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2012-08-09 02:48:06 PM  

Raug the Dwarf: miniflea: LandOfChocolate: Lord Dimwit: mikieb: I tried watching it a few times, but couldn't get into it. Then I read stuff like this, and it makes me sorry I missed all of it. I really have to get the DVDs.

It is really very multi-layered. Jokes upon jokes and constant long-term setups and far-back references. Plus a ton of word play and double-entendres. Really one of the funniest shows ever.

Agreed. The best way to enjoy it is by watching them back to back.

Speaking as someone who just watched every episode for the first time over the course of the past week, THIS. My wife, who is not a native english speaker, watched some of them with me and while she laughed here and there she missed a lot. The best part really is picking up all the tiny subtle plays on words.

When I saw the copier bit mentioned in the article, I couldn't believe they got away with it. Also liked the constant "no, I've taught YOU a lesson" one upsmanship. Also, it was amusing watching this after watching Archer, as Lucille and the secretary (forget her name) are basically the same character.

Played by the same people too. Also, Jeffery Tambor plays Len Trexler, Mallory's love interest after Jackov.


Knew about the first two but not the third.
 
2012-08-09 02:52:14 PM  
I just blue myself.
 
2012-08-09 02:58:25 PM  

mikieb: I tried watching it a few times, but couldn't get into it. Then I read stuff like this, and it makes me sorry I missed all of it. I really have to get the DVDs.


Hulu
 
2012-08-09 02:59:01 PM  

acaciaavenue: Subby should probably watch Married...with Children - which had the same "dirty" jokes. In 1988.


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Um...No, Peg.
 
2012-08-09 02:59:28 PM  

mikieb: They did that with "Police Squad!" from the early eighties. Same guys behind the Naked Gun movies. Now that's a show I'd love to see come back.


Seconded, but it wouldn't be the same without Leslie Neilsen.
 
2012-08-09 03:03:35 PM  

zez: ronmexico27: Is that the same actor that plays Saul Goodman about to kiss Tobias?

Yeah, they know each other pretty well

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If you like funny off center comedy, check it out.


Cool, I definitely will!
 
2012-08-09 03:04:14 PM  

Strategeryz0r: Premeditated_Road_Rage: "Wizards of Waverly Place"

Trolling with a disney show is worth some points.

I award you 6/10. You could have gone further with this. Possibly a Hannah Montana reference?


It was a toss-up between WoWP, iCarly, and Hannah Montana. Hell, I think 90% of the 'kids shows' these days have gotten more (and better) crap under the radar than Arrested Development.

acaciaavenue: Subby should probably watch Married...with Children - which had the same "dirty" jokes. In 1988.


Probably happened in Archie Bunker, years before that as well. Subby thinks AD's stunt is something new, while the rest of us agree that Ward was a little hard on the Beaver last night.
 
2012-08-09 03:09:24 PM  

gunga galunga: Arrested Development sucks. Even if I did have a television, which I don't, I still wouldn't waych it.

/off to the gym


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2012-08-09 03:10:34 PM  

mikieb: I tried watching it a few times, but couldn't get into it. Then I read stuff like this, and it makes me sorry I missed all of it. I really have to get the DVDs.


Exactly this. I watched the first 2 episodes and went "what did people like about this?" I gave up. These are hilarious, though.
 
2012-08-09 03:10:35 PM  
Michael (to his brother, Gob): Get rid of the Seaward.

Lucille (stunned): I'll leave when I'm good and ready!


That line always had me in tears.
 
2012-08-09 03:15:58 PM  

zez: I didn't realize how funny the show could be just by reading the words!

I can't remember any of the dialog, but one of the funniest "dirty" scenes was in the first or second episode where they were all in a crowded car and mabye has to sit on her cousin's lap.


Watch out, bumpy road ahead.

Yikes.
 
2012-08-09 03:16:24 PM  

miniflea: Also, it was amusing watching this after watching Archer, as Lucille and the secretary (forget her name) are basically the same character.


