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.
Archer episode: Season 2 "Tragical History"
Reference to: British mathematician and code breaker Alan Turing
Archer episode: Season 2 "Blood Test"
Reference to: author William S. Burroughs shooting his common law wife
Archer episode: Season 2 "A Going Concern"
Reference to: John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men
Archer episode: Season 4 "The Wind Cries Mary"
Reference to: a famous criminal who vanished after parachuting from a airplane with a briefcase full of money