Have you seen Arrested Development? The show revolves around MICHAEL BLUTH (Jason Batemen), a widower who wants nothing more than to be a good father to his 13-year-old son GEORGE MICHAEL (Michael Cera). So after being passed over as partner at The Bluth Development Co., Michael resolves to quit the family business and move away to spend more quality time with his son. But when his father GEORGE BLUTH SR. (Jeffrey Tambor) is arrested for shifty accounting practices and the family assets are frozen, Michael is forced to stay in Orange County to help his wildly eccentric family pick up the pieces.
With his dad in the clinker, Michael reluctantly finds himself trying to teach his offbeat family how to live without an endless expense account. The Bluths are lead by flamboyant mother LUCILLE BLUTH (Jessica Walter), a martini-swilling socialite who’s left alone in her Balboa Bay Club penthouse without any means to pay for it. Then there’s GEORGE OSCAR BLUTH II (Will Arnett), the oldest son, a struggling magician whose biggest trick will be to make a real job appear. The youngest brother is BUSTER BLUTH (Tony Hale), a neurotic professional grad student who has studied everything from Native American tribal ceremonies to cartography (the mapping of uncharted territories).
The Bluth siblings are rounded out by sister LINDSAY FUNKE (Portia de Rossi), who is known for her wine and cheese parties and fundraisers for unusual charities. She’s married to the hapless TOBIAS (David Cross), a doctor who lost his license after performing CPR on a sunbathing tourist who didn’t need it. Lindsay and Tobias are the ultra-permissive parents of MAE (Alia Shawkat), “Maeby,” a 14-year-old who loves finding unique ways to rebel against their over-indulgence.
Michael must do right by his family, so he agrees to return to his job and invites Lindsey and her family to move in with him and George Michael at his father’s latest housing tract. While there, Michael must struggle to keep his sanity - and his family together - as they face the next chapter of their lives: Chapter 11.
It has to be one of the most intelligently funny shows that Fox has aired in a very long time. Enough already with the 'reality television'! These shows are getting old. Maybe Fox is exhibiting arrested intellectual development in re-hashing realty show after reality show?
Arrested Development appeared at a time when I was losing some much loved television, both 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' and 'Angel' were coming to an end. I loved these shows as they were just a little different, not your run-of-the mill series. Over time you grow to identify with what the characters have to deal with, no, not that I am saying that vampires exist? But the real issues that you and I encounter along the often shaky road, that is life. Marriage, divorce, death, relationships, and grief.
Speaking of grief, I am not one to sit around and grieve, for long. Life must go on! Then came Arrested Development. I could not tell you how many times Joel and I have watched reruns over, and over again. I only have to think of a funny scenario to begin laughing. I also started watching Wonderfalls a few times and thought I could really get into it......then Fox decide to cut it! They couldn't even let the first series finish! They figured if they end it before it is finished then we, the viewer, would rush out and buy the dvd as soon as it is released. I swear if it wasn't for Arrested Development I would boycott the Fox Network. They suck just about as much as MTV.