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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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Cast

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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"You can do us back-to-back." (season 4) See more »

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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)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The cast was going to do a movie, to follow up the story after FOX cancelled the season. However, it was delayed several times. Eventually, the producers, actors, and actresses noted that the gap between the show and the movie was so long, that catching the audience up on the main character's antics between season three and the movie, would eat up a significant amount of the proposed movie's run time. Thus, they opted to film a fourth season to fulfill this purpose. 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 »

Quotes

Mae 'Maebe' Funke: [noticing Tobias dressed in all leather] Didnt you get a job or something?
Tobias Fünke: No, no I didnt. Unless... you consider "World's Coolest Daddy" a job.
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Great TV
8 December 2004 | by metalgothSee all my reviews

Strange, Fox's promos almost made me miss out on this whole thing.

It's a sit-com made with very high standards, it's a career revival for Ron Howard, Henry Winkler and Liza Minelli, and it's a show that puts Fox's profile into HBO territory. "It's Arrested Development"

"In fact...", a Ron Howard quote that has become a cliché around our house, in fact, it's all those things and more. The writing is as good as everyone says it is, the cast is on par with that of Seinfeld or Roseanne. (Say what you will about her, that was a dream cast) Whenever new characters appear, they are inevitably played by people familiar to fans of edgy, intelligent humor. People like Jeffrey Tambor and Jason Bateman are dependably good, Michael Cera is a standout, and David Cross is finally being seen for the talent that he is.

The strongest thing I can say about this is that I find myself repeating various running gags, things that, like "In fact...", have become clichés. "I've made a huge mistake." "I'm having the time of my LIFE in here!" "surprisingly cat-like" "Take a powder, willya fellas?"

This last one, uttered by Liza Minelli as Lucille Austero, sticks with me especially, and I hope that Liza stays with the show longer. As good as the principles are, she manages to outclass even them. The same with Henry Winkler, whose Barry Zuckercorn is the sort of lawyer television's been dying for. Among those main players, Lindsay and Tobias are pretty strange characters to begin with, but when you consider that they are an old married couple, that crosses the line into the bizarre. This show is full of people and situations you just won't see anywhere else, at least until other derivative shows start appearing.

Watch carefully, as there are many bit and pieces lingering in the background that you might miss. Recently, George Michael was dumped by his girlfriend. As he trudged home in a state of misery, you could hear sad Charlie Brown music. In the background, you could see a real - but bright red - dog house, with a real dog lying on top of it. It's things like these that tell me that the creators are just pleased to be doing this show for it's own sake, and that kind of love of the work shows through in the end.

Who knows if this show will last? There's an audience out there for this sort of thing, but they've generally settled into the Sunday night HBO schedule. Hopefully the Emmys, the word of mouth, and the critical raves will draw attention to this show. If not, we'll just have our A.D. dvds to keep us warm, and thank God for 'em!


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