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Offline Andrew1911

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Arrested Development
« on: January 16, 2007, 07:50:59 PM »
Easily one of the most well written shows of all time. It's almost a blessing that Fox cancelled the show in it's prime. Almost. The finale for AD is perhaps the most brilliant series finale of all time. I just love this show to death. The oddball characters like Gob, Buster, and Tobias are perhaps some of the greatest characters of all time.

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Re: Arrested Development
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2007, 08:11:26 PM »
Agreed. I didnt really discover it until midway thru the second season and I had to go play catch up with the DVD releases after the fact. It's been missed in our house and it's one of the few TV on DVD releases that the wife and I regularly revisit.


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Re: Arrested Development
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2007, 08:13:40 PM »
Agreed. I didnt really discover it until midway thru the second season and I had to go play catch up with the DVD releases after the fact. It's been missed in our house and it's one of the few TV on DVD releases that the wife and I regularly revisit.

It's replay value is huge. There are so many little jokes that are missed. Season One had an episode where Buster says "I never thought I'd miss a hand this much!" You can tell the writers knew where the show was headed in the beginning.


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Re: Arrested Development
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2007, 08:37:13 PM »
Hands down one of the most brilliant and well-written sitcoms ever. I think even those snobby Brits could agree on that! (Just kidding Britons. We love you. Please don't hit me.)

It was pretty shocking that the creator / writer wouldn't be doing more episodes. He could've easily brought it to Showtime, although he would've lost much of the audience, I think it would've been better in the long run.

At least we have all the eps on DVD, eh?


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Re: Arrested Development
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2007, 08:43:18 PM »
Hands down one of the most brilliant and well-written sitcoms ever. I think even those snobby Brits could agree on that! (Just kidding Britons. We love you. Please don't hit me.)

It was pretty shocking that the creator / writer wouldn't be doing more episodes. He could've easily brought it to Showtime, although he would've lost much of the audience, I think it would've been better in the long run.

At least we have all the eps on DVD, eh?

I think AD ended on the most perfect note possible. Horwitz just didn't want to disappoint the fans. I respect him more so for that.


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Re: Arrested Development
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2007, 11:25:28 PM »
Someone told me about this show after all three seasons were out on DVD.  I watched two episodes with them and immediatly went to Best Buy and bought all three seasons.  It is easily the funniest show I've ever seen, which is especially suprising considering it was on network TV.  Unfortunately, I don't watch much TV outside of TLC and Discovery, so I wasn't there to support it when it was actually airing (only because I didn't really know about it). 

And even though it is done, I agree with the previous posts that I went out with a respectable and well done ending.  At least it had an ending, which is more than I can say for Carnivale, Deadwood, and many other great shows that were never completed the way they should have been.


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Re: Arrested Development
« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2007, 03:09:26 AM »
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Re: Arrested Development
« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2007, 04:54:23 AM »
I've seen a bit of the show, probably about 1 seasons worth, enjoyed it a lot, however it actually took me quite a few episodes to work out that the 'next time on arrested development' weren't real and I could watch them without spoiling the next episode.


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Re: Arrested Development
« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2007, 05:26:37 AM »
I loved it.  There were so many great stories: George Michael and Mabey, the surrogate father, the house building in Iraq... I loved the fact that hardly any of them were very nice, and yet you loved them all. 


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Re: Arrested Development
« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2007, 07:22:45 AM »
I must be hitting all the wrong parts, because I've only seen excerpts of the show here and there, and didn't get much out of it.

But people can't say enough good things about the show.


Maybe I'll take the plunge. At least it has Portia de Rossi in it!  grrrrr baby, very grrrr....


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Re: Arrested Development
« Reply #10 on: January 17, 2007, 07:29:20 AM »
It's very much a show that you had to keep up on... and preferrably watch from the beginning. Catching an episode here or there just doesn't do the show justice. I knew I liked what I was seeing when I starting watching during season two, but everything didn't come together until I started from the beginning and caught up for the premiere of season three.


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Re: Arrested Development
« Reply #11 on: January 17, 2007, 09:36:33 AM »
Fox really didn't know what they had on their hands with this show.  First off, they never promoted it correctly.  I remember seeing the early promos for it and thinking "Wow, that show looks awful.  How can they be billing it as a comedy?"  Then I caught the last 10 minutes of the first episode, and thought, "Hey, this isn't bad.  I'll have to watch it next week."  And so I did.  And I kept watching it.  It truly is one of the greatest comedy shows of all time.  It ruined sitcoms for me, too.  It's gotten to the point where I have a lot of difficulty watching traditional "studio audience" type sitcoms.  Especially ones that have come out since AD.
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Re: Arrested Development
« Reply #12 on: January 17, 2007, 12:02:33 PM »
I still like NewsRadio.  There was a show that was way ahead of its time.  It might still be on if Phil Hartman was alive.
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Re: Arrested Development
« Reply #13 on: January 17, 2007, 12:49:42 PM »
I must be hitting all the wrong parts, because I've only seen excerpts of the show here and there, and didn't get much out of it.

But people can't say enough good things about the show.


Maybe I'll take the plunge. At least it has Portia de Rossi in it!  grrrrr baby, very grrrr....

Key word: Excerpts. AD's humor is in the running jokes that go from episode to episode. You have to watch the show in a row to get the jokes.


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Re: Arrested Development
« Reply #14 on: January 17, 2007, 01:13:04 PM »
So watery...yet there's a smack of ham to it!

Ah, Buster.  I tried to get my friends to watch Arrested Development.  No one really listened to me though, until it was too late.  Sigh.