History Trivia / ArrestedDevelopment

16th Jun '18 7:29:23 AM HBICece
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* NoExportForYou: Netflix is available almost, worldwide, but the show isn't showing up in a lot of countries anyway, preventing many people from getting seasons 4 and 5.

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* NoExportForYou: Netflix is available almost, almost worldwide, but the show isn't showing up in a lot of countries anyway, preventing many people from getting seasons 4 and 5.
12th Jun '18 10:30:58 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* DawsonCasting: Averted in the original run, but becomes jarring in flashbacks in season 4. Events that took place right after season 3's finale have characters looking much older than they looked even hours before. Even Creator/MichaelCera is not immune looking years older when confronting GOB after the Yacht party than he did when he confronted him not long earlier.

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* DawsonCasting: Averted in the original run, but becomes jarring in flashbacks in season 4. Events that took place right after season 3's finale have characters looking much older than they looked even hours before. Even Creator/MichaelCera is not immune immune, looking years older when confronting GOB after the Yacht party than he did when he confronted him not long earlier.



* FakeAmerican: Michael Cera is Canadian, and it often shows from his accent (particularly his pronunciation of "sorry").
** Will Arnett is also Canadian but has no discernible accent.
*** His use of the word "guy", however, is more telling.
** Portia de Rossi is Australian, and it rarely if ever shows. (Although once you've noticed her distinctive way of saying "anything", "Mama" and "stupid", you'll never miss it again.)
** In the inverse of this, Rita says ironically "You can always tell when they choose an American to play a Brit".
*** With an extra level of funny -- [[LampshadeHanging though she has adopted an American accent, Charlize Theron is South African]].
* FakeBrit: Rita is a British character played by white South African actress Charlize Theron.

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* FakeAmerican: FakeAmerican:
**
Michael Cera is Canadian, and it often shows from his accent (particularly his pronunciation of "sorry").
** Will Arnett is also Canadian but has no discernible accent.
*** His use
Canadian, though only his pronunciation of the word "guy", however, is more telling.
"guy" lets this slip.
** Portia de Rossi is Australian, and it rarely if ever shows. (Although once you've noticed her distinctive way of saying "anything", "Mama" and "stupid", you'll never miss it again.)
accent sounds strange several times an episode.
* FakeBrit:
** In the inverse of this, Rita says ironically "You can always tell when they choose an American to play a Brit".
*** With an extra level of funny -- [[LampshadeHanging though she has adopted an American accent, Charlize Theron is South African]].
* FakeBrit:
Rita is a British character played by white South African actress Charlize Theron.



* LifeImitatesArt: The building of the huge wall to Mexico in Season 4 parallels what Trump claims to do during his presidency.
** The Wall has been something that politicians have been talking about for years. And Trump has been Tweeting about running since 2012, so it's possible that he tweeted about the wall then. Since Season 4 was released in 2013, it would have been fresh on the minds of the writers.

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* LifeImitatesArt: The LifeImitatesArt:
** While the
building of the huge a border wall to Mexico in Season 4 parallels what Trump claims to do during his presidency.
** The Wall
has been something that politicians have been talking about for years. And Trump has been Tweeting about running a political issue since at least 2012, so it's possible that he tweeted about it gained national attention with the wall then. Since Season 4 was released in 2013, presidency of Donald Trump, who made it would have been fresh on the minds one of the writers.his defining campaign promises.



* NamesTheSame: Tobias can't [[Literature/{{Animorphs}} get stuck as a hawk]], and T-Bone isn't a [[WesternAnimation/SwatKats car mechanic who's also a vigilante pilot]].
* NoExportForYou: While the news of season 4 spread worldwide, fans around (most of) the globe [[http://www.ipaddressguide.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Netflix-not-available-in-your-country.jpg got a dose of reality when the season was released]].
** And now, Netflix is available (almost) worldwide. Except that the show isn't showing up in a lot of countries anyway.

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* NamesTheSame: Tobias can't [[Literature/{{Animorphs}} get stuck as a hawk]], LoopingLines: For some reason, this show features some of the most obvious looping on television. This is often in addition to splicing in line deliveries from different takes and T-Bone isn't camera angles into the middle of a [[WesternAnimation/SwatKats car mechanic who's also line delivery. The show tries to hide it by cutting to a vigilante pilot]].
shot of the person listening, with only the back of the speaker's head visible. However, it's always obvious when the vocal tone and sound quality suddenly shifts in the middle of a line, and when the LipLock of a person not facing the camera doesn't match at all.
* NoExportForYou: While the news of season 4 spread worldwide, fans around (most of) the globe [[http://www.ipaddressguide.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Netflix-not-available-in-your-country.jpg got a dose of reality when the season was released]].
** And now,
Netflix is available (almost) worldwide. Except that almost, worldwide, but the show isn't showing up in a lot of countries anyway. anyway, preventing many people from getting seasons 4 and 5.
5th Jun '18 2:27:15 PM SaniOKh
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** Mitch Hurwitz had originally toyed with the idea of there being a fifth Bluth sibling tentatively named Mark who wouldn't had given his permission to be filmed for the show and would therefore have his face constantly blurred out. He later used this idea for Emmett Richter.
4th Jun '18 3:29:51 AM Anddrix
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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The constant references to the Atkins diet, the Enron accounting scandal and [[TheWarOnTerror the Iraq War]] date the first three seasons to the TurnOfTheMillennium.

