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Trivia: Arrested Development
  • Dueling Shows: "Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or... The O.C. Disorder."
    • "Don't call it that."
    • The O.C. is mentioned a few other times earlier in season 3, which always prompts the same response from Michael (and once by Bob Loblaw when Michael isn't present).
      • Another connection to this is that Michael's wife died from Ovarian Cancer.
    • After Arrested lost its Monday night prime time slot, they had an episode called ''Prison Break-in".
  • Fake American: 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".
  • Fake Brit: Rita is a British character played by white South African actress Charlize Theron.
    • Her uncle Trevor is played by Canadian Dave Thomas.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!:
  • Hey, It's That Voice!:
    • The Nondescript Ann Veal was played (after her first appearance) by Mae Whitman (Katara).
      • Mae Whitman plays Roxy Richter in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, who is about as different from Ann as is possible. Coincidentally, Michael Cera (George Michael Bluth) was also in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (he was Scott).
    • Jessica Walter (Lucille Bluth) and Judy Greer (Kitty) both voice main characters on Archer that are pretty much the same characters as on this show (Mallory and Lucille are vain, drunken, sexually promiscuous old women who have cheated on their husbands, don't know who their children's real fathers are, and abuse their kids by crushing their self-esteem and neglecting them, while Kitty and Cheryl/Carol/Cristal/Carina are both secretaries who exhibit more than a few signs of mental instability). Jeffrey Tambor (George Sr.) has had a recurring role in the series as well.
    • The aforementioned Gene Parmesan, played by Martin Mull (Vlad Plasmius).
    • Maria Bamford of Adventure Time and Bravest Warriors fame plays Debrie in Season 4.
    • Myrtle Wilson is Ron Howard's daughter.
  • I Am Not Spock: Regardless of all the Adorkable characters he's played since, Michael Cera shall always be George Michael Bluth.
  • No Export for You: While the news of season 4 spread worldwide, fans around (most of) the globe got a dose of reality when the season was released.
  • Real-Life Relative: Season 4 reveals that Tony Wonder and Sally Sitwell (played by the actually-married Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor) have been sleeping/plotting against the Bluths together.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Yes, years before and in another universe, Scott Pilgrim and Roxy Richter used to date.
    • The guy who takes Maeby's "Marry me!" seriously? It's Howard Wolowitz.
    • There's a slew of office workers NBC viewers might be familiar with in early Season 2:
      • The guy who Lindsay thought she had a date with? Andy Bernard.
      • Phyllis worked for the Bluth Company before tranferring to Dunder Mifflin.
      • Kevin worked as a gun shop owner who sold a rifle to Tobias.
      • Darryl worked as a security guard at a movie studio where Tobias was looking for a role.
    • Remember the incredibly ugly woman GOB tried to set up Michael with in "Shock and Aww"? Iqbal Theba, better known as Principal Figgins from Glee.
    • There's also a blink-and-you'll-miss-it shot of Andy Samberg at the tail end of the season 2 finale, as a stage manager for the Blue Man group.
    • Saul Goodman is a slightly better lawyer than he is a marriage counsellor.
      • To be fair, at the time it was a Mr. Show reunion.
    • Kenneth Parcell from 30 Rock appeared twice as a waiter.
    • The first actress to play Ann Veal later became better known as Zoe Graystone.
  • Role Association: David Hogan becomes head of the family company after his father Hank Kingsley is arrested (he's got the worst bleeping lawyers, including The Fonz and Charles), and has to look after his relatives, including son Paulie Bleeker, mother Fran Sinclair, brothers Devon Banks and Emmett Milbarge, sister Nell Porter, and brother-in-law Yivo. The whole thing is narrated by Opie Taylor.
  • Un-Canceled: A new season has been commissioned by Netflix.
  • What Could Have Been: Mitch Hurwitz planned for Ann to be played by someone new each episode.
  • You Look Familiar: The actress who played a nurse in a brief World War II flashback in "Notapusy" later plays Buster's nurse.

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