Arrested Development revolves around the excessive lifestyles of the dysfunctional and formerly very wealthy Bluth family. After the Bluths lost their fortune due to shifty accounting practices by the family patriarch, George Bluth, Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor), George’s son, Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman), the “normal one” of the family is forced to live in Orange County to run the family business while his father is in prison. Now, Michael has to piece together what’s left of the family business while struggling to teach his family how to live without the endless expense account they’re used to. All the while, Michael strives to do good by his teenaged son, George Michael (Michael Cera), a serious, work-driven kid, much like his father, who works meticulously at the family’s famous frozen banana stand.
Michael’s efforts to help the family are constantly tripped up by his manipulative, socialite mother, Lucille Bluth (Jessica Walter), who is critical of everything her children say and do, except for her youngest son, Byron “Buster” Bluth (Tony Hale). Lucille has kept a tight grip on her youngest son, and due to his mother’s sheltering and control over his every move, Buster lacks social skills and is prone to panic attacks. Then there’s G.O.B. (Will Arnett), the Bluth’s oldest son, who’s a struggling magician illusionist that strives to finally pull off that one big trick. And lastly there’s the Bluth sister, Lindsay (Portia de Rossi), who married a doctor-turned-actor, Tobias (David Cross), who suffers from his self-proclaimed “never-nude” illness and constantly finds himself in inadvertent homosexual connotations. Together, Lindsay and Tobias had a daughter, Maeby (Alia Shawkat), and their permissive parenting styles have turned her into the polar-opposite of George Michael.
Arrested Development’s smart humor never got the audience that it deserved, but the loyalty of fans earned the series several awards and nominations including a Golden Globe for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy nomination, AFI’s Program of the Year award, and received the “Future Classic” Award from TV Land among rave reviews from viewers and critics alike.