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Six reasons why now is the time to become an AD fan

by Annie Wu, posted Jun 12th 2008 2:07PM
Arrested Development
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I will admit, I was super late to the Arrested Development game. It had been canceled and I'm pretty sure everything was on DVD. Actually, I remember the first time I watched an episode, it was on G4. There was that guy from Teen Wolf Too and he was talking to David Cross, who was painted like a Smurf for some reason. And then he did some things that didn't really make sense, and I laughed nervously because I was worried I had become too stupid to keep up with sitcoms. I gave up after another ten minutes of confusion and switched over to Flavor of Love or something equally brain-numbing to make myself feel better.

The thing is, I know I wasn't alone! The world of Arrested Development is big and scary and full of self-references, and loads of people are hesitant to start watching because of this. Well, I'm here to tell you, as someone who absolutely adores the show now, it is certainly not too late to become a fan. No, brother, it's not as scary as it looks. Now is the time to join in. Here's why...

All the cool kids are doing it: Hey, man, don't be scared. Just pop in that first episode and try it. If you don't like it, you can stop whenever you want. I know, the things you'll see might be kind of weird. It's a show where Scott Baio plays a lawyer and that dude from Inside the Actor's Studio is a warden, after all. Can it really be that good? Yes. It really is that mind-blowing. It'll change the way you see the comedy world and give you instant comedy cool points. Haven't you seen all the funny elite fawning over this show? Don't you want to be popular with all the hip, pop culture-savvy kids at school/work and have them stop making fun of you for saying "Tennessee" was your favorite Arrested Development song? You cannot afford to spend another sleepless night over that embarrassing moment, so prepare to join the AD crowd and be loved. There's beer and popular girls!

Try, no need to buy: All right, seriously ... This show is certainly worth owning on DVD, if only to get some more comedy cred in your collection. However, if you are hesitant to go all the way, that's not a problem either, as all of the episodes are online legally and in fantastic quality. It's a show that has to be watched from the beginning, so this is probably the way to go for most people. Later, when this inevitably becomes a full-fledged love affair, head on over to Amazon and pick up the entire series for a cool 45 bucks. Not bad at all.

You know it's good: Five billion viewers -- give or take a few billion, maybe -- cannot be wrong. When was the last time a show gained such a following after its demise? Mind you, this is without painfully excessive syndication and mainly powered by fan love. AD is constantly noted in top ten lists, its Amazon reviews read like personal love letters and, heck, even TV Squad named an award after AD for the show least deserving of cancellation in the last season. Isn't it time to experience some of that action for yourself?

New episodes!:
When I finally decided to watch the entire series from Episode One, many AD fans expressed envy. "Oh, man. That means you still have two new seasons ahead of you," they would sigh, their eyes glazing over with nostalgia. I would then promise to watch the series extra slowly and flaunt my enjoyment to cause them maximum pain. Of course, with my willpower failing almost immediately and the show being so addictive, I quickly sped through all three seasons anyway. But that excitement of having brand new material to look forward to is always wonderful. I briefly toyed with the thought of leaving the last three episodes alone for about a year, but again: my willpower is nothing. Actually, if you play things right, you may get to watch one new episode every week or so until the movie is here. Speaking of which...

There is still time for the movie: Take this time to familiarize yourself with the AD world and maybe even learn to appreciate the careers it helped ignite (and in some cases, re-ignite). And even though the show is over, it's not too late to get involved with the show's fan community. Not only is there a strong community that still holds out hope for a small screen revival, but fans are super-excited for the AD movie on the horizon. It's going to be incredible with the film comes out, for that's when fans from all periods of the show's life will finally be able to celebrate AD at the same time.

Minimal Fox frustrations: An awesome part about being late to the game is that you already know what to expect. There's no need to suffer the punch to the face that was AD's cancellation, but the fan community's pain is still fresh enough for you to join in and mourn if you feel the need to do so. There's no need to protest in front of Fox execs' houses, because others already have! This method of avoiding emotional pain is the same reason why I only listen to bands that have already broken up.

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jam

I'm putting in my hat as one among the many many other ADdicts. I am not hesitant to say that AD "is the greatest show I have ever seen" (I dont watch that much television, so that statement isnt that absolute). One of the things I like about AD so much is the writers' "mastery of the English language". I've never heard so many puns and comedic interpretations of different English words in my life. That's in addition to the outstanding actors playing their parts, which they do tremendously. I will seriously crack up at George-Michael's most mundane comment just because of Mike Cera's hilarious deadpan.

I've been swishing an idea in my head; when the movie comes out, I should buy a bunch of tickets so I can invite as many friends, family, and strangers I meet off the street to see it in order to expand the fanbase.

(I've done up the math before on amazon's start rating, this is what it was today when I checked it: 98.53%. That's out of 341 reviews)

June 13 2008 at 12:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Zach

I watched it from the beginning, got all the DVD's, watched them constantly, and to this day I am still finding deeper and deeper jokes that are mind blowingly hilarious, I feel sorry for anyone who hasn't had a chance to enjoy this show. F*ck Fox.

June 12 2008 at 8:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MIke

It doesn't matter when you (eventually) find and (inevitably) love the show as long as you don't ignore it--all is forgiven.

June 12 2008 at 6:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
segsig

I'm in the middle of season two and I have season three ready and waiting! It's much better watching a show on your own time frame and not having to be heartbroken that it was cancelled.

June 12 2008 at 4:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
leah

I got in to this show late too. I watched it for the first time a couple months ago. I had bought the complete series (only $30 in amazon's gold box!) back before christmas but never felt like watching it.

I wish I had addresses for all the stars and people involved in the show so I could tell them I'm sorry for not watching this in the first place and kinda getting in canceled. If all of us who have found the show on dvd had watched then, it could still be on.

The same goes for firefly :(

June 12 2008 at 3:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jamie

I'm a new AD fan. I bought season 1 a while ago and loved it. I'm planning to get 2 and 3 soon.

It's such a hilarious show, and I see where people are coming from when they compare 30 Rock to it. It's one of those shows were almost every frame has some kind of joke.

June 12 2008 at 3:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Oreo

I'm watching season one on hulu right now, and I bought season 2 for $10 at target. It's on sale until the 22 I think.

June 12 2008 at 3:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Annie W.

Ahh, thank you so much for mentioning this. I just got back from Target with my new DVD in hand. Last one in the store!

June 13 2008 at 5:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Edd

Thanks for this post - AD is very difficult to get into (on a casual basis) but the rewards are a million times what any other show gives back. Anyone who likes and knows their comedy should give it a couple of goes, it's the most compelling realistic-feeling family on television and barely an hour goes by without some funny, ridiculous scene popping into my head. Kudos to crew and cast - a true masterpiece of our generation.

June 12 2008 at 3:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
plinstrot

I know this is an AOL affiliate, but the episode in that link are not in order. I would recommend going to hulu.com to watch all the episodes.

June 12 2008 at 2:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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