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The Best Episodes of Archer

Every episode of Archer ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Archer!

Sterling Archer is the world's most daunting spy. He works for ISIS, a spy agency run by his mother. In between dealing with his boss and his co-workers - one of whom is his ex-girlfriend - Archer manages to annoy or seduce everyone that crosses his path. His antics are only excusable because at the end of the day, he still somehow always manages to thwart whatever crises was threatening mankind.

Genres:ComedyAction & AdventureAnimation
Networks:FXFXX

Top Episode Highlight

The best episode of "Archer" is "Mission: Difficult", rated 9/10 from 1407 user votes. It was directed by Megan Johnson and written by Mark Ganek. "Mission: Difficult" aired on 10/6/2021 and is rated 0.1 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Placebo Effect".

  • Mission: Difficult
    9.0/10 1,407 votes

    #1 - Mission: Difficult

    Season 12 Episode 8 - Aired 2021-10-06

    Archer is trapped inside IIA headquarters and Barry is trapped inside Other Barry.

    Director: Megan Johnson

    Writer: Mark Ganek

  • Placebo Effect
    8.9/10 2,441 votes

    #2 - Placebo Effect

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 2011-03-24

    When Archer discovers that the chemotherapy drugs he has been taking are phony, he goes on a rampage against the Irish gangsters behind the scheme. He also makes friends with a fellow marijuana-toking cancer patient (voice of Joan Van Ark). Meanwhile, Cyril learns why Krieger is fluent in Portuguese.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • The Kanes
    8.8/10 1,666 votes

    #3 - The Kanes

    Season 6 Episode 8 - Aired 2015-02-26

    Lana introduces Archer to her parents. Archer introduces Lana's parents to high-speed chases.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Deadly Velvet (2)
    8.8/10 1,484 votes

    #4 - Deadly Velvet (2)

    Season 7 Episode 10 - Aired 2016-06-02

    Things get even deadlier on the set of Deadly Velvet when someone turns up, you guessed it, dead.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Skytanic
    8.6/10 2,374 votes

    #5 - Skytanic

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 2010-02-18

    When a bomb threat jeopardizes the maiden voyage of the luxury airship Excelsior, Archer and the ISIS crew must battle the clock (and each other) to avert disaster.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Adam Reed

  • El Secuestro
    8.6/10 1,920 votes

    #6 - El Secuestro

    Season 2 Episode 10 - Aired 2011-03-31

    Pam is abducted by kidnappers who mistake her for Cheryl. It seems that Cheryl wasn’t completely forthcoming about her background when she applied for her job at ISIS.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Adam Reed

  • Skin Game
    8.6/10 1,914 votes

    #7 - Skin Game

    Season 3 Episode 8 - Aired 2012-03-08

    Archer is faced with a dilemma when his murdered fiance, Katya, miraculously reappears. In Krieger's lab.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Arrival/Departure
    8.6/10 1,513 votes

    #8 - Arrival/Departure

    Season 5 Episode 13 - Aired 2014-04-21

    Archer helps Lana with the delivery of her baby, while Krieger tries to prevent the delivery of a deadly weapon.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Vision Quest
    8.6/10 1,582 votes

    #9 - Vision Quest

    Season 6 Episode 5 - Aired 2015-02-05

    The gang gets to work early so they can spend some quality time together.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Swiss Miss
    8.5/10 2,073 votes

    #10 - Swiss Miss

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 2011-01-27

    In yet another attempt to secure funding for ISIS, Malory drags her agents to the luxury winter resort town of Gstaad to protect a Swiss billionaire's daughter from a kidnapping threat. But Archer soon finds out the real threat is his protectee: an underage nymphomaniac who will stop at nothing to bed the world’s greatest spy.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Mehar Sethi, Adam Reed

  • Stage Two
    8.5/10 1,958 votes

    #11 - Stage Two

    Season 2 Episode 8 - Aired 2011-03-17

    Breast cancer strikes the Archer family---Sterling has it. "I'm trying to stay positive," he says. "I can beat this." But before surgery, he wants to bond with young Seamus (even though he isn't actually the baby's father) and take a Las Vegas vacation.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Adam Reed

