Momma Told Me: What I'm Streaming: Arrested Development Seasons 1-4 on Netflix

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

What I'm Streaming: Arrested Development Seasons 1-4 on Netflix

Arrested Development on Netflix
Momma Told Me: You can't always pick your family.


I've been working a lot recently, and trying to get the house transitioned for Fall, so having a binge show I can stream in short half an hour segments and follow along without being fully invested in is great. And that's precisely how I landed on the 'did they really just say that?' laugh-out-loud comedy, Arrested Development. Now, you may recognize this series from the early 2000's, as it was actually first put out by FOX for a 3 season run, until it was ultimately canceled. As it turns out, the show had an amazing cult following, in part thanks to the wide range of cameos and guest stars that appeared through the years. Luckily for those of us, like you and I, hopping on the bandwagon late, it was purchased by Netflix in 2013 and renewed for a new season!
Arrested Development on Netflix
Arrested development is Seinfeld (TV) meets We're The Millers (film, 2013); and not just because Julia Louis-Dreyfus is a recurring character. It's the story of a once wealthy family run to the poorhouse on the feet of a major political and business scandal. With the patriarch of the family jailed and in prison, the eldest and most responsible son is left to help keep the helpless, and arguably certifiable, family together and the company afloat. The characters are beautifully composed with such absurd flaws and exaggerated personalities one never quite knows what is about to unfold next. And, while the story has the greater arc of the family journey, each episode brings a new zany scheme or plot.
Liza Minnelli in Arrested Development on Netflix
I'll admit, I never paid much attention to Arrested Development because I tend not to watch FOX programming (outside of Gordon Ramsay series,) as it tends to be overly crass and largely skewed. However, this particular show has such a supporting cast of core actors and recurring stars it's hard not to give it a chance. I suggest trying out the first 4 episodes before you cast a verdict either way- one of the things this show is brilliant at is recurring inside jokes and jabs that truly lend themselves to true comedy gems. What I find most fascinating, however, is how some of the original characters are portrayed by actors (Michael Cera, Mae Whitman) that were relatively unknown at the origin of the series and sprinkled amongst the big cameos of greats like Liza Minnelli and Henry Winkler.
Arrested Development on Netflix
Sadly, the first season is the longest, with the most recent ending at just 13 episodes- but this makes Arrested Development a quick binge. My best suggestion? Watch it with someone who will later get the many references and qoutes you'll likely be dropping. Several of the themes an challenges the family face are recurring and every time the outcome is hilarious. Thanks to witty writing, I might even give the series another go through down the line.

What Daughter Says: Not only will this show make you feel so much more fortunate for the family you have, but you're sure to appreciate the hilarious ways these characters seem to make things work!

15 comments:

  1. I loved the first season of Arrested Development many years ago. Lost track of it after that. Will have to check it out on Netflix. Thanks for sharing!!

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  2. I've heard this is really funny but I've never seen it. They're making a movie out of it aren't they?

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  3. I don't think I've seen this one yet but have heard good things about it!

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  4. These days, I am streaming a lot of movies and kids shows! Love Netflix for those!

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  5. This has been the go-to show for my husband and I the past month or so. We watch it before bed, and it's hilarious! I hadn't heard of it before we found it on Netflix.

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  6. We LOVE Arrested Development! We totally got rid of our cable and now just stream all of our favorites!

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  7. I really loved this show when it came out! Jason Bateman is one of my favorite child actors!

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  8. I've actually never watched this show, but I'm lacking shows to watch right now. I'm gonna give it a try!

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  9. I've never seen this show before but you make it sound interesting for sure!

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  10. I watched a few of the original episodes, but have yet to catch up with it on Netflix. Looks hilarious.

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  11. I have not watched AD in years. I should check it out again for some fun laughs.

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  12. Looks like a funny show! I have never watched this show. I will have to check it out!

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  13. I can see myself streaming this too. My son is great about helping me get all the episodes. Haven't ever this but feel I would enjoy it Arrested Development.

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  14. oh this would be great to see! I know I'd love this!

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