Diversions: Arrested Development

By Baron Ropp

The Netflix show “Arrested Development” is absolutely comical and a great show to watch. Michael Bluth, played by Jason Bateman, consistently tries to emphasize the principles of family to his son George Michael, played by Michael Cera, while being in the troughs of a chaotic family situation of his own. 


At the start of the show, Michael’s father George is imprisoned for embezzlement, and Michael has to take control of the family company while his spoiled family tries to continue the guise that they are rich. 


One particularly hilarious episode is Season One, Episode 16 which involves George Bluth’s trial. Michael starts dating the prosecutor of his father’s case, who ends up being blind. Michael also didn’t know that she was the prosecutor for his father’s case before dating her. Later in the episode, Michael sees Maggie at his father’s trial. Michael eventually finds out Maggie’s dog is actually blind, and that she had been faking her condition for the favor of the jury. This episode had so many twists and turns and the ending was one no one expected.   


This show has many talented actors and actresses who shine in their roles. Bateman, who now stars in “Ozark,” perfectly portrays a father trying to raise his son and raise him well. Portia de Rossi plays Lindsay Bluth, the misfit daughter of the family. Tony Hale who also played Gary Walsh on the show “Veep,” plays the clingy mother’s boy son who has never been exposed to the real world. 


There are some great cameos, as well. Former “Seinfeld” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus plays the role of a blind prosecutor who isn’t actually blind in a string of episodes late in the first season. Henry Winkler plays the role as the Bluth’s incompetent lawyer who was unable to prepare for his job. 


“Arrested Development” is a hysterical show that everyone can love. From the talented actors, hilarious cameos, and amazing writing, this show has a place amongst the elite comedic shows on Netflix. “Arrested Development” is a great show that is absolutely worth your time.