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An Old Start 

Gob acquires a new offer for the company with a "premium view." Michael gets a shock when he returns to a place that holds a lot of memories.

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Troy Miller

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Mitchell Hurwitz (created by), James Vallely (as Jim Vallely) | 3 more credits »
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Jason Bateman ... Michael Bluth
Portia de Rossi ... Lindsay Bluth Fünke (credit only)
Will Arnett ... Gob Bluth
Michael Cera ... George-Michael Bluth
Alia Shawkat ... Maeby Fünke
Tony Hale ... Buster Bluth (credit only)
David Cross ... Tobias Fünke
Jeffrey Tambor ... George Bluth Sr.
Jessica Walter ... Lucille Bluth
Kyle Mooney ... Murph
Dermot Mulroney ... Dusty
Ed Begley Jr. ... Stan Sitwell
John Beard ... John Beard
Adhir Kalyan ... Adhir
Lauren Weedman ... Joni Beard
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Gob acquires a new offer for the company with a "premium view." Michael gets a shock when he returns to a place that holds a lot of memories.

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Comedy

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29 May 2018 (USA) See more »

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The episode title is a call back to the original season four episode title. See more »

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References Murphy Brown (1988) See more »

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surprised by the move..
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.

An Old Start

A bit slow on pace probably since it spends too much of its time on setting the plots and characters and also teases the viewers for the upcoming events which even though is obvious, grows on them viciously.


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