Right down to her feuding with the neighbor.
 
2012-08-09 03:19:35 PM  

CigaretteSmokingMan: gunga galunga: Arrested Development sucks. Even if I did have a television, which I don't, I still wouldn't waych it.

/off to the gym

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I was making fun of pretentiousness. I was thinking of those farkers who show up in these AD threads to inform us (as if we cared) that they don't like the show. And then I was thinking "this is ripe for satire. This is ripe."
 
2012-08-09 03:20:37 PM  

Premeditated_Road_Rage: It was a toss-up between WoWP, iCarly, and Hannah Montana. Hell, I think 90% of the 'kids shows' these days have gotten more (and better) crap under the radar than Arrested Development.


Gotta do something to keep the dads from switching to the ballgame.

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2012-08-09 03:21:37 PM  
Bob Lawblaw's Law Blog made me laugh off and on for about a week...

Love that show ...and have been watching them again all week.
 
2012-08-09 03:22:10 PM  
Came for Buster's "When mom sees this, she is going to blow a cow!"


/leaving disappointed.
 
2012-08-09 03:22:25 PM  

LandOfChocolate: miniflea: Also, it was amusing watching this after watching Archer, as Lucille and the secretary (forget her name) are basically the same character.

Right down to her feuding with the neighbor.


Except they never disposed of a dead body in Lucille 2's house.
 
2012-08-09 03:22:35 PM  

LandOfChocolate: miniflea: Also, it was amusing watching this after watching Archer, as Lucille and the secretary (forget her name) are basically the same character.

Right down to her feuding with the neighbor.


The story is when Adam Reed where discussing the charcaters with the other writes, he pitched Mallory Archer as being just like Lucille Bluth. Then one of the writers suggested, "then let's get Jessica Walter".
 
2012-08-09 03:24:06 PM  
also, are any other Archer fans as excited for the Bob's Burgers/Archer cross-over episode they're doing next season as I am? Because I'm pretty damned excited for it!
 
2012-08-09 03:25:12 PM  

Strategeryz0r: also, are any other Archer fans as excited for the Bob's Burgers/Archer cross-over episode they're doing next season as I am? Because I'm pretty damned excited for it!


I hadn't heard that...but NOW I am.
 
2012-08-09 03:26:54 PM  

Raug the Dwarf: Strategeryz0r: also, are any other Archer fans as excited for the Bob's Burgers/Archer cross-over episode they're doing next season as I am? Because I'm pretty damned excited for it!

I hadn't heard that...but NOW I am.


It's going to be incredible.

"It's like a Bourne Identity-type plotline. It starts off with Archer as Bob, making hamburgers, but he doesn't know that he's Archer. He's at the restaurant and these, like, I think Russian thugs come in, and Bob dispatches them expertly. And then he's like, What just happened? How did I do that? So he has to try to figure out why he's so good at killing people."
 
2012-08-09 03:28:37 PM  
The hardest I laughed at this show was pretty much the opposite of all the wonderful wordplay, when Tobias jumps off the balcony as Mrs. Featherbottom and totally biffs the landing into the coffee table.

"Ok, who'd like a banger in the mouth? Oh right, I forgot... in the states you call it a SAUSAGE in the mouth."
"We just call it a sausage."
 
2012-08-09 03:35:20 PM  
Put me down by the nuts.
 
2012-08-09 03:36:13 PM  

mikieb: I tried watching it a few times, but couldn't get into it. Then I read stuff like this, and it makes me sorry I missed all of it. I really have to get the DVDs.


I watched it religiously. Best show in the history of television. I have intentionally avoided it for a few years so I can really enjoy watching the whole series again. This article and the coming reboot have convinced me it's time. Yeah!
 
2012-08-09 03:38:15 PM  

Electromax: when Tobias jumps off the balcony as Mrs. Featherbottom and totally biffs the landing into the coffee table.


