Arrested Development follows the sad lives of the members of the Bluth family, onetime wealthy real-estate moguls who’ve been brought low by patriarch George’s embezzling. With George in jail, his son Michael tries to keep the family business afloat and babysit his lazy, self-centered mother and siblings.
November 20, 2003-February 10, 2006 (three seasons, 53 episodes) on Fox; May 26, 2013 (one season, 15 episodes) on Netflix
Seasons 1-3 are available on DVD. Season 4 is streaming on Netflix.
Arrested Development premiered in 2003 to critical acclaim but low ratings, and despite a rabid fanbase and five Emmy awards, the show remained low-rated. Fox ordered a second season based on the acclaim and awards, but when ratings didn’t improve, the season was cut from 22 to 18 episodes. A 13-episode third season continued the ratings slide even as the show racked up more acclaim and awards, and Fox canceled the show after that. Although Showtime expressed an interest in picking up AD, creator Mitchell Hurwitz decided to end the show. A subsequent movie version was rumored for years, and in 2012 Netflix announced that it had picked up a fourth season of the show, to premiere in May 2013.
Jason Bateman as Michael Bluth
Portia de Rossi as Lindsay Bluth Fünke
Will Arnett as Gob Bluth
Michael Cera as George Michael Bluth
Alia Shawkat as Maeby Fünke
Tony Hale as Buster Bluth
David Cross as Tobias Fünke
Jeffrey Tambor as George Bluth
Jessica Walter as Lucille Bluth
Arrested Development was created by Mitchell Hurwitz, who previously worked as a writer and producer on The Golden Girls, The John Larroquette Show and The Ellen Show (which he co-created). Hurwitz served as executive producer alongside David Nevins, Brian Grazer and Ron Howard (who was also the show’s uncredited narrator).