Arrested Development (TV series)

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Television series
German title Arrested Development
Original title Arrested Development
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Country of production United States
original language English
Year (s) 2003–2006,
2013, 2018–2019
length 21 minutes
Episodes 76+ (+22 Remix) in 5 seasons ( list )
genre Comedy
idea Ron Howard ,
Mitchell Hurwitz
music David Schwartz
First broadcast November 2, 2003 (USA) on Fox
first broadcast
January 18, 2007 on Comedy Central

Arrested Development (German: halted / arrested development / development inhibition) is an American comedy series "about a wealthy family who has lost everything and about a son who couldn't help but keep them all together" (according to the speaker in the opening credits ).

The television series was produced from 2003 to 2006 by 20th Century Fox Television and Imagine Television on behalf of the US television company Fox . The series' creator, Mitchell Hurwitz, was a writer and executive producer. Imagine co-owner Ron Howard, also executive producer, leads through all episodes as the narrator in the original. He also came up with the original idea for the series, which Mitchell Hurwitz subsequently worked out.

Arrested Development was broadcast in German-speaking countries by SRF Zwei and Comedy Central . The producer Mitch Hurwitz and the supporting actor Will Arnett officially confirmed in July 2010 that there will be a film for the series with all known leading actors. The video-on-demand provider Netflix published the complete fourth season, which consists of 15 episodes, on May 26, 2013, and the first half of the fifth season on May 29, 2018. The second half was originally supposed to appear in 2018 as well, but was not published until March 2019.


The protagonist of the series is Michael Bluth who tries after the arrest of his father George Bluth Senior because of investment fraud and embezzlement everything to the family business, the real estate company Bluth Company (Engl. "Real estate development firm") to save it from ruin and Protect family from themselves. However, his family makes this task anything but easy for him. His mother cares more about her own reputation than anything else, his older brother Gob tries again and again as a magician and his younger brother Buster still hasn't managed to break away from his mother at the age of 30. Then there is Michael's self-loving and self-centered sister Lindsay, who was in a very unusual marriage with the even more unusual ex-psychiatrist Dr. Tobias Fünke is alive.

After Michael realizes what he would be getting into with this assignment, he quickly loses all interest in playing babysitter for his family. But since his son George Michael wants contact with his family so much after his mother's death and has secretly fallen in love with his cousin Maeby, Michael has no choice but to go to a model house with his sister, brother-in-law and niece of the family business and henceforth to take care of every problem of the family.


The whole series is kept in the mockumentary style, i.e. H. A typical sitcom is not filmed in front of an audience, but a documentary shooting situation is simulated with one or two cameras in studios and original locations. The narrator Ron Howard comments on the situations with subtle humor.

The series is characterized by eccentric characters in bizarre stories. The mix-up plays an enormous part: Family members regularly misunderstand each other and then do the exact opposite of what is expected of them. Because every protagonist has some very extreme excesses of character, the most abstruse situations and stories arise.

Word games serve as recurring humor elements. This is particularly evident in the figure of Tobias, who constantly utters homosexual ambiguities. In the background there are a lot of small, subtle gags, sometimes used gags are picked up again no less than 20 episodes later, just to use them again as so-called "throw-away lines".

The title of the series refers to the imprisonment of the family man, but also describes that the family does not really make headway in solving their problems and the characters are unable to develop further.

Previews of the following episode are often given before the credits, but these are rarely implemented in these episodes.

End of the series and reboot of Netflix

Arrested Development received excellent reviews from the start and has also been honored with nominations and awards, including 6 Emmys . However, the ratings did not meet the expectations of the station Fox, which is why the second season was shortened from the originally planned 22 episodes to 18 episodes. On August 19, 2005 Fox started a third season. After the ratings were below expectations again, Fox initially took the series completely out of the program in November. Under pressure from some (online) petitions, however, FOX announced the provisional continuation of the show, although the third season was shortened from 22 to 13 episodes.

The Arrested Development fan base initially hoped for the series to be taken over by the US broadcaster HBO , which quickly stated that it did not want to take over the series. Then the pay TV broadcaster Showtime and ABC negotiated a possible continuation of the series in their program, but a big problem for the takeover was probably the high production costs. The takeover ultimately failed because of Mitchell Hurwitz's decision to participate Showtime made a takeover of the show conditional on not producing another season of Arrested Development on another network. Mitchell Hurwitz dealt with the many speculations about a switch to HBO or Showtime in the last episodes of Arrested Development that were broadcast .

