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May 18, 2005

Arrested Development Picked Up For One More Season

The network now claims it was an "easy" call, because the show is so brilliantly inventive and funny. Well, they say it was an easy decision now, after they've made it. It apparently wasn't such an easy call in the weeks leading up to this.

It's the funniest show on TV, I think. I know Curb Your Enthusiasm has its fans, but I never bothered to watch it.

Give it a shot next season. Easily the best comedy since Seinfeld. And it's strangely, subversively conservative, too, despite the rather strong (and bizarre) sexuality depicted on it sometimes.

Here are six reasons you should begin watching it next season:

1) Although the show gets progressively more self-referentional and inside-jokey as the season progresses, the first episodes are pretty accessible... it's the later ones that start becoming hard to get unless you've watched the previous ones. So, if you start off with the first show, you'll be all right.

2) It's brilliantly funny. There are some clunker episodes, just as Seinfeld had clunkers, but the laugh-out-loud episodes far outnumber the stinkers.

3) Giving the show ratings will keep it on the air. This will not result in any crazy blog-money for me, but it will result in the next best thing, crazy television-watching.

4) The show dared the ultimate in anti-liberal PC-- featuring Heather Graham (mmmm...) as a hippy-dippy liberal teacher who loved Saddam Hussein. Not merely supported him because she was anti-war, as one character suggested; no, she literally loved him, and encouraged students to create valentine-shaped love-collages to the dictator.

5) Right after Dave from Garfield Ridge (and the rest of you geek bastards) made fun of me for linking to the "new Star Wars kid video," the show spoofed that same video the next week, proving that I am right on the bleeding edge of the cultural zeitgeist, and you're all a bunch of Star Trek geeks who need to get out more.

6) The show's star, the very likable Jason Bateman (brother of Justine "Mallory" Bateman... mmmmm) is married to Paul Anka's daughter.

I think I've made my case.

Thanks to Chickpea.

PS... Now that a lot of people have outed embarassing stuff about themselves, let me know when you think the time may be right for an informed haiku flame war.

Friday seems to be the usual day for this sort of thing... but if anyone's jonesing, we could do it earlier.

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