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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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  • 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.

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Another 'Arrested Development' Season Is a Sure Thing, Says Netflix

This is not a trick or an illusion. "Arrested Development" is almost definitely going to get another season of new episodes, according to Netflix. In fact, Ted Sarandos, the chief content officer for the streaming company, told USA Today that it's "only a matter of when." It would seem that the only thing keeping Netflix from cranking out season upon season of new "Arrested Development" episodes is actually just the actors' schedules. Of course, considering how much work Jason Bateman is getting these days and the fact that Michael Cera is currently shooting two movies, scheduling is no small feat.

2013 Emmy Nominations Recognize Internet Programming

In a clear indication of where the television industry sees itself headed, Thursday's Emmy nominations included, for the first time, acknowledgment of TV programs created exclusively for the internet. Netflix's original programming was prominently represented among the nominations, including nods for "House of Cards," "Arrested Development" and "Hemlock Grove." Netflix programming scored big in major categories, with "House of Cards" nominated for Outstanding Drama Series, Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Kevin Spacey) and Lead Actress in a Drama Series (Robin Wright).

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'Arrested Development' Nabs John Krasinski to Guest Star

“The Office” may be ending, but that doesn’t mean fans have to say goodbye forever to John Krasinski. The cutie who portrayed Jim for nine years on the show will be making a smooth transition out of and right back into television, popping up as a guest star on “Arrested Development.” He’ll be participating in an unofficial tradition, as “Office” cast members Ed Helms, Phyllis Smith, Craig Robinson, and Brian Baumgartner have all shown up on “Arrested Development” over the years.

'Arrested Development' Gets a Release Date!

“Arrested Development” fans, if you don’t already have a Netflix account, now is the time to sign up—because Sunday, May 26th marks the return of the much-loved show with a brand-new season four. All 15 episodes will release at once, at 12:01 a.m. PT (in case you needed specifics). Show creator Mitch Hurwitz  humbly says that his “simple wish for the show is coming true: that it be broadcast every second around the clock to every television, computer or mobile device in existence.

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'Arrested Development' Creator Assures Fans a Movie Will be Coming

If you, like many, are concerned that “Arrested Development,” which is getting a new life on Netflix soon, may never make it to that much-anticipated movie… creator Mitch Hurwitz has a few words of reassurance. “I’m confident that we will succeed at that,” he said during a question and answer session at the South By Southwest Film Festival. The fourteen episodes that will be hitting Netflix for the fourth season of the quirky show, according to Hurwitz, are arranged to help bring the show to the big screen some day.

Kristen Wiig, Seth Rogen Join 'Arrested Development'

Kristen Wiig is all over the board lately… as it should be! Newly announced, the funny woman will be appearing as a love interest for Brick Tamland (Steve Carell) in the “Anchorman” sequel…but that’s not all we can look forward to seeing the comedienne appearing in this year. Wiig will also be making a guest appearance on the resurrected “Arrested Development!” The show was saved from the void of cancellation by Netflix, who will be exclusively airing new episodes starting in May, only available through the website’s streaming media.

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Amber Tamblyn and David Cross Wed!

Long-time lovebirds Amber Tamblyn and David Cross have married! The 29-year-old “Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants” star and her 48-year-old “Arrested Development” paramour tied the knot over the weekend. The two dated for two years before announcing their engagement in August of last year. The news broke when filmmaker Lance Bangs Instagramed a photo of the two dancing at the reception. “Yo La Tengo playing Superchunk, Mission of Burma, and Pixies covers at David and Amber’s wedding” Bangs captioned.

Isla Fisher, Terry Crews Join 'Arrested Development' Resurrection

The 2013 resurrection of cult FOX comedy hit "Arrested Development" on Netflix has become the guest-star party of the year. Most recently, Isla Fisher and Terry Crews have been announced by Zap2It.com as joining the upcoming fourth season's slate of guest stars. Of course, as with the appearances by "Mad Men" star John Slattery and the guys of "Workaholics," there's precious little being said as yet about what part either will play. Of course, it's not hard to imagine either fitting the show like a stick into a frozen banana.

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