Arrested Development (TV series)/YMMV

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The following are Subjective Tropes relating to Arrested Development.


  • And the Fandom Rejoiced: At the news of ten new episodes being released in preparation for The Movie.
  • Audience-Alienating Premise: The show actually got a decent amount of support from the network, considering it lasted 3 years despite being rather expensive to produce. Some have theorized that FOX simply did not know how to effectively advertise the show, Emmy winning or not. It is basically about a family of egotistical yuppies where only one is sympathetic, Michael, and the rest are not. This was pointed out in the third season by Michael "Maybe we aren't as likeable as we think we are."
  • Better on DVD: Or on Hulu, as it were (and remember to pause whenever a newspaper or other text piece appears on screen -- there are always a couple of extra jokes thrown in).
    • Watching the episodes in quick succession instead of an episode per week makes the countless running gags and brick jokes funnier because the set-ups are fresh in the viewer's mind. The show is also made even more hilarious when you watch the first season and catch all the Foreshadowing of things you now know are to come.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: David Schwartz's score for the show is almost as riddled with running jokes and clever allusions as the show itself.
  • Ear Worm: The "Mock Trial with J. Reinhold" theme song, as sung by William Hung.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Gob and Tobias.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Lucille constantly calls Lindsay fat. It's treated negatively in universe, but it's still deeply uncomfortable to watch knowing that Portia de Rossi went public about her struggles with anorexia after the show ended.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Through Foreshadowing and jokes that soon enter the annals of Arrested Development's Running Gags.
  • Hollywood Homely: George-Michael's girlfriend Ann is often treated like this by Michael. While not particularly unattractive, she has a dowdy appearance and appears very unemotional and bizarre, failing to make any lasting impression on people.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Lucille.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Yes, years before and in another universe, Scott Pilgrim and Roxy Richter used to date.
    • The guy who takes Maeby's "Marry me!" seriously? It's Howard Wolowitz.
    • And the guy who Lindsay thought she had a date with? Andy Bernard.
    • Remember the incredibly ugly woman Gob tried to set up Michael with in "Shock and Aww"? Iqbal Theba, better known as Principal Figgins from Glee.
    • There's also a blink-and-you'll-miss-it shot of Andy Samberg at the tail end of the second season finale, as a stage manager for the Blue Man group.
    • Saul Goodman is a slightly better lawyer than he is a marriage counselor.
  • Too Good to Last: The poster child for this trope. The show was too expensive to keep on the air at a loss for more than three seasons.
  • The Woobie: George-Michael. Especially in the pilot.