These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: Arrested Development
Audience-Alienating Premise: The show actually got a decent amount of support from the network, considering it lasted 3 years despite being rather expensive to produce. Some have theorized that FOX simply did not know how to effectively advertise the show, Emmy winning or not. It is basically about a family of egotistical yuppies where only one man and his son are sympathetic, and the rest are not. Also, Incest Subtext out the wazoo. This was pointed out in the third season by Michael "Maybe we aren't as likeable as we think we are."
There's also the business subplots. Not everybody knows how the stock market works.
Better on DVD: or on Hulu, as it were. (And remember to pause whenever a newspaper or other text piece appears on screen — there are always a couple of extra jokes thrown in).
Watching the episodes in quick succession instead of an episode per week makes the countless running gags and brick jokes funnier because the set-ups are fresh in the viewer's mind. The show is also made even more hilarious when you watch the first season and catch all the Foreshadowing of things you now know are to come.
Season 4 is fully aware of this, and features several Netflix-related gags.
Crowning Music of Awesome: David Schwartz's score for the show is almost as riddled with running jokes and clever allusions as the show itself.
His daughter Lucy Schwartz's song "Boomerang" was great enough (and catchy enough) that after hearing it, Mitch Hurwitz actually re-edited the final minutes of the season 4 finale (even bumping The Tag to after the credits) just to include it in the show.
Discredited Meme: The series' running gags get zigged-zagged all over the place in Season 4.
We wave goodbye to the staircar in episode 1, only to have it come back for one last hurrah in the last episode. Meanwhile, Michael is driving a Google camera car, which is just as ridiculous.
Sudden Valley is finally completed, so it's not just a model home on a barren hill. However, it's an unlivable, inaccessible ghost town.
Tobias is told early on that the way he talks makes everyone think he's gay, and he vows to do something about it. He doesn't, and his Innocent Innuendo lands him on the sex offender registry. He finally learns not to call himself an "analrapist", but "anustart" takes its place.
It looks like George Michael had finally gotten over his crush on Maeby, but he brings her back into his life to try again.
Buster gets a bionic replacement for his hook, but it's even more dangerous.
Ultimately, this is a series about people who don't grow or change.
Dude, Not Funny!: In-universe example. "And secondofly, I know you're the big marriage expert around here. Oh wait, I forgot your wife is dead."
Earworm: The "Mock Trial with J. Reinhold" theme song, as sung by William Hungnote infamous for being one of the worst American Idol contestants ever at the time.
Big Yellow Joint
The opening theme.
"You're a crook/Captain Hook/Judge, won't you throw the book..."
There's quite a bit of complaining that the latest season has not been uploaded on torrents yet, only one day after the episodes have been released on Netflix. Repeat, people are complaining that they can't steal a show that would only cost a few bucks to watch.
Netflix was also offering a free 30 day trial, so for people who just didn't want to pay for Netflix they could have just done the trial and canceled it when they were done too.
Poor Portia De Rossi was the victim of very nasty attacks on her appearance in season 4, thanks to her daring to look older after seven years. Which actually makes sense since Lindsay was revealed to be older than Michael.
Fridge Brilliance: In both episodes featuring Maggie Lizer, the blind lawyer, it made no sense that she would often make eye contact with Michael. Then, it turns out she's not really blind!
Then in the episodes where she returns and is pregnant, she meets with Michael no less than twice to go drinking, which won't harm her baby because she's not pregnant.
"Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Lucille constantly calls Lindsay fat. It's treated negatively in universe, but it's still deeply uncomfortable to watch knowing that Portia De Rossi went public about her struggles with anorexia after the show ended.
Additionally, all the jokes about G.O.B.'s brief marriage and divorce have become somewhat bitter in light of the actors playing G.O.B. and his wife (Will Arnett and Amy Poehler) announcing their Real Life breakup in 2012.
George Michael's confusion of The Wizard of Oz with Oz led him to be terrified of prison. Over the course of the fourth season, he commits such massive fraud that it's almost a given that he's going to jail.
From Season 4: George Michael is tired of the Unfortunate Implications of his name. His father offers to call him Boy George, but George Michael knows that that's even worse. He winds up using the alias George Maharis. Fans were quick to do the research, discovering that George Maharis was a 60's TV star who was entangled in allegations of sexual impropriety just like George Michael and Boy George.
Season 4 also involves a minor character named Perfecto Telles who is Maeby's boyfriend and Lucille Austero's adopted son. In Real Life, Perfecto Telles was a hairdresser who George Maharis was caught having sex with.
She's now married to Ellen DeGeneres. Which, incidentally, means that her spouse is gay.
Oscar's and George's Sr.'s actor Jeffrey Tambor had twin children born in 2009.
Try hearing Gob and Franklin's signature song without thinking of "Accidental Racist", which may be impossible if you've watched the show afterward.
Hollywood Homely: George-Michael's girlfriend Ann is often treated like this by Michael. While not particularly unattractive, she has a dowdy appearance and appears very unemotional and bizarre, failing to make any lasting impression on people in-universe.
Gob. He's probably the most openly antagonistic of the main cast members, but he really does try to please his parents, and is deeply insecure due to his harsh upbringing. It would probably make it into Tear Jerker territory if it wasn't so damn funny.
Lucille actually inches toward this in season 4 due to an implied Freudian Excuse from herAbusive Parents. She also finally starts to realize that her children actually do hate her, or just don't care.
Maeby Funke. If you take away her resourcefulness, cunning, deceitfulness and rebellious attitude, you'll see a young girl horribly neglected by her self-centered parents and is desperate and will do anything to get some kind of attention from them.
Gene returns in season 4. Uncle Jack, however, does not.
Stealth Pun: So stealthy it might not even count. In the season 4 episode "Red Hairing", Herbert Love - the Herman Cain-esque politician - gives a necklace to Lindsay that he bought at Brother Brothers Pawn Shop. If you do a little word association, "Brother Brothers" becomes "Cain Hermanos", a joke that not only works on its own, but also references what they're satirizing and uses one of the show's running jokes to do it. That might be a stretch, but if it is, that means the Arrested Development made a perfectly-working three-level joke on ACCIDENT.
Suspiciously Similar Song: Subverted at first in "Making a Stand", where a montage of stills is put to several different songs made for the series in an attempt to "make it funny". At one point, The Narrator mentions that it was "pretty funny to Yellow Submarine... but who could afford it?", at which point the music cuts out. Parodied later in the episode with a second montage set to a similar-sounding "Yellow Boat".