Earlier this summer a friend recommended that I check out Arrested Development. As it turns out Netflix has all three seasons available for streaming so it was an easy decision to add the first season to my queue and give it run. My friend insisted that it was very funny and I vaguely recalled that it was often labeled as “the best show you’re not watching,” but what I discovered was that Arrested Development is outrageously hilarious and perhaps the funniest show since Seinfeld.
Now for me, Seinfeld is the quintessential sitcom. It was hilarious when it originally aired and it is still hilarious years later. In fact, I find myself laughing loudly and frequently during episodes that I’ve seen literally a dozen times. Until I saw Arrested Development, I would say that The Office had been the only sitcom in recent history that I have found consistently funny and that even comes close to Seinfeld stature, though it doesn’t have the same rewatchability.
Arrested Development, for those who haven’t seen it, stars Jason Bateman as Michael Bluth, the one sensible individual living amongst a family of idiots. Sure, he has his moments of stupidity, but his fellow siblings and parents outshine him by far. The show has an amazing cast, including Michael Cera as George Michael Bluth, Will Arnett as Gob Bluth (pronounced like Job from the Bible), Portia de Rossi as Lindsay Bluth Funke, and David Cross as Tobias Funke among many other talented actors. The show is also narrated superbly by Ron Howard (which I didn’t realize until like a minute ago).
The first two seasons are pure comedic genius and the third is very funny as well, though I thought it wasn’t quite as funny as the first two. Overall, the show only ended up with 53 episodes before it was untimely canceled. I didn’t take long to watch the whole series and it was pretty disappointing to see it end, but there is some light on the horizon. A feature film is scheduled for release in 2012 and, according to imdb.com, will feature the full cast from the show. I’m definitely looking forward to the movie. I would love to see what the talented writers have come up with in the last few years.
If you haven’t watched the show and you like to laugh at all, check it out. Now. Seriously.
This summer, I have been trying to find some TV show to fill the void left by LOST, Heroes, Dollhouse, and 24 (which all ended or were cancelled this spring). I think the only shows that I watch that are returning this fall are Chuck and The Office. I also watch Caprica, but that won’t return until the winter. Netflix has been my biggest ally in my quest. Here’s what I’ve tried out so far:
Veronica Mars – I’ve watched the first four episodes and I’m still on the fence. I like the mystery aspect, but I’m not into the whole teenage angst stuff so much. I may continue to feel it out for a few more episodes before I decide whether to stick with the full season or not.
Farscape – I have heard so many good things about this show, but it wasn’t exactly what I expected. The whole puppet element threw me off to say the least. I’m only three episodes in, but I’m still on the fence with this one too.
Eureka – I caught the Warehouse 13 / Eureka panel at Comic-Con and it inspired me to check out the show. I have watched two episodes from the fourth season and it’s just good fun. I think this is a show I could enjoy and I think I’ll continue watching. I also want to catch up on Warehouse 13. I watched part of season one and liked it, but dropped the ball and stopped watching.
Supernatural – I’ve watched the first two episodes and I think I’m getting into it. I’m not a big horror guy, but I like the characters and I dig the classic rock. I’ll think I’ll be sticking with this one.
Arrested Development – This may be the funniest show since Seinfeld. I think its even funnier than The Office. I’m about halfway through season two and I’m sure I’ll finish the series before the summer is out. This is the best new-to-me show I’ve discovered this summer. I just love it.
I’m also thinking of checking out Dexter and The X-Files, but I haven’t had time yet. They may have to wait until I whittle down this list a little. They have been more than enough to keep me busy.
Hello world. Oh crap, can I start my first post with struck through text? Yes. I can. And I just did.
So what is this little old blog all about. Well, it’s really quite simple. Every day I engage in some geeky activity that I find enjoyable and this is my way of sharing those experiences.
For instance, today I set up a blog played a couple of levels of Harry Potter Lego on Xbox with my brother. It was awesome until I got Hagrid stuck between a rock and a tree and couldn’t get him out. There must have been a glitch in the game. We were almost done with the level and I thought we were going to have to quick, but we found a way to go back far enough with one character that the game was forced to regroup everyone and we finished the level.
Then we watched an episode of Arrested Development, which we recently discovered, on Netflix. I love this show. It is so funny. It is definitely my new favorite.
So what is in store for the blog? Well, you’re looking at it. I plan to muse about those things that I enjoy most: movies, books, and tv (most of which fall into the science fiction and fantasy genres). I’m also hoping to post some of my thoughts about Comic-Con, which I attended for the first time this year.
Well, that’s enough for the first post. Godspeed dear readers.