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Arrested Development: Season 1 (2003-2004)




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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.


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
Mark Blankfield
as Dr. Miller
Don Perry
as Earle
Michael Bartel
as Young Michael
Ethan Phillips
as Military Official
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
Don Took
as Cab Driver
Harry Murphy
as Brian Snee
Mia A. Nunez
as Guard's Daughter
Steve Witting
as Principal Conrad
Lauren Bowles
as Stripper
Amanda Anka
as Teacher
Matt Price
as Agent Freeling
Teddy Lane Jr.
as Construction Worker
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Critic Reviews for Arrested Development: Season 1

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (5)

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.

August 16, 2013 | Full Review…

Smart, unruly, and very fast, Arrested is the ultimate TV series for our TiVo age.

March 14, 2017 | Rating: A | Full Review…

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

August 16, 2013 | Full Review…

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

August 15, 2013 | Full Review…
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.

August 15, 2013 | Full Review…
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.

August 15, 2013 | Rating: 4/4 | 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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