Arrested Development

"Now the story of a wealthy family who lost everything and the one son who had no choice but to keep them all together. It's "Arrested Development."

"Arrested Development", a little-known television series, consisting of only three seasons, aired first in 2003 on FOX.

The series, which also features film actors Jason Bateman, David Cross, Tony Hale, and Will Arnett, was a huge hit among the sarcastic, subtle, and a little off crowd of TV-viewers. Stephen Kelly of PopMatters called it "a laugh-out-loud, deeply quirky, and audacious series that has its own wacky agenda and dares to be delightfully different."

The series, narrated by "Happy Days" great Ron Howard, features a grounded son and father, played by Bateman, who has to keep his family together amidst crisis after crisis. His offbeat relatives, romantic relationships, and job all wreak havoc, episode after episode, and offer hilarious quotes throughout. (For more on these, see the ultimate in "Arrested Development" fan site, The Balboa Observer-Picayune.)

Now, one of its cast members, Michael Cera, is a popular indie and teen film actor, of works such as Juno, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, and the new Youth in Revolt, who may be seen as type cast in these movies, due to his role as young George Michael Bluth, the anxious and awkward teen son of Bateman's character.

The show also guest stars many well-known actors, such as Martin Short, Amy Poehler, Charlize Theron, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Liza Minnelli, and even the Fonz.

A movie based on the series is announced, according to IMDb, but is not yet in progress.

Comments

This show is hilarious. It's easy to have it on all day and not get tired of it. What a crazy family, you never know what they'll be into next. Banana stand!! (I didn't recognize Ron Howard's voice as narrator! D'oh!)