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Arrested Development

Arrested Development

2003 - 2019
Comedy
Sitcom
TV Series
22m
Seasons: 5, Episodes: 84 Episode List
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. (imdb)
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Arrested Development

2003 - 2019
Comedy
Sitcom
TV Series
22m
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Avg Percentile 74.88% from 1527 total ratings

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Rated 08 Apr 2021
100
97th
"Get rid of the Seaward." The response to this line, which I won't spoil here, is worth my 100 score all by itself. (Seasons 1-3 only.)
Rated 05 Sep 2015
95
98th
The first three seasons are immaculate, and the fourth, while fine, pales in comparison to the first three. Maybe it's simply due to the show's influence being so immediate and all-encompassing that other shows successfully achieving similar results renders the flaws of the fourth season more obvious. But, as with rating all of these newly added shows, it's a disclaimer. The first three seasons are the collective height of TV comedy, and one of the most major revolutions in the sitcom format.
Rated 05 Sep 2015
96
99th
The best comedy series of my lifetime. The running jokes and hidden meanings and hints in this show are nearly uncountable.
Rated 05 Sep 2015
95
98th
OH MY GOD WERE HAVING A FIRE...sale. OH THE BURNING, IT BURNS ME EVACUATE ALL THE SCHOOL CHILDREN AHHHHHH! ama- THIS ISN'T A BEAVER -zing grace CAN'T EVEN SEE WHERE THE KNOB IS.........and scene.
Rated 28 Nov 2015
95
99th
So much goodness packed into 4 short seasons. You really have to watch every episode multiple times to get every joke. When it's hard to pick a favorite character...you know you're doing something right.
Rated 10 Sep 2015
89
97th
I'll never understand how or why they were making foreshadowing jokes literally a season before they became relevant at a time when there was no way for people to appreciate it (no netflix or tv show dvds for re-watching the show in order). Easily the most clever comedy series ever written.
Rated 23 Sep 2015
90
96th
It's as Ann as the nose on Plain's face.
Rated 21 Mar 2016
93
97th
This is quite possibly the most complexly-written sitcom ever made. One-off gags don't exist. It seems every single gag is recurring, each one morphing and evolving and growing on their separate paths, sometimes one running gag will branch off into multiple, sometimes two gags will grow together into one. It's a process that's absolutely fascinating, and of course, hilarious, to watch.
Rated 06 Sep 2015
95
97th
Every character in this show was so well-defined yet complex, and fun to watch. Likewise with the story; I watched it sporadically when it aired and never felt lost even tuning in in the middle of an episode, yet close attention and rewatching reveals the staggering amount of care that went into the narrative. Belated 4th season not really factored into the rating--it's less purposeful, and desperate to please, but is so disconnected from the main body of the show that it doesn't drag it down.
Rated 30 Dec 2015
8
98th
That Arrested Development show is some kind of something. Boy, this Arrested Development show is all anybody's ever talking about. So sick and tired of hearing about how brilliant that Arrested Development show is. Overrated.
Rated 27 Apr 2016
92
94th
Tobias Funke is in all of us... or... ah, you know what I mean.
Rated 11 Mar 2016
100
98th
Season 4 isn't very entertaining but commands enough of my respect to not result in a downgrade
Rated 05 Nov 2017
99
98th
I cannot praise this show enough. It is the greatest TV comedy of all time and that is thanks to incredible cast lead by Jason Bateman. Over the course of the original run it was awkward, off the wall and insanely funny because yes the characters truly are a bunch of high functioning lunatics. The jokes are left up to the audience to understand through witty dialogue and situations that generally provide the ability to create something funny around. Good comedies start with good characters.
