Animation update – Archer season 2 and Futurama volume 6

My daughter will enjoy knowing that the second season of Archer is now available on instant Netflix. We have to watch animation during the day as my wife dislikes or is offended by just about all the major shows (South Park, Family Guy, American Dad, even The Simpsons).

Archer (2010) – TV-MA

“Sophisticated spy Archer may have the coolest gadgets, but he still has issues when it comes to dealing with his boss — who also happens to be his mother — in this wicked animated spoof of spy flicks and the sex-crazed agents who populate them.”

This is a silly show. Archer does a better job of lampooning spy movies than American Dad. It has a lot of purposely racy content so it is easy to be offended by it but it does not go out of its way to offend a la South Park. While much of it is lowbrow humor, there are a lot of amusing references to The Manchurian Candidate, Dial M for Murder, The Hindenberg (the movie), John Le Carre’s novels and more.

Futurama (1999-2011) – Rated TV-PG

“Pizza boy Philip J. Fry awakens in the 31st century after 1,000 years of cryogenic preservation in this animated series. After he gets a job at an interplanetary delivery service, Fry embarks on ridiculous escapades to make sense of his predicament.”

Just as silly but much less offensive, Matt Groening’s Futurama continues strong despite being cancelled quite a while ago. Volume six of Futurama has just been released on instant Netflix and I’m sure it does just as good a job at skewering current events and science fiction tropes as the previous five seasons did.

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