TV review by
Will Wade, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Animated spy spoof will amuse older viewers; not for kids.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 39 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The people at the show's fictional spy agency seem more interested in petty office politics and advancing their own interests than in doing their jobs.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Archer is a superspy with loose ethics who's not above lying to his superiors and abusing his expense account to live very well. He's self-centered and immature and generally tries to find the easy way out of any situation.


Some animated fight scenes -- including fistfights and gun battles -- but no blood or gore, and few injuries. Some characters carry lots of weapons, including guns, spearguns, poison darts, and daggers.


Many references to sex, and several animated sex scenes that include partial nudity. Some female characters wear skimpy outfits.


Some swearing, including ”s--t,” “bitch,” “fricking,” “ass,” “douche,” “bastard,” “butt,” “crap,” and “screw.”

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some scenes feature characters drinking, sometimes to excess. Drunken characters sometimes engage in casual sex.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this spy spoof, although animated, is definitely aimed at mature viewers. The agents thrive on petty office politics, drink heavily, and pursue casual sex rather than supervillains. There’s a good bit of swearing (including "s--t") and several animated sex scenes that feature partial nudity. Characters also carry a range of weapons and get involved in gun battles and fistfights.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byporkchoppal July 24, 2015

James Bond on Steroids

Violence: 8/10
Sex: 9/10
Profanity: 6/10
Hedonism: 9/10
Maturity: 6/10
Adult Written byage 10+ October 16, 2011


This show is ONLY for the most mature teens as it is EXTREMLY RAUNCHY and has tons of swearing.
Teen, 13 years old Written byyoulouzer26 July 27, 2015

Amazing, but super harsh

This show is filled with over the top violence, sex, language, drugs, and alcohol. However, it is only a cartoon, which makes it less disturbing. For mature tee... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byImogen6418 July 23, 2016

Please read!

In my opinion 'Archer' is a great show. Common Sense Media is know for kind of over-exaggerating when they recommend an age. I think that with all sh... Continue reading

What's the story?

Sterling ARCHER (voiced by H. Jon Benjamin) is the most daring agent at the supersecret spy agency ISIS -- the International Secret Intelligence Service -- but he seems much more interested in enjoying life than in defending freedom and democracy. In this animated spy-spoof series, he prefers to spend his evenings pursuing women ... and consequently often spends the morning recovering from the excesses of the previous night. The ISIS team as a whole ends up getting caught up in petty office politics, and Archer gives his coworkers plenty of material for gossip -- especially via his tempestuous interactions with fellow agent/ex-girlfriend Lana (Aisha Tyler) and his chilly relationship with his domineering mother (Jessica Walter), the head of ISIS.

Is it any good?

Superspies take themselves so seriously that the genre is ready-made for parody, and Archer hits the bullseye. The spy and his colleagues put as much effort hacking into the company’s health insurance records or trying to overwrite expense account records as agents in other espionage franchises might devote to tracking down a missing nuke or bringing down an international drug cartel.

This witty series flips the conventions of the espionage thriller, creating an entertaining and original show. It’s fun, but it's also best for adults and older teens who can appreciate the source material and handle the language and sexuality.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about who this show is designed to appeal to. Do you think the fact that it's animated gives it more "kid appeal" than a live-action version? Do you think people often assume that anything animated is OK for younger viewers?

  • What makes this show a spoof? How do Archer’s assignments differ from those of James Bond or the Mission: Impossible team? Does his after-hours social life seem Bond-like?

  • What about the superspy genre makes it so ripe for parody?

TV details

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For kids who love spies and silliness

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