Arrested Development

Arrested Development Season 2, Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Alia Shawkat, Tony Hale, David Cross, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Ron HowardArrested Development (Season 2): with George Bluth on the run, the family must march on without him, and Michael must keep the Bluth Company – and his family – under control. This is my third time watching through AD and in reflection it’s so obvious why a show like this was destined to fail on TV. The biggest problem is that the running gags are subtle, and would be easy to miss if there were 7 days (let alone weeks) between the episodes. With the DVDs however, you can bash through a season in a few nights and really appreciate the fine writing. In saying that, S2 tries to address this by having clusters of jokes that are confined to an episode; like the ‘Charlie Brown’ slow walking, Gene Parmesan, etc. The biggest step up for me is lot more brilliantly timed physical comedy: chicken dances, face pulling, slipping, and Mrs Featherbottom’s spectacular Mary Poppins moment. Once again the brilliant ensemble cast of comedic actors does great things with well-written characters. This should be mandatory viewing for anyone that enjoys comedy TV – almost a decade later and it still puts most shows to shame.

Score: 8.5/10

Arrested Development Season 2, Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Alia Shawkat, Tony Hale, David Cross, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Ron Howard 2

“I just blue myself”

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4 comments
  1. Mac said:

    Still the benchmark for TV comedy and nothing even comes close to the laughs-per-episode rate. To be able combine that instant humour (so glad you mentioned Mrs Featherbottom!) with the running gags and in-jokes in such a way that casual viewers don’t feel alienated and devotees keep coming back for more (I’ve rewatched countless times and still haven’t caught them all) is pure genius. I totally agree with your theory of why the show didn’t garner a huge TV audience originally; it demands box-set viewing!

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      BINGE WITH ME JAMIE!!! I’ll bring the bangers and bananas!

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  2. Stu said:

    Season two was almost on par with the first and “Arrested” was one of my favorite shows during its initial run. Haven’t watched any of the original Netflix material yet.

    Have you seen any “Todd Margaret”? It’s a David Cross and Will Arnett re-team. You should definitely look into it if not. The ending was a letdown, but a very funny and brief series.

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      Love Todd Margaret, although it’s probably as far as any comedy can get towards inappropriate and bad-taste. To be honest, I’d watch Will Arnett and David Cross read the phone book.

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