History Series / ArrestedDevelopment

3rd Jun '17 6:18:44 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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Michael Bluth is the OnlySaneMan in a family that doesn't know how to live frugally; he is trying to keep the company afloat and the family together, but his siblings live their lives on a whim. His older brother GOB ('''G'''eorge '''O'''scar '''B'''luth II -- pronounced "jobe", like the biblical Job [[note]]although Gob himself doesn't know the correct pronunciation of the Biblical Job[[/note]]) is a mostly incompetent magician who performs ''[[InsistentTerminology illusions]]''. Michael's twin sister Lindsay is a fair-weather activist for whatever cause happens to catch her attention at any given moment; her husband, Tobias, is a disgraced psychiatrist turned disgraceful actor (and is in denial about his obvious homosexuality). Michael's younger brother, Byron "Buster" Bluth, is a bizarre ManChild who still lives with his mother, Lucille (who is constantly drinking and critical of everything and everyone). Michael's father, George, is enjoying his time in prison. Michael's well-behaved, but also quite awkward and confused son, [[Creator/MichaelCera George-Michael]], and Tobias and Lindsay's rebellious and StreetSmart daughter, [[Creator/AliaShawkat Maeby]], frequently steal the show; the rest of the family is ignorant of the {{UST}} [[KissingCousins between them]].

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Michael Bluth is the OnlySaneMan in a family that doesn't know how to live frugally; he is trying to keep the company afloat and the family together, but his siblings live their lives on a whim. His older brother GOB ('''G'''eorge '''O'''scar '''B'''luth II -- pronounced "jobe", like the biblical Job [[note]]although Gob himself doesn't know the correct pronunciation of the Biblical Job[[/note]]) is a mostly incompetent magician who performs ''[[InsistentTerminology illusions]]''. Michael's twin sister Lindsay is a fair-weather activist for whatever cause happens to catch her attention at any given moment; her husband, Tobias, is a disgraced psychiatrist turned disgraceful actor (and is in denial about his obvious homosexuality). Michael's younger brother, Byron "Buster" Bluth, is a bizarre ManChild who still lives with his mother, Lucille (who is constantly drinking and critical of everything and everyone). Michael's father, George, under arrest for fraud and embezzlement, as well as under investigation for "light treason", is enjoying his time in prison. Michael's well-behaved, but also quite awkward and confused son, [[Creator/MichaelCera George-Michael]], and Tobias and Lindsay's rebellious and StreetSmart daughter, [[Creator/AliaShawkat Maeby]], frequently steal the show; the rest of the family is ignorant of the {{UST}} [[KissingCousins between them]].
26th May '17 3:18:08 PM 8BrickMario
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* LiteralMinded: Meby gets a check from Lucille for plastic surgery, reading "Gangie- for facelift". She takes the message literally and uses the money to make another installment of the horror movie franchise based on post-op Lucille, "Gangie 4: Facelift".


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* RealLifeWritesThePlot:[[invoked]] In-universe. Maeby's movie studio is suffering {{Narm}} with test screenings of their newest horror movie, because its monster isn't scary. Maeby finds the monster when she sees Lucille recuperating from a chemical peel at night, spawning the successful "Gangie" franchise.


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* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: In Season 4, all three Fünkes end up in India at the same time, each inspired in their own way by ''Literature/EatPrayLove''.
18th May '17 10:14:02 AM twilicorn
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The show was [[{{Uncancelled}} brought back]] for a fourth season on May 26, 2013, exclusive to Creator/{{Netflix}}. It uses [[ADayInTheLimelight character-focused episodes]] and AnachronicOrder to bring the viewers up to speed on the missing five years of the family's lives. '''Mark spoilers for Season 4.''' The show has been renewed for a fifth season, though said season has been in a bit of a DevelopmentHell, having had tentative release dates of both 2015 and 2016. As of the newest updates, the creative team has expressed hope to get the project up and running in 2017.

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The show was [[{{Uncancelled}} brought back]] for a fourth season on May 26, 2013, exclusive to Creator/{{Netflix}}. It uses [[ADayInTheLimelight character-focused episodes]] and AnachronicOrder to bring the viewers up to speed on the missing five years of the family's lives. '''Mark spoilers for Season 4.''' The show has been renewed for a fifth season, though said season has been was in a bit of a DevelopmentHell, having had tentative release dates of both 2015 and 2016. As of the newest updates, the creative team has expressed hope before finally being confirmed to get the project up and running [[https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2017/05/17/bluths-back-arrested-development-return-netflix-2018/101774822/ premiere in 2017.
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10th May '17 1:47:51 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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* NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught: Most of the conniving characters have no qualms about their schemes and are only concerned by the repercussions if they get discovered. As Bob Loblaw summarizes it "Why should you go to jail for a crime somebody else... noticed?".

