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Its an amazing show. Best sitcom ever isn't a label I throw around lightly though.



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Yeah it's a shame it never got better ratings.

And as much as i've enjoyed Cera's films if he keeps resisting the AD movie i'm going to have to track him down and hurt him.



So many great recurring jokes:

"Her?"

"Don't call it that."

The nonsensical things they come up with for Bob Loblaw's name. My favorite line of his, though,  being "I can do all the things Barry Zuckerkorn can do, plus I can skew younger." (A reference to Scott Baio coming in as Chachi on Happy Days, to be the "Fonzie for young kids". Brilliant line.)

The repeated spots where Gob's/Franklin's song keeps getting popped back into places. The doctor's tape recorder, once when Steve Holt hits the tape button instead of CD on the CD player.

The constant replaying of the George Michael Star Wars kid video.

"Well, that was a freebie."

The literal doctor. "No, it just looks like he's dead. He's covered in blue paint or something."

The couple callback images they do to Lindsey's "what will I look like" business when they show the kids Michael and Sally (looks like a male model) and George Sr. and Kitty (looks like a potential serial killer) would have.

All the shit they give Ann throughout the show. Like when Ann's mother meets Gangie and Gangie says "are you sure this isn't her sister?". As Ann's mother (you really gotta lock that down) says "what a nice thing to say" Michael is saying "what an awful thing to say, mom". ("Meet the Veals" is one of my top 5 episodes.)

The MRF storyline paid off hilariously. George Michael showing Michael the video as he has to break his dad's heart.

Gob. Just a fantastic idiot character. Will Arnett perfectly played a pretty much perfectly written character. A complete caricature of buffonery, masterfully handled. "Yeah, but where'd the lighter fluid come from?" "Michael, if you do this I will buy you a hundred George Michaels that you can teach to drive!"

I could quite honestly keep talking about this show all day, every day. It's a masterpiece, and my favorite show of all time.



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I absolutely love Arrested Development.
Extremely annoying that is was canceled so early. FOX drives me insane, in almost every way possible. It's nice to see the movie is moving along though.

I'm a huge fan of comedy (See: Flight of the Conchords, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and The Office), but AD likely tops them all.



Frodaddyg said:

So many great recurring jokes:

"Her?"

"Don't call it that."

The nonsensical things they come up with for Bob Loblaw's name. My favorite line of his, though,  being "I can do all the things Barry Zuckerkorn can do, plus I can skew younger." (A reference to Scott Baio coming in as Chachi on Happy Days, to be the "Fonzie for young kids". Brilliant line.)

The repeated spots where Gob's/Franklin's song keeps getting popped back into places. The doctor's tape recorder, once when Steve Holt hits the tape button instead of CD on the CD player.

The constant replaying of the George Michael Star Wars kid video.

"Well, that was a freebie."

The literal doctor. "No, it just looks like he's dead. He's covered in blue paint or something."

The couple callback images they do to Lindsey's "what will I look like" business when they show the kids Michael and Sally (looks like a male model) and George Sr. and Kitty (looks like a potential serial killer) would have.

All the shit they give Ann throughout the show. Like when Ann's mother meets Gangie and Gangie says "are you sure this isn't her sister?". As Ann's mother (you really gotta lock that down) says "what a nice thing to say" Michael is saying "what an awful thing to say, mom". ("Meet the Veals" is one of my top 5 episodes.)

The MRF storyline paid off hilariously. George Michael showing Michael the video as he has to break his dad's heart.

Gob. Just a fantastic idiot character. Will Arnett perfectly played a pretty much perfectly written character. A complete caricature of buffonery, masterfully handled. "Yeah, but where'd the lighter fluid come from?" "Michael, if you do this I will buy you a hundred George Michaels that you can teach to drive!"

I could quite honestly keep talking about this show all day, every day. It's a masterpiece, and my favorite show of all time.

One of the best delayed jokes was Ron Howard saying "but in no way are we disparaging Andy Griffith in this show" (not exact quote). It took me a good ten seconds to understand that line and then I just about died laughing.

Oh, and the "Daytime Desi" award show was another sly joke that took a few seconds for me to understand.

I just watched Meet the Veals again. That is a great episode. It took me a few viewings to figure out that was Ione Skye. Damn, she's still hot.

The George Michael Star Wars kid video was funny but the bit following it with Buster was the real brilliance of that joke.

"...oh, and he also liked Star Wars".

 




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People always tell me I'd love the show and it's right up my alley but I never get around to watching it. But if the pig says it's good I think I'll break down and go buy the first season.



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The_vagabond7 said:
People always tell me I'd love the show and it's right up my alley but I never get around to watching it. But if the pig says it's good I think I'll break down and go buy the first season.

The seasons are only $20 apiece at Target ($15 at that horrible spawn of Satan, Wal-Mart).

You will be very hard pressed to find more entertainment per dollar from any DVD you will ever buy.




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rocketpig said:

One of the best delayed jokes was Ron Howard saying "but in no way are we disparaging Andy Griffith in this show" (not exact quote). It took me a good ten seconds to understand that line and then I just about died laughing.

Oh, and the "Daytime Desi" award show was another sly joke that took a few seconds for me to understand.

I just watched Meet the Veals again. That is a great episode. It took me a few viewings to figure out that was Ione Skye. Damn, she's still hot.

The George Michael Star Wars kid video was funny but the bit following it with Buster was the real brilliance of that joke.

"...oh, and he also liked Star Wars".

 

One thing I just noticed for the first time was during one of the courtroom bathroom scenes with Michael and Barry, when everyone leaves the bathroom, Barry does the Fonzie "run a comb comb through the hair and then hold his hands out while grinning at the mirror" thing. Such a preposterous character, but Winkler pulls it off with style. The hilarity behind the fact that Barry instantly recognizes the "landscape" shot of the "bunkers" for what they really are just hit me in one of my most recent viewings.

And David Cross turned Tobias from what could have been a minor character into one of the most consistently hilarious people on the show. The entire catalog of crazy quasi-gay shit that comes out of his mouth over the course of the show goes so far beyond believeable that it just comes all the way back around and smacks me in the back of the head.

"And while George Michael had only gotten to second base, he had gone in head first. Like Pete Rose."

"You forgot to say 'away' again." "That was the office. Nellie has blown them all away."



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I love the episode where they are trying to teach George Michael a lesson about drugs, so he goes to Gob's boat and Gob pops out and says "Hello George Michael, lets deal some drugs!" in the most ridiculous way ever.....and don't forget the Hot cops....


I really hope the movie gets made.



I bought the entire series off of Amazon a few months ago and still haven't gotten around to watching it.

I've only watched a single episode and loved it and I know the wife loves it, I just keep forgetting I own it so just haven't watched it yet. -_-