Arrested Development

2003 TV-14 4 seasons

Arrested Development

2003 TV-14 4 seasons
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It's the story of a wealthy family that lost everything, and the one son who had no choice but to keep them all together. It's the return of the Emmy-winning "Arrested Development," featuring one of the funniest ensembles in TV comedy.
Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Alia Shawkat, Tony Hale, David Cross, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Ron Howard
  • SEASON  1
  • SEASON  2
  • SEASON  3
  • SEASON  4

Summary of Season 1 (2003) - 3 discs

When wily patriarch George Bluth Sr. is sent to jail, his responsible son takes over the family business. But he's no match for his crazy siblings and his sharp-tongued mother, whose daily diet consists of vodka and reckless consumption.
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Widescreen 1.78:1
English, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
TV-14 - This program contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children under 14 years of age.
age 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that despite its comedic brilliance and excellent cast, Arrested Development isn't age appropriate for younger kids. The show features mature issues like lying, stealing, cheating, adultery, implied sex/nudity, drinking, pill-popping, driving under the influence, prison breaks, kissing cousins, embezzling, illegitimate children, and all-around crooked behavior. And there are lots of jokes at the expense of gay men, Christians, people of color, and the disabled. Strong swear words are bleeped, though "damn," "hell," and the like are not; expect plenty of drinking and smoking as well.

Sexual Content

Plenty of innuendo, discussion of sexual activity, and subtly explicit jokes. Kissing and groping. Characters shown partially clad in bed (sex implied but not shown). One minor character repeatedly pulls up her shirt to reveal her chest, but it's blurred out.


Some comic pratfalls/slapstick (for instance, one character sports a hook after he loses his hand in a freak accident involving a seal).


Casual use of words like "damn," "hell," and "bitch," plus a fair number of bleeped words.

Social Behavior

There's an underlying current about the importance of family, but most of those family members are just as likely to demean or manipulate one another as they are to help or support one another. Selfishness, greed, obliviousness, and shame are some of the main motivators here ... all played for laughs, of course.


Some intentional references to brands/products (including HBO and Showtime).

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

One character is an alcoholic who also takes prescription drugs recreationally. Other characters drink/get drunk occasionally. Some characters smoke -- particularly Lucille.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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