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Old 01-06-2010, 01:57 PM
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Default I've made a huge mistake - The Arrested Development thread

I decided to make this because I started rewatching the show again and I love it and it's definitely Worth Its Own Thread.


Um, Michael Cera looks really young in the first season.
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Old 01-06-2010, 02:03 PM
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He did this because I started watching the series on DVD that he purchased as a birthday present for me 3 years ago.

I am midway through season 1 at the moment.
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Old 01-06-2010, 02:04 PM
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I didn't get into this show until it showed up on Hulu. I've been putting off watching season 3 because I personally felt that the last few episodes of season 2 weren't up to the show's standards, and I'm worried that season 3 will ruin my good memories of the show. It's probably stupid of me to think that, though.
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Old 01-06-2010, 02:09 PM
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It's probably stupid of me to think that, though.
So stupid.
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Old 01-06-2010, 02:14 PM
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I just started watching this year for the first time. I'm mid way through season 2. I'm not sure how I managed to live before seeing this show.
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Old 01-06-2010, 02:18 PM
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Old 01-06-2010, 02:33 PM
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I've watched this entire series at least a half-dozen times. Every time I have a big craft project to work on I just throw in discs until I run out or I finish the project.

So I guess I've only watched it maybe 3 times. And listened to it the rest taking a glance at the screen every few minutes or so.
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Old 01-06-2010, 02:56 PM
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This is the best sitcom ever. I bought all the seasons a while back and got 2/3 of the way through season 2 but never finished. Maybe now I will?
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Old 01-06-2010, 03:09 PM
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I love how the first episode and the last episode are the same thing. I'm pretty sure if you found a way to loop AD coherently it'd basically be that tape that is so entertaining it kills people from Infinite Jest. I hope I'm remembering this correctly, it's been about a year since I watched Arrested.

Also the "Next time on Arrested Development..." things are a great way to wrap up some of the minor story arcs in each episode. I didn't realize that Ron Howard was the narrator until halfway through the second season though.
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Old 01-06-2010, 03:11 PM
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I didn't get into this show until it showed up on Hulu. I've been putting off watching season 3 because I personally felt that the last few episodes of season 2 weren't up to the show's standards, and I'm worried that season 3 will ruin my good memories of the show. It's probably stupid of me to think that, though.
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So stupid.
Season 3 - while mostly great - was probably the weakest, though not by much. You could just see the seams as they were scrambling to not get cancelled, I guess. I think Season 2 has my least episode of all, though.
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Old 01-06-2010, 03:17 PM
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Wasn't Season 3 thrown together after a miracle renewal?

I swear this series got cancelled twice.
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Old 01-06-2010, 03:38 PM
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No, although the show wasn't exactly performing well. To me season 3 bears the marks of having been drastically shortened after production started. I get annoyed every time I watch the first 2 episodes because it seems pretty clear there was supposed to be an episode in between. I'd say Season 2 is my favorite overall.
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Old 01-06-2010, 03:50 PM
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I watched this for the first time myself a few months ago (thanks, Nich!). I was stunned by how good it was, and by the fact that it was a network TV series. I figured it was an HBO show based on the understated sensibility of the writing.
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Old 01-06-2010, 04:11 PM
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Arrested Development is a show that I did not think was funny at all when I caught a few episodes when it was on air and then absolutely fell in love with it when I watched it on DVD. The key really was being able to watch several episodes of it as a stretch at one time, as it allowed me to settle into the show's unconventional pacing. I'm interested to see how the movie will turn out, as the show always struck me as having been better watching it 90 or 120 minutes at a time.
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Old 01-06-2010, 04:19 PM
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I watched this for the first time myself a few months ago (thanks, Nich!). I was stunned by how good it was, and by the fact that it was a network TV series. I figured it was an HBO show based on the understated sensibility of the writing.
Wait until you get to Season 3. I think that's the season with the "S.O.S." episode.

Meanwhile, this wasn't the best comedy on TV. It's the best show that's ever been on TV. Tough call between this and Freaks and Geeks, though.
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Old 01-06-2010, 04:23 PM
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Somehow I ended up with a copy of seasons 1 and 3, but not 2. I've been putting off watching season 3 all this time because haven't seen the season before it.

Why I haven't Netflixed it by now I don't know. Methinks that should be rectified.
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Old 01-06-2010, 04:24 PM
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Season 3 was amazing. The scrambling to shove mountains of plot into the contracting vice of impending cancellation just made the show more manic, which I usually hate (like when Venture Bros. does it), but Arrested Development really thrives off of it. Plus it had Bob Loblaw, George's surrogate, and the mole sequence.
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Old 01-06-2010, 04:36 PM
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Oh god, the surrogate kills me every time.


...I'll refrain from saying more since some people haven't seen it, though!
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Old 01-06-2010, 04:39 PM
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Oh god, the surrogate kills me every time.


...I'll refrain from saying more since some people haven't seen it, though!
You just made me think of it and I laughed just by sheer memory. Like I literally LOL'd. And that is not a thing that I say, because when most people use that phrase they mean the exact opposite of the words they are saying... typing.

What I'm saying is this part is so funny just the sheer mention of it will make you laugh even though you haven't watched it in months.
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Old 01-06-2010, 04:40 PM
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I've made a huge mistake and the chicken dance may be my favorite recurring themes in any sitcom. Even if it ends up sucking, I'm still hopeful that there will one day actually be an Arrested Development movie.
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Old 01-06-2010, 04:41 PM
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I personally felt that the last few episodes of season 2 weren't up to the show's standards.
You're just nuts. "Motherboy XXX" through to "Righteous Brothers" is the best run of episodes of the entire show, and in the running for best series of episodes of any comedy.

I'd post what I think are the other contenders, but that might be going a bit far.
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Old 01-06-2010, 04:48 PM
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I love the crazy pacing of Season 3. I don't think 5 seconds ever pass without some kind of gag at that point in the show, be it inside reference, visual, or more obvious.
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Bob Loblaw's Law Blog.

Heehee.
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Old 01-06-2010, 05:22 PM
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Old 01-06-2010, 06:14 PM
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This is definitely my favorite sitcom. I can't think of any other shows that sets up jokes half a season in advance.

I just hope the movie is good.
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Old 01-06-2010, 06:34 PM
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This is definitely my favorite sitcom. I can't think of any other shows that sets up jokes half a season in advance.
There's a joke in the pilot that doesn't pay off until the very final episode. Now, that's classy.
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Old 01-06-2010, 06:36 PM
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What I'm saying is this part is so funny just the sheer mention of it will make you laugh even though you haven't watched it in months.
Yeah, I've laughed out loud at least five times from this thread just making me remember things.

I really need to get the DVDs so I can listen to the commentary tracks, I hear they are amazing.
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Old 01-06-2010, 06:39 PM
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Yeah, I've laughed out loud at least five times from this thread just making me remember things.
Me too.

I haven't seen this since I watched it all three years ago thanks to a wonderful roommate with all the DVDs.

I think I want to wait another year or so to forget more so that I can watch it again fresh.
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Old 01-06-2010, 08:34 PM
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It's a lot of fun to watch with a close friend so you can associate the show with fond memories of just laughing with a good friend. Man that sounds a little cornball.
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Old 01-06-2010, 08:36 PM
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I wish I could watch all the Mr. F episodes again for the first time.
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