Arrested Development (2003– )

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Level-headed son Michael Bluth takes over family affairs after his father is imprisoned. But the rest of his spoiled, dysfunctional family are making his job unbearable.


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Complete series cast summary:
 Michael Bluth (68 episodes, 2003-2013)
 Lindsay Bluth Fünke (68 episodes, 2003-2013)
 Gob Bluth (68 episodes, 2003-2013)
 George-Michael Bluth (68 episodes, 2003-2013)
 Maeby Fünke / ... (68 episodes, 2003-2013)
 Buster Bluth / ... (68 episodes, 2003-2013)
 Tobias Fünke (68 episodes, 2003-2013)
 George Bluth Sr. / ... (68 episodes, 2003-2013)
 Lucille Bluth (68 episodes, 2003-2013)
 Narrator / ... (68 episodes, 2003-2013)


Meet the wildly dysfunctional Bluth family. This family was once at the height of real estate development in Orange County, California. But when the family business - the Bluth Company - goes bust, they're suddenly found penniless with their assets frozen. They move into their last remaining asset - the model home left over from their latest housing tract. Their luxury vehicles are replaced with a reminder of the family's former wealth - the stair car that accompanied their private jet. The patriarch of the family is George Bluth - he's now in prison, and loving every minute of it. His wife Lucille and daughter Lindsay are spoiled socialites who can't handle getting kicked out of family restaurants. His son Buster is in his mid 30's and lives at home. His son George Oscar Bluth is a magician who started a group to get magicians to be taken seriously - and gets kicked out when his own tricks are revealed. Lindsay is married to a man named Tobias Funke, once a psychiatrist, who decides ... Written by halo1k

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2 November 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Arrested Development - De Mal a Pior  »

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A recurring joke to whenever a character is dejected is to play the song from the T.V. movie "A Charlie Brown Christmas" which is actually called "Christmas time is here". See more »


During the time George Sr spends in the attic, storage boxes in the background are marked with either "Tracy" or "Tracey." These are boxes of old clothes belonging to Michael's late wife. See more »


Narrator: For the first time, Lucille prays...
Lucille: [Praying] Take something else from us. Do whatever you have to to keep my boy from going to war.
Narrator: And Buster is on his way when he decides to pursue a long-delayed rite of passage...
[Buster swims in the ocean]
Person: Loose seal. Watch out for loose seal.
Buster: [Thinking he means Lucille] I don't care about Lucille. She lies.
Narrator: ...and then a seal bites off his hand.
Lucille: Amen.
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Referenced in The Comeback: Valerie Stands Out on the Red Carpet (2005) See more »


The Final Countdown
Written by Joey Tempest
Performed by Europe
[JOB's magic theme music]
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First Season on DVD Disk 1 - Highly Recommended!!!
21 October 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

We enjoyed re-discovering the amazing antics of the Bluth family and preparing ourselves for the much anticipated second season. Arrested Development is my kind of situation comedy. No laugh tracks, thank you for respecting our intelligence! When it's funny, we know when to laugh. There are lots of surprises, special guests, great acting and excellent writing. Ron Howard's narration is a bonus. When someone asks me what it's like, I compare it to "Scrubs" but less mean spirited and more family values. I hope it represents the beginning of a trend toward great but gentle humor. I'm just about fed up with "reality" programs. Thank you very much. Keep up the good work.

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