I regrettably missed the Arrested Development boat (or should I say the Lucille yacht?) when it aired from 2003 to 2006. A few summers ago, I did the right thing and watched all three seasons. Multiple times. It’s never too late! If you have yet to watch the cult masterpiece, get into it now before Netflix airs the highly-anticipated fourth season on May 26th. If this call to arms didn’t light a fire beneath your behind, one or more of the following reasons should do the trick.
1. Baby Michael Cera as George Michael Bluth
Alright, he’s not actually a baby. But he’s young and adorable and dresses like a Boca Raton-y grandpa. George Michael is quite possibly the most accurate depiction of an awkward, gawky adolescent. An awkward, gawky adolescent who shares his name with a pop icon.
2. …Okay, the Entire Main Cast
The cast is unparalleled. Cera, Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, David Cross, Portia de Rossi, Tony Hale, Alia Shawkat, Jeffrey Tambor and Jessica Walter. After watching the series in its entirety, I dare you to pick a favorite character. Oh right, it is impossible.
3. CAMEOS & RECURRING CHARACTERS!
Ed Helms, Andy Sandberg, Amy Poehler, Charlize Theron, Carl Weathers, Judy Greer, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, LIZA MINELLI…to name a few. And season four promises a bevy of returning and new cameos.
4. It Is Narrated & Produced by Ron Howard
Lucille Bluth: Master of Winks.
6. The Show Understands the Amazingness of an Ice Cream Sandwich
7. Lindsay’s Wardrobe
Each outfit de Rossi’s Lindsay Funke wears is a work of art. And each outfit is waiting to be put into your eyeballs. Do not deny yourself the magic that is the Lindsay Funke Ensemble.
8. You Will Learn About Never Nudes
Tobias Funke (Cross) suffers from a unique condition: he cannot be naked. Let me elaborate: he literally lacks the capacity to be in the buff. If anything, the series functions as a PSA for this very serious disorder.
9. …and the Dangers of Seals
If you thought a seal was a cute, sweet animal whose goals in life were to balance a beach ball on its nose and to clap its fin-paw-hands, think again. A loose seal is a vicious creature. And Buster Bluth learns this first hand (I couldn’t help it).
George Michael dates a girl so dull that his family cannot remember her name or her face or her gender or ever meeting her. It’s a brilliant running joke. You’ll want to feel sorry for her, but you’ll be too preoccupied with laughing at every Ann-induced grimace on Michael Bluth’s face. Also, she’s played by the awesome Mae Whitman, a.k.a Roxy Richter from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.
11. The Bluth Family Chicken Impressions
12.You Won’t Understand Season 4
You may think, “I want to watch season 4 so I’m not out of the pop culture loop!” but you will be so out of the AD loop if you don’t watch the first 3 seasons. This show is a beautifully layered tiramisu. You know, if tiramisu ingredients were running jokes and in-references. You must start from the beginning. Could you imagine jumping into Game of Thrones for the first time during next week’s episode and declaring, “I’ll figure it out!!!”? You’d be a Joffrey Baratheon-level monster. Okay, enough of this. Go watch Arrested Development already!!!