Arrested Development: Season 1 Reviews

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May 4, 2019
Easily the most bizarre, inventive sitcom of the fall season, Fox's Arrested Development wrings laughs from the strange, the uncomfortable and the inappropriate. It's not your typical sitcom, but it is a welcome addition to the prime-time landscape.
May 10, 2018
Mitch Hurwitz's celebrated dysfunctional meta-sitcom left no witty wordplay unexploited or linguistic acrobatic unperformed.
May 10, 2018
For all its edge and originality, "Arrested Development" has echoes of some of the best television past.
January 31, 2018
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.
January 18, 2018
Based on the opener, it's a voyage well worth taking - and, for Bateman, it's an easy personal best.
September 22, 2017
David Cross is hilarious, and [Alia] Shawkat is a real find.
September 22, 2017
[Jason] Bateman is a revelation - the ex-child star is great in this show.
September 22, 2017
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
[Jeffrey Tambor] is gloriously funny in the part, and well matched by Ms. [Jessica] Walter, glittering with malice and self-absorption as his wife.
September 22, 2017
Arrested Development is one of the best things to happen to television since the advent of color.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 22, 2017
Heaven-sent for anyone who has longed for something, anything, a little outside the comedy norm.
September 22, 2017
Brilliant, innovative comedy for mature viewers.
September 22, 2017
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
Fox, of all networks, has the most impressive collection of new fall shows, and Arrested Development is at the top of the crop.
March 14, 2017
Smart, unruly, and very fast, Arrested is the ultimate TV series for our TiVo age.
Full Review | Original Score: A
August 16, 2013
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
It's so good I'm going to shut up about it now - just make sure you tune in and get hooked.
August 15, 2013
The family relationships were clear and consistent, with just enough real emotion to keep all the zaniness grounded.
August 15, 2013
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
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 | Original Score: 4/4
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