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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

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Newsday
    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. Los Angeles Times
    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. Philadelphia Inquirer
    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: 54 out of 61
  2. Negative: 3 out of 61
  1. Oct 8, 2011
    10
    Wonderful show! Every aspect of this show is meaningful. Every episode is funny. Every actor is superb. Altogether, a near-perfect sitcom.
  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. Jan 10, 2014
    9
    This show is an amazing TV series that really makes you want to see more of what The Bluth Family will have to go through after the ending ofThis show is an amazing TV series that really makes you want to see more of what The Bluth Family will have to go through after the ending of each episode. With great cliffhangers, on-running gags that only true fans would understand, and clever writing make this a must-watch show. Expand
  7. May 27, 2018
    0
    I cant believe there is people who are actually liking this piece of sh**t. First of all, none of the characters never get anywhere throughI cant believe there is people who are actually liking this piece of sh**t. First of all, none of the characters never get anywhere through all the seasons. I mean, they tell you literally in every episode that this family is in a serious economical crisis and they need to get out of there or face poverty and financial disaster. Michael, the only competent son tries to fix that, but in every episode you have the feeling that thanks to that guy the plot takes one step forward (at least in the first seasons before netflix bought it), but thanks to the rest of the family (who are complete imbeciles, every single one of them) takes 8 steps back.
    So It doesnt really matters what happens in the middle, you all should know this: They always end up in square 1.
    Could be interesting if these setbacks could be due to tragedies or unfortunate events, but the truth is they cant progress due to their deep colective stupidity (thats why its called Arrested Development, I know). If only the characters exist in real life like they were presented in the show, all of them will be strong candidates to appear in the Darwin awards because probably all of them would die killing themselves involuntarily (I leave you the link here to see what Im talking about: http://darwinawards.com/darwin/). Its just that, at the end nothing happens. They made like 20 episodes or so for every season, but nothing changes and this is why its so painful to watch this morons screwing it up over and over again without getting anywhere.
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