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1. Magazines that characters read are often references to later episodes or plotlines for upcoming episodes in the season.
2. Every episode has the sound of ice cubes clinking on glass.
3. In most episodes you can find Pam’s name in graffiti on the walls.
4. The real physical model for Ray Gilette is Lucky Yates, who is the voice actor for Krieger.
5. Cyril Figgus alias Chet Manley is the name of the boy that drops four baby turtles into a sewer in the teenage mutant ninja turtles comic.
6. ISIS stands for International Secret Intelligence Service. On October 13, 2014, the creators decided to “merge” ISIS with the CIA for season 6 due to the acronym’s incidental association with the jihadist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which gained notoriety for its violent actions in the Middle East earlier that year.
7. Amber Nash’s character, Pam Poovey, has a full back tattoo which reads: “For the Angel of Death spread His wings on the Blast, and breathed in the face of the foes He passed; and the eyes of the Sleepers waxed deadly and chill, and their hearts but once heaved, and forever grew still!” This is the third stanza to the poem “The Destruction of Sennacherib” by Lord Byron (George Gordon), an 18th century English poet. The poem is a reference to a biblical passage (2nd Kings 18-19) of how God destroyed the Assyrian army before it could attack Jerusalem.
8. The show’s creator has admitted in interviews that the show doesn’t have a realistic time period in which it’s set. The geopolitical Cold War situation doesn’t align with the technology being used or Woodhouse’s age.
9. Prior to his death, Brett Bunsen (Neal Holman) had been shot at least eight times: at least four by Sterling Archer (H. Jon Benjamin) and several others by coworkers Lana and Cyril, actress Rona Thorne, and once by the FBI.
10. Ray has two nickel-plated M1911 pistols, custom-engraved with the names Barbra and Liza, references to gay icons Barbra Streisand and Liza Minnelli.
11. Sterling Archer’s aliases include Duchess, Chet Manly, Randy Randalman, Cyril Figgis, Pirate King, Bob Belcher, Randy Magnum, Randy Randerson, and Rando.
12. Amber Nash is actually neighbors with the physical model of her character Pam.
13. Lana’s nicknames include Truckasaurus, Monster Hands, Shirley Temper, Johnny Bench, and Spray and Pray. Nearly all the names relate to her large hands.
14. According to an article on Vulture.com, the characters’ appearances are based on friends of the show creators, as well as actors, models and other people in the Atlanta area. The models would pose for several pictures, which would then be used as reference points for the animation.
15. Cheryl is often called by the wrong name by other ISIS employees, mainly Sterling and Malory. Her aliases include Carol, Cariña, Cristal, and Cherlene.
16. According to art director Neal Holman, the series was titled “Duchess” (Archer’s code name and Mallory’s favorite dog) until the last day or two of animating the opening sequence.
17. The tie-in book “How to Archer” states that Krieger’s first name is “Algernop.”
18. ODIN stands for Organization of Democratic Intelligence Networks. ODIN headquarters is located in Paris, France.
19. One of the episodes in season 6 is set in Wales and titled “Achub y Morfilod.” The title is written in the Welsh language and translates to “Save the Whales.”
20. Jeffrey Tambor voices Len Trexler, the rival of Malory Archer, who is voiced by Jessica Walter. In the critically acclaimed comedy Arrested Development (2003), Tambor and Walter played husband and wife, and, once again, were constantly at odds with each other.
21. Lucky Yates got promoted to extra after fan support during the 2013 live tour.
22. In a January 2016 episode of Jeopardy, “Archer” and ” Danger Zone” were adjacent categories.
23. Both Lana Kane and Mallory Archer, after being recruited, ended up “Killing a man three weeks later in Tunisia.”
24. Lana Kane’s middle name is Anthony (as in Susan B.). Sterling Archer’s middle name is Malory. Both characters have middle names that traditionally are used for the opposite gender.
25. Four actors from Archer were previously lead characters on Arrested Development. In addition to the Jeffrey Tambor tie-in, Judy Greer played Kitty, his very devoted assistant and now plays Cheryl, Malory’s (Jessica Walter) less than devoted secretary, and David Cross, who played Tobias, voiced the character Noah in Season 3 of Archer.
26. Archer uses a Walther PPK, the same gun James Bond uses.
27. Sterling Archer’s cars have been a green Plymouth GTX, a black 1970 Dodge Challenger 440 6-Pack nicknamed Genie, and a black 1970 Chevrolet El Camino.
28. Visible in the opening title montage are blueprints of the helicopter from the series “Airwolf,” and the homemade rocket ship the Vulture from the series “Salvage One.”
29. Lana Kane’s weapon of choice is a sidearm, fully automatic TEC-9. She carries two.
30. The car that Cyril drives is a Dacia 1300 build in Romania, based on a Renault 12.
31. In addition to the blueprints for Vulture from Salvage 1 (1979) and Airwolf from Airwolf (1984), there is also the drawing for the Black Beauty from Η Πράσινη Σφήκα (1966) in the opening credits.
32. Archer’s butler Woodhouse’s name is a reference to famed British writer P.G. Wodehouse, best known for his series of Jeeves and Wooster stories, about a superlative British butler and his rather dimwitted employer.
33. The mascot for Red Beer changes midway through the series from a Native American to an Eagle.
34. Barry Dillon uses a Desert Eagle and is seen in one episode reading a Desert Eagle magazine.
35. In the opening scene of Jeu Monegasque, the leaderboard displays three names: Bell, Bivens, and DeVoe. These are the last names of musical trio Bell Biv DeVoe.
36. In the opening credits, the dolphin hand puppet that Amber Nash is using is “Yoshi” from the TV series “Departures.”
37. In addition to Cyrils Dacia, other Eastern European vehicles can be seen roaming the streets, like the Czechoslovak Karosa SL11 bus and Soviet Volga-GAZ 24 saloon car.