Arrested Development Season 3 An Under Appreciated Gem I love "Arrested Development" and consider it to be one of the most original, funny, offbeat, and intelligent television shows of all time. Having said that, I waffled between a four and five star rating for season three solely because while great, it still wasn't quite up to the amazingly high standards of the first two seasons. In the end, though, I couldn't bring myself to give it anything less than five stars, because it just isn't fair to punish the third season simply because the first two seasons were so far off the charts and warranted a rating greater than five stars. Season three is shorter than the first two seasons, and the jokes are both a bit more biting, and a bit more off-color compared to the earlier shows. As always, Ron Howard's narration is a clear winner, and helps viewers new to the show to get their bearings on what's going on. One of the chief delights of the show for me is the long-running plotlines that span seasons: this season they become even more otherworldly and convoluted. Jason Bateman is a great actor and centers the off-kilter ensemble cast. This season he dates a British woman (Charlize Theron) and explores the British section of Orange County, in a lengthy subplot that was my least favorite of the entire series. I never thought this story helped flesh out Michael's character, nor did it further the flow of the show in what was an already truncated and busy season. As always I loved Jeffrey Tambor as the lunatic patriarch of the Bluth family, and especially enjoyed the subplot about his trial for treason and the bizarre aftereffects of his dealings in Iraq. The guest stars this season were also great and included luminaries like James Lipton and Andy Richter. My favorite piece of casting was Scott Baio as attorney Bob Loblaw (who even has his own Internet site, the "Bob Loblaw Law Blog"). Baio is brilliant here, as is Justine Bateman who makes a sultry appearance in an amazing turn of events. The entire cast is strong, the vast majority of the material is great (the rest is very good), and the finale is totally unexpected, which is exactly what you would expect from "Arrested Development." This is a great show, and while season three is not my favorite season, this is still genius on a disc. For More 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price: Arrested Development Season 3 - 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price!
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