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Arrested Development Review

A review about the history of Arrested Development, from the raise and downfall and raise again. My views are expressed in this piece about the pilot episode of Arrested Development.

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The show Arrested Development created by Mitchell Hurwitz who also co-created The Ellen Show and worked on The John Larroquette Show and The Golden Girls brings a witty over the top cult television show. The sitcom was aired on the Fox network from 2003 to 2006, it incorporated a dysfunctional family with the must bizarre witty humor that potentially changed comedy television as we see today. 

I am all for cult television shows and usually the best ones last the least, sure enough Arrested Development has a huge cult following. Because of the following it gave the US version of The Office and Parks and Recreation a different spin on comedy using shaky video somewhat like a documentary style filming which this show has A LOT of. I can understand how this show has won so many comedy awards because of it's uncanny witty and so outrageous sense of humor. I typically like shows that think outside the norm and create something new, but for me this show will take some getting used to.

I do love mind-bending settle jokes which this show has, but I already wanted to smack some of the character in the face from the pilot episode. The cast is fantastic, to me the actors where somewhat type casted though. You have Michael Cera who is the awkward little kid (even though he wasn't known for that yet) and then there is Will Arnett who I'm not a fan of much because he plays the same snotty character in everything, but for this show this character actually does work.

Going back to The Office and Parks and Recreation, Arrested Development does have the documentary style look with voiceovers and such. Since I'm a few years late, I was used to the characters commentary about situations which Arrested Development didn't have, nevertheless I tip my hat to them for starting a new trend. I personally think they could of removed the documentary style look, but then again the show wanted to start something new and all this bizarre new techniques is what  makes Arrested Development such a cult following. But now that I think of it, it seems as thought with this dysfunctional family it was only right to have that documentary style as a little jab at reality television. So many reality television shows have off the wall drama and un-organization which this family in the show has yet again, so my guess is that this little addition to the show is a spoof of reality television. 

When I did watch the pilot I did have my chuckles, but to me Arrested Development is more visual humor so to get the benefits of the jokes one most pay close attention to the surroundings of the scenes. Then again this show is not for kids there is a ton of sexual humor and drug type references which I'm not too much a fan of even though I watch my fair share of shows like that. To me using these inappropriate jokes is just taking the easy way out to get a laugh for that certain target audience. it is a dysfunctional family which then again does excuse the inappropriate jokes. It may seem like I flip flop around, but this show takes all the bad and somehow converts the inappropriateness using a dysfunctional family to in the long run makes sense. From what I've watched with other shows they couldn't balance using sexual humor with the character, but after just watching the pilot episode Arrested Development developed a break though to make it work. 

The plot of the pilot episode set everything together in the most unnatural unthinkable way possible. Everything just happens so quick and so many random moments such as the gay rights boats, but all in all they all come together in a magical way. 

Arrested Development for me has it ups and downs, but this is a witty comedy that makes us think and every time I start to think more and more I finally get the joke. It is the settle things that makes this show interesting to watch, I would recommend this show for those who like plain silliness and clever comedy. There is some issues I have to get by with the bad influence approach, but it is still a good comedy to me because it is simply just clever. I can see why this show has grown with popularity with it's dedicated fans, ever sense I saw it on Netflix I wanted to watch and I'm glad I finally did. I will continue watching the series and hopefully enjoy the new season after the 10 year hiatus that will only be available on Netflix.

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