The television show Arrested Development is returning for a long-awaited, much ballyhooed fourth season and a feature-length film and I couldn’t be happier about anything, ever.
Created by Mitchell Hurwitz, Arrested Development follows the wealthy Bluth family as the patriarch of the clan, George Bluth Sr.(played by Jeffrey Tambor) is arrested for possible “light treason” after being accused of building houses in Iraq for Saddam Hussein.. His son, Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman) is forced to take over the Bluth Company and keep his family together. It was a critically acclaimed, award-winning show, that suffered through constant time changes on the schedule, and never really found an audience, until it was released on DVD. Since it went off the air it has grown into one of the most beloved shows of all time. You want to know if the show has fans? There are literally dozens of us. Dozens!!! If you don’t watch Arrested Development, you really should. Because it is, in my quite humble, and completely correct opinion, the greatest television show that God ever gave to man.
You might be saying, “Bill, God isn’t in the business of creating television shows.” To which I would smugly reply, “Why don’t you try reading the bible sometime, instead of spouting off about things you know nothing about, you heathen. You sound foolish.” I would, of course, be entirely wrong and would eventually realize it. Later on I would apologize for my boorish behavior and then try to blame it on a simple, yet common, mistranslation from the Old Testament. Latin is tricky, sometimes. You would hopefully accept my apology, albeit grudgingly, and I’m pretty sure you would talk shit about me behind my back. “Oh, Bill doesn’t even understand basic Latin or advanced religious theology. What a simple, simple man. Nay, a simple boy. I pity him.” That makes me sad. Come on dude or lady dude, this is you and me we’re talking about here. We can’t be fighting over this, we’ve too much at stake…… I love you. There, I said it.
Let’s just agree that Arrested Development is the greatest television show in the history of the world, made by mortal man, with the approval of a nodding God, if he actually exists. My wife and I have watched all 3 seasons of this intricately written show far too many times to count, and I can count pretty high. Well into the triple digits. I’m not trying to brag, I’m just telling truths. But even with all the times I’ve watched it, I still notice things that I hadn’t noticed before. The show is so full of clever word play, call backs and sight gags that it truly is worth numerous viewings. I don’t think a single day goes by where I don’t reference the show at least once through a catchphrase such as “I’ve made a huge mistake”, “Ten cents gets you nuts”, “And that’s why you always leave a note.”, “I’m a monster!!!!”, “There’s always money in the banana stand”, “No Touching!!”, “Heeeeyyyyyy brother”, etcetera and so on . It is truly a gift that keeps on giving.
The fourth season is scheduled to be released in Spring 2013 on Netflix, which also currently has all 3 seasons available for instant streaming. The 4th season will catch viewers up on what the Bluth family has been up to over the last 7 years. This will be followed by a theatrical release sometime later on, hopefully not too much later.
The only problem with this is if the Mayans are correct about the world ending on 12/21/12. That would be extremely disappointing. Although I’m sure God wouldn’t allow that to happen. Not with all the time he’s spent on character development.
So if you haven’t taken the time to enjoy Arrested Development, do it before the 4th season starts. Or before the world ends.
And if God does let the Apocalypse happen before we get to see the Bluth family again, he’s made a huge mistake.