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
- 22 season 1 episodes, plus the never-aired extended pilot
- "Breaking 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 Schwarz
- "Arrested Development: The Making of a Future Classic" TV Land featurette
- "TV Land Awards: The Future Classic Award" featurette
- Promo spot
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The performances and characters are extremely well-developed, yet subtly nuanced. It's impossible to single out a cast member for excellence, as everyone plays their part so beautifully. Jason Bateman as Michael is most central to the plot, and couldn't be more perfect: whatever he does in the future will be unable to live up to this effort. Likewise, Jeffrey Tambor is wonderful as the imprisoned Bluth family patriarch. The show makes excellent satirical points about the irresponsibility of celebrity wealth, and can be viewed on many levels, although I prefer it as straightforward comedy.
The DVD set contains numerous bonuses including the extended pilot, commentaries (which are almost as funny as the show), a couple of behind the scenes documentaries, and the original music used in the show. Some viewers may find the show to be a bit racy, though normally in an intelligent, innuendo-laden way.
This series is a gem: this season is probably the best of the three, and was more than deserving of its Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series.
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.
This has got to be one of the most funny shows ever. It's a blend of dry, sarcastic, and physical humor. I find myself laughing throughout each episode. Another good thing is that it's not shot in fron of an audience so you get to see more of the sets and there's more mobility frm the characters. It's actualy shot like a documentary and at times they make it out to be a documentary. There is also a narriator who sometimes becomes annoying because he'll repeat what a character had previously done or why they're donig something which sometimes becomes annoying. Also there isn't a laugh track which I really like because I hate laugh tracks because it's like they tell you what to laugh at because you're so stupid that you don't get the jokes or the jokes are just bad.
All the characters on the show are funny. There isn't one person who is alright and you think the show could be just as funny without them.
If you're looking for a different kind of comedy show then you should get this because it really is one of a kind and you will find yourself watching it over and over again.
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