The online streaming platform Netflix announced on November 19, 2011 the production of 15 more episodes from 2012. The publication of all 15 episodes of the fourth season took place on May 26, 2013 on the streaming portal, the fifth season was published on May 29, 2018.

The producers Mitch Hurwitz and Ron Howard confirmed in early 2008 that there should be a feature film for the series. In July 2010 this film was also officially confirmed.

Characters and performers

main characters

Michael Bluth ( Jason Bateman ) The only member of the Bluth family with a sense of responsibility. Since the death of his wife, he has been raising his son George Michael Bluth alone. Michael had hoped to keep the management of the Bluth Company from his father. However, after he has transferred management responsibility to his wife Lucille, Michael lets the family persuade him to run the company. As a result, he is busy taking care of the company and the family and managing them in a reasonable direction.

Lindsay Bluth Fünke ( Portia de Rossi ) Michael's twin sister so far enjoyed the luxurious lifestyle that her father (George Sr.) brought to the family with his company. Like her mother, she is quite eccentric and selfish, and her main occupation, aside from shopping, is nurturing ego and conscience through charitable and nonprofit activities. She is unhappily married to Tobias Fünke and has a daughter with him, Maeby Fünke.

George Oscar Bluth II ( Will Arnett ) George Oscar Bluth II (also called Gob) is Michael's eldest brother. He “works” as a magician and founded the “Alliance of Magicians”. Gob lives from his charm, it would never cross his mind to go to work seriously and honestly. Even more than any of the other Bluth children, he always fights in vain for Michael's respect, which despite their absurd ideas is mostly his own fault. He often travels with a Segway Personal Transporter .

George Michael Bluth ( Michael Cera ) Michael's son follows his father's professional career by running the family's frozen banana stand. He is a shy child and trusts his father and his mostly well-intentioned advice, a "good boy". "Everybody loves George Michael" his father would say. He is secretly in love with his cousin Maeby.

Mae “Maeby” Fünke ( Alia Shawkat ) Michael's niece - daughter of Lindsay and her husband Tobias - tries to attract the attention of her parents with all kinds of actions, who, however, understand just as little about good upbringing as George Sr. and Lucille and are mostly only concerned with their own problems. By chance she got a managerial job in the film industry that she hid from her family.

Byron "Buster" Bluth ( Tony Hale ) Michael's younger brother lives with his mother Lucille. Buster spent most of his life studying many exotic subjects, from "18th Century Agriculture" to "Native American Rituals". Despite these many studies, he is anything but a spiritual light figure. He also suffers from panic attacks if he is put under too much pressure. He has a love-hate relationship with Lucille. He can hardly cope with everyday life without them, but suffers greatly from their influence, which he cannot escape independently.

Dr. Tobias Fünke ( David Cross ) Michael's brother-in-law Tobias was the head of a hospital, but he lost his license when he tried to revive a person who had just fallen asleep using cardiac massage. Since then he has seen himself called to be an actor, although he neither finds a job nor reveals any special skills for exercising this profession. For the viewer, his role seems offensively homosexual, even if he repeatedly denies such tendencies. Tobias suffers from what he calls Never-Nude Syndrome, an obsessive-compulsive disorder similar to gymnophobia , which makes it impossible for him to be naked, which is why he always wears very cropped jeans under his underwear and even in the shower.

George Bluth ( Jeffrey Tambor )
Michael's father George Bluth founded the construction company Bluth Company. This was initially very successful, but then ran into existence-threatening problems due to different creative business ideas with business partners from the Gulf region, windy investments and embezzlement. George Bluth is imprisoned by the American judiciary. From prison he tries to manage the fate of the family or the company in his favor.

Lucille Bluth ( Jessica Walter ) Michael's mother tends to lead an expensive, glamorous lifestyle and is not averse to alcohol. The financial problems of the Bluth Company are not least due to the family's lifestyle, which they are not exactly a positive role model.

