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ALL 13 EPISODES FROM SEASON 3
Arrested Development--one of the greatest comedies in the history of television--went out in a blaze of glory. The truncated final season packed more biting humor per minute than ever before. In only 13 episodes, dozens of intertwining storylines spun in all directions: In addition to the overarching story about the fractious infighting of the Bluth family and the family's housing development company being investigated for treason in Iraq (a plot arc that comes to a dazzlingly surreal conclusion), the put-upon "good son" Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman, Teen Wolf Too) pursues romance with a lovely British woman (Charlize Theron, Monster) who turns out to be woefully inappropriate; swaggering magician Gob (Will Arnett, Monster-In-Law) flees from his newly-discovered teenage son while still pandering for the affection of his self-absorbed father (Jeffrey Tambor, The Larry Sanders Show); flighty Lindsay (Portia de Rossi, Ally McBeal) and her sexually blurry husband Tobias (David Cross, Mr. Show) both get the hots for the family's new lawyer, Bob Loblaw (Scott Baio, Charles in Charge); and much, much more. It's difficult to describe what makes Arrested Development so brilliant. The ensemble is uniformly superb (Jessica Walter, as the family's boozing, scheming matriarch, is particularly devastating this season) and the surprising guest stars (including Andy Richter, James Lipton, Justine Bateman, and many others) are perfectly cast; the characters' abominable behavior defies conventional television notions of "likability", yet they only grow more endearing the more you watch; the humor embraces wild slapstick and sharp satire, often within a single scene; and the nimble documentary style allows for sly glancing references to jokes and scenes from long-past episodes, rewarding devoted fans. But the key is that, no matter how screwball Arrested Development becomes, the show offers a rich, textured, and wonderfully coherent world in which these characters feel genuine, a world completely unlike the flat, plastic simulacrum offered by the average sitcom. Arrested Development was true to itself to the end. Its followers will cherish it forever. --Bret Fetzer
Stills from The Third Season of Arrested Development (click for larger image)
- 13 episodes on 2 discs
- Commentary on 3 episodes by creator Mitchell Hurwitz and the actors
- 19 deleted and extended scenes
- Blooper reel
- "The Last Day on Location" featurette
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Season 3, in my opinion, is probably the weakest of the 4 seasons. Subplots drag on longer than they should, some main plot elements are breezed through quickly, and at times it feels like the writing is based around the concept of it being cancelled rather than presenting a good story. That being said, however, the show is still great. The humor is still there. Some great lines and running gags are developed. Plus the last four episodes really do give the show a proper (at the time) ending that feels right for the show. Furthermore, a lot of the weaker subplots do get better upon a second viewing, once all the jokes are explained.
Overall, season 3 might not satisfy you as much as the phenomenal season 2, but it's still Arrested Development, and it's still fantastic.
Season three is shorter than the first two seasons, and the jokes are both a bit more biting, and a bit more off-color compared to the earlier shows. As always, Ron Howard's narration is a clear winner, and helps viewers new to the show to get their bearings on what's going on. One of the chief delights of the show for me is the long-running plotlines that span seasons: this season they become even more otherworldly and convoluted. Jason Bateman is a great actor and centers the off-kilter ensemble cast. This season he dates a British woman (Charlize Theron) and explores the British section of Orange County, in a lengthy subplot that was my least favorite of the entire series. I never thought this story helped flesh out Michael's character, nor did it further the flow of the show in what was an already truncated and busy season.
As always I loved Jeffrey Tambor as the lunatic patriarch of the Bluth family, and especially enjoyed the subplot about his trial for treason and the bizarre aftereffects of his dealings in Iraq. The guest stars this season were also great and included luminaries like James Lipton and Andy Richter. My favorite piece of casting was Scott Baio as attorney Bob Loblaw (who even has his own Internet site, the "Bob Loblaw Law Blog"). Baio is brilliant here, as is Justine Bateman who makes a sultry appearance in an amazing turn of events. The entire cast is strong, the vast majority of the material is great (the rest is very good), and the finale is totally unexpected, which is exactly what you would expect from "Arrested Development." This is a great show, and while season three is not my favorite season, this is still genius on a disc.
sane one trying to hold things together. Sort of what you might have gotten if George Bernard Shaw,
Kaufman and Hart and Monty Python had teamed up to do a spin on a traditional sitcom.
The acting is terrific, from top to bottom. Even producer Ron Howard's narration is great. Not every joke works,
but as it gets weirder and weirder (and funnier and funnier), all I could think is "how the hell did they ever
get this on network TV? And thank god they did!"
The third season is truly insane (occasionally over-the-top, but usually successfully), with the addition
of elements like Scott Baio's Bob Lawbla character, and self-referential episodes like `Save Our Bluths',
about the cancelation of the show - one of the biggest mistakes in the history of TV,
It makes little to no sense at all, yet it grabs your attention as if someway it does.
It is only about 20-25 minutes for each episode, long enough to make it totally time wasting justifiable.
CAUTION, it is not for kids. Although it sounds innocent enough, there a some pretty explicit verbiage and discussions that may paint to explicit a mental picture for some kids, and then you will have to explain 'what do they mean, Mommy? or Daddy?
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