Arrested Development (Seasons 1-3) TV Show

Arrested Development
Arrested Development DVD / Blu-ray

By: Kyle Daley (A Toast) –
[ratings]

Ok, even I’ve had enough superhero talk for one month (if you can believe that).  Allow me to review a television program centered around live acting.  It’s the story of a wealthy family who lost everything, and the one son who had no choice but to keep them all together.  It’s Arrested Development.

Fine, I took my opening paragraph from the shows introduction screen, but what else did you expect me to do?  It’s too perfect a way to explain the show, and writing this s*!t ain’t easy.

A Toast

Best.  Writing. EVER.  What  Seinfeld  was to the 90’s, this show was to the 00’s.  There isn’t a single episode that doesn’t deliver.  Somehow, this show was able to have running gags that never got old.  Some are repeated lines, others are visual gags, and there are even musical cues that are supposed to let you know when to laugh.  Trust me, you will every time.

There isn’t a moment that’s not funny.  Each script was so well written and fine tuned even Shakespeare himself would admit to not being as clever (I went there).  Every single joke is set up and delivered by what is without a doubt one of the greatest comedic casts ever assembled.  Every line delivered, every facial expression, all of them, just flawless.

Verdict

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If you’re one of the few people who haven’t seen this show yet (and you know who you are), get on that.  The show was sadly canceled after three seasons, possibly the biggest mistake Fox has ever made.  Now, due to popular demand and DVD sales, it is coming back on Netflix.  Once gain, proving that Fox Network is full of people who have no idea what they are doing.  So if you haven’t seen the first three seasons, do it, and then in about a week I’ll you know if the newest season is worth watching (but my money is on yes).  So until then, you better get on the first three seasons.  And if you have already seen the show, why did you waste your time reading this article?  You should have been watching that instead.

Fox blue themselves
Fox just blue themselves

Drinking Game

This was tough because there are so many running gags that it took me forever to decide.  So think of these as suggestions.  Trust me, if I used every running gag you would all die of alcohol poisoning.arrested-development-huge-mistake

Take a Drink: every time someone says, “I’ve made a huge mistake.

Take a Drink: every time there is a bad impersonation of a chicken.

Take a Drink: every time one of Gob’s tricks fail, particularly his flame throwers.

Take a Drink: every time they say Barry Zuckerkorn is “very good.”

Take a Drink: every time Lucille Bluth says something racist.

Take a Drink: every time they refer to Ann Veal as, “her?”

Take a Drink: every time they play the music that tells you Oscar is really Buster’s actual father.

Do a Shot: every time they play the sad Charlie Brown music

Do a Shot: every time someone uses Michael’s dead wife in an argument.

I hope you all survive.  Drink at your own risk.  You have been warned.

This is just awesome
This is just awesome

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3 comments

  1. Henry J. Fromage

    Dig the review, and looking forward to your thoughts on Season 4!

  2. I’m still working through the season myself, as I haven’t had a lot of time to watch TV lately. So far your analysis is spot-on, though. I’m hoping it all comes together satisfactorily in the end for me.

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