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Pilot 

After his father fails to promote him within the family business, Michael accepts a job in Arizona -- until his dad is arrested for shady bookkeeping.

Directors:

Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Writers:

Mitchell Hurwitz (created by), Mitchell Hurwitz
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Bateman ... Michael Bluth
Portia de Rossi ... Lindsay Bluth Fünke
Will Arnett ... Gob Bluth
Michael Cera ... George-Michael Bluth
Alia Shawkat ... Maeby Fünke
Tony Hale ... Buster Bluth
David Cross ... Tobias Fünke
Jeffrey Tambor ... George Bluth Sr.
Jessica Walter ... Lucille Bluth
John Beard ... John Beard
Jonathan Schmock ... Captain
Hira Ambrosino ... Executive
Paul Mendoza Paul Mendoza ... Enrique
Stacey Woods Stacey Woods ... Trisha Thoon (as Stacey Grenrock Woods)
Chad Einbinder ... Birthday Party Man
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Storyline

Widower Michael Bluth has been working for his father's development company since he was a teenager manning the family's frozen banana stand, and he and his son George Michael have gone so far as to move into one of the company's model homes. So when his father George Sr. throws his retirement party on the family yacht, Michael expects that he will be announced as his father's successor. Instead, Michael gets two surprises: His mother is the new President, and his father is under investigation by the SEC. So Michael has to hold his wildly dysfunctional family together. Written by Demonnick

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 2003 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Ron Howard's role as the narrator was accidental. He was merely filling in on the Arrested Development: Pilot (2003), but his voice just "worked." See more »

Goofs

It is revealed that Tobias ended up on the boat with the gay protesters, but at the start when Lucille is introduced and we see the boat for the first time, Tobias is not there and the gay protesters are standing in different positions compared to the second shot featuring Tobias. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: This is Michael Bluth. For ten years, he's worked for his father's company waiting to be made a partner. And right now, he's happy.
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Alternate Versions

The first season DVD features a longer version of the pilot. Several scenes are longer, the two uses of "fuck" are not bleeped out, and Gob has a different follow up to "A trick is something a whore does for money." See more »

Soundtracks

Love Will Keep Us Together
(uncredited)
Written by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield
Performed by Captain & Tennille
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10 July 2018 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

Arrested Development

Arrested Development is another take on dysfunctional family; created by Mitchell Hurwitz, with lots of twists and turns and mystery that helps kick the series into another level and stand alone. The narration by Ron Howard that guides the viewers is actually a smarter concept that it actually seems, since the makers doesn't feel the need to explain the situation and momentum through cheesy and additional dialogues; a slick move.

It is short on technical aspects like cinematography, background score and art design although the camera work is plausible and is shot beautifully with pleasing, light and breezy environment.

The writing is strong in terms of the material offered especially since it doesn't feel the urge to push boundaries just to crack a smile, and instead focuses on the irony of it and lets it flow fluently with well barred structure. The amusing concept, enfolding tricks, gripping screenplay, parallel sub-plots that are well edited which later merges in brilliantly are some of the high points of the series.

There is also a lot of going on in mere 20 minutes for the audience to let it sink in which may seem overstuffed at times but it does the work which is to keep the audience tangled into it. The characters are more mature and pragmatic than the audience usually gets in a sitcom where they might not be lovable or even likable at times, but their humane-ness keeps the viewers rooting for them.

The performance is somewhat fragile in here since the protagonist Jason Bateman is in his A game but unfortunately isn't supported to that extent by its supporting cast (Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi and David Cross).

Season 01

The first act in here is somewhat of an introductory section for the character development is handled well enough if not evolved entirely (there is no need to grab the whole bite too). It is also fast paced and evenly distributive among the characters that shares their screen time and factors in with a greater impact than the protagonist.

Pilot

It spends a lot of time on narrating the characteristics of the characters and setting the plot and even though there may not be a closure to attain for, it's amusing peripheral vision towards its concept is something that can be fed to the audience.


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