Before the revival of Arrested Development premieres on Netflix, let's take a trip back to 2003, to just before the series began. As you can see, the bunch was a funny one from the onset.
The comedy series originated from Ron Howard's idea to create a series that combined reality TV with a scripted series. The story would follow a zany family all living together in the same house, which would provide for endless entertainment.
Hire some humorous actors and give the show an ironically comical title and the series was launched in November 2003.
"The reason we're in jail is because the father has been arrested," Jason Bateman ("Michael Bluth") describes the show's premise. "He's the guy that has made us all very rich. He's a real estate developer—there you get 'Arrested Development.' It's officially the first joke of the show."
Joining Bateman on the series were Portia de Rossi ("Lindsay Bluth Fünke"), Will Arnett ("George Oscar Bluth" or "GOB"), Michael Cera ("George Michael Bluth"), Alia Shawkat ("Maeby Fünke") and David Cross ("Tobias Fünke"), among others.