When FX's animated spy spoof "Archer" premiered a year ago, I was thrilled. Its creators, Adam Reed and Matt Thompson, were the comedic masterminds behind Adult Swim's lovable "Sealab 2021," so it had to be good.

When FX's animated spy spoof "Archer" premiered a year ago, I was thrilled. Its creators, Adam Reed and Matt Thompson, were the comedic masterminds behind Adult Swim's lovable "Sealab 2021," so it had to be good.

And the first season of "Archer" didn't disappoint. The ferocious lampooning of office drama and childish bickering at fictional spy agency ISIS is equal parts "Parks and Recreation," "Arrested Development" and James Bond movie. (In fact, "Arrested Development" fans will recognize a lot of the voices here.)

The focus is on titular super spy Sterling Archer (H. Jon Benjamin), but his mother, ISIS C.E.O. Malory (Jessica Walter), is the one running the show. She makes it a point to abuse and manipulate all of her employees but saves a special bit of emasculating rhetoric for her son.

This mama's boy dynamic results in particularly hilarious moments, especially when Archer stumbles across a marital aid in his mother's desk.

The supporting characters - Archer's sexy ex, Lana (Aisha Tyler), a more competent super spy; comptroller Cyril (Chris Parnell); openly gay intelligence analyst Ray (Reed) - are also crucial to the series' balls-out flamboyance.

And let's not forget HR manager Pam, who lacks any semblance of office, or social, etiquette. She's trying to copulate with anything that moves when she's not sucking down booze or talking through a dolphin puppet.

"Archer" preserves "Sealab's" zaniness - incongruent timeline, unstable characters and running jokes - so it's similarly hilarious and endlessly watchable. I fired through five episodes in what felt like 20 minutes thanks to the rapidly paced, meaningless diatribes and non-sequiturs.

But by combining these techniques with more practical storytelling, "Archer" surpasses "Sealab." The expanded narrative makes characters funnier and presents a real sense for the wacky world of "Archer."

That's why it behooves your funny bone to catch up on last season instead of jumping straight into Season 2, which begins tonight. Numerous plots from the first season crop up early on.

The crux of this season revolves around ISIS's financial struggles, which result in numerous misadventures and the return of rival ODIN spies Barry and Len Trexler (Jeffrey Tambor).

As much as Reed and Thompson deserve credit for "Archer's" success, the talented voice actors also should receive praise. Benjamin may be the best in the business right now, and Tyler and Walter have perfect timing to boot.