Arrested Development: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (2 Nov. 2003)

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Widower Michael Bluth has been working for his father's development company since he was a teenager manning the family's frozen banana stand, and he and his son George Michael have gone so ... See full summary »




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Widower Michael Bluth has been working for his father's development company since he was a teenager manning the family's frozen banana stand, and he and his son George Michael have gone so far as to move into one of the company's model homes. So when his father George Sr. throws his retirement party on the family yacht, Michael expects that he will be announced as his father's successor. Instead, Michael gets two surprises: His mother is the new President, and his father is under investigation by the SEC. So Michael has to hold his wildly dysfunctional family together. Written by Demonnick

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Alia Shawkat's kiss with Michael Cera was her first kiss both on-screen and in real life. See more »


(at around 22 mins) When the police boats arrive you can see the reflection of a cameraman in the shades of George Sr. See more »


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Narrator: This is Michael Bluth. For ten years, he's worked for his father's company waiting to be made a partner. And right now, he's happy.
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Written by Max Martin & Rami Yacoub
Performed by Alia Shawkat
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Attention-Grabbing From the Start!
11 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Arrested Development seems to be a very enjoyable sitcom that is very popular with the audiences. But somehow, this show was canned after three seasons before starting a fourth very recently. This pilot episode is very addicting and it will grab your attention. It's not all that funny, but there are still a few chuckles to be had. I just really love the realistic portrayal of a dysfunctional family.

This episode is where we meet the Bluth family. Michael Bluth is attending his father's retirement ceremony aboard a cruise ship where he expects to be named his successor. But that honor goes to his mother and his father is arrested and investigated by the SEC. Originally, Michael plans to leave his family, but he decides to stay to keep his family together.

This series has a great cast. The family is made up of Jason Bateman, Portia di Rossi, Michael Cera, Jeffrey Tambor, David Cross, Jessica Walter, and Will Arnett. Honestly, they all do a fantastic job in this pilot.

Overall, this is a wonderful beginning to what I hope is a very good series. It's very addicting and I was sad when the show was over. I'm glad this was a popular show because it's very well-made, at least the pilot is. I rate this episode 9/10.

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