Archer Officially Drops ISIS As Show’s Spy Agency Name
“Archer” is getting rid of ISIS. For years, the FX animated spy series has revolved around activities at the International Secret Intelligence Service — or “ISIS,” for short. But given the headlines made in recent months by a different ISIS , the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the show has decided to drop the term as it begins its sixth season.
During the premiere episode, it’s revealed that the characters now work for the CIA, and an old “ISIS” sign is seen being rolled out by movers. “We won’t say ISIS anymore, and the only visual representation of it will be that sign rolling off the show,” executive producer Matt Thompson tells The Daily Beast. “It’s just the most awful thing, and we didn’t want to have anything to do with it.”
He adds, “There were people online saying that we should address it and say, ‘Oh, I can’t believe these guys have co-opted our name.’ That’s the way South Park would do it, coming after them and saying, ‘These a**holes stole our name,’ but that’s not the way the Archer universe works, where it’s all our own creations. In our universe, they don’t exist.”
Creator Adam Reed had hoped it wouldn’t come to this. “We were waiting for it to go away — at least I was,” he tells the outlet. “Back in Season 5, FX said, ‘This might be a thing,’ and I thought, ‘Maybe it won’t be? Maybe it’ll be the mole that I’m gonna ignore and nothing will happen.’ We got sort of lucky and could organically make a merger with the CIA, so we went back and retroactively painted out the ISIS logos in parts of the show, and we just don’t talk about it in dialogue.”
“Archer” will not be retroactively removing “ISIS” references from the show’s first five seasons.