There may be no such thing as the perfect TV comedy, but “Arrested Development” is probably the closest thing to it. In terms of the cast, writing, direction, and production, it truly has no equal.

 

Starring such talent as Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, and Will Arnett, “Arrested Development” follows the Bluths, an extremely dysfunctional, once-wealthy family who loses everything when their patriarch is sent to prison. Having become accustomed to extravagance, the Bluth family finds it next-to-impossible to get back to the daily grind in order to make a living.

 

“Arrested Development” is not a mockumentary like “The Office” or “Parks and Recreation,” but it is similar to a news story in its presentation. Ron Howard has a looming, comic presence over the show as the narrator. His commentary coupled with the use of archival footage and handheld camera work give “Arrested Development” the feel of a documentary or reality TV show, but the characters are never aware that they are being filmed.

 

The show’s lead is Bateman as Michael Bluth, the only seemingly-sane member of the family who is forced to clean up the mess his father left for him. As the most logical and equipped Bluth, he is often the voice of reason to his dim-witted family.

 

Michael’s son, George Michael, is played by Cera, who is hilariously awkward. His scenes with Maeby, played by Alia Shawkat, are painfully funny, and even just seeing him stand at that unfortunate banana stand in his bright yellow button up is enough for a laugh.

 

David Cross, Portia de Rossi, Jeffrey Tambor, and Henry Winkler are all great in their supporting roles, and Arnett’s portrayal of Job is nothing short of a comedic revelation. It is him who gets the most laughs, and every performance Arnett has given since can be traced back to his work on “Arrested Development.”

 

Really, though, the writers are the stars of “Arrested Development.” In each episode, they weave numerous plot lines that seem wild and outlandish, only to perfectly tie them up by the end of their 22 minutes. When it comes to plotting, character and dialogue, the writing done on “Arrested Development” is some of the best in the history of television.

 

“Arrested Development” ran for three tremendous seasons on FOX, before being cancelled by the network. Recently, Netflix picked up the rights to the series and released a fourth season with plans for both a movie and a fifth season to follow. The first three seasons are far stronger than the fourth, but they are all worth watching.

 

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