Adam Reed (I)

Adam Reed (I)

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Adam Reed is a writer, producer and voice actor. Along with his partner Matt Thompson, he has created three animated series: Sealab 2021, Frisky Dingo, and Archer.

Reed got his start in television by doing odd jobs at Cartoon Network, owned by Turner Entertainment. He was friends with…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • The Archer production team has worked with a couple of writers, but the episodes not written by Adam have ended up being heavily rewritten. So as of 2011, "the writer's room" is pretty much just him.

    • Adam has said that working with FX Network (on Archer) has been a new experience for him, in that they request character development whereas Cartoon Network didn't care. He finds the characters of Pam and Cheryl to be particularly fun to write with because they got "a pass" from the network as far as behaving logically.

    • Adam was an English major, and his favorite book is A Once and Future King, by T.H. White.

    • Adam's favorite song is the acoustic cover of Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing" by Stevie Ray Vaughan.

    • Adam said that his favorite sitcom of all time is The Andy Griffith Show, and that he thinks the humor of that show has stood the test of time.

    • Adam Reed and Matt Thompson worked on a live action kids show with Carrot Top, under Turner Entertainment (who owns Cartoon Network). They did not enjoy the experience, but agreed to it in return for being allowed to produce Sealab 2021. However, the network didn't hold up their end of the bargain and Adam and Matt left (though they would return later, with the advent of Adult Swim).

    • Adam's first job in television was doing grunt work in the marketing division of Cartoon Network. On his first day, he was asked to watch all 161 episodes of The Flintstones and find the episode with the least dinosaurs. This is because they were trying to make a deal with a snack cake brand owned by Seventh Day Adventists, who don't believe in dinosaurs. The deal didn't end up going through, but Adam watched all 80 hours of The Flintstones.

    • Adam has said he prefers the current recording method used on Archer, which is that actors record their parts separately from different cities while he is on the phone with them. He said it allows him to focus on how the voice sounds.

    • Adam Reed has said he prefers to put literary references in his shows over pop-culture references, but includes both since the latter is more likely to get a laugh.

    • Adam said in an interview in February 2011 that he really wanted to have David Cross on his show Archer, and had been dropping hints to H. Jon Benjamin about it since they are good friends. This apparently worked, as David Cross later appeared on the three-episode special Heart of Archness.

    • Adam says that in his newest show, Archer, the time period is intentionally ill-defined. This allowed him to cherry-pick the best parts of various decades, such as the design aesthetic of the 1950s, the clothing from the 60s, and modern technology such as cell phones.

    • The name for 70/30 Productions is based on the idea that Adam would do 70% of the writing and 30% of the production, and Matt would do the opposite.

    • On the first show Adam worked on, High Noon Toons, he and fellow voice actor/writer Matt Thompson were frequently drunk on the set. They once set fire to a prop spaceship on the set because they thought it would look cool. Adam and Matt were reprimanded both for the fire, and for drinking on the job.

    • Adam was very frustrated when working on getting Frisky Dingo to air, and often had to deal with administrative issues for the production house, such as computer and electrical problems. One time, he yelled at a customer service rep "Oh yeah!? Well... go get a haircut!!" When asked why he would yell this to someone he had never seen, Adam replied, "I don't know. I just sort of figured the guy had bad hair."

    • Adam loves literature, and often used entire literary passages as dialogue in his first show, Sealab 2021.

  • Quotes

    • Adam: As a frustrated English major, it's nice to have people pick up on these really obscure references.

    • (about the inspiration for Archer)
      Adam: It was our past two cartoons. We sort of established adventure genre and tried to crack it open and mess it up as much as we could. So we had an undersea laboratory [in Sealab 2021], which I guess is not that well-known of a genre, and then we had superheroes [in Frisky Dingo]. So global espionage just sort of seemed to be the logical next step.

    • (about character Ray Gillette, whom he voices on Archer)
      Adam: I think he's one of the few voices of reason in the show. Like he's an actual nice person, slightly catty, but definitely I think, probably deep down a better person than ninety percent of the other people at ISIS.

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  • Archer is amazing

    hi there i just seen all 4 seasons of Archer and i cant get enough of it you maybe Please write a fith season and if you already have when would it be released ? i am just a huge fan :)