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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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Mitchell Hurwitz
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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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Storyline

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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Taglines:

"No touching. Only streaming." (season 4) See more »

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Comedy

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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

Jason Bateman's sister, Justine Bateman, guest-starred on one episode in the third season, titled Arrested Development: Family Ties (2006), a reference to Justine's popular 1982 sitcom, Family Ties (1982), as well as to her relation to Arrested Development (2003) star Jason Bateman. Jason Bateman had long lobbied Producer Mitchell Hurwitz to cast Justine in a guest role on the show, but Jason had originally wanted her to come on to play his character's love interest. See more »

Goofs

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: You and I are so different. It's like we're not even related.
[she leaves]
George Michael Bluth: That would be amazing.
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Referenced in Entourage: Gotta Look Up to Get Down (2008) See more »

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Arrested Development
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The smartest thing Fox has done yet
14 December 2003 | by AlphabetCitySee all my reviews

This is the funniest show currently on television. All you need to enjoy this show is an appreciation for high-quality acting and incredibly hilarious writing. Jason Bateman as Michael Bluth is perfect as the under-appreciated do-good guy who's just trying to keep his family together and himself sane. Other highlights of the show include Will Arnett as GOB (George Oscar Bluth II), Michael's lame-excuse-for-a-magician brother; Jeffrey Tambor as George Sr., Michael's incarcerated father (he was jailed for "shifty accounting practices"); and Michael Cera as George Michael Bluth, Michael Bluth's perpetually nervous 13-year-old son (who just happens to have a strange infatuation with his cousin, Maebe, played by "State of Grace"'s Alia Shawkat). All in all this show is sure to be a hit, at least with those people whose level of understanding of comedy is above slapstick and bathroom jokes. TREMENDOUSLY hilarious writing and outstanding performances by the whole cast will have you laughing the whole time. Ten out of ten!


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