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Arrested Development 20th anniversary

Started by lauraxsynthesis, November 04, 2023, 12:59:38 PM

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The Bluths first bluthed on 2 November 2003.

In s3 there's a one second long joke that's just a pun on Bud Cort's name. First time I saw that I couldn't stop laughing for like 20 minutes. It still gets me.

DJ Bob Hoskins

"Mock Trial with J. Reinhold" always, always cracks me up.

Petey Pate

"I know you're the big marriage expert. Oh, I'm sorry, I forgot, your wife is dead!"


You must always read the label

You must always read it well

In the most delicious wayyyy


Claude the Racecar Driving Rockstar Super Sleuth

It really hit the ground running and was so masterful in its prime, it could wring laughs out of GOB simply saying "Michael".

Oh, mercy me! I forgot that we were in the colonies.


I think the visual cutaway gag of Tobias Funkë's business card is one of the all time great laughs.

But even small things like their family boat being called the Seaward is great. Pure class first three seasons.


Ooookay okay okay so should should sh shou sshh should shou should should should

Jerzy Bondov

Quote from: Huxleys Babkins on November 04, 2023, 04:07:09 PMOh, mercy me! I forgot that we were in the colonies.
ohhhhhhhh... we shan't be telling your mother this shan't we

Jerzy Bondov


I think far too often about the delivery of "BEES?!" "Beads." "BEADS?!"


The chicken dances were amazing. None of them alike, nor anything like an actual chicken.

I think George Snr.'s is my favourite.


Quote from: bgmnts on November 04, 2023, 06:23:15 PMBut even small things like their family boat being called the Seaward is great. Pure class first three seasons.

"Get rid of the Seaward"

"I'll leave when I'm ready"


Probably my two favourite bits under ten seconds apiece


'Bob Loblaw' is genius. So simple yet perfect.

Old Nehamkin

(knowingly) They don't allow you to have bees here.


I love the bit where Gob and Steve Holt hug and emotional music is playing and Steve Holt says he'll never forget this and walks away and Gob says "..I will" and takes one of his own Forget-Me-Now pills

Edit - here is is 0:53 https://youtu.be/ax_CtqzpUfk


Less good stuff than bad unfortunately, thanks to season 3 and the Netflix revival

One of the most ablist shows ever


"There's only one man I've called a coward - and that's Brian Doyle-Murray."

I'll give them S4 (the remixed version was a big improvement) but not sure what they were thinking with S5.


I like the guy who was playing the eyes ears and mouth of George Snr when he was in prison, great comedy creation.


S5 isn't even that bad when viewed as a complete package. (Not split into two halves - what were they thinking?) There's less of a hit rate with memorable gags but if you're at all invested in the story of the Bluths and the broader, intricate plotting the show always did so well, it's a great watch.

How many S5-haters haven't even watched the whole season?


Not me, I kept falling asleep every time I tried to watch it

4 wasn't good either


I got really into the original run of AD with my friend and housemate at university, and we watched it so often and so repeatedly that even just a few clips of it inspires a kind of horrible feeling of stuckness and ennui in me. Like I'm back in a horrible student flat drinking cans of beer and absolutely wasting my life. It is quite a claustrophobic show as well, which reinforces that feeling - all those perfectly constructed running jokes folding in on one another.

That being said, it was obviously a great show, even if it's probably a little cruel for my tastes nowadays. Oh my god, we're having a fire ... sale! Oh the burning! (And the smug little 'No' after the guy asks him to try it in a different style).

Hans Resist

Something went weird with George Michael becoming dour and self-conscious in the Netflix revival, like Executive Producer Michael Cera couldn't descend to it anymore.

It's as Ann as the nose on Plain's face.

Claude the Racecar Driving Rockstar Super Sleuth

"And Steve Holt..."
"Steve Holt!"
"You will be playing Beatrice."

Old Nehamkin



I ended up watching hours of this, it's great.  I don't think there's a lot of season 4 in it but I may be mistaken.


I'll defend the original cut of season 4 for hours. A whole new angle for the running jokes. And just loads of great stuff in there. "You ever even been on a plane, you piece of shit?"