Rated 17 Jun 2016
80
97th
Arrested Development makes me smile every time I think about it. Lots of jokes, running gags, and pure absurdity. Great show! Season 4 and 5 have their moments, through a combination of time, relevance, momentum and writing, are just not as good.
Rated 02 Feb 2020
67
60th
[through season 5] The original seasons are great, but the Netflix ones are abysmal. If I were rating them separately, it'd probably be around 85 for the first three seasons, and around 40 for the last two.
Rated 18 May 2016
21
4th
This is one of the worst shows I've ever tried to watch. Try as I might I was unable to make it through the first season.
Rated 07 Mar 2018
89
97th
One of the few shows to truly take advantage of the medium of serialized television to build its own universe, not of characters or spaceships but of hilarity.
Rated 10 Oct 2018
92
96th
During its first three seasons Arrested Development was not only the best-written show on network television, it was the best written comedy show ever made. The characters are all interesting and exceptionally well-cast. The humor is multilayered and rewards repeat viewings because of how intricately the jokes are developed. Yeah, Netflix tried to recapture the magic but I just ignore those seasons because they just aren't as great. It's worth saying a second time: the writing is without peer.
Rated 26 Jan 2018
87
78th
Hands-down the greatest pure comedy to ever come out of a small screen, Arrested Development can also easily claim to be among the most creative, funniest, strangest, most fearless, and most instantly recognizable shows to ever air.
Rated 05 Sep 2015
64
86th
I have probably seen each episode over four or five times, and I still peel away new layers of jokes, to my delight.
Rated 29 Sep 2015
9
98th
In its initial 2003-2006 run, it was far and away my favorite television series on the air and of all time, with one of the best comedy ensembles ever, smart serialized storytelling, amazing running jokes, and scripts dense with pure hilarity that made me near puke with laughter (George Michael's awkwardness and Gob's bluster are the best). I mourned its cancellation like the death of a family member. I would dock it points for the vastly inferior season 4, but I just choose to ignore.
Rated 23 Jun 2020
20
17th
Another one of these shows with nonsensical dialogue and toilet humor.
Rated 10 Mar 2024
95
86th
Perfect mix of comedy and intriguing storyline. Pity season 4 didn't have the energy of season 1 - 3
Rated 08 Aug 2023
88
95th
S1: 95, S2: 100, S3: 90, S4: 82, S5: 75
Rated 19 Apr 2018
73
85th
i wallow in seinfeld's disgusting children
Rated 05 Oct 2018
80
90th
Seasons 1-2-3: 80 / Season 4: 40 / Season 5: 50
Rated 04 Aug 2023
8
79th
Astonishing screwball qualities and originality at its peak [seasons 2 and 3?], later a clear, abrupt decline.
Rated 13 Jan 2019
84
71st
Would be higher if not for the last two seasons.
Rated 05 Aug 2019
60
50th
Both clever and silly, often simultaneously. Not bad as filler, but at the end of the day there's not a single one of these characters that I like well enough to make the show a priority in this age of so much great tv. (1 season)
Rated 17 Jul 2023
99
87th
Very good
Rated 13 Mar 2020
80
93rd
☆ The original seasons of this are incredible. So funny, the season long set ups, the call backs, the quips and reccuring lines- it's all so good. Too good to be true almost... which it turns out to be, because when they came back for the revival it sucked. Guess you can't have too much of a good thing! ☆
Rated 19 Feb 2021
70
34th
A better than average sitcom.
Rated 23 Aug 2020
72
32nd
only the first 3 seasons are good
Rated 12 Nov 2022
86
94th
Acting - 19/25 Pace - 21/25 Direction - 23/25 Plot - 23/25
Rated 17 Sep 2022
96
94th
[seasons 1–3 only] It's rare for a highly influential TV comedy to remain so funny so long after airing—despite its pervasive influence, it still holds its own. Its present-day value is not limited to its influence or to original viewers still enjoying it. People new to the show (who have the wealth of modern TV comedy to compare it to) can watch it & find it just as funny as it was to its original viewers. Some jokes have not aged well though. Also, the Rita/Mr. F storyline is boring & unfunny.