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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: UnintentionalPeriodPiece:
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The constant references to the Atkins diet, the Enron accounting scandal and [[TheWarOnTerror the Iraq War]] date the first three seasons to the TurnOfTheMillennium.



** The fifth seemed like it was more intentional, but not only does it add the retcon of season 4 taking place in 2015, but it only takes place 2 months after that one and uses news footage of Donald Trump when he was starting to campaign for president, as well as reference that Obama was still the president in one episode.
3rd Jun '18 4:49:44 PM Scsigs
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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The constant references to the Atkins diet, the Enron accounting scandal and [[TheWarOnTerror the Iraq War]] date the first three seasons to the TurnOfTheMillennium. The fourth season is built around the housing market crash and the rise of social media (especially in an extensive parody of ''Film/TheSocialNetwork'').

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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The constant references to the Atkins diet, the Enron accounting scandal and [[TheWarOnTerror the Iraq War]] date the first three seasons to the TurnOfTheMillennium.
**
The fourth season is built around the housing market crash and the rise of social media (especially in an extensive parody of ''Film/TheSocialNetwork'').''Film/TheSocialNetwork'').
** The fifth seemed like it was more intentional, but not only does it add the retcon of season 4 taking place in 2015, but it only takes place 2 months after that one and uses news footage of Donald Trump when he was starting to campaign for president, as well as reference that Obama was still the president in one episode.
29th May '18 11:17:21 AM UchuuFlamenco
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** Most infamously, Fox demanded a series of [[SpecialGuest special guest stars]] playing Michael's would-be girlfriends. This culminated in CharlizeTheron (eventually revealed to put the [[StealthPun "special"]] in "special guest") and, most infamously, Jason Bateman's real life sister, Justine. Justine's casting so upset the executives at Fox that they stopped making requests altogether, for fear of [[HoistByHisOwnPetard the creative team further humiliating them.]]

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** Most infamously, Fox demanded a series of [[SpecialGuest special guest stars]] playing Michael's would-be girlfriends. This culminated in CharlizeTheron Creator/CharlizeTheron (eventually revealed to put the [[StealthPun "special"]] in "special guest") and, most infamously, Jason Bateman's real life sister, Justine. Justine's casting so upset the executives at Fox that they stopped making requests altogether, for fear of [[HoistByHisOwnPetard the creative team further humiliating them.]]
25th May '18 2:47:51 PM AmuckCricetine
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** Twice, characters make reference to old TV shows that Ron Howard was on as a child, prompting comments from the narrator, Ron Howard.

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** Twice, characters make reference to old TV shows that Ron Howard was on as a child, prompting comments from the narrator, Ron Howard.Creator/RonHoward.



* DawsonCasting: Averted in the original run, but becomes jarring in flashbacks in season 4. Events that took place right after season 3's finale have characters looking much older than they looked even hours before. Even Michael Cera is not immune looking years older when confronting GOB after the Yacht party than he did when he confronted him not long earlier.

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* DawsonCasting: Averted in the original run, but becomes jarring in flashbacks in season 4. Events that took place right after season 3's finale have characters looking much older than they looked even hours before. Even Michael Cera Creator/MichaelCera is not immune looking years older when confronting GOB after the Yacht party than he did when he confronted him not long earlier.