Guest appearances

Recurring occupation

  • Henry Winkler - as attorney Barry Zuckerkorn in a total of 15 episodes.
  • Judy Greer - as George Bluth's assistant and affair Kitty Sanchez in a total of 10 episodes.
  • Scott Baio - as attorney Bob Loblaw in "Forget Me Now", "Nutapusy", "Mr. F ”, and“ Making A Stand ”.
  • Zach Braff - as Phillip Litt on "Spring Breakout" and "SOBs".
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus - as lawyer Maggie Lizer in "Altar Egos", "Justice Is Blind", "Out On A Limb" and "Hand To God".
  • Andy Richter - plays himself in "Switch Hitter" and plays himself and his four fictional brothers in "SOBs".
  • Ben Stiller - as Tony Wonder on “Good Grief”, “The Sword Of Destiny” and “SOBs”.
  • Charlize Theron - as Rita Leeds in "For British Eyes Only", "Forget Me Now", "Notapusy", "Mr. F ”and“ The Ocean Walker ”.
  • Carl Weathers - plays himself in "Public Relations", "Marta Complex" and "Motherboy XXX".
  • Liza Minnelli - as Lucille Austero (Lucille II) in "Key Decisions", "Charity Drive", "In God We Trust", "My Mother the Car", "Storming the Castle", "Pier Pressure", "Marta Complex" , "Queen for a Day", "Burning Love" and "Ready, Aim, Marry Me"
  • Justin Lee - plays the Korean adopted son Annyong Bluth in 11 episodes. Whereby Annyong is not his name at all, but the Korean word for "Hello", which makes for amusing situations because every time someone calls him Annyong, he replies with "Annyong".

Guest appearances (selection)


role actor Voice actor
Michael Bluth Jason Bateman Sascha Rotermund (season 1–4)
Achim Buch (season 5)
Lindsay Bluth Fünke Portia de Rossi Arianne Borbach (season 1–4)
Kristina von Weltzien (season 5)
George Oscar "GOB" Bluth Will Arnett Mark Seidenberg
Byron "Buster" Bluth Tony Hale Konstantin Graudus (season 1–4)
Nils Rieke (season 5)
Tobias Fünke David Cross Jens Wawrczeck (season 1–4)
Sascha Draeger (season 5)
George Michael Bluth Michael Cera Jannik Schümann (season 1–4)
Julian-Elias Henneberg (season 5)
Mae "Maeby" Fünke Alia Shawkat Linda Fölster (season 1–4)
Leonie Landa (season 5)
George Bluth Jeffrey Tambor Eberhard Haar
Lucille Bluth Jessica Walter Angela Stresemann (Season 1–4)
Isabella Grothe (Season 5)
"Teller" Ron Howard (voice) Thomas Karallus (Seasons 1–4)
Stephan Benson (Seasons 5)

Episode list

Awards and nominations


In 2004, the sitcom received five Emmys for the first season, including for “Best Comedy Series”, “Best Cast for a Comedy Series” and “Best Screenplay for a Comedy Series”. In the Emmy Awards in 2005 was Arrested Development nominated eleven times, but only won the Emmy for "Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series" for the last episode of the second season, "Righteous Brothers" . In 2006 the series was nominated a total of four times including, "Best Comedy Series", "Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series" ( Will Arnett ) and "Best Screenplay for a Comedy Series" (episode "Development Arrested" ).

Golden Globe

At the Golden Globe Awards in 2004 and 2005 , the series was nominated for "Best Series (Comedy / Musical)" for the Golden Globe . In 2005 , Jason Bateman was also awarded the "Best Actor in a TV Series" award.

Other awards

  • Television Critics Association Award for Best Comedy and Best New Series.
  • " Writers Guild of America Award 2004" for "Best TV Comedy Series" for the tenth episode of the first season, "Pier Pressure" .
  • "TV Land Award".
  • " Golden Satellite Award " for "Best Comedy".
  • "Golden Satellite Award" for the "acting performance" of Jessica Walter (Lucille Bluth) and Jeffrey Tambor (George Bluth Sr.).

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b Serienfans.TV: Arrested Development Film is coming ( Memento from October 20, 2011 in the Internet Archive )
  2. Arrested Development: Netflix revives the series . . Retrieved November 19, 2011.
  3. Arrested Development: Netflix revives the series . Retrieved November 19, 2011.
  4. Arrested Development: New season from May on Netflix . Retrieved September 18, 2013.
  5. Arrested Development: Finally a film with the Bluths?