This.

My favorite AD moment as well. Hell, the whole Mrs Featherbottom storyline from him breaking into Mary Poppins songs, Lindsay already being hammered by the time Michael comes home and she introduces him to Mrs Featherbottom, "Umm....Mrs Fingerbottom?". and not to mention the big reveal.

"Tobias, where did they go?"
"Michael. It's me! It's Tobias!"
 
2012-08-09 03:38:34 PM  
I dunno, I'm hesitant to be excited, because Archer has filled the Arrested Development shaped hole in my heart, and I don't know if that hole has room for two in it...
 
2012-08-09 03:39:57 PM  

TexanBoy: I dunno, I'm hesitant to be excited, because Archer has filled the Arrested Development shaped hole in my heart, and I don't know if that hole has room for two in it...


Honestly, AD is a smarter show and funnier for it. Archer is awesome, don't get me wrong, but it's not as good.

/ I love you Santa Clause!
/ I do.
 
2012-08-09 03:40:07 PM  

Lord Dimwit: ballistic123: The censors let the "Analrapist" joke through, and there's no way they could have missed that. My theory is that they'll let a joke through if it's too smart to be understood by the type who would complain.

I can honestly say I laughed so hard I cried the first time I saw that joke. It was a thing of beauty.


More than once upon waking at night and groggily teetering to the bathroom to pee and get some water the image of the business card has spontaneously generated in my brain and made me start giggling and then laughing out loud. Once I woke the wife. Funniest damned thing ever.
 
2012-08-09 03:46:02 PM  

mokinokaro: mikieb: I tried watching it a few times, but couldn't get into it. Then I read stuff like this, and it makes me sorry I missed all of it. I really have to get the DVDs.

I think it's just one of those shows you either get or you don't.

It never clicked for me either. I just found a lot of the characters kind of insufferable.


You must be right. But this is the only thing that's ever turned me into an insufferable proselytizing weirdo. Don't like my favorite band, movie, restaurant, comedian? Couldn't care less. But this show was so amazingly funny and always teetering on the brink of cancellation that I was BEGGING everyone I knew to watch it. Not only did I not want it cancelled but I really, really wanted everyone possible to enjoy the sheer brilliance of it.

Oh well.
 
2012-08-09 03:46:48 PM  

Msol: Something something 26 minutes.


what's with the 26 minutes? how do i not know this? help...
 
2012-08-09 03:48:46 PM  

championgoober: Msol: Something something 26 minutes.

what's with the 26 minutes? how do i not know this? help...


Here
 
2012-08-09 03:49:36 PM  
Oh Tobias, you blowhard!
 
2012-08-09 03:49:48 PM  
That's why you never get out of the tree.
 
2012-08-09 03:51:10 PM  

championgoober: Msol: Something something 26 minutes.

what's with the 26 minutes? how do i not know this? help...


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2012-08-09 03:51:47 PM  
I work in the film industry, and have been on a few shows that ran on network television, so yadda yadda yadda...

I don't see anything in any of those quotes that would cause a standards and practices department to pull the plug. I mean, yeah a lot of those jokes are cleverly crafted, but unless there's an actual dirty word or a clear and direct reference to something unfit for the delicate US viewer's sensibilities you can get away with quite a bit... especially if you happen to be on a network that likes to think it's on the "edgy" side of content.

As long as you can hide your content in unspoken or interrupted dialogue, wrap it in double entendre or just beat around the... ummm... shrub, there's really not much to worry about from a fine standpoint.
 
2012-08-09 03:53:44 PM  

Mercutio74: I work in the film industry, and have been on a few shows that ran on network television, so yadda yadda yadda...

I don't see anything in any of those quotes that would cause a standards and practices department to pull the plug. I mean, yeah a lot of those jokes are cleverly crafted, but unless there's an actual dirty word or a clear and direct reference to something unfit for the delicate US viewer's sensibilities you can get away with quite a bit... especially if you happen to be on a network that likes to think it's on the "edgy" side of content.

