Arrested Development - Season Three (2003) USA
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Director:Arlene Sanford, John Amodeo, John Fortenberry, Lev L. Spiro, Paul Feig
Studio:20th Century Fox
Rating:5.0 (221 votes)
Date Added:2009-12-07
Awards:Won Golden Globe, Another 22 wins & 38 nominations
Picture Format:Widescreen
Aspect Ratio:1.78:1
Sound:Dolby Digital 2.1
Subtitles:English, Spanish
Arlene Sanford, John Amodeo, John Fortenberry, Lev L. Spiro, Paul Feig  ...  (Director)
  ...  (Writer)
Jason Bateman  ...  Michael Bluth (53 episodes, 2003-2006)
Portia de Rossi  ...  Lindsay Bluth Fünke (53 episodes, 2003-2006)
Will Arnett  ...  George 'Gob' Bluth II (53 episodes, 2003-2006)
Michael Cera  ...  George-Michael Bluth (53 episodes, 2003-2006)
Alia Shawkat  ...  Mae "Maeby" Fünke (53 episodes, 2003-2006)
Tony Hale  ...  Byron "Buster" Bluth (53 episodes, 2003-2006)
David Cross  ...  Tobias Fünke (53 episodes, 2003-2006)
Jeffrey Tambor  ...  George Bluth Sr. (53 episodes, 2003-2006)
Jessica Walter  ...  Lucille Bluth (53 episodes, 2003-2006)
Ron Howard  ...  Narrator (53 episodes, 2003-2006)
Summary: "Arrested Development"--one of the greatest comedies in the history of television--went out in a blaze of glory. The truncated final season packed more biting humor per minute than ever before. In only 13 episodes, dozens of intertwining storylines spun in all directions: In addition to the overarching story about the fractious infighting of the Bluth family and the family's housing development company being investigated for treason in Iraq (a plot arc that comes to a dazzlingly surreal conclusion), the put-upon "good son" Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman, "Teen Wolf Too") pursues romance with a lovely British woman (Charlize Theron, "Monster") who turns out to be woefully inappropriate; swaggering magician Gob (Will Arnett, "Monster-In-Law") flees from his newly-discovered teenage son while still pandering for the affection of his self-absorbed father (Jeffrey Tambor, "The Larry Sanders Show"); flighty Lindsay (Portia de Rossi, "Ally McBeal") and her sexually blurry husband Tobias (David Cross, "Mr. Show") both get the hots for the family's new lawyer, Bob Loblaw (Scott Baio, "Charles in Charge"); and much, much more. It's difficult to describe what makes "Arrested Development" so brilliant. The ensemble is uniformly superb (Jessica Walter, as the family's boozing, scheming matriarch, is particularly devastating this season) and the surprising guest stars (including Andy Richter, James Lipton, Justine Bateman, and many others) are perfectly cast; the characters' abominable behavior defies conventional television notions of "likability", yet they only grow more endearing the more you watch; the humor embraces wild slapstick and sharp satire, often within a single scene; and the nimble documentary style allows for sly glancing references to jokes and scenes from long-past episodes, rewarding devoted fans. But the key is that, no matter how screwball "Arrested Development" becomes, the show offers a rich, textured, and wonderfully coherent world in which these characters feel genuine, a world completely unlike the flat, plastic simulacrum offered by the average sitcom. "Arrested Development" was true to itself to the end. Its followers will cherish it forever. "--Bret Fetzer"

Stills from The Third Season of "Arrested Development" (click for larger image)