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Arrested Development 4 Seasons 2006

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Season 3
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4.8 out of 5 stars (699) IMDb 9/10

Michael Bluth finally realizes that it's his Uncle Oscar serving time in prison, not his father. Reluctant to spring Oscar due to the effect it may have on the family business, Michael decides that the only fair thing to do is to find his father and place him under house arrest.

Starring:
Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi
Original air date:
February 10, 2006

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Season 3
1. The Cabin Show

When Michael realizes that Oscar, not George Sr., is serving time in prison, he sets off to find his father while also trying to find time to reconnect with George-Michael.

CC TV-14 September 19, 2005 21 minutes
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2. For British Eyes Only

Michael falls for a British woman while investigating an outrageous claim by George, Sr. in which he says a British construction firm tricked him into doing business with the Iraqis.

CC TV-14 September 26, 2005 22 minutes
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3. Forget-Me-Now

The family's new attorney works on George Sr.'s defense even as George Sr. plans his escape and Michael tries to destroy all evidence that his family exists.

CC TV-14 October 3, 2005 22 minutes
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4. Notapusy

Michael volunteers to participate in the father-son triathlon with Gob's son, while George Sr. mistakenly delivers a "Scared Straight" lecture to a gathering of gay men.

CC TV-14 November 7, 2005 22 minutes
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5. Mr. F

Gob tries to trick the company's Japanese investors when they come to visit, but Tobias ruins everything after he mistakes a CIA agent for a talent agent from CAA.

CC TV-14 November 7, 2005 22 minutes
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6. The Ocean Walker

When Michael decides to marry his new British girlfriend, Rita, his family scoff's at the idea--until they find out she's worth millions of dollars.

CC TV-14 December 5, 2005 22 minutes
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7. Prison Break-In

Michael is worried when he finds out that the prison warden is dating his mother and that the Bluth Foundation dinner is being held in the prison's new wing.

CC TV-PG December 12, 2005 22 minutes
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8. Making A Stand

Tired that his father has once again found a way to pit Gob and him against each other, Michael decides to teach his father a lesson.

CC TV-14 December 19, 2005 22 minutes
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9. S.O.B.s

In order to get enough money to hire a new family lawyer, everyone has to pitch in and prepare for the upcoming company fundraiser, aptly named "Save Our Bluths."

CC TV-14 January 2, 2006 22 minutes
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10. Fakin' It!

Although George Sr. finally gets a new lawyer, Michael worries when he hears news of a surprise witness and Buster pretends he's in a coma so he doesn't have to testify.

CC TV-14 February 10, 2006 21 minutes
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11. Family Ties

Michael hires a woman who turns out to be his long-lost sister, Nellie, and who may be just what the company needs.

CC TV-14 February 10, 2006 21 minutes
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12. Exit Strategy

George-Michael's surprise birthday party for Maeby gets her in big trouble, and Michael and Buster make a startling discovery when they go to Iraq to rescue Gob.

CC TV-14 February 10, 2006 22 minutes
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13. Development Arrested

Michael is relieved to have all the charges against his father dropped and is also shocked to learn who holds the real power in his dysfunctional family.

