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Arrested Development: Season 1 (2003-2004)

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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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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.

Cast

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 (16) | Top Critics (9)

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.

September 22, 2017 | Full Review…

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

September 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.

September 22, 2017 | Full Review…

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

September 22, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | 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.

September 22, 2017 | Full Review…

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

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

Audience Reviews for Arrested Development: Season 1

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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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