ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT revolves around MICHAEL BLUTH (Jason Bateman), a widower who wants nothing more than to be a good father to his 13-year-old son GEORGE MICHAEL (Michael Cera). So after being passed over as partner at The Bluth Development Co., Michael resolved to quit the family business and move away to spend more quality time with his son. But when his father GEORGE BLUTH SR. (Jeffrey Tambor) was sent to jail for shifty accounting practices and the family assets were frozen, Michael was forced to stay in Orange County to help his wildly eccentric family pick up the pieces.
With his dad in the clinker, Michael reluctantly finds himself trying to teach his offbeat family how to live without an endless expense account. The Bluths are led by flamboyant mother LUCILLE BLUTH (Jessica Walter), a martini-swilling socialite who’s left alone in her Balboa Bay Club penthouse without any means to pay for it. Then there’s GEORGE OSCAR BLUTH II (Will Arnett), the oldest son, a struggling magician whose biggest trick will be to make a real job appear. The youngest brother is BUSTER BLUTH (Tony Hale), a neurotic professional grad student who has studied everything from Native American tribal ceremonies to cartography (the mapping of uncharted territories.)
The Bluth siblings are rounded out by sister LINDSAY FUNKE (Portia de Rossi), who is known for her wine and cheese parties and fundraisers for unusual charities. She’s married to the hapless TOBIAS (David Cross), a doctor-turned-actor who lost his license after performing CPR on a sunbathing tourist who didn’t need it. Lindsay and Tobias are the ultra-permissive parents of MAE (Alia Shawkat), “Maeby,” a 14-year-old who loves finding unique ways to rebel against their over-indulgence.