2013

October 30th, 2013 3:30pm EDT
The season five premiere of Archer is still about two and a half to three months away, which meant the cast of the animated spy series wasn’t willing to share too much scoop at New York Comic Con earlier this month.

The question most asked – and dismissed quickly with no answer for fear of spoilers – was the identity of Lana’s baby daddy.

What scoop we were able to learn can be found below in some quick video interviews with the cast. (Why no interview with H. Jon Benjamin? He was running a bit late that day unfortunately.)

Interview with Jessica Walter (Malory Archer)

Interview with ...

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...

'Archer' Is Back! Season 3 DVD Review and Season 4 Preview

January 16th, 2013 9:00am EST
You'd better call Kenny Loggins, because you're about to re-enter the Danger Zone. Tomorrow night kicks off season four of FX's hilariously wrong animated series Archer, and here are a few things to look forward to in the new episodes - plus a review of the recently released Season 3 DVD.

Season three of Archer was as funny as it's ever been, and the two-disc DVD set is equally amusing, as well as equally inappropriate. The episodes - which saw Archer and the other dysfunctional spies of ISIS go everywhere from the deep South to space in a variety of adventures that would make any live-act...

'Buffy The Vampire Slayer' Named The Greatest Cult TV Series

July 27th, 2012 9:17am EDT
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Fans just can't get enough of vampires. Today it's "Twilight," but not too long ago it was "Buffy The Vampire Slayer," which tops a new magazine list of the 25 Best Cult TV Shows from the past 25 years.

The Joss Whedon-helmed series ran for 144 episodes between March 1997 and May 2003, and is number one on Entertainment Weekly's new poll. The show was a mixture of drama, comedy, romance, action, and horror.

"Buffy" centered on the exploits of its titular vampire slayer, a mystical "Chosen One" living in Sunnydale, Calif., an idyllic small town situated atop the mouth to hell. Buffy (Sarah...

The 10 Television Characters I Still Miss

March 28th, 2012 8:00am EDT
Line of Fire
There are lots of TV shows I miss. But then there are the characters: individual performances so good they came alive, and I still wonder about them. It's one thing to mourn a show for awhile, another to ask yourself years later, "Whatever happened to...?" as if that person was real.

Here are ten TV characters that I still think about, in (almost) chronological order of their departures.

1. Jennifer Sampson in Line of Fire, as played by Julie Ann Emery (2003)

I'm putting this one first because this is the character that gave me the idea for this piece. Sometimes I feel like I was the o...

'Archer' Recap: 'Bloody Ferlin' (3.09)

February 24th, 2012 1:39am EST
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...

'Archer' Recap: 'Lo Scandalo' (3.08)

February 17th, 2012 1:38am EST
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...

'Archer' Recap: 'The Limited' (1.06)

February 3rd, 2012 2:41am EST
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 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 ...

'Archer' Recap: 'The Man From Jupiter' (3.04)

January 20th, 2012 1:36am EST
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...

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 ...

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 ...

The Best Of 2011 - Editors' Picks

January 1st, 2012 9:00pm EST
Editor's Picks 2011
You've seen the rest, now see OUR best - Starpulse contributing editors Pete Weiss, Noelle Talmon, Kevin Blair & Casey Johnson bring you their favorites from the year that was - 2011. We've been watching & listening, too, and here's what we think are the best TV shows (Drama, Comedy & Reality), the best movie of the year, and the albums that had the most plays on our iPods...

Pete, Editorial

Best TV Show, Drama: Breaking Bad

The big networks should follow AMC's lead, as they continue to produce the best programs on television. Season 4 of Breaking Bad was no exception, great acting and...

The Geek Closet: September's Best Merchandise For Fans

October 1st, 2011 11:00am EDT
As we lament that holiday shopping seems to start earlier and earlier every year, now would seem a good time to crack open The Geek Closet again and take a look at a few interesting items that we've found - five things that might make the perfect gift for that entertainment fan on your list.

Battleship Galaxies

When the good folks at Hasbro sent me Battleship Galaxies, I was skeptical. I grew up playing the electronic version of Battleship, and all I ever did was cheat at it because I found it so boring. I was convinced that I'd just be bored again, this time in space. Thankfully,...

'Archer' 3.03 'Heart of Archness, Part 3' Review

September 30th, 2011 2:14am EDT
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 ...

'Archer' 3.02 'Heart of Archness, Part 2' Review

September 23rd, 2011 2:10am EDT
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...

'Archer' 3.01 'Heart of Archness, Part 1' Review

September 16th, 2011 12:15am EDT
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...

Stephen Colletti Dishes On 'One Tree Hill' And A Televised Youth

May 11th, 2011 12:09pm EDT
Stephen Colletti
After gaining fame as a cast member on the reality series Laguna Beach, Stephen Colletti has segued from MTV to The CW’s One Tree Hill. Recently promoted to the main cast this season after four as a recurring character, Stephen sat down with me recently to talk about Chase’s future, the prospects for the show’s future, and where he himself might head next.

There is only one more episodes left in One Tree Hill‘s eighth season. What’s left in store for Chase?

There’s some decisions to be made. We’ve been teasing them all year. It’s going to come to a resolution with the decisions I’...

