All good things must come to an end, right? When something good ends prematurely, it is often missed the most. When it is out of your control, it is that much more frustrating. This goes for jobs, experiences, friendships, and really anything that is finite. Especially good TV shows.
As a kid, my tastes were simple. I liked PB&J’s, The Power Rangers, and a nice coloring book. I was a bit behind on my career path to be Batman because my parents hadn’t been murdered at an opera yet, but was still pretty sure it would work out. The older I got, the more diverse my tastes became. I started enjoying more exotic foods and left behind the silly pipe dream of becoming Batman. Spiderman was much cooler.
I moved from Power Rangers to Spongebob (although Spongebob still holds up to this day) and from Spongebob to Arrested Development. If you haven’t watched this show, stop reading this right now, punch yourself in the mouth, and go watch all three seasons.
Now, I know the show is very popular and that the majority of those who have seen it like it. This post is for those people, the few and aggressively proud, who hate the show like it stole their bike during their childhood. I’m not sure if these people are just anti-critically acclaimed things or if they just cannot understand the humor that is presented to them in an original, fun way.
I think what annoys me the most about the people who don’t like the show, is their dismissiveness of it. One of my favorite reviews of it was on a message board from when the program was still on TV. Someone named “Pirates of Piss Ants” says “I’ll give it a week more of my attention.” Thank God he told us! I’m sure creator of the show Mitchell Hurwitz was scouring the internet in 2003 looking for someone with a username that is a pun based off of an opera from the 1800s. If I don’t like a show, I just don’t watch it. I’m not so arrogant that I give my jackass opinion, while seemingly threatening those involved with the show with the idea that I might stop watching.
There is also a facebook group called “Arrested Development SUCKS!” It has 36 members, about half of whom are fans of the show and joined so they could argue with the group’s creators. The office address given for the group (like it needs one?) is so hilariously described as, “your moms house”. Clearly these men cannot be bothered with watching an Emmy award winning comedy when they’re still making mom jokes and probably aging their own beef jerky.
I haven’t given up on television altogether, though. There are still some amazing shows on, some just as good as Arrested Development. Louie, Delocated, Children’s Hospital, Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock, Community, and Modern Family are all truly hilarious and deserve to be watched. I assure you none of these shows SUCK, and you will give them more than one week of your attention if you are not a jerk.
I’m not the first person to point this out, but Jersey Shore has filmed 4 seasons. That is one more than Arrested Development. I understand that Jersey Shore is probably cheaper to produce, but this makes me sad. I weep for the viewing audience, because they will be watching yet another season of garbage sealed into human skin suits making fools of themselves. I also weep because I just stubbed my toe, and I am a pussy. These are dark times my friends, dark times indeed.
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