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  • Starring: Jessica Walter, Portia de Rossi, Jeffrey Tambor
  • 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 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.
  • 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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    It's the season's best new series, period.
  6. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    May 26, 2013
    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
    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: 51 out of 53
  2. Negative: 1 out of 53
  1. Jun 1, 2012
    One of the best modern comedy classics with characters who are so over the top but remind us of quirky ppl in real life who make us continuously say wtf in our heads when around them. ;). Expand
  2. Aug 13, 2010
    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. Watching this series from front to back is the best television experience you can possibly have. Expand
  3. Jul 21, 2013
    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. Jun 20, 2013
    There are very few shows that actually manage to make me laugh out loud these days. And this does so, while also being dramatically intriguing. This "family" is driving everybody insane and me too. Thats what makes movies, games, tv shows, is the excellence in characters and how actors potray them. Arrested Development has taken the already earned excellence, and made it a pure masterpiece. This show will be remembered as one of the best forever, especially this first season. 10/10 Amazing. Expand
  5. Aug 22, 2012
    I could write endlessly about how good Arrested Development is and why, but I don't want to waste your time when you could be watching it instead and finding out for yourself. I will simply say this: Arrested Development is undeniably the funniest, most intelligent, best written and fantastically acted sitcom that has ever existed. In my opinion, the greatest sitcom of all time. Expand
  6. Nov 29, 2012
    There isn't much to say about Arrested Development that hasn't already been said. What I DO think is that this is the kind of show that you need to watch many, many episodes of, many many times, before you can realize exactly how funny it is. Therefore, by nature the first season isn't as funny as the ones that follow. I love that each character on this show represents a different brand of humor, from big-man George, awkward George Michael, biting Lucille, deadpan Michael, idiot Gob, self-centered Lindsey, out-there Buster, blissfully unaware Tobias, worldly Maeby, and a sarcastic and hilarious narrator; there is something here for everyone to like. Once the writers get going, they really reward continuous viewers with plenty of inside jokes and references to older episodes. This is a show that truly deserves the hype. Expand
  7. Feb 24, 2014
    Man, this show had me so excited for something great, but this show is garbage. There is garbage, and then there is this show. SO BAD. I hate this show, so garb, I crie everietiem, Expand

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