Arrested Development - Season Two (2004)
IMDb Rating 8.5 (120 votes)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Jason Bateman Michael Bluth
Will Arnett George
David Cross Tobias Fünke
Portia De Rossi Lindsay Bluth Fünke
Jeffrey Tambor George Bluth Sr./Oscar Bluth
Jessica Walter Lucille Bluth
Michael Cera George-Michael Bluth
Alia Shawkat Mae "Maeby" Fünke
Tony Hale Byron
John F. Beard Himself
Ron Howard Narrator
The axe of cancellation dangled perilously over Arrested Development during its second season, but the award-winning comedy fought against fate to deliver a hilarious if scattershot 18 episodes (reduced from the original show order of 22), and stayed alive for the beginning of a third season. Most likely, the creators and actors knew the clock was ticking down, so they didn't hesitate to throw their all into these manic, hilarious episodes, which have only the thinnest of plot arcs but an electrifying energy that makes them hard to resist. Some of the story antics were more of the same: good son Michael (Jason Bateman) tries to keep his company afloat, but is often foiled by older brother Gob (Will Arnett); the precarious marriage of Lindsay (Portia de Rossi) and Tobias (David Cross) undergoes a trial separation; and young George-Michael (Michael Cera) fights his attraction to his cousin Maeby (Alia Shawkat). Other show developments, though, were new and stunningly, uproariously bizarre: Buster (Tony Hale) joins the army, but later finds his hand bitten off by a seal (yes, a real seal), and Oscar (Jeffrey Tambor), the hippie brother of jailed George Sr. (also Tambor), rekindles an affair with sister-in-law Lucille (Jessica Walter), which may have resulted in Buster's conception years ago.

Jokes flew fast and furious, as did guest stars--Ben Stiller, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, Christine Taylor, Thomas Jane, Ed Begley Jr., Ione Skye, and Zach Braff among them--making it hard to keep straight who was doing what and why. No matter, as each of the episodes was in and of itself was a perfect gem of comedy, strung together by sharp writing and fantastic performances. In addition to the regular cast, both Liza Minnelli, reprising her role as "Lucille Two," and Martin Short, as an, um, eccentric family friend, deserve special mention, with the episode both appeared in, "Ready, Aim, Marry Me," a frenetic exercise in slapstick farce. Typical examples of the show's offbeat humor were found in "Afternoon Delight," in which various members of the Bluth family discover the true meaning of the '70s ballad, "Meet the Veals," wherein the Bluths encounter the conservative parents of George Michael's girlfriend, and "Motherboy XXX," surrounding an unsettling mother-son traditional dance. The entire cast cohered perfectly through this season, and their give and take provided a perfect balance among the actors, all of whom were even better than the previous year. However, it's Bateman who should be singled out as the show's anchor, mixing dry sarcasm with impeccable comic timing. Despite plummeting ratings, Arrested Development didn't just keep its head above water, it swam with grace and hilarity. --Mark Englehart

Movie Details
Genre Comedy; Television
20th Century Fox
Series Arrested Development
Movie Release Date 2004
Country   USA
Language English
Audience Rating NR (Not Rated)
Running Time 396 mins
Color Color
Episodes Features
Episode 1 The One Where Michael Leaves (2)
Episode 2 The One Where They Build a House
Episode 3 Amigos
Episode 4 Good Grief!
Episode 5 Sad Sack
Episode 6 Afternoon Delight
Episode 7 Switch Hitter
Episode 8 Queen for a Day
Episode 9 Burning Love
Episode 10 Ready, Aim, Marry Me
Episode 11 Out on a Limb (1)
Episode 12 My Hand to God (2)
Episode 13 Motherboy XXX
Episode 14 The Immaculate Election
Episode 15 The Sword of Destiny
Episode 16 Meat the Veals
Episode 17 Spring Breakout
Episode 18 Righteous Brothers
Features Audio Commentary on selected episodes
deleted/extended scenes
"Season One in 3 Minutes" overview
Blooper reel
Campaign videos from "The Immaculate Election" episode
Director John Amodeo; Jason Bateman; Lee Shallat Chemel
Writer Mitchell Hurwitz; Brad Copeland; Richard Rosenstock
Cinematography Greg Harrington
User Credit 2 Katie Sparks
Producer John Amodeo; Brad Copeland
User Credit 1 Robert Bramwell
Musician David Schwartz
Edition Details
Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.78:1 Color
Format DVD
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
Barcode 024543206255
Release Date 10/11/2005
Subtitles English; Spanish
Packaging Custom Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround [CC]
Nr of Disks/Tapes 3
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 436
Collection Status In Collection
Tags Cult Favorite, Fake Documentary, Narrator, Handheld Camera, Father Son Relationship
Continuity: When Lindsey enters their bedroom and catches Tobias watching her Kegel video, Tobias is sitting on the right side of the trunk with the remote on his left side. In the next shot, he is sitting on the left side of the trunk with the remote hidden behind him. (more)

Michael: I don't know why you're not taking this "I'm out of here" seriously because I am out of here. Seriously.
Gob: Face it, Michael, you've made this threat before.
Michael: Tell me, when?
Michael: [caption reads: "Dinner mishap"] I'm outta here.
Michael: [caption reads: "Christmas magic show fiasco"] I'm outta here.
Michael: [caption reads: "Monkey Freedom Rally setback"] I'm outta this family, seriously.
Michael: This time we'll be so far away that you wont be able to find us.
George Michael Bluth: Phoenix. We're going to Phoenix.
Michael: Don't tell them!

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