‘Archer’ Season 4 to Have ‘Bob’s Burgers’ Crossover Episode

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 17th, 2013 at 11:03 am,

Archer crosses over with Bobs Burgers Archer Season 4 to Have Bobs Burgers Crossover Episode

Animated secret agent Sterling Archer is going from spy-smasher to grill-master when FX’s hit animated comedy Archer crosses over with Fox’s Emmy-nominated cartoon Bob’s Burgers.

In what is described as a “Bourne Identity-type plotline,” Archer will start off flipping burgers as the morose Bob Belcher, unaware of his true identity. FX has yet to release the date of when the crossover episode of Archer will air, but the episode has been filmed.

The upcoming crossover episode of Archer was the idea of series creator Adam Reed. Though Bob’s creator Loren Bouchard (who also co-created Home Movies and produced Dr. Katz) was cool with the idea, he stayed out of the creative process, entrusting it to Reed. The episode will also feature Bob’s wife Linda (voiced by John Roberts), but the kids won’t be in it, mostly due to budget restriction.

If you’re a fan of both of these hilarious cartoons, you’ll recognize one big common denominator between the two - the gruff comedic voice talent of H. Jon Benjamin, who voices both Bob and Archer. Since the swiggly-line days of Comedy Central’s Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist, Benjamin has been an animated staple, lending his hilariously monotoned vocals to such comical mature cartoons as Adult Swim’s Home Movies (as the lovable Coach McGuirk) and more recently on Fox’s Family Guy (as Carl).

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Benjamin openly chatted about what the big crossover episode of Archer will contain, saying:

“['Archer' creator Adam Reed] really likes ‘Bob’s Burgers,’ and the fourth season has a ‘Bob’s Burgers’ tie-in, which is really bizarre. It’s like a ‘Bourne Identity’-type plotline. It starts off with Archer as Bob, making hamburgers, but he doesn’t know that he’s Archer. He’s at the restaurant and these, like, I think Russian thugs come in, and Bob dispatches them expertly. And then he’s like, What just happened? How did I do that? So he has to try to figure out why he’s so good at killing people. “

Benjamin also touched upon how the completely different visual animation styles of the two shows will believably blend and how some fans might react to the two characters identical sounding voices:

“[The episode will be] ‘Archer’-style animation, but with all the accoutrements and characteristics of the ['Bob’s'] characters. It is a little weird, because you have to be a fan of both to understand it. But you don’t have to know about ‘Bob’s Burgers’ to enjoy it.

“It’s seems like kind of a 50-50: 50 percent of people are like, ‘You suck, you use the same voice,’ and 50 percent of people are like, ‘It’s amazing how different they are!’ And I really can’t speak to either opinion. “

Exciting as all this is, cartoons crossovers are nothing new. It was somewhat typical back in the late 80s and 90s and is slowly making a 21st century comeback. We all remember how the Jetsons met the Flintstones in the epic TV movie and we most certainly remember the groundbreaking 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit - a film that not only combined live-action with animation, but is also the only time in animation history in which both Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny appeared on screen together.

Are you looking forward to the Archer/Bob’s Burgers crossover? Let us know in the comments.

Archer season 4 premieres September 15th @10:30pm on FX.


Source: EW

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  1. best news ever

  2. I think this is fantastic. I love both shows and like the idea of Bob being a sleeper spy. Can’t wait to see how this all works together.

  3. What!?!? No Gene? Oh well, this still sounds awesome!

  4. Faith in humanity restored

    • Lost my faith in humanity, AND Archer

  5. Faith in humanity restored.

  6. Gene couldn’t make it, he had a room to re-fart.

  7. Took a while to get into Bob & his burgers but I think it’s a great idea. Besides, it’s a one-time deal, so a lot of you folks out there have gotta chill.

  8. It’s not clear to me from this article that Archer is definitely going to resume as itself, that the crossover is one show only. If that’s the case, fine. I like both shows and it sounds like a funny idea. I would definitely picket the earth and the existence of mankind if the world of Archer wasn’t going to be exactly the same. It’s the greatest show in the history of the world, more laughs per minute than anything else, and, the talent of H. John Benjamin aside, I love all of the characters in Archer. I like Bob’s Burgers too, but it’s not even in the same zip code as Archer. Loser-ish as it sounds, I will/would definitely miss Lana and Mallory, Pam and Krieger more than Gene and Louise, were they to disappear or be subsumed. I want to chill, believe me. Someone please reassure me through a credible source that Archer and ISIS will live on as is.

  9. Super pumped for this one.

  10. So UHHMMM When is this Season starting. I read Sept 15th… But no Archer. When I look again I see Jan 2013. Are you kidding me?. Someone please tell me that is a place holder or something.

  11. really upset with this guys reporting fx hasnt set a release date for archer yet i suggest the publisher make an edit to prevent confusion and make sure he double checks his sources because he got this info from a year ago post that lumps SOA season 4 and archer season 3 announcement into one…

  12. Leave archer the way it is! If this crossover idea is just one episode than cool. But don’t change archer. It’s not broke so don’t try to fix it. I love the show the way it is.

  13. You got my hopes up Scott! Apparently Season 4 of Archer hasn’t started yet, that Sept 15th date is from season 3.

  14. Awesome…I hope the wee baby Seamus is in it!

  15. I love that its the same voice, I like to think they are long lost brothers.

  16. Is FX Networks trying to fail? Why can’t they definitively state their schedule for Season 4 of Archer? Visit their website every few weeks – nothing; they have my email address – nothing. Why is it such a closely guarded secret? Missed last years September episodes, now this.

  17. Agreed John. I’m getting more out of this busted incorrect comment thread then anywhere else.

    For the record Bob’s Burgers Blows and I am disappointed it is having anything to do with Archer. I think the connection besides H Jon, is Lauren Bouchard (bobs creator) *sic and HJon did Lucy the daughter of the devil together. I assume that is the connection.

    I don’t know what could save that show though. I LOVED King of the HIll for its’ nothingness, Bobs burgers just has NOTHING for me.

    With regards to Archer and a start date, I am trying to ignore it. I swear if it were any other show I would have junked it in protest.

    I can only watch so much Archer, Frisky Dingo, and SeaLab2021

    Here is to the struggle Brothers.

  18. Archer is amazing! (Bobs burgers is okay too, but I could Live without it.) All I could think is that there trying to hype up bob with more archer fans. Witch is fine, but i hope it ain’t the beginning of the end for both. If they wanna do something great… lets see an archer movie after season 4!!!!

  19. anny idea of a season 4 premier yet????

  20. archer premiers Jan. 17 2013 at 10pm

  21. I like both shows but i think it would be better if bobs burgers crossed with archer and tied it in one of their episodes not other way around.