Title: Arrested Development
Year: 2003-2004 / 2004-2005 / 2005-2006
Creator: Mitchell Hurwitz
Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, Greg Mottola, Jay Chandrasekhar, Lee Shallat Chemel, John Fortenberry, Paul Feig, Patty Jenkins, Jeffrey Melman, Peter Lauer, Jason Bateman, Andrew Fleming, Danny Leiner, Chuck Martin, John Amodeo, Lev L. Spiro, Arlene Sanford, Robert Berlinger, Rebecca Asher
Writers: Mitchell Hurwitz, John Levenstein, Richard Rosenstock, Brad Copeland, Barbara Feldman, Abraham Higginbotham, Chuck Martin, James Vallely, Courtney Lilly, Lisa Parsons, Richard Day, Tom Saunders, Ron Weiner, Jake Farrow, Sam Laybourne, Karey Dornetto, Chuck Tatham, Dean Lorey
Starring: Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Alia Shawkat, Tony Hale, David Cross, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Ron Howard
Music: David Schwartz
Episodes: 53, at c. 22 minutes (3 seasons of 22, 18 and 13 episodes)
Synopsis: the head of a wealthy family is arrested
How I saw it: some episodes on TV; on video (rented from Netflix), September 2007 (season 1), November 2008 (2) and January 2009 (3)
Subjective Rating: 8/10 (Great).
Objective Rating: 9/10 (1 point off for concept) c. 3.2/4 (Very good).
Hilarious. Normally I hate this sort of show, where unsympathetic characters act like jerks, but in this case it just works somehow. Season three is significantly worse than the other two (although it’s still funny); it’s probably for the best that it was canceled while it was still good.