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Self-Deportation 

For varying reasons, most of the Bluths (even Steve Holt) feel compelled to run off to Mexico. Michael tries to convince Buster to go to the police.

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Troy Miller

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Mitchell Hurwitz (created by), Richard Day | 3 more credits »
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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. / Oscar Bluth
Jessica Walter ... Lucille Bluth
Judy Greer ... Kitty Sanchez
Lauren Weedman ... Joni Beard
Michael Blum ... Tech Dude
Jorge Diaz ... Worker Noah
Zack Evans ... Dave
Ilyse Mimoun ... Shopkeeper
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For varying reasons, most of the Bluths (even Steve Holt) feel compelled to run off to Mexico. Michael tries to convince Buster to go to the police.

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29 May 2018 (USA) See more »

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This episode marks the first unbleeped use of "shit" when Steve Holt (Justin Grant Wade) makes a jab about "shitty parents club". See more »

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References Spider-Man 2 (2004) See more »

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splits town..
16 July 2018 | by merelyaninnuendoSee all my reviews

Arrested Development

Arrested Development is another take on dysfunctional family; created by Mitchell Hurwitz, with lots of twists and turns and mystery that helps kick the series into another level and stand alone. The narration by Ron Howard that guides the viewers is actually a smarter concept that it actually seems, since the makers doesn't feel the need to explain the situation and momentum through cheesy and additional dialogues; a slick move.

It is short on technical aspects like cinematography, background score and art design although the camera work is plausible and is shot beautifully with pleasing, light and breezy environment.

The writing is strong in terms of the material offered especially since it doesn't feel the urge to push boundaries just to crack a smile, and instead focuses on the irony of it and lets it flow fluently with well barred structure. The amusing concept, enfolding tricks, gripping screenplay, parallel sub-plots that are well edited which later merges in brilliantly are some of the high points of the series.

There is also a lot of going on in mere 20 minutes for the audience to let it sink in which may seem overstuffed at times but it does the work which is to keep the audience tangled into it. The characters are more mature and pragmatic than the audience usually gets in a sitcom where they might not be lovable or even likable at times, but their humane-ness keeps the viewers rooting for them.

The performance is somewhat fragile in here since the protagonist Jason Bateman is in his A game but unfortunately isn't supported to that extent by its supporting cast (Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi and David Cross).

Season 05

The fifth act resembles a lot to the earlier acts of the series but is still more mature and sensible than it, as it doesn't spend its time focusing on drawing out laughs and instead offers concrete material that is at times poetic, metaphorical and though-provoking which isn't something one usually gets from a sitcom.

Self-Deportation

Pulling back the team with the original ingredients the dish that the writers have served may not be flat out hilarious but is certainly intriguing enough to invest in it with a character driven equation that helps balance it.


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