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Arrested Development 4 Seasons 2004

Season 1
4.6 out of 5 stars (1,914) IMDb 9/10

Meet the suddenly penniless, and equally clueless, Bluth family..

Starring:
Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi

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Season 1

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1. Pilot

Moments after Michael Bluth decides he's leaving the family business because he was passed over for a promotion, his father is arrested for shady bookkeeping.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: November 2, 2003
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2. Top Banana

Michael realizes that running the company isn't going to be as easy as he thought, especially since his father seems to be pulling some strings from inside the joint.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: November 9, 2003
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3. Bringing Up Buster

Buster moves in with Michael after their mother kicks him out of her penthouse and a distraught George-Michael realizes he has to kiss a boy in the school play.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: November 16, 2003
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4. Key Decisions

Jealous when his girlfriend is nominated for a "daytime Desi," Gob decides to stage a publicity stunt for his magic act by breaking out of the same prison where George Sr. is being held.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: November 23, 2003
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5. Visiting Ours

Sex is in the air as Gob seduces his father's former secretary, Lindsay and Tobias go see a marriage counselor, and George Sr. and Lucille have a bizarre conjugal visit.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: December 7, 2003
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6. Charity Drive

Lucille's scheme to upstage her rival, Lucille Austero, at a bachelorette auction backfires when Gob mistakenly bids $10,000 on the wrong Lucille.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: November 30, 2003
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7. My Mother, The Car

If Lindsay is disappointed that none of the inmates yell out obscene catcalls when she visits her father, Lucille is outraged when none of her children show up at her surprise birthday party.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: December 21, 2003
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8. In God We Trust

The family attorney announces that if $20,000 in bail money is raised, George Sr. can be released from prison in time for the Christmas "Living Classics Pageant."

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: December 14, 2003
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9. Storming The Castle

Michael is so smitten with Gob's girlfriend that he decides to let her know that Gob has been cheating on her, and Lucille tries to break up Buster and Lucille Austero.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: January 4, 2004
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10. Pier Pressure

When Buster asks George-Michael to score him some marijuana, Michael asks some male "cop" strippers to stage a phony bust to help scare his son straight.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: January 11, 2004
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11. Public Relations

Convinced that the family's image is hurting his son's future, Michael hires an attractive publicist who proceeds to write a scathing article after Michael rebuffs her advances.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: January 25, 2004
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12. Marta Complex

Despite his crush on Marta, Michael agrees to help Gob figure out if she has a new lover while George-Michael tries to figure out his feelings for his cousin Maeby.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: February 8, 2004
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13. Beef Consomme

As Tobias struggles to overcome his nude phobia so he can accept the movie role of "Frightened Inmate #2," Michael, Buster and Gob fight over who gets to go out with Marta.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: February 15, 2004
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14. Shock And Aww

Things get awkward after Michael dates George-Michael's ethics teacher then learns his son has a crush on her. George Sr. receives a visit from Cindi, a fan of his "Caged Wisdom" tapes.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: March 7, 2004
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15. Staff Infection

After discovering that most of the family picks up weekly paychecks from Bluth Company even though they don't have jobs, Michael tries to put them all to work.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: March 14, 2004
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16. Missing Kitty

Michael finally stands up to George Sr. and fires his old secretary, and Gob performs the ultimate magic trick when he makes the family yacht disappear.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: March 28, 2004
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17. Altar Egos

While Michael experiences his first one-night stand with a blind woman named Maggie, George Sr. learns that Cindi is actually an undercover agent who has fallen in love with him.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: March 17, 2004
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18. Justice Is Blind

Michael attempts to do the right thing and end his relationship with Maggie, the prosecutor on George Sr.'s case, but sex keeps getting in the way.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: March 21, 2004
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19. Best Man For The Gob

Gob tries to scare a company accountant who notices a discrepancy in the company's bank account and threatens to reveal the truth if asked to testify in court

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: April 4, 2004
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20. Whistler's Mother