People Who Are Awesome: "Archer" & "Bob's Burgers" Star H. Jon Benjamin

April 30th, 2011 5:08pm EDT
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...

'Archer' 2.13 'Double Trouble' Review

April 22nd, 2011 1:30am EDT
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 ...

'Archer' 2.12 'White Nights' Review

April 15th, 2011 8:45am EDT
Generally speaking, Archer is the antithesis of most shows: the more outrageous it gets, the funnier it is. "White Nights" is insane. And it is hilarious.

There's a lot of wild stuff going on here, as Archer travels to Russia in order to confront KGB boss Nikolai Jakov, one of his potential fathers. There's skydiving, running, shooting (a whole lot of shooting)...plenty of action, even for an Archer episode. It's an example of one of the benefits of animation. If this was a live-action show, somebody would be cringing at the expense of all those bullets. Not to mention having to crea...

People That Aren't Doing It: Non-Romantic TV Relationships That Work

April 14th, 2011 12:00pm EDT
Hawaii Five O
(*Firstly, if you don't get the joke in the title, visit Failblog. I'll wait.)

There's been a tremendous response to my Tuesday article about the reasons why I'm not excited about TV romance. It's been really awesome to hear from fans of various shows and pairings, who wrote in with their own opinions and ideas, and helped create a great discussion of the topic and the issues surrounding it - most importantly, with respect for me and for each other.

As is natural and perfectly fine, there were some people who disagreed with my lack of enthusiasm. One reader suggested that romantic r...

'Archer' 2.11 'Jeu Monegasque' Review

April 8th, 2011 2:00am EDT
Two phrases I never wanted to use together: "Malory Archer" and "sex tape." Too late now. Thanks, Adam Reed, for that horrible mental image!

Team employee. Unfortunately, Archer has been entrusted with the bonds, and he's decided to deposit the briefcase with the casino for his own benefit (without getting a receipt). He manages to lose most of the money gambling in twenty minutes.

It's up to Ray to set Archer straight - including telling him not to rob the casino and explaining to him what bearer bonds are. Lana wonders what's worth four million dollars, and that's when Ray also...

Interview: 'Archer's' Judy Greer Shares Her Favorite Moments

April 1st, 2011 10:17am EDT
Judy Greer
She's the woman behind Archer's most messed-up character: secretary Cheryl/Carol (or whatever else she decides to be called). As her character takes center stage in tonight's episode, "El Secuestro," actress Judy Greer sat down with me to talk about being part of the most warped workplace in TV history. (Warning: mild spoilers from last night's new episode within.)

How did you get started doing voice work? What led you to Archer?

I think I did like one word on Family Guy like a hundred years ago. I think I said one word on an episode and I was excited about that. I did this littl...

'Archer' 2.10 'El Secuestro' Review

April 1st, 2011 1:37am EDT
This week's Archer begins with a slow-moving, painfully obvious black van rolls up on Pam and Cheryl/Carol, and a few guys in ski masks kidnap Pam after Cheryl/Carol tells them that Pam is Cheryl. I suppose it's telling that, given we've already dealt with ninjas and a cancer scare this season, kidnapping seems relatively normal to me.

Cheryl/Carol breaks the news of the kidnapping to the rest of ISIS, explaining that as she's part of a very important family with a very impressive mansion, the guys in the black van were probably after her. (In short order, we also learn that her la...

FX Brings Back 'Archer' And 'Justified'

March 29th, 2011 4:23pm EDT
Good news, everyone!

Two of our favorite shows around these parts have officially been renewed for their respective third seasons. Both TV Guide and Entertainment Weekly are reporting that Archer and Justified will return. The news isn’t a surprise, as both shows have been going strong in their sophomore runs (currently airing Thursdays & Wednesdays at 10 PM, respectively), but it’s still great to know that we can expect to see more of Sterling Archer and Raylan Givens.

The good folks behind Archer revealed on Twitter that their third season will be sixteen episodes, while Justified's ...

'Archer' 2.09 'Placebo Effect' Review

March 25th, 2011 1:30am EDT
So, Sterling Archer has cancer. Like everything else, he does not take this well. And as usual, most of the humor in this week's Archer comes from his larger-than-necessary reactions.

Upon discovering that his expensive cancer medications are utterly useless, Archer recruits Lana and sets off on a self-described "rampage" to find out who's behind the deed. Carrying a half-dozen guns, some grenades, and a knife might be overkill for Archer on a normal day. Doing it while hooked up to an IV and smoking a large quantity of medical marijuana pretty much guarantees disaster. "Placebo Effec...

'Archer' 2.08 'Stage Two' Review

March 18th, 2011 1:39am EDT
It's a dark and stormy day in...wherever ISIS is...and Malory Archer is particularly cranky. Her recent mammogram found something and she wants everyone else to share her pain, without saying why she's so irritable. Of course, once Pam finds out, everyone else knows within seconds. Archer promptly faints. (At least he didn't throw up.)

While Malory's test results come back clean, Sterling's so freaked out about his mom's diagnosis that he goes to see a doctor, who asks him about alcoholism (which he denies while drinking) and exposure to radiation (which involves a nuclear warhead, ...