Arrested Development debuts on Netflix this weekend, seven years after it was first cancelled. You already know this, or you wouldn’t be here. On the Internet. My guess is that more people know that Arrested Development is debuting this weekend that people who know where Arkansas is on a map.
Accordingly, there are an incredible amount of features and news pieces being written about Arrested Development. I sincerely hope that this is one of the ones that you read, because I had a great time pulling it together, mostly by scouring the individual episode pages on Wikipedia, spending more hours on Reddit than should be allowed, and watching several key episodes. I will say this, though: I don’t know if it is my connection, or if there are simply a lot of people watching Arrested Development episodes this week, but I spent a good hour or two of my research time in buffer mode. I hope this is worked out before this weekend’s release.
Anyway, the more hardcore Arrested Development fans have probably seen some of these, but as someone who hasn’t watched the series in a few years, the gags were not only fun to research and locate, but seeing them again gave me an all new appreciation for the series ahead of its season four release. The details that Mitch Hurwitz brings to Arrested Development are simply astounding.
1. Freedom Sign Guy. He appears in the background at least four times, including the pilot and in “Storming the Castle,” where he is seen leaving the Gothic Arsehole (image via).
2. A subtle clue that Michael was dating a mentally disabled woman (image via)
3. An extremely subtle reference to Footloose, as earlier in the episode, Lindsay tells Michael he is turning Bluth Company into the town from Footloose. The first image is a screenshot from Footloose. Never mind that only 6 people in America caught the reference; those six people were overjoyed!
4. Andy Richter is multi-talented.
5. The poster in the background is visible two episodes before we meet Surely Funke.
6. You have to watch the entire scene to see it at different angles, and strain your eyes to read it, but the flavors of soda listed on the soda machine in the hospital are: “Spew,” “Squirm,” “Clear,” “Blue,” “Stuff,” “Cola,” “Orange Soda,” “Ice tea,” and “Rootbeer.”
7. The newspaper has an article written by Sherill Watts, the President of a company called “Propgraphics” that makes props — including newspapers — for movies. Another reference that NO ONE would get initially.
8. “George Bush doesn’t care about black puppets.” (image via)