Arrested Development: Season 1
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In this critically acclaimed hit sitcom, you'll meet the suddenly penniless, and equally clueless, Bluth family. Accustomed to their wildly affluent lifestyle, they can't seem to grasp the fact that now the head of the family (Jeffrey Tambor) is in the slammer for shifty accounting practices -- and he's loving every minute of it. Even worse, since the family assets have been frozen, they may actually have to go out and get jobs! The only one who understands the seriousness of their predicament is Michael (Jason Bateman), who realizes it's up to him to guide his eccentric family into this new chapter of their lives: Chapter 11.
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
- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated Unrated (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 1 inches; 10.4 Ounces
- Item model number : MFR024543146957#VG
- Director : Anthony Russo, Greg Mottola, Jay Chandrasekhar, Joe Russo, Lee Shallat Chemel
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Widescreen, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, NTSC
- Run time : 8 hours and 11 minutes
- Release date : October 19, 2004
- Actors : Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Alia Shawkat
- Dubbed: : English
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish, French
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Unqualified
- Studio : 20th Century Fox
- ASIN : B0002PYS7Y
- Writers : Abraham Higginbotham, Barbie Adler
- Number of discs : 3
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Ok, so maybe they did a bit better with this show than some of their other decisions. Like Firefly. Bet they would like that decision back, but anyways…. At least they gave this show 3 seasons!
This show really does hit on all levels. It’s hilarious and heartwarming. It’s laugh out loud funny. It was top notch all the way. So why did it fail?
Arrested Development ran into the same problem the excellent show Community has, people don’t like clever comedy it seems. They want dumb comedy that requires no amount of brain power to process. You don't have to be a genius to enjoy this show. But you do have to step above the normal comedic drivel that is everywhere these days. This show is worth checking out.
So many classic scenes this season. The burning of the banana stand. Gob’s dead bird. George’s love affair with an ice cream sandwich.
Am I overhyping this? Not a bit. So many years after the fact and this is still one of the best comedies that has ever been on television. Don’t believe me? Buy it and try it. You won’t be disappointed.
Everyone knows, of course, that the essential ingredients for successful TV sitcoms are in the writing, the cast, and the timing of the show's release. Arrested Development no doubt met both the former criteria; the writing is so clever, so offbeat, and so layered with wonderfully bizarre motifs (chicken dance, Tobias' ambiguous sexuality, George Michael and Maeby's on-again-off-again flirtation) that it begs repeated viewings. And the cast is absolutely stellar. Each individual performer is spectacular, but it's the way they riff off of one another that truly creates the show's magic. The only problem with the show, I suppose, was in its timing. It was cancelled after only three seasons, which signifies that its handlers didn't know how to market it, or perhaps that most viewers are not interested in TV that requires steadfast attention.
So we are left with 50 or so episodes that are, more or less, representing some of the funniest and best TV moments in the last twenty or thirty years.
All three seasons STRONGLY recommended!
This family is completely screwed up. One of the funniest thing about the show is it's daytime "Soap Opera" format: it quickly switches situational scenes almost violently between way too many characters, but their stories all seemingly fit together in a most unusual, coincidental way. It satirizes the whole daytime drama genre. The addition of the flashback scenes breaks up the monotonous, linear order of events, though, that tend to put most accidental daytime soap viewers to sleep, or vomit. If you live in a big city, especially NY, Miami or LA, you've met, know, or are related to people like this....just not all of them at once! The characters are very believeable, which only adds to the comedy, in a similar way the Seinfeld characters grew on us. Coniving, selfish, lazy people--normally you'd hate at first meet--but for some reason, you can't get enough, watching them get themselves in to rediculous situations...usually because of their coniving, selfish, lazy ways!
I love night time sitcoms. This is my favorite of all time. It's better than Seinfeld, better than Family Guy, and if it stays on the air as long, it'll be better than the Simpsons as well. I am so ticked off at the few negative reviews I read here on Amazon. The 5 out of 270 that don't like the show say it's horrible. It has no "rewatchability" as one reviewer put it. "Who are these people?" writes another. "They are shallow and one-dimensional," insists another. "The plot line goes nowhere, and the characters are losers, played by washed-up actors, or actors no one has heard of." All of these quotes are made by ignorant idiots. I don't know if it's even a word, but the show does have "rewatchability." In fact, the plot line moves so fast sometimes (the ONLY thing I can imagine would bother someone...someone who is trying to talk on the phone, or cook dinner while they are watching) that second and third viewings reveal other, funnier situations and one-liners. And actors? Just look at the cast--they are all well known actors that we've all seen before, except for George-Micheal and Mae's characters, and hey--they're kids. Another quote: "if the father ever gets out of jail, the show is over." Guess what--he doesn't spend the second season in jail, and the second season is even better than the first!
I can only tell you this: each character is well crafted, the plot is thicker and juicier than a NY Strip, and each is funnier than hell. Almost like a David Lynch or Quentin Tarantino film, the story isn't chronological...THIS IS THE REASON I THINK THAT STUPID PEOPLE CAN'T ENJOY IT. There are constant flashbacks and cut scenes where the narrator explains the background behind a story, situation or one-liner that just took place...like when we are told the whole story behind how Buster lost his hand. We don't learn this until we see Buster strolling around the house breaking things with his "hook." Another funny sub plot: what each family member uses Buster's fake hand for (usually when Buster is sleeping)--the uncle uses it as a roach clip, and the mother and father use it in the sack...completely crazy! It's so funny...laughing at a spoiled, rich, dysfunctional family!
Having the DVD is the best way to view...when you miss something funny (which does happen...you'll be laughing so hard, you'll miss entire scenes), you can pause and rewind...it's the best way to do it. get these DVD's...this show won't be on forever.
Don't even look at the price...just buy it. Buy all their seasons. #2 just came out, and it's better than 1!!!
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Having not seen a television comedy which I found trully funny since Spaced I had lost all hope until my brother-in-law bought us this.
Treading the right side of the sublime/ ridiculous divide for most of the time I would recommend this to anyone who hasn't yet seen it.
The best thing about this was that over the course of the 3 series it was the initially minor characters who become the most engaging and funny ones. Not that Bateman wasn't good but Tobias Funke was much better.
The premise was ridiculous but managed to remain funny throughout which is no mean feat. Ok it sagged a little with the Charlize Theron sub-plot but picked up to end up sailing into the sunset leaving my wife and I satisfied.
Don't expect straight laughs a la Friends, Modern Family etc this programme is more akin to Married with Children.
Amazing series, hilariously funny.
Unusual to capture proper British humour in an American show, but this is brilliant.
Jason Bateman on great form as well as the rest of the cast. They all compliment each other.
A cult classic!!
Having caught a dozen side splitting episodes I immediately placed an order through Amazon for the whole darned box set - and I wasn't disappointed. A terrific collectors box set with all 3 seasons and a bounty of extra features. Audio commentaries from cast and creator, a lot of deleted scenes, bloopers, numerous featurettes, interviews and even a nice bonus uncensored pilot episode (which never aired).
Just how this utterly brilliant comedy passed me by years ago is a mystery as it really is some of the best and wackiest comic excellence ever to hit the airwaves. I haven't laughed out loud so much in years...hilarious characters, rapid fire moments of comic brilliance - which demand repeat viewing to take it all in. The cast are uniformly perfect, making it tough to pick a favourite, though I think Will Arnett's 'Gob' had me in stitches more than anyone.
All up, as perfect an antidote for the blues as one is ever likely to find. You'll be chuckling for days over many of the lines and gags. Very highly recommended *****