One of the most beloved and peculiar television series to ever run returns to air after a seven year hiatus – you know which – “Arrested Development.” The cult favorite, which originally ran on Fox from 2003-2006, was picked up by Netflix after years and years of fan outcry and demand for a resolution of the story; so Netflix, being Netflix is giving us, the fans, one more season and a movie. Not bad. Not bad at all, fans.
While the series is universally enjoyed by even the most casual viewer for it’s goofy “Cops meets “The Royal Tenenbaums”” style, the renewal of the show is likely to make even the longest time fans go back and rewatch the whole shebang for the 450th time. For the rest of us, here’s some good tidbits of show trivia to keep in mind in case you run into one of those crazy “Arrested Development” superfans (they do exist!) and they put you to the test.
The Bluth family, whom the show revolves around, run Bluth’s Frozen Banana’s a.k.a. The Banana Stand which is in reality based upon showrunner Mitch Hurwitz and brother Michael’s childhood business: selling chocolate dipped cookies. The two boys worked at this cookie stand at ages 15 and 13, respectively, and with the help of their father set up shop in Newport Beach, where the show would eventually take place in. To this day, the business continues with both physical locations and a mail-order component as well. There’s always money in the cookie stand.
Jessica Walter, who plays the matriarch of the Bluth family, Lucille Bluth, also works alongside her former and once again current “Arrested Development” co-stars Jeffrey Tambor, Jeffrey Tambor, David Cross and Judy Greer on the FX primetime cartoon comedy “Archer.” That show and her character, which was developed by Adam Reed, is taken directly from the lineage of “Arrested Development” and Reed has been quoted as saying that he wrote Walter’s character on “Archer” to mirror her character in “Arrested Development.
Here’s one that few if any get: nearly every episode begins with “Michael” or “Michael Bluth” as opening words. It’s easy because of the pseudo-documentary style of the show to forget that “Arrested Development” is specifically about Michael and his relationship with his family, exclusively from Michael’s perspective, even when the camera cuts to a complete separate scene – the perspective ultimately never shifts, as Michael is the “straight man” or rational character that we the viewer ground ourselves and the story with, thus highlighting how completely insane the rest of his family is compared to him. Boom. A little “Arrested Development” Screen Studies 101. This “Lost” promo for Fox, which is only available on the DVD boxset, sums up the whole Michael-perspective thing quite nicely.