Parent reviews for Arrested Development

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age 15+

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Parents say

age 13+

Based on 17 reviews

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age 13+

Based on 67 reviews

age 18+

Great show! But not for your kids.

This is a great show, but definitely not for kids. Depending on your child, seniors in high school who are around 18 may be old enough for this very adult comedy. Any child younger than that should be kept from this series. There are very few positive characters, and even those who try to do good often find themselves following right along with the others. Even though there isn't excessive violence or sex in this show, it is filled with adult concepts and ideas that most kids won't understand and may misinterpret.

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Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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age 16+

Witty, mature comedy for older viewers only

This show is positively excellent! Arrested Development is witty, dark, intensely funny, and full of astute observations on American culture. The Bluth family's mindless consumerism, low intellect, and dysfunctional relationships provide most of the laughs. It's chock full of great moments, a few heartwarming scenes, and lots and lots of mature humor. It definitely needs the right audience. I've watched every episode, and content certainly varies. There is extremely inappropriate language (which is bleeped, but clever references in following sentences let the viewer know EXACTLY what was being said). There is lots of sexual content that deals with incest (several major plot points center on incestuous and oedipal relationships), womanizing, masturbation, coercion, affairs, and etc. (nothing is shown, but the dialogue runs the gamut of topics). There is vapidity, lots of drinking, intense consumerism, and mind-blowing arrogance that make almost all members of the cast horrendous role models (which, of course, is the point). Finally, the way that the members of the Bluth family treat both their own and others is careless and crass. While the content is ok for older high school students, the older the viewer, the more they pick up on the nuances of the story.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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age 17+

Funny, but really, for adults.

Two decades on, it's still one of the funniest series on TV, but it's decidedly adult humor. This is a series where very dysfunctional adults do terrible, manipulative things for seemingly trivial reasons, and it is all framed in a comedic manner. It's designed and written for maximum hilarity but younger teens and children will not have the experience to view this in the right context.

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Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 13+
One of the greatest shows of all time. There is no violence the language gets much worst in season 5 the sex gets worst in season 5. Overall this show is one of the classic comedies and is a great show for kids 13 and up.
age 18+

Should have stopped with Season 2

Just like The Godfather, this show should have stopped with their second outing; the writing was witty and sharp, the situations uniquely humorous and the acting was spot on. Starting in season 3, it was obvious that the show had started to run out of steam; situations seeemd contrived and jokes rehashed. Situations switched from being bizarrely funny to just creepy; all the borderline incestuous situations with George Michael and his cousin that seemed to go on and on, were totally unnecessary and far from humorous. Netflix reprising this show will prevent it from being considered a funny and unique sitcom for the ages.
age 13+

Really funny, somewhat iffy

I really enjoyed the humor in Arrested Development--it's a shame that it ultimately didn't do very well. Overall, while it's certainly a show geared for adults, the questionable content is limited to semi-rough language ("damn," "son of a b-tch," "hell") and sexual references (an ongoing joke about incest, oblique double entendres). Some drinking. Should be fine for mature teens.

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Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 12+

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
age 12+

Funniest comedy I've ever seen

Absolutely hilarious. Trying to think back, but I don't think it's all that bad. I'd suggest using your own judgement for kids under 12, but teens I think could definitely handle it.

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Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 17+

Not good for anyone.

It's just hairbrained and has no redemning qualities/
age 11+

Arrested Greatness

This show is a dark comedy sitcom. Though it's very well done. The reason this isn't a family sitcom is because it shows all the characters, except George-Michael, deliberatly trying to ruin the lives of each other. I love it, it's funny, and very useful. 100,000,000 stars.

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Great messages