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Although it was never as popular as some of the biggest comedy hits in the history of television, Arrested Development is widely considered to be one of the funniest, smartest and most entertaining comedies ever to grace TV screens. Though the show, which was created by Mitchell Hurwitz, only ran for three seasons on the FOX television network, it has become one of the most influential, as well as one of the most quoted shows in recent memory.

Arrested Development follows the lives and mishaps of the Bluth family as they try to make sense of their lives after the patriarch of the family, George Bluth, Sr., is arrested shortly after announcing that the leadership of the family company will go to his wife, the cunning and sarcastic Lucille. This angers son Michael, who had assumed that he would be given the reins to the company after his father stepped down.

Other characters on the show include GOB ? short for George Oscar Bluth, George Michael Bluth ? Michal's son, Lindsay and Tobias Funke, Buster Bluth and Maeby Funke. Each member of the family has distinctive and hilarious traits which are often used to great comedic effect. Additionally, the relationships between the family members take on altered meanings as the show progresses and more information is revealed about them and their histories.

Unlike many other television comedies, Arrested Development uses a structure that rewards viewers for multiple viewings. Each episode is packed with hundreds of jokes. Many of them come from the dialogue spoken by the characters, but there are just as many visual gags and puns. As a result, it can be challenging, but fun, for a viewer to keep up with the show's rapid-fire pace. The show also features a narrative story line that sustains the action of the series throughout its entire run.

Though Arrested Development has been off the air for some time, its popularity has increased dramatically thanks to televised reruns and sales of the DVDs. People have grown to love the Bluths, and many of them wish that there were new episodes to watch. Thankfully, the show is set to return shortly with a ten-episode fourth season which is still in the developmental phase. For fans of the Bluths and the hilarious comedy that they have brought to television screens, this is outstanding news. In the meantime, fans can continue to be entertained by Arrested Development by watching it online, in reruns or on DVD.

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4 Seasons, 69 Episodes - Canceled
November 2, 2003
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  • George-Michael is having a hard time balancing his business and reconnecting with his father.

  • Buster has a hard time making it on his own away from his mother.

  • Things heat up at UC Irvine when George-Michael finds himself in a love triangle with his best friend Ray and his girlfriend Becky.

  • Maeby moves out and reconnects with her cousin George-Michael.

  • Gob takes on a job from his brother, but is distracted by his own plan.

  • Lucille realizes her children have already started dividing up her things, and tries to get used to her new home.

  • Tobias returns to his roots and reunites with his leading lady after a rough few weeks.

  • Lindsay continues to search for herself by seeking a relationship and finding a new career.

  • Gob makes new friends after his relationship falls apart and his family abandons him.

  • George Sr.'s latest business experiences some problems resulting in bribing a politician in order to get his scam back on track.

  • Tobias tries to find meaning after splitting with Lindsay, but realizes that old habits die hard.

  • Michael is faced with a life changing business opportunity. Unfortunately, he needs his family's consent.

  • Lindsay tries finding herself again through traveling and getting back to her political activist roots.

  • George Sr. tries putting the family back together by drumming up a get rich quick idea.

  • Michael starts his own business after leaving the family one. The mailman Pete dies causing havoc in the family.

  • All the charges against the company are dropped, leading Michael to have to deal with a new style of dysfunction as he prepares to become CEO of the Bluth Company.

  • Michael and Buster travel to Iraq to rescue G.O.B. who had been imprisoned while on a USO tour. There they encounter a WMD -- web of mass deception -- that involves the Bluth family. Back in the states, George Michael plans a Sweet 16 birthday surprise party for Maeby.

  • Although George Sr. finally gets a new lawyer, Michael worries when he hears news of a surprise witness and Buster pretends he's in a coma so he doesn't have to testify.

  • George, Sr. hires a new attorney and has his family participate in a fake trial, presided by Judge Reinhold, in preparation for the real thing. Meanwhile, Buster fakes being in a coma to get out of testifying and George Michael and Maeby are mock-wed to entertain hospital patients. Elsewhere, Michael begins to figure out the identity of N. Bluth.

  • Worried about his family's future, George, Sr. insists upon a fundraiser to raise community awareness. Michael is put in charge of finding a celebrity to serve as emcee for the event and ends up tracking down Andy Richter. Meanwhile, G.O.B. accidentally becomes a waiter and has to deal with a rude customer -- his mother.

  • G.O.B. begins to be a nuisance at work so Michael puts him in charge of his own banana stand to keep him away from the Bluth Company. However, Michael finds out that his father is using G.O.B. against him who leads to a confrontation between G.O.B. and Michael that results in G.O.B. and Michael teaming up against their father. Meanwhile, Lucille gets a face-lift and Tobias and Lindsay fight for attention from Bob Loblaw.

  • Crushed over his breakup with Rita, Michael tries to reach out to his mother but soon discovers that she's dating the Warden. Michael finally decides to tell his father about his mother's infidelity, but George, Sr. has an undercover plan of his own. Meanwhile, Buster's pet turtle gets into Oscar's secret box of weed and the Bluth family come together to plan a benefit for Tobias' life-threatening hair transplant.

  • When Rita calls Michael by a nickname he thinks means "weak", Michael tries to talk George Michael into going with him to various "manly" activities. However, George Michael opts to help Ann get ready for her Inner-Beauty Pageant so Michael signs up for a triathlon with Steve Holt. Meanwhile, George, Sr. volunteers with the Startled Straight program, but scares the wrong group.

  • Michael, worried about what Rita would think of him, lies and tells her he has no family. However, the truth eventually comes out when Rita is invited to a family function, leading to bad results. Meanwhile, Lindsay is hired as a nanny for the new attorney; George, Sr. once again attempts an escape; and Tobias coaches Buster to help him overcome his self-confidence issues.

  • George, Sr. claims that he was framed by a British group despite being urged to plead guilty. Michael travels across town to Wee Britain to look into his father's claim where he meets Rita, a beautiful British woman who Michael soon asks out. Meanwhile, Lindsay seduces the new attorney, but is charged for her time; and G.O.B. spends all of his time doing his magic in order to avoid spending time with his son.

  • Michael is back at the helm of the company and since all things seem to be going smoothly, he decides to take George Michael to the family cabin. But things take a bad turn when Michael decides to track down his father which leads him to Reno. Meanwhile, Lindsay, as well George Michael and Maeby (who are still dealing with their kiss), head out to find Tobias; G.O.B. attends an event that reunites abandoned sons with their father; and Lucille regresses back to her old self while dealing with Buster.

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