  • The Man from Jupiter
    8.5/10 1,907 votes

    #12 - The Man from Jupiter

    Season 3 Episode 1 - Aired 2012-01-19

    Archer is shocked to learn that his mother is dating Archer's idol/hero/man-crush, Burt Reynolds.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Adam Reed

  • White Elephant
    8.5/10 1,736 votes

    #13 - White Elephant

    Season 5 Episode 1 - Aired 2014-01-13

    ISIS is raided and disbanded by the U.S. government when it transpires that the agency was never sanctioned by them. Its former staff discover a hidden vault containing one-ton of cocaine, and form a drug cartel to sell the drugs to fund their retirements.

    Director: Adam Reed

    Writer: Adam Reed

  • Robert De Niro
    8.5/10 1,124 votes

    #14 - Robert De Niro

    Season 10 Episode 9 - Aired 2019-07-31

    When a trial turns into a party it can only mean that Barry-6 has returned!

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Adam Reed

  • Robot Factory
    8.5/10 1,072 votes

    #15 - Robot Factory

    Season 11 Episode 4 - Aired 2020-09-30

    Archer and the gang team up with Barry to stop an army of Barrys from turning the world into Barrys.

    Director: Matt Thompson

    Writer: Matt Roller

  • Dingo, Baby, Et Cetera
    8.5/10 879 votes

    #16 - Dingo, Baby, Et Cetera

    Season 12 Episode 6 - Aired 2021-09-22

    Lana makes rookie mistakes as ghosts from Archer's past haunt him on a special mission.

    Director: Chi Duong Sato

    Writer: Mark Ganek

  • Bloody Ferlin
    8.4/10 1,847 votes

    #17 - Bloody Ferlin

    Season 3 Episode 6 - Aired 2012-02-23

    Archer must help Gillette save his younger brother from a crooked sheriff in the backwoods of West Virginia.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Pocket Listing
    8.4/10 1,390 votes

    #18 - Pocket Listing

    Season 6 Episode 9 - Aired 2015-03-05

    Slater has the gang swindle the Durhani royal family and Gillette lends a hand.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Drastic Voyage (2)
    8.4/10 1,301 votes

    #19 - Drastic Voyage (2)

    Season 6 Episode 13 - Aired 2015-04-02

    The fantastic voyage concludes.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Deadly Prep
    8.4/10 1,293 votes

    #20 - Deadly Prep

    Season 7 Episode 3 - Aired 2016-04-14

    A business opportunity arises at a prep school reunion.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Double Indecency
    8.4/10 1,289 votes

    #21 - Double Indecency

    Season 7 Episode 7 - Aired 2016-05-12

    Who's sexier, Cyril or Krieger? Pam or Cheryl? Only one way to find out: bar fight!

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Best Friends
    8.4/10 1,025 votes

    #22 - Best Friends

    Season 11 Episode 5 - Aired 2020-10-07

    Archer is head over heels for his new valet, Aleister. Will Archer do Aleister's recommended rehabilitation exercises or just eat himself to death?

    Director: Chi Duong Sato

    Writer: Matt Roller

  • Into the Cold
    8.4/10 513 votes

    #23 - Into the Cold

    Season 14 Episode 9 - Aired 2023-12-17

    With the UN voting to outlaw independent spy agencies, Archer and the gang have to work outside the law to save the world from an unlikely duo.

    Director: Casey Willis, Pierre Cerrato

    Writer: Mark Ganek

  • Double Trouble
    8.3/10 1,762 votes

    #24 - Double Trouble

    Season 2 Episode 13 - Aired 2011-04-21

    Krieger works to finish a top-secret project, and Archer brings a mysterious former KGB agent named Katya Kazanova home to meet Malory.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Drift Problem
    8.3/10 1,847 votes

    #25 - Drift Problem

    Season 3 Episode 4 - Aired 2012-02-09

    Archer's surprise birthday present - a high-tech, souped-up spy car - leads to all sorts of other surprises. None of which are good.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A