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The Arrested Development Finale: Sea You at the Movies?

In Flashbacks on February 10, 2011 at 12:00 am

George-Michael and Michael (Michael Cera, Jason Bateman) set sail in “Development Arrested.” (Screen cap)

On February 10, 2006, Arrested Development concluded its much-loved but low-rated three-season run on Fox.

The series finale, Development Arrested, wrapped up most of the show’s storylines and made multiple allusions to its pilot, with both episodes set at a Bluth boat party.

In the finale’s epilogue, Maeby (Alia Shawkat) pitches her family’s story to Ron Howard.

“I don’t see it as a series,” he says. “Maybe a movie.”

In real life, creator Mitch Hurwitz said this week that Arrested Development’s eagerly awaited big-screen sequel could be filmed this year.

But back to Development Arrested: It ranked 32nd on TV Guide’s 2009 list of television’s greatest episodes – the third highest-rated finale on the list, after The Fugitive’s (No. 16) and Six Feet Under’s (No. 22).

See for yourself: Development Arrested can be streamed at Hulu and Netflix and purchased on DVD and through iTunes and Amazon.com video on demand.

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  1. If they turn this series into a film, I hope they serve the series well. The Sex and the City movies, while fun at times, do not effectively embody the show, in my opinion.

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