April 13, 2005

Arrested Development is the funniest show on television. Unfortunately, it is not getting the ratings that Fox would like. Fox cut back the order to 18 episodes from 22 and will end the season next week, before sweeps.

However, AD is undoubtedly the funniest, most ridiculous show on television. It rewards loyal viewers by carrying over and calling back jokes and plot points. By using flashback, cut-aways and Ron Howard's narration, AD plays like nothing else on television. As the recent episodes have become even more madcap, they have also featured some great guest stars, in addition to the regular cast members. Last week, Zach Braff played a "Girls Gone Wild-type" filmmaker. Previously, Ben Stiller played magician Tony Wonder and Dan Castellaneta played a doctor (who brought a Homer-esque annoyed grunt into his character.)

New York Magazine: Getting the Hook: "As rumors of cancellation spread, Arrested Development rages against the dying of the light."

Next week's episode, "Righteous Brothers," will be the season finale. Hopefully, AD will be back for a third season.

Some other AD sites include:

Season 1 is available on DVD

Posted by Andrew Raff at April 13, 2005 12:24 AM
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I don't know how or why, but I have only just now found out about this show. I spent the weekend watching the entire first season. Several times. I cannot believe how funny this show is. I especially cannot believe it even made it onto TV.

Posted by: Liz on April 14, 2005 05:31 PM
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