Arrested Development : Season 1

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Universal acclaim- based on 385 Ratings

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  • Summary: The Emmy Award-winning comedy series ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT revolves around MICHAEL BLUTH (Jason Bateman), the “normal” one in a family of crazies, who is forced to stay in Orange County and run the family real estate business after his father, GEORGE BLUTH SR. (Jeffrey Tambor), is sent toThe Emmy Award-winning comedy series ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT revolves around MICHAEL BLUTH (Jason Bateman), the “normal” one in a family of crazies, who is forced to stay in Orange County and run the family real estate business after his father, GEORGE BLUTH SR. (Jeffrey Tambor), is sent to prison for shifty accounting practices. While George Sr. spent the last year in the slammer discovering his newfound Judaism and recording inspirational tapes, Michael spent it picking up the pieces and trying to teach his offbeat family how to live without an endless expense account. All the while, Michael has also been trying to do right by his 14-year-old son, GEORGE MICHAEL (Michael Cera), an earnest kid who works diligently at the family’s frozen banana stand.
    The Bluths are led by manipulative matriarch LUCILLE BLUTH (Jessica Walter), a socialite who is as icy as her martinis. Then there’s the oldest son, GOB (Will Arnett), a womanizer and struggling magician (sorry, “illusionist”) whose biggest trick will be to make a real job appear. The youngest brother is BUSTER (Tony Hale), a neurotic professional grad student and glorified mama’s boy (he spent 11 months in the womb).
    The Bluth siblings are rounded out by cause-obsessed sister LINDSAY (Portia de Rossi), who is married to the hapless TOBIAS (David Cross), a doctor-turned-actor who might get more work if he wasn’t a self-proclaimed “never-nude.” Lindsay and Tobias are the ultra-permissive parents of MAEBY (Alia Shawkat), a 14-year-old who loves finding unique ways to rebel against their overindulgence.
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  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    May 26, 2013
    100
    Nobody tries to be funny here, so they're more hysterical than the folks falling all over themselves elsewhere. They're simply hopeless specimens of spoiled humanity who haven't a clue how to operate in the real world. [2 Nov 2003, p.04]
  2. Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    May 26, 2013
    100
    Arrested Development is very animated but it is not a cartoon. Cartoonish, perhaps, but it is filled with real actors playing surreal people, all of whom have frighteningly identifiable traits and tics. Together they are the Bluths, the latest and at this moment greatest of TV's dysfunctional families. Dysfunctionalism has rarely been as ingratiating or, certainly, as hilarious.
  3. Reviewed by: Carina Chocano
    Jun 17, 2013
    100
    I don't know about you, but I'm not used to laughing out loud alone in front of the TV. Honestly, I was startled.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    May 26, 2013
    90
    For all its willful outrageousness, Arrested Development is sort of gripping -- a continuing story that one actually wants to see continue, which is more than can be said of most of the new dramas the season produced. [31 Oct 2003, p.E1]
  5. Reviewed by: Terry Kelleher
    Jun 28, 2013
    88
    It's the season's best new series, period.
  6. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    May 26, 2013
    88
    I haven't the slightest idea what the heck I'm watching, but I've seen two of 'em now, and all I know is that two of 'em weren't enough. I wanted to watch a bunch more.
  7. Reviewed by: Jonathan Storm
    May 26, 2013
    40
    A marvelous cast, including Jeffrey Tambor, Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Jessica Walter and Alia Shawkat. Offbeat situations and innovative direction. Your humble critic, however, finds one problem: It's not very funny. [2 Nov 2003, p.H01]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 57
  2. Negative: 2 out of 57
  1. j30
    Jan 24, 2012
    10
    Hands down one of the funniest TV shows ever. Just watch it!
  2. Aug 13, 2010
    10
    This is the best show that has ever aired anywhere ever on TV ever. Unless you have the IQ of a mongoose you will like this show. WatchingThis is the best show that has ever aired anywhere ever on TV ever. Unless you have the IQ of a mongoose you will like this show. Watching this series from front to back is the best television experience you can possibly have. Expand
  3. Jul 21, 2013
    10
    The funniest television show I have ever seen. The first season just proved that something like this could work on television. Perfect cast,The funniest television show I have ever seen. The first season just proved that something like this could work on television. Perfect cast, perfect scripts, perfect everything. And if you disagree with me... Well excuuuuuuuuuuse me! Expand
  4. Feb 17, 2012
    10
    Probably the most witty, clever and hilarious show to ever air on television. I absolutely love it. If you haven't already, watch it. It willProbably the most witty, clever and hilarious show to ever air on television. I absolutely love it. If you haven't already, watch it. It will be the best time you've spent watching T.V. in a long time. Expand
  5. Jun 14, 2012
    10
    Hands Down, Best Comedy TV show of all time (sorry FRIENDS). I remember watching a few episodes of the show back when it was on aired but iHands Down, Best Comedy TV show of all time (sorry FRIENDS). I remember watching a few episodes of the show back when it was on aired but i didn't realize the sheer greatness of it till a few months back when i finished watching the entire series, which unfortunately consists of just 3 seasons. The show has some great storylines and arcs, wonderfully created characters, subtle and utterly hilarious humor and on top of all one of the most perfectly constructed show i have ever seen. Packed with a stellar cast that equally gives brilliant performances, making it a great ensemble. Bateman, Tambor, Arrnet, Walters, Cross, Cera i mean literally everyone just epic performances. Expand
  6. Feb 21, 2015
    9
    I don't know why this series had low audience. It's well written and very funny. Maybe some people didn't understood the comedy, but hadI don't know why this series had low audience. It's well written and very funny. Maybe some people didn't understood the comedy, but had moments that some characters were boring to be heard. Expand
  7. Jun 24, 2015
    0
    This is the shotgun approach to humor, putting out the maximum gags-per-minute. The problem is, none of the gags are funny. THE OFFICE wasThis is the shotgun approach to humor, putting out the maximum gags-per-minute. The problem is, none of the gags are funny. THE OFFICE was ridiculous and absurd but it was still quality satire because it's about what really does go on inside a typical office. ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT has the ridiculous and the absurd without anything grounding it in reality... which reduces it to humorless stupidity. If you're a fan of stupidity for the sake of stupidity, this show is for you. Otherwise, don't waste your time. Expand

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