As long as you can hide your content in unspoken or interrupted dialogue, wrap it in double entendre or just beat around the... ummm... shrub, there's really not much to worry about from a fine standpoint.


Do you have to be at the studio in 26 minutes?
 
2012-08-09 03:57:18 PM  

kroonermanblack: Was anyone? It was god awful and boring. Why else would it get canceled in favor of scripted sort of reality show about pregnant bakers wives who are rappers and whores flinging used tampons at each other. The jersey shore edition?


The whore mouth . . . you need to shut it!
 
2012-08-09 03:57:55 PM  

TexanBoy: I dunno, I'm hesitant to be excited, because Archer has filled the Arrested Development shaped hole in my heart, and I don't know if that hole has room for two in it...


Here he comes...Here comes John Wayne. "I'm not gonna open up my heart to Arrested Development. I'm gonna build an airport, put m'name on it." Why, TexanBoy? So you can fly away from your feelings?
 
2012-08-09 03:59:37 PM  
Lucille: How am I going to get anyone to go into that dusty old clap trap?

::PAUSE::

Michael: Oh, the cabin...


If not the dirtiest line of the show's run, it's at least in the top 5.
 
2012-08-09 04:22:42 PM  
That "Volvo" joke is probably my favorite in the entire series.
 
2012-08-09 04:25:09 PM  

xsarien: Lucille: How am I going to get anyone to go into that dusty old clap trap?

::PAUSE::

Michael: Oh, the cabin...

If not the dirtiest line of the show's run, it's at least in the top 5.


Michael: "Get rid of the Seaward."

Lucille: "I'll leave when I'm good and ready."

(My favorite joke is STILL "And there were only four people in their party", or something to that effect.)
 
2012-08-09 04:25:18 PM  

JohnnyCanuck: Do you have to be at the studio in 26 minutes?


If there's a gym there... absolutely.
 
2012-08-09 04:27:03 PM  
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2012-08-09 04:30:08 PM  

kroonermanblack: Was anyone?


Apparently enough people are watching now.

Why else would it get canceled in favor of scripted sort of reality show about pregnant bakers wives who are rappers and whores flinging used tampons at each other. The jersey shore edition?

Because most of the American television viewing audience are retards and can't follow jokes that take longer than 5 seconds to set up. Not saying you're one of those retards...you just MAY be.
 
2012-08-09 04:30:31 PM  
Michael: Get rid of the Seaward

Lucille: I'll leave when I'm good and ready.
 
2012-08-09 04:32:32 PM  
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2012-08-09 04:34:44 PM  

Six_By_Nine: xsarien: Lucille: How am I going to get anyone to go into that dusty old clap trap?

::PAUSE::

Michael: Oh, the cabin...

If not the dirtiest line of the show's run, it's at least in the top 5.

Michael: "Get rid of the Seaward."

Lucille: "I'll leave when I'm good and ready."

(My favorite joke is STILL "And there were only four people in their party", or something to that effect.)


I control f'd up.
 
2012-08-09 04:35:49 PM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: [www.myconfinedspace.com image 560x700]


Too many freckles.

2/10 would not bang.
 
2012-08-09 04:36:44 PM  

Cheron: bel4sucks: Strategeryz0r: There isn't a single character on the show that's likeable

What's so unlikeable about George Michael? Or even Michael's character?

I always thought that Tobias Fünke was sort of an every man, an average Joe that the viewers could identify with


You may have a point. I can imagine myself with a part of Tobias in me. Oh, there I go...tooting another man's horn! I'm such a blow-hard.
 
2012-08-09 04:39:44 PM  
Michael: It is going to up in Tahoe a couple more days. Maybe you could take a date
Lucille: How am I supposed to find someone willing to go into that musty old claptrap?
Michael: [Michael stares at her awkwardly] The cabin... yes! That would be difficult, too.
 
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