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Arrested Development: Season 1 (2003-2004)





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Air date: Nov 2, 2003
Air date: Nov 9, 2003
Air date: Nov 16, 2003
Air date: Nov 23, 2003
Air date: Nov 30, 2003
Air date: Dec 7, 2003
Air date: Dec 14, 2003
Air date: Dec 21, 2003
Air date: Jan 4, 2004
Air date: Jan 11, 2004
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In the first season of "Arrested Development," Michael (Jason Bateman) leads his oddball family and their real-estate-development business following a securities-fraud fiasco. Along the way, Tobias (David Cross) directs Maeby (Alia Shawkat) in a school play, and George Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor) calls on Gob (Will Arnett) to cover a company error. Michael Cera, Jessica Walter, Tony Hale, Portia de Rossi, Henry Winkler and Liza Minnelli also star.

Network: Netflix
Premiere Date: Nov 2, 2003
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Jason Bateman
as Michael Bluth
Michael Cera
as George-Michael
Jeffrey Tambor
as George Bluth Sr.
Jessica Walter
as Lucille Bluth
Will Arnett
as George Oscar Bluth I...
Tony Hale
as Buster Bluth
Portia de Rossi
as Lindsay Funke
David Cross
as Tobias Funke
Alia Shawkat
as Mae `Maeby' Funke
Liza Minnelli
as Lucille Austero/Luci...
Bob Odenkirk
as Dr. Gunty
Scott Atkinson
as Roger Danish
Tom Kiesche
as Umpire/Prison Guard
Steve Ryan
as J. Walter
Clint Howard
as Johnny Bark
Mark Blankfield
as Dr. Miller
Don Perry
as Earle
Justin Lee
as Annyong
Michael Bartel
as Young Michael
Ethan Phillips
as Military Official
Henry Winkler
as Barry Zuckerkorn
Jerry Minor
as Off. Carter
Iqbal Theba
as Nazhgalia
John Rothman
as Charles
Sam Pancake
as James Alan Spangler
Casey Sandino
as Cortesio
Jay Johnstone
as Off. Taylor
David Reynolds
as White Power Bill
Don Took
as Cab Driver
Harry Murphy
as Brian Snee
Mia A. Nunez
as Guard's Daughter
Michael Blieden
as Agent Cummings
Steve Witting
as Principal Conrad
Lauren Bowles
as Stripper
Amanda Anka
as Teacher
Matt Price
as Agent Freeling
Teddy Lane Jr.
as Construction Worker
Amy Poehler
as Wife of Gob
Alden Villaverde
as Little Justice
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Critic Reviews for Arrested Development: Season 1

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (4)

Arrested Development truly is one of the best shows, new or otherwise, of the year: a laugh-out-loud, deeply quirky, and audacious series that has its own wacky agenda and dares to be delightfully different.

Full Review… | August 16, 2013

It's so good I'm going to shut up about it now - just make sure you tune in and get hooked.

Full Review… | August 16, 2013

The family relationships were clear and consistent, with just enough real emotion to keep all the zaniness grounded.

Full Review… | August 15, 2013
AV Club
Top Critic

In a TV season littered with dysfunctional-family sitcoms, Arrested Development is the most dysfunctional of the bunch - and it's funnier than all the others combined.

Full Review… | August 15, 2013
Top Critic

All of a sudden, with this last new fall series offering -- hope having been beaten out of all of us -- we get one of the most hysterically ridiculous half hours on television.

Full Review… | August 15, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

I don't know about you, but I'm not used to laughing out loud alone in front of the TV. Honestly, I was startled.

Full Review… | August 15, 2013
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Arrested Development: Season 1


A bold new type of sitcom, Arrested Development: Season 1 is an ingenious comedy with a unique brand of humor. Using an interesting meta narrative format, the show follows real estate developer Michael Bluth as he struggles to keep his family together and save the family business after his father is imprisoned for embezzling funds. The cast is especially strong, particularly Jason Bateman and Will Arnett; who both bring a lot of charisma to their roles. There are also a number of impressive guest stars featured, including Heather Graham, Carl Weathers, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Additionally, the comedy is extraordinarily sharp, and remarkably consistent; as a number of jokes reoccur and are carried on throughout multiple episodes. A groundbreaking television show, Season 1 of Arrested Development is outrageously hilarious and incredibly fun.

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