There’s a multitude of joke types on FX’s Archer, including a whole lot of cultural references. Under this umbrella are historical tidbits (especially considering the time period of the show is often intentionally ambiguous), musical ones (Danger Zone!), TV & Film (especially when it comes to Burt Reynolds), and a host of literary obscurities (stemming from creator/writer Adam Reed’s days as an English major).
Since Archer is done with new episodes for the year, let’s look back at a montage of every literature reference ever made on the show.
Courtesy of montage-editing expert Serena Bramble of IndieWire, the five-minute long video is a tribute to the fact that Archer, in her words, is known to “mention an obscure Herman Melville book at gunpoint, read 10 Babysitter’s Club books in preparation for guarding his daughter, or wonder out loud if he’s gay for Tolkien.” Helpfully, Serena cited each of the references via subtitles, so you don’t even need to be a bookworm to get the gags.
We promise it’s the most enjoyable way to learn about books since Reading Rainbow.[via IndieWire]