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The Best Seasons of 'Archer'  

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List Rules Vote up the best seasons of Archer.

For this poll we're ranking the best seasons of Archer, with the help of your votes. Starring the multi-talented H. Jon Benjamin as the titular Sterling Archer, this comedy about secret agents has grown more popular than FX could have ever imagined. It's hard to argue that Archer isn't an amazing show, but which season is your favorite? Some of the most memorable episodes of Archer come from different seasons, so picking the top season isn't easy. To determine once and for all what the best seasons of Archer are, let's rank every Archer season from best to worst.

Archer is an adult animated sitcom created by Adam Reed. Archer premiered on FX September 17, 2009. In the seasons since, the show has experimented with tropes and contained arcs, transforming from a more traditional show (however traditional an animated series about irresponsible spies can be) to an anthology with seasons set everywhere from Sterling’s subconscious to a remote South Pacific island.

From cancer scares to drug deals gone wrong, the show has really done it all. What season of Archer really had you hooked? Whether you liked the earlier seasons or the most recent one, vote up the top Archer seasons and downvote any that you felt were a little dry, despite how much you loved any individual episodes. It can be painful to put one Archer season over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many seasons you like.

If you haven't seen the new season of Archer, please know there might be spoilers below.

Archer - Season 2 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Seasons of 'Archer'
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The second season of Archer premiered on January 27, 2011 and contains 13 episodes. This season finds Malory dealing with the aftermath of a ponzi scheme.

This season features several unforgettable episodes including: "A Growing Concern," "Tragical History," and "White Nights."

Memorable moments from Season 2 include:

  • Archer uses the Ludovico technique on his mother.
  • Archer rampages after learning of the fake cancer drugs.
  • Malory undergoes a medical examination.
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Archer - Season 4 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Seasons of 'Archer'
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The fourth season of Archer premiered on January 17, 2013 and contains 13 episodes. This season finds Archer suffering from amnesia.

This season features several unforgettable episodes including: "The Wind Cries Mary," "Vicious Coupling," and "Un Chien Tangerine."

Memorable moments from Season 4 include:

  • Pam gets beaten up in a fight.
  • Archer gets bitten in a... sensitive area.
  • A Bob's Burgers crossover episode.
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Archer - Season 3 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Seasons of 'Archer'
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The third season of Archer premiered on September 15, 2011 and contains 13 episodes. This season finds Archer and his ISIS colleagues dealing with revelations and reunions.

This season features several unforgettable episodes including: "Heart of Archness," "The Man from Jupiter," and "Bloodly Ferlin." 

Memorable moments from Season 3 include:

  • Archer becomes a Pirate King.
  • Ray shows that he can walk.
  • Archer becomes dismayed with Burt Reynolds.
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Archer - Season 5 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Seasons of 'Archer'
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The fifth season of Archer premiered on January 13, 2014 and contains 13 episodes. This season finds ISIS disbanding and its members starting a new venture.

This season features several unforgettable episodes including: "A Kiss While Dying," "Smugglers' Blues," and "Palace Intrigue." 

Memorable moments from Season 5 include:

  • Archer confronts his fear of crocodiles.
  • Archer helps deliver Lana's baby.
  • Cheryl becomes a country music superstar.
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