Arrested Development (2003– )

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Level-headed son Michael Bluth takes over family affairs after his father is imprisoned. But the rest of his spoiled, dysfunctional family are making his job unbearable.


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Complete series cast summary:
 Michael Bluth (68 episodes, 2003-2013)
 Lindsay Bluth Fünke (68 episodes, 2003-2013)
 Gob Bluth (68 episodes, 2003-2013)
 George-Michael Bluth (68 episodes, 2003-2013)
 Maeby Fünke / ... (68 episodes, 2003-2013)
 Buster Bluth / ... (68 episodes, 2003-2013)
 Tobias Fünke (68 episodes, 2003-2013)
 George Bluth Sr. / ... (68 episodes, 2003-2013)
 Lucille Bluth (68 episodes, 2003-2013)
 Narrator / ... (68 episodes, 2003-2013)


Meet the wildly dysfunctional Bluth family. This family was once at the height of real estate development in Orange County, California. But when the family business - the Bluth Company - goes bust, they're suddenly found penniless with their assets frozen. They move into their last remaining asset - the model home left over from their latest housing tract. Their luxury vehicles are replaced with a reminder of the family's former wealth - the stair car that accompanied their private jet. The patriarch of the family is George Bluth - he's now in prison, and loving every minute of it. His wife Lucille and daughter Lindsay are spoiled socialites who can't handle getting kicked out of family restaurants. His son Buster is in his mid 30's and lives at home. His son George Oscar Bluth is a magician who started a group to get magicians to be taken seriously - and gets kicked out when his own tricks are revealed. Lindsay is married to a man named Tobias Funke, once a psychiatrist, who decides ... Written by halo1k

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2 November 2003 (USA)  »

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Arrested Development - De Mal a Pior  »

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Tobias' "nevernude" condition is a real psychological affliction known as gymnophobia, the fear of nude bodies. See more »


During the time George Sr spends in the attic, storage boxes in the background are marked with either "Tracy" or "Tracey." These are boxes of old clothes belonging to Michael's late wife. See more »


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Michael: Well, you look great...
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Hilarious comedy!
25 November 2003 | by (Schenectady, NY, USA) – See all my reviews

Probably the best show of the 2003 season, and the best new comedy in years. It's very hard to describe, since the comedy is entirely character-based, not plot- or wisecrack-based.

Basically, it's the story of the Bluth family, developers who are in bankruptcy with the father in prison for fraud. One son, Michael, tries to be responsible and keep things going, while the rest of the group is entirely self-centered and can't seem to focus on the fact they are broke and in disgrace.

The various family members go off in various directions: George (GOB) fancies himself a magician, Buster is a momma's boy, Lindsay goes off supporting odd causes, Lindsay's husband Tobias fancies himself an actor. It's a show you need to watch closely, but the laughs are all over the place, from unexpected directions.

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