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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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Ron Howard's role as the narrator was accidental. He was merely filling in on the pilot and his voice just "worked". 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 »


Lucille: I bought it using the new unfrozen stock as soon as I received the memo.
Michael Bluth: You mean, the memo that specifically told you not to sell?
Lucille: Did it say that? I stopped after "unfrozen."
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Christmastime Is Here (Instrumental)
Composed by Vince Guaraldi Trio
[Sad walking song]
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The smartest thing Fox has done yet
14 December 2003 | by (Connecticut, USA) – See all my reviews

This is the funniest show currently on television. All you need to enjoy this show is an appreciation for high-quality acting and incredibly hilarious writing. Jason Bateman as Michael Bluth is perfect as the under-appreciated do-good guy who's just trying to keep his family together and himself sane. Other highlights of the show include Will Arnett as GOB (George Oscar Bluth II), Michael's lame-excuse-for-a-magician brother; Jeffrey Tambor as George Sr., Michael's incarcerated father (he was jailed for "shifty accounting practices"); and Michael Cera as George Michael Bluth, Michael Bluth's perpetually nervous 13-year-old son (who just happens to have a strange infatuation with his cousin, Maebe, played by "State of Grace"'s Alia Shawkat). All in all this show is sure to be a hit, at least with those people whose level of understanding of comedy is above slapstick and bathroom jokes. TREMENDOUSLY hilarious writing and outstanding performances by the whole cast will have you laughing the whole time. Ten out of ten!

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