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* NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught: Most of the conniving characters have no qualms about their schemes and are only concerned by the repercussions if they get discovered. As Bob Loblaw summarizes it it: "Why should you go to jail for a crime somebody someone else... noticed?".
7th May '17 5:22:32 PM DustSnitch
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---> '''Young Barry Zuckercorn''': [[spoiler: Yeah, because they don't have to be together, because you can't try a husband and wife for the same crime, right?]]\\

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---> '''Young Barry Zuckercorn''': [[spoiler: Yeah, because they don't have to be together, because you can't try a husband and wife for the same crime, right?]]\\right?\\



'''Young George, Sr''': [[spoiler: We have the ''best'' *Bleep*ing attorneys!]]

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'''Young George, Sr''': [[spoiler: We have the ''best'' *Bleep*ing attorneys!]]attorneys!



* ButtMonkey: Tobias, Buster -- both before and after [[spoiler: he lost his hand]], Ann.

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* ButtMonkey: Tobias, Buster -- both before and after [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he lost his hand]], Ann.
30th Apr '17 2:34:35 AM Technolibre
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* Bilingual Bonus: In season 2 episode "¡Amigos!", Lucille's housekeeper Lupe finds Buster (who thought he had fled to Mexico) under her trampoline. After a short exchange she says something in Spanish which the subtitles say is "So now I must take care of Buster," in fact, her words roughly translate to "Great, now I have to take care of the retard."

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* Bilingual Bonus: BilingualBonus: In season 2 episode "¡Amigos!", Lucille's housekeeper Lupe finds Buster (who thought he had fled to Mexico) under her trampoline. After a short exchange she says something in Spanish which the subtitles say is "So now I must take care of Buster," in fact, her words roughly translate to "Great, now I have to take care of the retard."
30th Apr '17 2:33:09 AM Technolibre
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* Bilingual Bonus: In season 2 episode "¡Amigos!", Lucille's housekeeper Lupe finds Buster (who thought he had fled to Mexico) under her trampoline. After a short exchange she says something in Spanish which the subtitles say is "So now I must take care of Buster," in fact, her words roughly translate to "Great, now I have to take care of the retard."
25th Apr '17 2:17:05 AM Nikumubeki
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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Parodied. [[ChekhovsGunman Annyong]] disappears between the first and second seasons, never to be seen again... [[spoiler:until one On The Next gag toward the beginning of the third season reveals that he had been hiding in the walls [[note]]but you have to wait for it.[[/note]]. He reveals himself as a spy in the final episode]].

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Parodied. [[ChekhovsGunman Annyong]] disappears between early in the first and second seasons, season, never to be seen again... [[spoiler:until one On The Next gag toward the beginning of the third season reveals that he had been hiding in the walls [[note]]but you have to wait for it.[[/note]]. He reveals himself as a spy in the final episode]].third season finale]].
23rd Apr '17 11:00:02 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* ChromaKey: Lampshaded in Season 4. As Creator/JeffreyTambor plays both George Sr. and Oscar, it is necessary to use this effect if both of them are going to appear in a scene together at the same time. When George Sr. meets Oscar at a restaurant, he asks Oscar to take the seat opposite him as "it would look better."

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* ChromaKey: Lampshaded in Season 4. As Creator/JeffreyTambor plays both George Sr. and Oscar, it is necessary to use this effect if both of them are going to appear in a scene together at the same time. When George Sr. meets Oscar at a restaurant, he asks Oscar to take the seat opposite him as "it "[[LeaningOnTheFourthWall it would look better." ]]"
19th Apr '17 9:31:33 AM buckmana
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* EmergencyTraineeBattleDeployment: In the second season, Lucille volunteers Buster for the army after being asked if she would send one of her children to war by a reporter. (At first implied to be MichaelMoore, but later revealed to be a lookalike for a segment on a late-night talk show.) Buster does go through with it, but only because he assumes he'll be rejected for his various shortcomings. However, he underestimates their need for recruits and is accepted.
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