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    I think Arrested Development is a great show. (It's on tonight, in fact, on BBC2.) As MITM18 said, it's presented as a documentary (with Ron Howard as narrator, who played little Opie on "The Andy Griffith Show" and Richie Cunningham on "Happy Days"), although the show is about a fictional family, called the Buths.

    There's George Bluth Sr, who used to be head of the Bluth Company, and his wife Lucille, their four adult children, GOB (which stands for George Oscar Bluth and is pronounced Jobe - there have been a few times on the show when people, such as a news reporter, have accidentally called him "Gob"), twins Michael and Lindsay, and the youngest, Buster, who is too attached to his mother. Lindsay is married to Tobias Funke, who used to be a psychiatrist, but lost his medical license after giving CPR to a man who it turned out wasn't having a heart attack. They have a daughter, called Maeby, and Michael also has a son named George-Michael, who is one of my favourite characters, along with Gob and Tobias. George-Michael is a really good, hard-working kid, very nervous and polite, and has a crush on his cousin Maeby (although he's sort of managed to forget this crush and has currently got a girlfriend, called Ann Veal, who his father hardly knows, but doesn't like her, all the same.) Currently, in season two, which the BBC is showing, their lawyer is Barry Zuckerkorn (played by Henry Winkler, who played Fonzie on "Happy Days"), the worst lawyer you could imagine.

    Anyway, in the first episode, George Sr was arrested for using the company's money for his own purposes and Michael is consistently trying to straighten out the family and save the company. George Sr has managed to escape from prison (he escaped in the last episode of the first season by faking a heart attack, and there's a funny moment where the entire family is gathered at the hospital. The doctor comes out and says, "We lost him." What he means is that George Sr has escaped, but the family thinks that he means he has died. Horrified and upset, they enter the room to see him, see the empty bed and the open window...and as the narrator says, "It was then that they realised that George Sr wasn't dead - but was fleeing the country that he loved so very much."

    Presently, George Sr is back in the country and is hiding in the attic of Michael's home, which he shares with George-Michael, Lindsay, Tobias and Maeby.

    Apologies for the rather long-winded reply. I tend to ramble about things I'm interested in.




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    Default Re: Frankie Muniz Going To Appear On Arrested Development

    Nice post, just saying because I know the mods will do this eventually

    lets just discuss Arrested Development here

    http://www.malcolminthemiddle.co.uk/...read.php?t=952

    was just posting this thread for the Muniz in AD news

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    Default Re: Frankie Muniz Going To Appear On Arrested Development

    Thanks, MITM18, I forgot about that thread you must be an AD fanatic! I'll send some of the more off-topic posts in this thread over there.

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    What do you think of this dialogue, its going to be in a future episode?


    George Sr. is in the 'Scared Straight' tent at the Church fair with a police officer standing closeby. What George Sr. doesn't realize is that he is speaking to a group of homosexual boys whose parents wanted them to be 'scared straight.'

    George Sr.: How would you like to have some guy reach around you in the middle of the night and start messing around in your pants?
    Teen Boy #1: Is he ugly?
    George Sr: Who knows? It's pitch black, so you never see him. And the guards look the other way. No one gets blamed, no one gets caught, and it happens every night of the week.
    Teen Boy #2: Where is this magical place?

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    You probably need to see the context to get the full effect, but knowing what I do about George Sr. it sounds very funny. I suppose you get spoilers for AD as well, MITM18?

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    Yep, of course, but really just keep it to myself since I dont have as much time to release it.

    If I released everything I had, I wouldnt have any time in the world

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    AD is definitely one of those shows that takes a while to get into. I remember watching it when it first aired in the UK and i hated it, even though (as people have already said) the critics raved about it. For me it was just too "random" as Aditi said, it seemed to have no real structure, and I thought the writing was quite self indulgent. But recently i've been watching season two on Sundays on BBC2 and it's been really good, probably just because i'm used to the characters and the humour.

    I'd definitely recommend it, but only to someone who was prepared to give it some time, and not expect to get all the jokes straight away. I think that might be why it's had fairly low ratings; when people watch a new show they usually give it five or ten minutes and if it doesn't immediately grab their attention they switch off. I know because i do the same, unless it's something i'm really intrigued by, in which case i'll watch a whole episode, but if i'm not hooked by then i never will be. AD is never going to triumph over this kind of impatience, unfortunately.
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    I think Wemboy's post summarizes the main reasons why AD is somewhat hard to get into. I will just add that the mood of the show is too cynical for a lot of viewers. There is practically no love in the Bluth family; with the exception of affection between Michael and his teenage son, the family members are completely self-absorbed. This is especially unattractive with respect to the mother Lucille, who has no love for her children or anyone else; she also carries on an affair with George's worthless identical twin brother Oscar, for no other reason than that Oscar has long hair and George is bald. A loveless mother like this is for some people hard to take, even though she's brilliantly funny.

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    And the Wilkersons are exactly the opposite, certainly a worthwhile reaosn why some enjoy MITM.

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    I love the show. It's funny, and well acted criminally underwatched. Sort of like a grown-up Malcolm in the Middle. By gorwn up, I mean it has the same feel and atmosphere as Malclm in the Middle only the adults are the focus.

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