When the family begins fighting over company funds that have recently become available, Michael decides it would be best to invest the money in land their Uncle Oscar is selling.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: April 11, 2004
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21. Not Without My Daughter

While Michael is questioned by the police about Kitty's disappearance, Gob takes George-Michael shoplifting at the department store where Lindsey just got a job.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: April 25, 2004
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22. Let Them Eat Cake

After learning that his father is in prison for doing business with the old Iraqi government, Michael decides to wash his hands of the whole family and leave town for good.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: June 6, 2004
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Never watched this until one night when I found myself with nothing to do. I cannot recommend it highly enough. I laughed mercilessly throughout the entire series. Jason Bateman is hilarious as the "straight man." It seems it was pretty poorly promoted during its on-air run, because it never looked very funny to me. More wrong I could not have been. Watch, watch, watch. You will not regret!
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Back when Arrested Development was on TV, I had no interest in watching it. From the advertisements, it seemed like a totally lame show and I refused to waste my time trying it out. However, 5 years ago, I was up all hours of the night with a new baby. Nothing good was on TV, and I stumbled across Arrested Development while channel surfing. I figured it was better than watching infomercials, so I tried it out. It was all I could do to not wake up everyone in the house with my laughter! From that point on, I was glued to the TV every time it was on. Even after my daughter fell asleep, I couldn't tear myself away because it was so hysterical! I can't wait for the new episodes and the movie to come out (seems so far away!)
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Saying that this show is as layered as an onion would be selling it short. Jokes are set up episodes, sometimes seasons, in advance. Word-play, puns, situational irony and hypocrisy, popular culture and historical references all commingle to create a very rich and consuming intellectual experience, that at the same time feels unpretentious and homey. It's density is such that to this day, having seen it back-to-back 5+ times, I'm still discovering new things. Like Shakespeare, writers and actors must have known that they were creating something that must be relevant and lasting, otherwise it wouldn't be so 10+ years after it first aired. It's hard to pick up a comedy series that's that old, because it ages culturally, socially and mentally. This show is a true exception to the rule.

The plot is well-thought out, never predictable and unlike other well-meted out shows, none of the episodes are just a byway to the latter better ones. The shows starts fast and it only keeps gaining momentum, building and expanding on the satire that was set up initially. Characters are well-developed and the cast selection is extraordinary.

Pure genius. This is the show that I consistently come back to year after year. It's the sitcom love of my life.
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Completely mishandled by FOX, from promoting it to moving time slots. Characters are instantly likable and the writing is top notch. I have watched every episode dozens of times and still find jokes or references I missed before. Easily one of my all-time favorite comedies. Be warned once you become hooked, it'll boggle the mind how this show was ever canceled.
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Unfortunately I did not discover Arrested Development until it was off the air, but it has been my favorite show since I first saw Tobias Funke dress up as a pirate using Lindsey's wardrobe. It is now the litmus test I apply to television comedies, and so far, nothing has measured up. We miss you, AD! Come back to us!
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I agree with David Cross' complaints to their marketing team, as Arrested Development should've been a bigger hit than it was. Its won Emmys and critical acclaim, and a massive cult following. This is the most clever show on television. It's almost like it was written backwards because all the stories just fall into place.
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It is terrible that Amazon took this show off of Prime. We were just starting to watch it and know we would have to pay $2.99 an episode or $30 per season (abouts) to watch it. Really liked the show tho.
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It is hard to oversell Arrested Development, and mind-boggling they only did three season before being canned.
The characters are hilarious and well-developed, David Cross is perfect, but the whole cast is great. The writing is great, but best of all: NO LAUGH TRACK!
I hate laugh tracks, and Arrested Development, the Office, Parks and Rec, 30 Rock, and Community are much appreciated for not having one. The laugh track detracts from otherwise quality comedy shows.

Start with the first episode in order to better understand the characters, and you will be hooked, no doubt.

Ron Howard is perfect as the narrator. I just love this show and am so thankful Amazon added it to the Prime package. GOOD JOB AMAZON! I will likely renew Prime because of decisions like this!
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