Arrested Development: Season 1 (2003 - 2004)



Critic Consensus: Arrested Development puts an ambitiously complex, brilliantly fast-paced spin on dysfunctional family comedy, anchored by the efforts of a tremendously talented ensemble.


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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 series 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.


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 II
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/Lucille 2
Henry Winkler
as Barry Zuckerkorn
Amy Poehler
as Wife of Gob
David Reynolds
as White Power Bill
Michael Blieden
as Agent Cummings
Alden Villaverde
as Little Justice
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
Don Perry
as Earle
Michael Bartel
as Young Michael
Ethan Phillips
as Military Official
Jerry Minor
as Off. Carter
Iqbal Theba
as Nazhgalia
Jay Johnston
as Off. Taylor
Sam Pancake
as James Alan Spangler
Casey Sandino
as Cortesio
Don Took
as Cab Driver
Harry Murphy
as Brian Snee
Mia A. Nunez
as Guard's Daughter
Steve Witting
as Principal Conrad
Matt Price
as Agent Freeling
Teddy Lane Jr.
as Construction Worker
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Critic Reviews for Arrested Development Season 1

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (14)

For all its edge and originality, "Arrested Development" has echoes of some of the best television past.

May 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Based on the opener, it's a voyage well worth taking - and, for Bateman, it's an easy personal best.

Jan 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Arrested Development is one of the rare shows deserving of the praise. It is irreverent, you will laugh out-loud, and for the few who've actually watched the struggling Fox comedy, it is indeed an instant classic.

Sep 22, 2017 | Full Review…

[Jason] Bateman is a revelation - the ex-child star is great in this show.

Sep 22, 2017 | Full Review…

Arrested Development has been hyped to the clouds in a number of ads, all piling on critical encomiums from all over the country. This time they're telling the truth.

Sep 22, 2017 | Full Review…

Arrested Development is one of the best things to happen to television since the advent of color.

Sep 22, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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

Aug 15, 2013 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Mitch Hurwitz's celebrated dysfunctional meta-sitcom left no witty wordplay unexploited or linguistic acrobatic unperformed.

May 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Instead, in this imperfect world, Arrested Development has the time slot formerly occupied by Richter, and lovers of laugh-out-loud comedy have to hold their breaths once more that audiences will discover another gem of a show.

Jan 30, 2018 | Full Review…

Fox, of all networks, has the most impressive collection of new fall shows, and Arrested Development is at the top of the crop.

Sep 22, 2017 | Full Review…

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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