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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Michael Cera, who is Canadian, had problems with his work visa and was almost unable to complete work on the pilot episode. Cera had to go to Tijuana, Mexico in order to obtain another visa. Michael Angarano was on standby to replace Cera in case he was deported. See more »

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When at the jail, Lucille is seen putting on makeup with a green Clinique compact, then is next seen pulling out a Black Chanel Compact. Then, in the next shot she is seen putting her green compact away in her purse. 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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It's Arrested Development
21 February 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It is hard to oversell Arrested Development, and mind-boggling they only did three season before being canned. The characters are hilarious and well-developed, David Cross is perfect, but the whole cast is great. The writing is great, but best of all: NO LAUGH TRACK! I hate laugh tracks, and Arrested Development, the Office, Parks and Rec, 30 Rock, and Community are much appreciated for not having one. The laugh track detracts from otherwise quality comedy shows.

Start with the first episode in order to better understand the characters, and you will be hooked, no doubt.

Ron Howard is perfect as the narrator. I just love this show and am so thankful that we finally get a complete series edition for it!


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