Rated 11 Oct 2020
80
56th
90 for the first 3 seasons
Rated 22 Feb 2022
80
79th
1. sezon 85, 2. sezon 80, 3. sezon 80, 4. sezon 75, 5. sezon 75.
Rated 22 Sep 2021
75
64th
S1 - 75 - divertida, ainda não me pegou
Rated 14 Aug 2021
7
88th
Seen through season 3.
Rated 31 Jul 2021
78
71st
Indubbiamente una serie di spessore, originale e con un cast stellare. Forse la qualità va un po' a scapito del coinvolgimento, infatti non è mai riuscito davvero ad entrarmi nel cuore. Interessanti anche i revival 15 anni dopo, che restano di alto livello.
Rated 13 Nov 2015
87
90th
Pretty damn funny.
Rated 05 Sep 2015
70
67th
Smart, clever, subtle, and I feel like the odd-one-out, because as much as I enjoyed it, I never loved it.
Rated 07 Sep 2015
6
54th
Funny, but if this is your favorite TV show you should try getting out more.
Rated 09 Sep 2015
80
84th
I love the sheer silliness of Arrested development, even though I feel that there are a bit too many crazy characters.
Rated 18 Sep 2015
85
97th
The quality of the show as a whole is hurt by the last two seasons, but it is still one of the smartest comedies of all time.
Rated 23 Sep 2015
10
4th
I gave this an honest shot and it just wasn't funny at all. Annoying, yes.
Rated 03 Oct 2015
95
97th
MAKE A SEPARATE WEBSITE FOR TV, OR MINIMALLY BREAK THE SHOW DOWN BY INDIVIDUAL SEASONS - Oh my dear Bluths how I love thee let me count the ways. AD is one of the most rewatchable shows of all time. The first five run throughs are the best, always rewarding you with something you didn't pick up on before. Once you've maxed that out it is still hilarious in the moment. S4 was a little disappointing, but only by their own standards.
Rated 12 Oct 2015
95
94th
Season 1: 95, Season 2: 100, Season 3: 90, Season 4: 90
Rated 21 Oct 2015
35
12th
Jokes just aren't that funny, and the overdone silly characterizations get tiring really fast. Oh, and the constant use of narration is grating and just comes off as lazy to me.
Rated 23 Oct 2015
85
97th
Season 1: 100, Season 2: 100, Season 3: 85, Season 4: 75
Rated 26 Oct 2015
8
82nd
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UH3UCgOTjUw
Rated 10 Jun 2017
95
97th
ilk 4 sezon
Rated 22 Nov 2015
90
89th
Seasons 1-3 : 90 Seasons 4-5 : 70-80
Rated 20 Apr 2016
16
89th
Seasons 1-3
Rated 02 Aug 2016
7
66th
i haven't seen the netflix seasons
Rated 13 Nov 2016
90
93rd
One of the greatest comedies of all time. Great ensemble cast of characters with running gags that last for seasons, plot lines that criss-cross like a Seinfeld episode, and intelligent writing for smart humor. The Netflix season was awful compared to the original run, and it only makes you wonder what would have happened had the series been able to play out naturally.
Rated 11 Jan 2017
88
92nd
Intelligent comedy
Rated 26 Jan 2017
7
75th
Seasons 1-3=10, S04=7, S04.5=6, S05=5
Rated 15 Feb 2017
90
88th
Still annoys me that the hooker-trick-cocaine joke was changed to hooker-trick-candy.
Rated 20 Feb 2017
5
40th
Season 1 was rather amusing. Seasons 2 and 3 gave a bit too much of a " lol randum xd vibe. Season 4 was awful and the show should never have been brought back if it was to make this abomination of a season. The use of the narrator is pretty good, some of the characters are interesting, and sometimes the humor is on point, so it's not all bad... just could have been better.
Rated 31 Mar 2017
93
98th
great series
Rated 06 Jun 2017
84
78th
How this show could rattle off three perfect seasons in a row is beyond me. The Netflix seasons definitely are a little darker which at first made me really dislike them, but I'm in the midst of a rewatch of seasons 4 and 5 right now and they do improve on repeat viewings just like the first three do. The remix of season 4, though, is trash: go watch the original cuts instead, as they're less narration-heavy and flow more smoothly as a result.

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