Arrested Development 4 Seasons 2003

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Season 1
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1. Pilot AGES_15_AND_OVER

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.

Starring:
Jason Bateman,Portia De Rossi
Runtime:
21 minutes

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Pilot

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Season 1

Product Details

Genres Comedy
Director Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Starring Jason Bateman, Portia De Rossi
Supporting actors Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Alia Shawkat, Tony Hale, David Cross, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter
Season year 2004
Network Twentieth Century Fox
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. D. Steer on 25 Mar. 2005
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At last the programme that the BBC has shoved all around the schedules arrives in a package form where the viewer can binge on it. Who would have thought that a US TV network would come up with a comedy show that requires concentration, let alone one that requires as much concentration as this. There is just so much going on all the time that you cannot avert your eyes from the screen for a second. In fact you hit the rewind button so often because there's a belly laugh sewn in over a split second. Such concentration brings its rewards. This DVD features the extended Pilot , which you can immediately compare with the paired down Pilot and see the difference. The pace is phenomenal and the trimming of the product shows just what might have been lost if they had continued with the longer format. All the performances are superb but Jason Bateman must take a centre stage bow as the 'sane' member of the Bluth family- he can deadpan like nobody else and convey a thousand different thoughts in his expression. This whole 1st series package is a treat for those of the Larry Sanders, Seinfeld, Curb your Enthusiasm stable of fans and God Bless America for making it. Who said British TV is best ? 2nd series on DVD immediately please!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "freespirit790" on 22 Jan. 2006
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Well, wow. I should start by saying that I love this show and I think it's the best comedy to come out of America in a very long time, if not ever. I first discovered it whilst reading a raging review in a newspaper; 'Why don't the BBC give this program a chance? It's hilarious!' it said, amongst other praises, and I decided to watch it. It had been, quite unforgivably, given an 11.20, Sunday night, BBC 2 slot, but I just could not see why for the life of me.
The show revolves around the hugely likeable Michael Bluth and his naive son George Michael. When the family business gets into trouble for committing 'light treason' Michael has no choice but to keep his family together and make them understand that they would no longer have pockets full of endless money. Not only does he have to quell their spending habits, but in most cases also their bizzare personailties: his mother Lucille is a spendaholic who doesn't know the price of a banana having never entered a supermarket; twin sister Lindsay also likes to spend and is somehow a very materialistic liberal who must rebel at all costs; her husband Tobias who, we are all sure (but never told), is secretly gay and undoubtedly weird; brother Gob, a failed magician with a simply fantastic humour behind him and the kids too. On top of that he's got his criminal Dad, his pothead Uncle, and his slightly slow younger brother Buster who cannot leave his mother's side even though he is at the end of his 20's.
All in all, the characters make the show. The actors playing them are unbelievably gifted. But the writing is also genious, with references to other shows and people all over the place, a warm narrative from Ron Howard, and situations with so much irony that you can just sit and cry with laughter for hours. If you haven't seen this show, then buy this DVD, watch a few episodes and by the time you get to know the family you will be in love with it too.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By I. Morris on 6 April 2005
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Some people have seen this on TV in the UK on the BBC. Others might have got hold of copies from America but anyone who has seen this show must agree. It is the most original, clever, multi-layered comedy that has been produced in a very long time.
Some people say that Britain produces the best comedy, well I'm afraid, we have never managed to make a show as perfect as this one.
Every single actor in this show is a Genius. David Cross regularly has me on the floor with laughter as Dr Tobias Funke. Jeffrey Tambor is still as funny as he was in The Larry Sanders Show and Will Arnett's character GOB will have you crying as he messes up every aspect of his life, including his career as a magician.
My favourite episode in this series is #10, Pier Pressure. It cannot be explained with mere words, but it is one of the funniest things ever to be seen on television.
There is plenty to say on this show, but no room to do it! Buy this DVD, you won't regret it and you may just help get the show renewed for a third season.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "farrelm" VINE VOICE on 25 Mar. 2005
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Despite a relative lack of publicity and success in America, other than its Emmy award win (which is totally deserved) this series is highly reccomendable. As the opening credits reveal its the story of one family who are struggling to manage following the arrest of their father George Bluth Snr. Holding them all together is Michael, the most well adjusted member of the family. The series is basically about the trials and tribulations that they undergo in trying to survive without the money that they were once afforded and changing set of circumstances which arose out of the patriarchs arrest. This series is consistently amusing and there are many laugh out loud moments (Tobias in general is hilarious) Its probably the best commedy out there at the moment, except maybe for C4s the Peep Show, and you will probably have to watch the episodes a couple of times just to keep up with the gags. If all that isn't enough Ron Howards the narrator, the ultimate stamp of quality!!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By P. Haslehurst on 22 April 2006
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"Arrested Development" is a show with such wit, originality and hilarity that it's all too easy to forget that it's not British. Indeed, it wouldn't be altogether ridiculous to suggest that "Arrested Development" gives "The Office" - my particular nomination for best British Comedy Ever - a serious run for it's money.

Michael Bluth is a single Dad in the family from Hell - a corrupt father, permanently drunk mother, a sister who has never worked a day in her life, and two bizarre brothers, one a washed up magician and the other a neurotic Mummy's boy incapable of maintaining his confidence for long periods.

The show's primary focus is Michael's desperate effort to rescue his family's faltering business, a constant uphill struggle against his various family members who each have their own unique flaws that stand in his way. Michael's patience and dedication are a source of gut-churning frustration to the sympathetic viewer - indeed, I frequently found myself shouting advice at the screen.

There are many glorious sub-plots through the course of the series - Michael's brother's relationship with a far older woman (played fantastically by the eccentric Liza Minelli), his son's desperate attempts to please the multitude of grown-up influences in his life, and funniest of all, his Father's incarceration for "mild treason".

It is rare to find a show so remarkably well scripted that you find yourself quoting line after line, much to the annoyance and confusion of your friends. "Arrested Development" is so entirely full of these classic moments that you will be tempted to take notes. Don't bother, you'll be watching the whole thing again and again anyway.
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