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Arrested Development 

TV-14 | | Comedy | TV Series (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:
Jason Bateman ...  Michael Bluth 84 episodes, 2003-2019
Portia de Rossi ...  Lindsay Bluth Fünke 84 episodes, 2003-2019
Will Arnett ...  Gob Bluth 84 episodes, 2003-2019
Michael Cera ...  George-Michael Bluth 84 episodes, 2003-2019
Alia Shawkat ...  Maeby Fünke / ... 84 episodes, 2003-2019
Tony Hale ...  Buster Bluth / ... 84 episodes, 2003-2019
David Cross ...  Tobias Fünke 84 episodes, 2003-2019
Jeffrey Tambor ...  George Bluth Sr. / ... 84 episodes, 2003-2019
Jessica Walter ...  Lucille Bluth 84 episodes, 2003-2019
Ron Howard ...  Narrator / ... 84 episodes, 2003-2019
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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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Runtime:

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

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Stereo

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Nearly every episode begins with "Michael" or "Michael Bluth" as the opening word(s). See more »

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In several episodes, you can see flowers and trees outside the doors and windows of the model home; but in the shots of the exterior of the home, it is on a dirt plot, surrounded by nothing. See more »

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[repeated line]
Prison guard: No touching.
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Arrested Development
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UNparalleled
10 October 2006 | by nightswatchSee all my reviews

You've doubtless heard fans rave and rave about this show, and may have even checked it out. The camp is sharply divided, people either absolutely love it, or tend to just "not get it." In that sense it may not be for everyone (great television, and great art in general, rarely is), and to each his own. But after watching each season multiple times, I can easily say that it is the funniest show that I have ever seen by an ENORMOUS margin. Even after many repeat viewings, I still end up in tears all the time.

DVD treats this series well simply because it suits itself to rapid digestion (and after getting hooked, you won't be able to get up). The writers include many, many running gags that persist through entire seasons, or even the entire series ("I've made a huge mistake." "Her?"). The entire cast is extremely WELL cast and everyone's comedic timing is spot on. The real stars are David Cross as Tobias, and Will Arnett as GOB. Their physical comedy is drop dead hilarious as well. But Jessica Walters and Jeffrey Tambor are phenomenal, the former most especially in the third season.

As others have stated there is no laugh track and this is part of what throws some of the "we don't get it" camp off. The humor is very fast paced as well, and many of the biggest laughs are very subtle physical comedy, or a line of dialog that is dropped in the midst of a conversation. Some of the music that was written for the show is absolutely hilarious as well, especially the song that plays often when George Micheal is put in an awkward (sexual) situation ("whatcha trying to say to me??").

Start with season 1, give it 4 episodes (go through at least the episode "key decisions" which I believe is ep 4). If you're not hooked, or at least intrigued by then, its likely you wont be at all. But if you're like me, and MANY others, you'll find that you've just stumbled upon one of the greatest shows ever made. VERY highly recommended. 10/10


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