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Quicklist Reviews: Arrested Development

Arrested Development

Arrested Development



Puns. Puns everywhere.


Breakdown Rating:

Characters: 6
Aesthetics: 5
Plot: 5
Humor: 7
Structure: 6
Sum: 29/50


Important Features:

  • The housing market
  • Assholes
  • Incest
  • Bananas
  • Family feuds and infighting
  • Prison and prison escapes
  • Lies
  • Puns
  • More puns
  • California
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Brief forays to Mexico
  • Magic tricks
  • Fallout from poorly performed magic tricks
  • Failed acting
  • Netflix seasons that refuse to die



  • Dysfunctional Friendship
  • Dysfunctional Family
  • Puns
  • Beads
  • Bees
  • Adults acting like children
  • Children acting like adults
  • Wacky hijinks leading to situations where things like two grown men desperately trying to break into a beauty pageant Mission: Impossible style to separate a teenager from his grandmother elicits no questions from the audience
  • Hypocrisy
  • Lovably awful characters
  • The stair car
  • Elaborate set-ups for jokes that come seasons later
  • Confusion
  • All of the characters. Just all of them.
  • Mostly Gob, though
  • The hilarity of rich people freeloading
  • The various names for Ann
  • Steve Holt!
  • The gay stuff
  • Did I mention the puns?
  • The wood block joke in Season Four



  • That weird love triangle that was abandoned in Season One
  • The even weirder love triangle that was brought up in Season Four
  • Almost all of the Tobias subplots in Season Four
  • The odd choice to structure Season Four around one event with each episode showing what a given character did leading up to that event
  • The even odder choice of splicing together the subplots in Season Four into incoherent episodes and cutting some of the jokes
  • The weird cliffhanger ending to Season Four
  • Most of Season Four, really
  • The British subplot
  • The overdrawn British accents in the British subplot
  • The uncanny muscle suit
  • The kind of racist puppet that shows up frequently in Season Three
  • The Iraq bit
  • The unexplained Trump news clip in Season Five
  • The constant winks to the audience about the state of the show in Season Four


Spoiler Notes:

  • Why do more comedies not make use of silly clichés like unknown parents and surprise babies for comedic purposes? As demonstrated, these things are golden if you don’t take them seriously.
  • This show could give Game of Thrones a run for their money in the incest department
  • Could the show not have gotten away with just one Jeffrey Tambor character? Did he really need a twin?
  • Why is the show so eager to rid itself of Anyong?
  • Is it really possible to spoil this show? Its main appeal is in the puns.


Lingering Questions:

  • Why was Season Four made ten years after the previous season?
  • Why was Season Five made five years after the previous season?
  • Why do Seasons Four and Five exist?
  • Why is Season Five only eight episodes long?
  • Why is Ron Howard in the show now as someone other than the narrator?
  • Why is the show suddenly obsessed with the border wall?
  • What’s going on? What’s happening?



Seasons Four and Five exist. They’re better than you’ve heard, but still leave something to be desired. Come for the puns, stay for the puns.

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