A Review of Arrested Development
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Arrested Development: A review of the Pilot Episode

This is a short review written by me about the pilot episode of Arrested Development

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Arrested Development is a television show directed and narrated by Ron Howard that originally aired on FOX in 2003. The show is about a rich, and dysfunctional family named the Bluths, who are the owners of a large family company. The family then runs into a spot of trouble when it surfaces that they have been dipping into the company funds for personal spending. The father is imprisoned, and Michael Bluth is put in charge of fixing the company as well as maintaining family affairs. The show only lasted until the third season when it was cancelled, but then was recently re-signed for a 4th season that will be Netflix exclusive. The creator and director have also been talking recently about how there may also be an Arrested Development movie in the works.

 

The show’s pilot episode was the one that introduced us to the Bluths, and very quickly showed them getting into trouble. The show is considered a comedy, and rightfully so as it is in my opinion, hilarious. The show is written in a way that it has a kind of dry and witty humor to it. It is a very similar writing style to that of The Office or Parks and Rec. The jokes are usually sarcastic and at times a tad off color. The reason that it is so funny is because the family is a sort of Motley Crew with many different odd styles of personalities. When they are all thrown together to live with and interact with each other their character traits clash, and the hilarity ensues.

 

This show is very different in a few ways than the average everyday sitcom that you would see on most big networks. One of these ways is that it does not have a laugh track, which kind of leaves it up to the audience to pick and choose what they believe is funny, rather than being told by the somewhat pestering sound of synthetic laughter. A second difference is the fact that the show is filmed from the perspective of one camera that moves around rather than the perspective of many different stationary cameras placed at specific angles. It gives a very different feel than something like Full House, where you always see the living room from the same angle with the same shot. If a character is saying something on screen, and another character says something off screen, but in the same room, rather than just switch cameras, the cameraman will either move the camera (usually freehand) so that the other character is in the shot, or they will do an editing cut with shots from the same camera. It gives the show a sense of individuality. A third difference is how the show can say something and then cut quickly over to a flashback depicting what was said, often not completely reliant on the character’s dialogue alone to tell the story, but accompanied by the voice of the narrator.

 

Another thing about the pilot of Arrested Development is the character development. It takes the time during the story to give each character their own identity. Gob, the odd older brother who doesn’t really want to work pursues his interests in magic, rather than getting a normal career job. Lindsay is the conniving middle sister who only cares about herself, and her needs. Buster is the baby of the family, and is very much a momma’s boy. Finally Michael is the other middle child (Lindsay and him are twins) who is very down to earth and wants to get things done despite his odd and seemingly helpless family. The first episode addresses each of these character traits individually, on multiple accounts, which helps a lot with character depth and development.

 

Take into account all of these elements: the witty humor, the aspects of the show that make it stand out in the world of family sitcoms, and the character development. They all contribute to the entertainment value of this show. The thing that I believe makes the show so entertaining though, is the fact that it takes the lives of people in a family, and makes outrageous things happen to them, and not just once or twice, but at a constant rate. People like to see funny crazy things happen to people, and the more those things happen, the more entertained they are.

 

Overall Arrested Development is a very funny show. It takes not so mainstream filming and storytelling techniques and makes a show that is entertaining for people to watch. I would gladly recommend this show to anyone looking for something to make them laugh, or to brighten their day.

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TV Review: Arrested Development | EW.com

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It takes a minute to get your bearings in the peculiar world of Arrested Development 's Bluth family. For one thing, they're a bit anachronistic.…
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This article was very useful because it is an actual review of the show from 2004, which is very soon after the shows creation. It offers the view that the show is very different from other shows. Despite the difference it is still witty, funny, and overall, a great show!

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This article is useful because it offers more information about Director Ron Howard, and his faith in the show. It talks about how he plans on taking the storyline and spinning it off into a movie. This shows that he wants to keep the show going in as many directions as possible.

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Mitch Hurwitz on 'Arrested Development' Season 4 - CraveOnline

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The creator of “Arrested Development” tells us about the differences between the new Netflix season and the original show.
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This article is useful because it is a Q & A with the creator of the show. It offers his views on what the show was and what it is going to be. It also adresses how the show will be different in terms of how it tells the stories of characters individually over a few episodes, rather than the whole family over the whole season.

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Michael Cera Says ‘Arrested Development’ Season 4 is ‘One of His Favorite Seasons’

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Michael Cera talked about his creative input on 'Arrested Development' season 4 - for which he'll reportedly serve as a writer in addition to his acting contributions.
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This Article is useful because it talks about one of the show's stars and his involvement with the show. It talks about Michael Cera, and how the upcoming season is one of his favorites, especially because he will be one of the writers. It shows that the T.V. show means a lot to the cast.

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Will Arnett Teases Arrested Development Season Four: The Bluth Family "Has ... - Us Magazine

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To say that Arrested Development's Bluth family is dysfunctional is to say that the surface of the sun is warm.
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This article is useful because it offers information about the upcoming season of the show Arrested Development. It shows how since the show has started, these actors have moved unto great and successful careers, and it is hard to get everyone together at once. This just shows that Arrested Development was a great career booster for all of these actors.

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