* RetroactiveRecognition: For many actors. To name a few, Creator/AndySamberg, Creator/JaneLynch, Creator/EdHelms, Creator/RobCorddry, Creator/CraigRobinson, [[Series/{{The Office|US}} Brian Baumgarter]]...
25th May '18 2:44:23 PM AmuckCricetine
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* ActorAllusion:
** Several regarding the narrator, Ron Howard's career, as well as his former costars brought in for recurring roles:
*** One of Michael's love interests tells George Michael that he's ruining his happiness, punctuating it by calling him "Opie."
---->'''Narrator:''' Jessie had gone too far, and she had best watch her mouth.
*** An attempt to hire Andy Griffith to appear in court dressed as Matlock met with failure when he was offered a rustic cabin on a moving truck as a dressing room and thought he was being made fun of.
---->'''Narrator:''' No one was making fun of Andy Griffith. I can't emphasize that enough.
*** Maeby defines Creator/JimCarrey by his role in ''Film/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'', a Ron Howard film, despite his plethora of more notable roles.
---->'''Maeby:''' I need a report by tomorrow before gym... lunch... with Jim... Carrey. It’s the Grinch guy, you’re too young.
** Several allusions to ''Series/HappyDays'' are also made through Creator/HenryWinkler's character of Barry Zuckerkorn:
*** Bob Loblaw, played by Scott Baio, on Barry Zuckerkorn, played by Henry Winkler:
----> ''"This isn't [[Series/HappyDays the first time]] I've been brought on to replace Barry Zuckerkorn."''
*** Zuckerkorn himself, discussing a dead shark on a pier, ends the scene by [[JumpTheShark jumping over it]].
*** In the first season there is a brief shot of Winkler combing his hair in the mirror after which he does iconic Fonzie open arm gesture
*** In Season 4, flashbacks of the young Zuckerkorn (played by Henry Winkler's son Max) show him with the appearance and mannerisms of Fonzie, complete with a leather jacket.
*** Also in Season 4 there's a scene with Bob Loblaw giving Barry Zuckercorn a hand up as he tries to open a gate from the inside, and Barry responds "It's too short, I can't reach the [[Series/HappyDays tchotchke]]!"
** A "pre-cosmetic surgery" photo of Rita was one of Charlize Theron in ''Film/{{Monster}}''.
** Creator/RichardBelzer has a cameo in one episode as "Professor" [[JustForFun/JohnMunch Munch]] (the character was, of course, a cop).
** Creator/DanCastellaneta cast as a bumbling doctor. [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons D'oh!]]
** The episode in which Justine Bateman appears is called "Series/FamilyTies".
*** In "In God We Trust", Lucille Two says the line "There's places to go! People to see!" before falling down due to her vertigo and old age. This is a reference to when she starred in a production of "Forbidden Broadway". Costar Ann-Margret sings a spoof of the song "Bye Bye Birdie" called "Bye Bye Thirty", which is about aging.
** There are actually several brilliant references to Liza Minelli's musical and stage career in scenes involving Lucille Two.
*** In the episode "Queen for a Day", Liza's Lucille Two character goes into Tobias' nightclub and hears him singing "New York, New York". She exasperatedly says, "Everybody thinks he's Frank Sinatra." This is a reference to how Liza actually recorded the song two years before Frank Sinatra.
*** Another episode has George Michael watching the TV show ''Series/{{Oz}}'', confusing it for the Judy Garland movie ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''. Garland was Minelli's mother.
** There's a ShoutOut to Michael Cera's role in ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'' at the end of Season 4.
** George Michael's Season 4 plot is a parody of ''Film/TheSocialNetwork'', which stars Creator/JesseEisenberg, to whom Michael Cera is often compared and/or with whom he is confused.
** A Season 4 flashback features Mort getting into trouble while the riff from ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm'' plays, in a nod to Jeff Garlin's longtime role on that show.
** A convoluted ActorAllusion occurs during season 4, as various characters are seen eating a weird and disgusting mixture made of Parmesan cheese and mustard. Martin Mull, who plays Gene Parmesan in the show, also played Colonel Mustard in ''Film/{{Clue}}''. One wonders why they didn't also include [[{{Characters/Roseanne}} carp]] in the recipe.
** In the Season 3 episode "The Ocean Walker", Buster is shown jamming to the Styx song "Mr. Roboto" in the stair car. Actor Tony Hale appeared in a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4I-UKfHAeSI Volkswagen commercial]] featuring that song.
** On-show couple [[spoiler: Sally Sitwell and Tony Wonder]] are played by real-life married couple [[spoiler: Christine Taylor and Creator/BenStiller]].
*** Creator/WillArnett and Creator/AmyPoehler were also married at the time the latter was portraying the former's wife on the show.
** In Season 4 George Michael is watching ''WesternAnimation/SitDownShutUp'' and at one point both characters that Creator/JasonBateman and Creator/WillArnett voice are seen on screen.
** In the Season 4 remix, George is seen living in the family's penthouse as a female. After shooing away a police officer, the narrator quips:
-->''"Although it was a pretty ''Series/{{Transparent}}'' story."''



** Amy Poehler (then Will Arnett's wife) guest-starred as GOB's impulse-marriage wife with whom he has no chemistry or compatibility. This became a meta BrickJoke when Arnett appeared on ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' as Poehler's blind date... with whom she has no compatibility.

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** Amy Poehler Creator/AmyPoehler (then Will Arnett's wife) guest-starred as GOB's impulse-marriage wife with whom he has no chemistry or compatibility. This became a meta BrickJoke when Arnett appeared on ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' as Poehler's blind date... with whom she has no compatibility.
19th May '18 5:55:26 PM CrazyUncleNikola
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* TheShelfOfMovieLanguishment: The season 4 remix, Fateful Consequensious was worked on in 2014 with Ron Howard doing new narration. The original plan was to shop it to network tv which is why the episodes were cut down to tv length, but nothing ever came of it. It was finally realeased in 2018 on Netflix ahead of the Season 5 release.

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* TheShelfOfMovieLanguishment: The season 4 remix, Fateful Consequensious ‘’Fateful Consequences’’ was worked on in 2014 with Ron Howard doing new narration. The original plan was to shop it to network tv which is why the episodes were cut down to tv length, but nothing ever came of it. It was finally realeased in 2018 on Netflix ahead of the Season 5 release.
19th May '18 5:52:18 PM CrazyUncleNikola
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* TheShelfOfMovieLanguishment: The season 4 remix, Fateful Consequensious was worked on in 2014 with Ron Howard doing new narration. The original plan was to shop it to network tv which is why the episodes were cut down to tv length, but nothing ever came of it. It was finally realeased in 2018 on Netflix ahead of the Season 5 release.
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