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Originally posted by adamsappel@Mar 17 2004, 08:30 PM

I've tried Arrested Development a few times, and while I agree it is a well-written show, don't you find it annoying that the narrator (Ron Howard) EXPLAINS every joke?

Anyong!

 

Not really. For starters I don't think he explains every joke. I don't even think he explains most of them. I think most of the humor happens at the periphery and goes uncommented upon and often happens at the edges. I wish I could articulate it more than that.

 

I notice a fair bit of explanation of background for people who missed an episode or are new to the show, though. I don't mind it. Plus, I'll take that over a stupid laugh track telling me when I'm supposed to laugh.

 

Dumb, I know, but it never ocurred to me that Ron Howard was narrating -- even though it became obvious when you mentioned it. Watching the show, I assumed it was Jason Bateman.

 

-j

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Originally posted by gigapower@Mar 18 2004, 09:21 AM

when is this Arrested Development coming to DVD? The few times I've caught it I have laughed my ass off.

Don't know about DVD, but there is going to be a six-episode Marathon on this Sunday 3/21 on the FX channel:

 

2:30/1:30c - "Pilot" (ARR-101)

3:00/2:00c - "Top Banana" (ARR-102)

3:30/2:30c - "Bringing Up Buster" (ARR-103)

4:00/3:00c - "Visiting Ours" (ARR-104)

4:30/3:30c - "Key Decisions" (ARR-105)

5:00/4:00c - "Charity Drive" (ARR-106)

 

 

This is a great chance for those who missed the first episodes to play a little catch up.

 

Carlos.

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Originally posted by stencil@Mar 18 2004, 01:05 PM

Caught an episode of Arrested Development last night. Pretty darn funny. Who isn't in this show, by the way? Talk about star-studded. Henry Winkler in the mirror was priceless.

"You aren't one of those silly guys that dresses up like a woman are you?"

"No, of course not!

*vroom*

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Originally posted by FreakTornado@Mar 18 2004, 01:42 PM

I laughed out loud at the beginning of last night's A.D. when they're in the bar:

 

"I don't know how I feel about lying"

 

"What do you mean, they're lawyers, 'lawyer' is Latin for liar"

Anyong! I wish I could say that G.O.B. is my favorite character, but really my favorite is whoever is on-screen at the time.

 

Young George Michael (with great comic timing), David Cross as Tobias (with his various issues), Jason Bateman's eminently likeable Michael, the frugal Carl Weathers, jeez, it's too much to pick a favorite. And how could I leave out Buster, the lovely Lindsey or Maebe, the demon child? Or the two Lucilles?

 

I thought it was hilarious last week when George Sr. started pinching the nipple of the woman from Best in Show through the prison fence. "What's he doing? He's pinching the mike! Out cover's blown!"

 

-j

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"This is the last time you'll see these." (or something to that effect)

 

I loved how Kitty and G.O.B. said the same line.

 

I continue to be impressed by how likeable the characters are. Most are so self-absorbed, demented and/or nasty, it really is a feat to make them likeable.

 

What really impresses me is the depth of the characters. A character like G.O.B. or Michael, for example, would be so easy to make one-dimensional. So far, however, I think they've avoided that.

 

"Who does White Power Bill hate?"

 

-j

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Originally posted by Robot Monkey@Mar 29 2004, 11:18 AM

I continue to be impressed by how likeable the characters are. Most are so self-absorbed, demented and/or nasty, it really is a feat to make them likeable.

Yes, which is the brilliance of Seinfeld as well, people you would probably despise in person (except for Kramer possibly), but somehow sympathetic and very entertaining on TV.

 

Another parallel with Seinfeld is the quality of the bit-part characters, like Kitty. Her scenes were hilarious, not to mention the various storylines surrounding her character.

 

Another fabulous GOB episode. His 'art of illusion' movements during the boat disappearance were hilarious, as was the accompanying music.

 

Yes! I was thinking the same thing, The Final Countdown fit perfectly with his overly earnest performance.

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Originally posted by FreakTornado@Mar 29 2004, 03:25 PM

Another parallel with Seinfeld is the quality of the bit-part characters, like Kitty. Her scenes were hilarious, not to mention the various storylines surrounding her character.

I forgot to mention her misplaced nipples, which killed me -- especially because no one commented upon them!

 

And yeah, G.O.B.'s soundtrack was perfect. Nothing evokes cheesy magician like Final Countdown. His "My God, I'm so cool" antics on stage sealed the deal!

 

I'd love to hear a commentary track for this show.

 

-j

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I just hope that sentiment makes it to Fox. Did you see the related article links at the bottom of the page? The same guy wrote one in October titled Latest Fox comedy 'Arrested Development' is so funny it's doomed, which is sad but true.

 

I really hope they stick with this one.

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