# Similar TV Shows Like Arrested Development (2003)
Released: 2 November 2003 (USA)
Runtime: 22 Min
Taglines: “I’ll see you in May, or whenever is convenient for you.” (season 4) See more »
Writers: Mitchell Hurwitz
Actors: Jason Bateman , Michael Cera , Portia De Rossi
Level-headed son Michael Bluth takes over family affairs after his father is imprisoned. But the rest of his spoiled, dysfunctional family are making his job unbearable.
Meet the wildly dysfunctional Bluth family. This family was once at the height of real estate development in Orange County, California. But when the family business – the Bluth Company – goes bust, they’re suddenly found penniless with their assets frozen. They move into their last remaining asset – the model home left over from their latest housing tract. Their luxury vehicles are replaced with a reminder of the family’s former wealth: ‘the stair car that accompanied their private jet’. The patriarch of the family is George Bluth – he’s now in prison, and loving every minute of it. His wife Lucille and daughter Lindsay are spoiled socialites who can’t handle getting kicked out of family restaurants. His son Buster is in his mid 30’s and lives at home. His son George Oscar Bluth is a magician who started a group to get magicians to be taken seriously, and gets kicked out when his own tricks are revealed. Lindsay is married to a man named Tobias Funke, once a psychiatrist, who decides to become an actor. The only sane member of the family: Michael Bluth, along with his son George Michael, want nothing to do with the family business. But one bizarre circumstance after another keeps Michael and George Michael from leaving their eccentric family.
Michael Bluth, a widower with a 13-year-old son, named George-Michael, is forced to keep his large and dysfunctional family together after his father is arrested for shifty accounting practices at the family-owned conglomerate and the Bluth family assets are frozen, making each member of the eccentric family panic. Michael’s snobbish mother, Lucille, finds herself living alone in a penthouse without the financial means to maintain it, while Michael’s two brothers, GOB and Buster, and his sister Lindsay with her husband Tobias and her daughter Maeby also find themselves having to recreate their lifestyles to fit their new financial status.