Arrested Development - Season One (2003)
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IMDb Rating 9.7 (32,149 votes)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Jason Bateman Michael Bluth
Portia De Rossi Lindsay Bluth Fünke
Will Arnett George
Michael Cera George-Michael Bluth
Alia Shawkat Mae "Maeby" Fünke
Tony Hale Byron
David Cross Tobias Fünke
Jeffrey Tambor George Bluth Sr./Oscar Bluth
Jessica Walter Lucille Bluth
Ron Howard Narrator
Arrested Development
Winner of the Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy its first year out, Arrested Development is the kind of sitcom that gives you hope for television. A mockumentary-style exploration of the beleaguered Bluth family, it's one of those idiosyncratic shows that doesn't rely on a laugh track or a studio audience; it's shot more like a TV drama, albeit with an omniscient narrator (executive producer Ron Howard) overseeing the proceedings. Holding the Bluths together just barely is son Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman), the only normal guy in a family that's chock full of nuts. Hardworking and sensible, Michael's certain he's going to be given control of his family's Enron-style corporation upon the retirement of his father (Jeffrey Tambor). The fact that he's passed over instead for his mother (Jessica Walter) is only a blip when compared to his father's immediate arrest for dubious accounting practices, and the resulting freeze on the family's previously limitless wealth.

Bereft of money, and even less family love, the Bluths have to band together in their moment of need--not easy when everyone's looking out for number 1. In addition to his scabrous parents, Michael has to contend with his lothario older brother (Will Arnett), his basically useless younger brother (Tony Hale), his greedy twin sister (Portia DeRossi), and her sexually ambiguous husband (David Cross). Michael's only comrade in sanity is his son George Michael (Michael Cera), but then again, the teenage boy harbors a secret crush on his cousin (Alia Shawkat). A peerless ensemble led by the brilliant Bateman (who ever knew he could be this good?), all the actors are pitch-perfect in their roles, delivering the dryly funny, sometimes absurdist dialogue with the speed and flair of classic farce. The unusual tone of Arrested Development takes a bit of getting used to--it's far different from anything you'll see on TV, even HBO--but once you buy in to the Bluths' innumerable dysfunctions, you'll be laughing your head off for hours.--Mark Englehart

Movie Details
Genre Comedy; Television
20th Century Fox
Series Arrested Development
Movie Release Date 2003
Country   USA
Language English
Audience Rating NR (Not Rated)
Running Time 491 mins
Color Color
Episodes Features
Episode 1 Pilot
Episode 2 Top Banana
Episode 3 Bringing Up Buster
Episode 4 Key Decisions
Episode 5 Charity Drive
Episode 6 Visiting Ours
Episode 7 In God We Trust
Episode 8 My Mother The Car
Episode 9 Storming the Castle
Episode 10 Pier Pressure
Episode 11 Public Relations
Episode 12 Marta Complex
Episode 13 Beef Consomme
Episode 14 Shock and Aww
Episode 15 Staff Infection
Episode 16 Altar Egos (1)
Episode 17 Justice Is Blind (2)
Episode 18 Missing Kitty
Episode 19 Best Man for the Gob
Episode 20 Whistler's Mother
Episode 21 Not Without My Daughter
Episode 22 Let 'Em Eat Cake (1)
Features The never-aired extended pilot
Audio commentaries on selected episodes
"Braking Ground: Behind the scenes of 'Arrested Development'" featurette
Ron Howard's inside look at "Arrested Development"
Deleted/extended scenes
The Museum of Television & Radio cast panel discussion
Original songs by David Schwartz
TV Land featurettes and more!
Director Joe Russo; Paul Feig
Writer Mitchell Hurwitz; James Vallely
Cinematography Greg Harrington; James Hawkinson
User Credit 2 Katie Sparks
Producer Brad Copeland; John Amodeo; Barbara Feldman; Victor Hsu
User Credit 1 Richard Candib; Robert Bramwell
Musician David Schwartz
Edition Details
Edition Special Edition
Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.78:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Format DVD
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
Barcode 024543146957
Release Date 10/19/2004
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Packaging Custom Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround [CC]
Nr of Disks/Tapes 3
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 280
Collection Status In Collection
Tags Cult Favorite, Fake Documentary, Narrator, Handheld Camera, Father Son Relationship
Loan Details
Loaned To Larry and Ruth
Loan Date 12/9/2008
Overdue No
Filming Locations:
20th Century Fox Studios - 10201 Pico Blvd., Century City, Los Angeles, California, USA (more)

The video camera that Gob uses to make his Tricks (Around the Office) video, and which appears many other times, is a Canon XL-2. (more)

Buster: [Buster discovers that Lucille and Oscar are making love in his hand chair] Make love in your *own* hand, Mother. (more)

Won Golden Globe. Another 22 wins & 38 nominations (more)

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