R.I.P. 'Arrested Development'

164531__ad_l_1Okay, we all knew this was coming, especially after only 4 million people tuned in for its one-hour episode on Monday (pitiful!), but now it’s official: Fox is cutting back its order on TV’s best comedy, Arrested Development, to 13 episodes, instead of a full-season slate of 22, and pulling it during November sweeps. In other words, Arrested is kaput (as is its delightful freshman companion, Kitchen Confidential).

Even though Fox stuck with the series a lot longer than most networks would for a ratings-challenged show, I can’t say I’m not crushed. And I know it’s a complete longshot, but I’m still going to say a novena in the hopes that ABC or NBC (neither of which exactly have a booming roster of quality sitcoms) might have the good sense to snatch this puppy up.

Either way, it’s been a hilarious run, and to honor the wacky Bluth clan, I’m inviting everyone to share their favorite Arrested Development moment. Mine comes courtesy of a throwaway line delivered by Bluth matriarch Lucille (Jessica Walter), who, forced to lower her standards and eat in a family-style restaurant, was asked by a waitress if she wanted, ”Plate or platter?” Lucille, befuddled and repulsed, replied, ”I do not understand the question, and I won’t respond to it.” Evil. And genius.

Okay, PopWatchers, now it’s your turn. Post away.

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  • Flick

    One of my favorites is when Buster sneaks up on Michael and Gob with his hook as they are going to try and locate the “man-eating” seal, and Gob mistakenly calls Buster “Bonster.” Classic!

  • Ryan

    Season one: Gob is smoking pot on the patio. When Michael asks him a question, he must exhale, and to cover up for the smoke coming out of his mouth, Gob guiltily asks “is it cold out here?”

  • Nick

    My favorite is any line delivered by david Cross (Tobias) but among the pearls is certainly “I just blue myself”. Damn… AD will join my very limited roster of the best comedy shows not enough people watched such as Sportsnight and Larry Sanders.

  • Liz

    Last episode of Season One when Gob is at the cafe with Kiity. He asks about Macaroni, put’s up his finger, says “Let me finish,” does the finger swirl, “Salad?”

  • Stef

    Lucille: Luz, that coat cost more than your house! Oh, that’s how we joke. She doesn’t even have a house.

  • Jen

    my favorite moment is when george michael and gob are on the boat doing their drug deal and the hot cops run up and gob yells “oh no its the cops!…and a construction worker.”

  • Christopher

    This season, voiced by Ron Howard after the insensitive trailer was selected for Andy Griffith, appearing in his Matlock suit at court to woo the jury: “NO ONE was making fun of Andy Griffith.”

  • Gia

    It’s Definately sucks. this is one of the saddest news I’ve ever heard this months. It is officially ‘The Black friday’. Fox, why are you doing this to us, please…restore the order back. But, I still have high hopes because I havent heard the word “cancellation” coming from the mouth of fox officials. I havent even got the chance to watch the third season because i’m In Indonesia. But, One thing for sure, I will keep supporting “Arrested Development” until there is nothing else to do. For now let’s just pray the best for our beloved Bluths to be picked up by other network, hopefully HBO, keep ur fingers crossed. Love You AD, you have given me the best quality times of television watching, if you’re gone, i’ll definately miss U 4eva……Shame on Fox….*&#<… :(
    Anyways, my favourite AD moment is:
    Gob: Monopoly! You don't have it, do you?
    George Michael: Yeah, actually.
    Gob: Well, that's good, cuz this one is missing a lot of pieces.
    George Michael: Uh, Uncle GOB, the twenty?
    Gob: A magician never reveals his secrets!
    George Michael: I don't need the secret, I need…
    [GOB is gone]
    George Michael: Wow, that's so much like stealing.
    It's Classic…..

  • Allison Nesbitt

    The running Ann joke is my current fav…who?

  • Jasmine

    Oh man! Cancelled?! That sucks! But so has this season of AD. I absolutely love, love, love Mama Bluth (Jessica Walter). My favourite quote from her was when she was on the phone with someone and Oscar was doing some sort of Yoga/Meditation type thing with his robe open and he wasn’t wearing any underwear and she says to him (paraphrasing):”For God’s sake Oscar, close your robe you look like the window of a butcher shop”. She will be missed!

  • Nate

    we can quote all we want, but why isnt anyone doing something about this!? someone save this show! im thinking about a hunger strike…but im sure no one will listen

  • Jennifer

    Some (but not all) of my personal faves:
    “I want to be in the new poof” – GOB
    “I’m part machine, mother” – Buster
    “she’s not a B, mother” – Buster
    “I’m glad that he’s gifted sexually” – George Michael on Steve Holt to Maybe
    anything and everything David Cross has ever said.
    THIS IS THE GREATEST SHOW ON TELEVISION. it completely sucks that its getting cancelled.

  • Frankie Kaufman

    It’s really hard to figure out the thinking behind the Fox network. They cancel a brilliant show like AD and continue to promote crap like “Stacked”? They made the right decision in bringing back Family Guy, but it took a grassroots effort and big ratings on ANOTHER NETWORK (Cartoon Network) to make them realize it. Arrested Development is one of, if not the, funniest shows on television. The writing is the best out there. But, I guess it’s up to stupid America on what they want to see. We, as a nation, are full of dumbed down people…content with mediocrity and a laugh track, so they don’t have to guess on when to laugh at a sitcom. Lest we forget that it was America that elected George W. Bush….TWICE!

  • Mike

    Any Tobias line would work. But I think my favorite is when Tobias is talking about going out looking for women with Buster in season two and Tobias says something like “even if it means me taking a chubby, I will suck it up” And any time Tobias applies for a job he has his different actor photos. Tobias as the tennis player, Tobias as the doctor, and the best, Tobias dressed in black leather. I hope NBC picks this show up and runs with it!!!!!!!!

  • Jennifer

    Oooh, i forgot one – When Buster shows up unexpectedly at the apartment – “Army had a half a day”.

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