TV The Best Obscure Jokes and References on Archer  

Destiny A Lopez
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List Rules Vote up the best obscure jokes and references from FX's Archer.

Archer, FX's most popular animated series, follows the foul-mouthed staff of ISIS, a secret international spy agency. Aside from following the antics of international spies, the profanity and the gun fire, Archer is best known for something far more subtle. The writers' use of obscure references in jokes is legendary, keeping viewers on their toes and not too far from a Google search bar.

Obscure jokes and references on Archer run the gamut from pop culture, classic literature, world history, and the world of sports. Do you love Shakespeare jokes? Steinbeck? Walt Whitman? Great! Archer is the show for you! Have you heard of Johnny Bench, Hal Needham or D.B. Cooper? No? Well then you were probably pretty confused during at least three funny episodes of Archer.

But fear not! This list has all the most obscure jokes from Archer, explained! Upvote the funniest and most clever obscure jokes and references that the Archer writing staff snuck in during any season of one of the funniest cartoon TV shows on the airwaves.
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The "Danger Zone"


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Archer episode: Various
Reference to: "Danger Zone" by Kenny Loggins

One of the recurring jokes in the series involves Archer using the phrase, "Danger Zone." This is a nod to the Top Gun theme song, written by Kenny Loggins.
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"Who am I, Alan Turing?"


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Archer episode: Season 2 "Tragical History"
Reference to: British mathematician and code breaker Alan Turing

After learning that ISIS's database is being encrypted, Cyril demands that Archer does something. Archer replies with a reference to the British mathematician and code breaker, whose work during World War II was portrayed in the 2014 film The Imitation Game.
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"I'm sorry. I guess I skipped the Emily Post chapter on how to introduce your mother to a hooker."


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Archer episode: Season 2 "Blood Test"
Reference to: etiquette maven Emily Post

When Archer's manners are called into question by Trinette, Malory, and Seamus, he helpfully points out that he missed that chapter of all those fancy people eitquette and manners books.
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"Johnny Bench called..."


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Archer episode: Season 1 "Mole Hunt"
Reference to: former pro baseball player Johnny Bench

Archer walks in on his mother having phone sex. On his way out of her office, he exclaims, "Johnny Bench called, he wants his mitt back." Yes, Archer just compared his mother's private parts to a catcher's mitt.