Nov. 02, 2003
Returning Series
30 min.
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Arrested Development

ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT revolves around Michael Bluth, the “normal” one in a family of crazies, who is forced to stay in Orange County and run the family real estate business after his father, George Bluth Sr, is sent to prison for shifty accounting practices and light treason.

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  • Episodes end with scenes appearing "on the next Arrested Development." Most of the time, these scenes do not appear in the next episode, but are part of the series' continuity.
  • SPOILER: The mysterious cooler, containing incriminating evidence against George Bluth, Sr., featured in the episode "Missing Kitty" (among other episodes), has the name "H. Maddas" written across the side. "H. Maddas" written backwards is "Saddam H."
  • In one episode, Henry Winkler looks in a mirror, starts to comb his hair, then puts his arms out, just like Fonzie in the opening credits of Happy Days.
  • Lucille Austero's nickname is "Lucille 2".
  • The nickname "Gob" is based on his initials (George Oscar Bluth).
  • Before each commercial break, the scene cuts to an all-white screen instead of a typical all-black screen.
  • Neither David Cross' nor Jeffrey Tambor's characters were ever intended to be regular characters. It was not until the actors tested so well, that the writers ended up putting them regularly in the series.
  • The song that plays, whenever Gob performs on stage, is "The Final Countdown" by Europe.
  • Even before the "Altar Egos" episode, posters reading "Save Surely" can be seen on the walls when George-Michael and Maeby are at school.
  • The show is shot as a documentary, so the character's swearing is bleeped out. However, the producers must find ways to obscure the mouths of the characters who are swearing, so that their mouths do not have to be blurred out. This is often accomplished by cutting to a shot of another character reacting to the swearing, or by blocking the mouths with objects. Sometimes the characters resort to just covering their mouths with their hands.
  • Uncle Jack (Martin Short) is based loosely on real-life ninety-year-old fitness guru Jack LaLanne. Speech mannerisms, style of dress, and even the dyed jet-black hair are all trademarks of LaLanne, who, unlike Short's character, was extremely mobile and agile at the time the episode aired.
  • Amy Poehler (Bride of Gob), was, in real-life, Will Arnett's (Gob's) wife at the time.
  • In the pilot, both the model house and Lucille's houses were completely different. Tobias also had different glasses, Buster had longer hair, and George-Michael had darker skin.
  • In the second season, the Bluth Company housing order is cut back from twenty-two to eighteen. This is a reference to FOX cutting back the order of episodes of the second season from the usual twenty-two to eighteen. In the third season, FOX cut the third season's episode order from twenty-two episodes to thirteen episodes.
  • Most of the websites mentioned throughout the series (such as www.imoscar.com, www.never-nude.com and www.barrygood.biz) did exist, and could be accessed by the public, while the show was on the air. Since then, nearly all the domains have expired. The ones that still work will forward users to the FOX website instead.
  • Tobias' "nevernude" condition is a real psychological affliction known as gymnophobia, the fear of nude bodies.
  • Recurring character Starla had always claimed she had a relationship with Quincy Jones. Mo Collins (Starla) is a former cast member on MADtv, which Quincy Jones produces. Mo Collins also later played a recurring character on Parks and Recreation (2009), which starred Quincy Jones' daughter Rashida, as Ann Perkins.
  • Ron Howard's role as the narrator was accidental. He was merely filling in on the pilot, but his voice just "worked".
  • In ""Arrested Development" (2003) {Let 'Em Eat Cake (#1.22)}," Alessandra Torresani played George Michael's girlfriend Ann, and her brief performance was singled out for praise by the rest of the cast on the DVD commentary for the episode. By season two, however, Ann was played by the very different-looking Mae Whitman. This casting change is possibly a joke, since Michael repeatedly forgets what Ann looks like, and Maeby jealously calls her "No Face".
  • In the pilot, Michael is seen applying for, and receiving a position at, what the narrator (Ron Howard) refers to as a "rival firm". The sign behind the employers reads "Sitwell".
  • Jason Bateman's sister, Justine, guest-starred on one episode in the third season, titled "Family Ties", a reference to Justine's popular 1982 sitcom, as well as to her relation to Arrested Development star Jason Bateman. Jason Bateman had long lobbied Producer Mitchell Hurwitz to cast Justine in a guest role on the show, but Jason had originally wanted her to come on to play his character's love interest.
  • The video camera that Gob uses to make his Tricks (Around the Office) video, and which appears many other times, is a Canon XL-2.
  • Alia Shawkat was the first actress cast for the pilot.
  • Will Arnett beat out Rainn Wilson for the part of Gob Bluth during the final round of auditions.
  • Jason Bateman described the show in an interview for the season one DVD box set as "The Royal Tenenbaums shot like Cops."
  • When a photo is shown of Rita (Charlize Theron) from before her plastic surgery, it is actually a film still from Monster, for which Theron famously gained thirty pounds and underwent extensive Special Effects Make-up regimens to make her look rougher and less advantaged.
  • David Cross was originally approached to play Buster Bluth, but he chose to play Tobias Fünke instead.
  • The branch insignia disc on Buster's Army dress uniform, indicates he was part of the Air Defense Artillery branch, meaning his specialty was probably as a Patriot Missile Battery Operator, or an Avenger Air Defense System crewmember.
  • SPOILER: After Buster discovers that his biological father is not George, but George's brother, Oscar, he regularly calls Oscar his "uncle-father". This is a reference to Shakespeare's Hamlet, Act II, Scene 2: "... my uncle-father and aunt-mother are deceived... I am but mad north-north-west: when the wind is southerly I know a hawk from a handsaw."
  • Michael's late wife is named Tracey.

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