18 Things You Might’ve Missed In Arrested Development


1. One of the running gags in the show is that Tobias is actually an albino black man.

2. Tony Hale was in a VW commercial that featured the song “Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto” and it was spoofed in the show.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4I-UKfHAeSI]

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3. Oscar Bluth came into existence when Jeffrey Tambor walked into the writer’s room wearing a wig.

4. Netflix, instead of using stars to rate Arrested Development, used bananas.

5. The TV anchor that appeared frequently on Arrested Development as seen in the video below is an actual news anchor in California.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfXHA1RHTn4]

His name is John Beard and anchored the Fox evening news for KTTV, from 1993 to 2007. He is currently a news anchor in Buffalo, New York.

6. Jack Black made a cameo in Season 3, Episode 2 – For British Eyes Only as a chimneysweep in Wee Britain.

7. Alia Shawkat shared her first kiss onscreen with Michael Cera.

8. Scott Baio (Bob Lawblaw) replacing Barry Zuckerkorn (Henry Winkler) is a direct reference (and poking fun at) Baio replacing Winkler as Chachi in Happy Days.

9. “Michael” is the first word spoken by the narrator in 38 (out of 53) episodes.

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10. David Cross auditioned for Dr. House, but the role went to Hugh Laurie (thank god)!

11. Dan Castanella (Dr. Stein) is the voice of Homer Simpson. And Dr. Stein’s first name is Frank. Dr. Frank Stein.

12. Henry Winkler jumping over the shark is a reference to Fonzie jumping over a shark in Happy Days.

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13. Motherboy, the band, is actually the male characters in costume. This is a dig at a music group that has the same name as the show.

14. Franklin Delano Bluth has a shirt that reads: “George Bush doesn’t care about black puppets.” This is a direct reference to Kanye’s comment.

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15. Andy Richter played a set of quintuplets on the show.

16. George Michael Bluth is a little slow on the uptake. Or too nice.

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17. Will Arnett beat out Rainn Wilson for the role of GOB Bluth.

18. David Cross was approached to play Buster Bluth. I think Tony Hale is a perfect Buster.