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Arrested Development 

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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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Top Rated TV #39 | Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 57 wins & 110 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Jason Bateman ...  Michael Bluth 76 episodes, 2003-2018
Portia de Rossi ...  Lindsay Bluth Fünke 76 episodes, 2003-2018
Will Arnett ...  Gob Bluth 76 episodes, 2003-2018
Michael Cera ...  George-Michael Bluth 76 episodes, 2003-2018
Alia Shawkat ...  Maeby Fünke / ... 76 episodes, 2003-2018
Tony Hale ...  Buster Bluth / ... 76 episodes, 2003-2018
David Cross ...  Tobias Fünke 76 episodes, 2003-2018
Jeffrey Tambor ...  George Bluth Sr. / ... 76 episodes, 2003-2018
Jessica Walter ...  Lucille Bluth 76 episodes, 2003-2018
Ron Howard ...  Narrator / ... 76 episodes, 2003-2018
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arrested Development See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Beach, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Entire season 4) | (Entire season 2) | (Entire season 1) | (Entire season 3)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Jason Bateman described the show in an interview for the season one DVD box set as "The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) shot like Cops (1989)." See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Michael: Clear as the Ann on plain's face.
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Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.208 (2011) See more »

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Christmastime Is Here (Instrumental)
Composed by The Vince Guaraldi Trio
[Sad walking song]
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HI-Larious as Well As Intelligent
7 November 2004 | by NicholaiSee all my reviews

In this age of lazily-conceived, hastily-produced, fill-in-the-blank reality shows that the FOX network seems to corner the market on, it's refreshing to see them invest in a show that doesn't fit a clichéd formula and challenges the audience's intellect with hilarious results.

Previously, I had written off this show without giving it a chance, assuming that it's just another show about rich people with problems, a la "The OC". It's too bad I didn't give it a chance because I just happened to watch a random episode right while waiting for "Malcom in the Middle". Little did I expect to laugh so hard at George Michael continuously wearing a muscle suit just because his COUSIN. Maebe, gave him a passing compliment. And the absurdity of the situation was amplified by Ron Howard's deadpan narration of the episode, giving it the seriousness the situation doesn't deserve.

The show was still confusing because I wasn't clear on all the relationships and the origninating humor that the episodes look back to. Good think FOX did a marathon of the show in order to set me straight.

Bottom line, this show did not win all those Emmies for nothing. It could give Frasier, Friends and Seinfeld a run for their money any day. Let's hope the Emmys shielded the show from the FOX cancellation bug that afflicted other good shows such as "Action", "Titus", "Greg The Bunny" and ESPECIALLY "Family Guy".

**** out of ****


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