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Unfortunately, I didn't get into Arrested Development until late in its second season. However, I was immediately hooked. I could see that it was a completely new kind of show, and far from your average sitcom. It's one of the few comedy series I've seen that is serialized, meaning that events of one episode carry over into the next episode. Also, it is probably the only comedy I know that, in addition to constantly referencing past jokes, it actually references FUTURE jokes! The show is done without a laugh track and is shot as a documentary, so the characters in the show sometimes react to the camera, and the camera sometimes reactions to situations in the show.
The second season ended brilliantly with George Bluth, Sr. (Jeffry Tambor) fooling authorities into arresting and incarcerating his twin brother Oscar (also Tambor). George's children Michael (Jason Bateman), GOB (Will Arnet), Lindsay (Portia de Rossi), and Buster (Tony Hale) vowed not to visit their "father" in prison for a few months so that he couldn't manipulate him. Meanwhile, Lindsay's husband Tobias (David Cross) left for Vegas with George Sr's secretary Kitty (Judy Greer) to join the Blue Man Group. Also, cousins George Michael (Michael Cera) and Maeby (Alia Shawkat) shared their first passionate kiss. Season three starts off Michael going to prison to visit his "father" for the first time in 3 months to tell him that the Bluth Developing Company is bouncing back. While there, he realizes that it is really Oscar behind bars, so he takes his son George Michael on a hunt for the real George Sr. Upon finding him, the government allows George Sr. to remain under house arrest so that he can reconnect with his wife Lucille (Jessica Walter). George immediately regrets the decision.
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DVDs were pretty much invented so those few ARRESTED... fans could enjoy their favorite show over and over. What a brilliant series!!! Thank God I can watch it again. In Season 3, Fox moved this show around so many times, I had trouble taping all of them on my old-school VCR (although I'm sure glad I got the last 4 episodes, even though Fox buried them next to the opening ceremony of the Olympics and then didn't advertise them). BUT, you fans out there know how great it is to have them on DVD.

Season 3 was stellar. I've read a little griping that the quality slipped a little...okay, maybe from A+++ to A+. Still pretty darn good. The only story line that tired me a little bit was the stuff with Charlize Theron. She's a decent actress, but I found her British accent unconvincing, and I thought the story line went on too long.

Other than that, I've got no complaints. The episode where George Michael ends up in a retro looking flying jetpack, and flies over a miniature model home park while crashing into Tobias dressed in a monster costume was so funny I wept. No joke. I did not think it was possible to find 30 seconds of TV so funny. We watched it over and over.

The final four episodes, when the story finally wrapped itself up pretty well, include wonderful trips to Iraq, fantastic guest appearances (including a very nice turn from Justine Bateman) and crisp, crisp acting all around.

It's almost futile to describe the show. If you haven't seen it, you MUST watch it, but you must start with Disc 1. My family and I have had ARRESTED marathons...when Season 1 came out, we watched in one day, and later the same with Season 2. I know season 3 will be the same.
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Those words are uttered almost every time I watch TV by myself or someone I'm with. It is fairly mind boggling that such a brillant comedy, with a great cast and tons of awards, could get kicked off the air... but it is utterly mind boggling how many horrible trashy sitcoms get to stay on the networks while the millons of AD fans are left with only three seasons.

Oh well, c'est la vie. At least we have DVDs to watch.

And AD is particularly suited to the DVD format as it is both highly narrative (for a sitcom) and highly self-referential. There are strong plot arcs that make you want to watch shows back to back and, more importantly, there are tons and tons of jokes that you will only get from repeated viewings. The self-referential humor (for example, how the house has blue handprints on the walls for the rest of the season after Tobias tries out for the Blue Man Group one episode) is just an example of the depth of comedy at work. Like The Big Lebowski or Mr. Show, this is comedy made to be watched again and again.

For fans of great comedy in general, Arrested Development is also exciting for its many great guest actors from other brillant comedies (including Upright Citizens Brigade, Seinfeld, Mr. Show and The Daily Show).

There really isn't enough that can be said about this show. But it and just watch.
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They say the good die young. It is annoying little cliché normally used when a young person makes a fatal mistake and everyone is too scared to acknowledge the mistake openly. This does not apply to Arrested Development. Arrested Development more appropriately mirrors the misunderstood child that is assumed to be retarded, but is actually the next Einstein.

AD could have changed the world of entertainment as we know it. It was ahead of its time. It was flawless. Yet the world shunned it as if it had some sort of disease.

It is nothing less than a crime that shows like the OC, The Simple Life, and Survivor can last year after year and yet AD could last only three.

Despite its cancellation, there is some upside. Another legendary show went only three years and became the most syndicated show in the history of television: Gilligan's Island. Deja Vu? Hopefully.
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