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"Arrested Development" Pilot (2003)

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Arrested Development: Season 1: Episode 1 -- Moments after Michael Bluth decides he's leaving the family business because he was passed over for a promotion, his father is arrested for shady bookkeeping.


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Original Air Date:
2 November 2003 (Season 1, Episode 1)
After his father fails to promote him within the family business, Michael accepts a job in Arizona -- until his dad is arrested for shady bookkeeping. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Jason Bateman ... Michael Bluth

Portia de Rossi ... Lindsay Bluth Fünke

Will Arnett ... Gob Bluth

Michael Cera ... George-Michael Bluth

Alia Shawkat ... Maeby Fünke

Tony Hale ... Buster Bluth

David Cross ... Tobias Fünke

Jeffrey Tambor ... George Bluth Sr.

Jessica Walter ... Lucille Bluth

John F. Beard ... John Beard (as John Beard)

Jonathan Schmock ... Captain

Hira Ambrosino ... Executive
Paul Mendoza ... Enrique
Stacey Woods ... Trisha Thoon (as Stacey Grenrock Woods)

Chad Einbinder ... Birthday Party Man
Andy Morrow ... Teen Magician
J. Hunter Ackerman ... Protestor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ron Howard ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Anthony Russo 
Joe Russo 
Writing credits
Mitchell Hurwitz (created by)

Mitchell Hurwitz (written by)

Produced by
Brian Grazer .... executive producer
Ron Howard .... executive producer
Victor Hsu .... producer
Mitchell Hurwitz .... executive producer
Jeff Luini .... associate producer
David Nevins .... executive producer
Original Music by
David Schwartz 
Cinematography by
James Hawkinson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Lee Haxall 
Casting by
Deborah Barylski 
Production Design by
Denny Dugally 
Art Direction by
Charisse Cardenas 
Set Decoration by
Ellen Brill 
Costume Design by
Katie Sparks 
Makeup Department
Stephanie Coffey .... makeup department head
Marie Larkin .... hair stylist
Ginger Damon .... key hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Victor Hsu .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kelly Cantley .... second assistant director
Ross Novie .... first assistant director
Robert 'Skid' Skidmore .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Artie Chavez .... construction foreman
Laurie Dalton .... property master
Greg Hamlin .... construction coordinator (as Greg 'Tiny' Hamlin)
Mark Lucero .... set designer
Rick Chinelli .... set dresser (uncredited)
Krista Gilbertson .... art department coordinator (uncredited)
James R. Lord .... propmaker (uncredited)
Stella Starlight .... graphic designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Kevin B. Barron .... assistant sound editor (as Kevin Poor)
Joseph Geisinger .... production sound mixer
Takako Ishikawa .... sound effects editor
Robert Nichols II .... sound recordist
Scott Harber .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Catt LeBaigue .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Andre G. Ellingson .... special effects coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Berglund .... camera operator
Randy Fitzgerald .... key rigging grip: 2003-2004
Greg Harrington .... camera operator
Chris Hathaway .... best boy electric
Scott Moody .... chief lighting technician
Marc Polanski .... key grip
Jason Lee Smith .... grip
Casting Department
Christine Ciraolo .... casting assistant
Lynn Mason .... casting associate
Kevin Goldson .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kate Samhat .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Ted Brady .... colorist
Bill Missett .... on-line editor
Jordan Goldman .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Hunter M. Via .... additional editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Dianne Ketchum Friedgen .... location manager
Music Department
Erica Weis .... music editor
Jason Tregoe Newman .... music editor (uncredited)
Jason Tregoe Newman .... music mixer (uncredited)
Jason Tregoe Newman .... music recordist (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Hedy Phil Balani .... production driver
Sergio Orozco .... transportation coordinator
Joey Soriano .... driver
Other crew
Doug Adams .... assistant to executive producer
Don Bensko .... production accountant
Charles Canzoneri .... key set production assistant
Paula Kramer .... production coordinator (as Paula Piepho)
Seth Landau .... production assistant
Suzan Lowitz .... script supervisor
Joanne Oboyski .... production coordinator
David Silverstein .... assistant to producer
Keren Bensoussan .... transcriber (uncredited)
Stacey Levin .... head publicist (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
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Additional Details

21 min | 28 min (extended version) | Argentina:30 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Singapore:NC-16 | USA:TV-MA (extended version)

Did You Know?

Both the model house and Lucille's houses were completely different than in the later episodes. Tobias also had different glasses, Buster had longer hair and George-Michael had darker skin.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: (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 »
[first lines]
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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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Attention-Grabbing From the Start!, 11 August 2013
Author: g-bodyl from United States

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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