14 Facts About "Archer" That'll Make You Say "Holy Shitsnacks"

The design team actually made that Björk space-dress IRL.

Ever wanted to see what it's like creating the world's most dysfunctional spy agency? Archer art director Neal Holman's new book, The Art of Archer, gave us all kinds of fun facts about the FX show.

Ever wanted to see what it's like creating the world's most dysfunctional spy agency? Archer art director Neal Holman's new book, The Art of Archer, gave us all kinds of fun facts about the FX show.

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The original title for the show was Duchess.

The original title for the show was Duchess.

According to the new book The Art of Archer, art director Neal Holman had even created the opening sequence with "Duchess" as the title. The name wasn't changed to Archer until the show was picked up to series.

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The show's creator, Adam Reed, got the idea for Archer while hiking in Spain.

The show's creator, Adam Reed, got the idea for Archer while hiking in Spain.

Reed decided to take a break from television in 2008 and walk the Via de la Plata in Spain. On a stop in Salamanca, he witnessed a "fashionable Spanish man" approach a table of five beautiful women and start chatting with them. That man was his inspiration for Sterling Archer.

"Somewhere in Salamanca is an impossibly handsome, impeccably dressed man who should probably be getting Archer royalties," Reed joked.

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Cheryl/Carol wasn't supposed to make it past the pilot episode.

Cheryl/Carol wasn't supposed to make it past the pilot episode.

Reed told A.V. Club that Cheryl was initially just going to be part of a running gag in the pilot where Archer impregnates all of Malory's secretaries, then wipes their memories and leaves them at Bellevue hospital. But when Judy Greer was cast, Cheryl became a series regular.

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