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‘Sealab 2021’ was the first brainchild of ‘Archer’ creator Adam Reed after he left his role of production assistant at Cartoon Network.
Reworking old stock footage from a 1970s failed cartoon, ‘Sealab 2020’, Reed and his colleagues edited the footage, added their own where necessary and completely changed the dialogue to create more ridiculous and riotous situations. The result is something simultaneously juvenile and majestic.
Reed and his cronies were at it again in 2006, creating ‘Frisky Dingo’, another animated series focusing on the nefarious plans of wannabee super villain Killface as he battles with a debonair rip-off of Batman (who looks almost identical to Archer, by the way), a radioactive reporter, his disobedient mumbling son, and a whole host of other problems.
The show was originally to be called ‘Whisky Tango’, but due to copyright infringement issues with a band who already had that name, they opted for the similar-sounding ‘Frisky Dingo’.
Dr Thaddeus Venture is somewhat more morally dubious than most superheroes and The Monarch is significantly more butterfly-themed than most villains. Meanwhile, Dr Venture’s sons, the ostensible heroes of the piece, are scrupulously ethical but worldly inept and naïve.
It’s a testament to the show’s longevity that it is the longest running of any of the shows similar to ‘Archer’ listed in this article.
Moving away from the realms of super hero fantasy, this ingenious little show featured stand-up comedian Jonathan Katz playing a psychotherapist based loosely on himself. In the early episodes, the story revolves around Katz and his patients, which are played by fellow famous stand-ups who simply deliver their own material while in Katz’s office.
To break up the scenes, Katz regularly interacts with his overgrown oaf of a son, voiced by H. Jon Benjamin (the voice of Archer) and several of his friends. The animation style is intentionally awful (having been created using the dated Squigglevision technique) and the dialogue ad-libbed, but the jokes are relentless and hilarious.
‘Home Movies’ again features the voice H. Jon Benjamin and the writing and directing skills of Loren Bouchard (who was producer on ‘Dr Katz’), and as normally happens when people try something for a second time, they get better at it.
‘Home Movies’ contains the same squiggly animation style, the same ad-libbed dialogue and the same crappy music. However, the characters are better developed, with both of Benjamin’s roles (Jason and Coach McGuirk) stealing every scene they are in, and the storyline is more coherent and engaging.
Though both of these last two shows might be lower-octane in their plots and less brash in their humour, they can be just as side-splitting.
If you are in need of a break from animation but still hankering for more TV series like ‘Archer’, look no further than the hugely underrated cult classic, ‘Arrested Development’.
Several of the voice actors in ‘Archer’ played central roles in this charming, witty, and rewarding series, and much of the recycled humour and throwback jokes are similar to those played out in ‘Archer’, too.
Of all the series listed in this article, ‘Arrested Development’ is undoubtedly the most famous… but it also has the best repeat value as well. So if you’ve already seen it, do yourself a favour and watch it again! You’re bound to pick up on something new you didn’t catch last time.
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