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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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Arrested Development Full Episode Guide

  • 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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