Behind The Times

I'm a little late in saying this, but I do hope none of you were too badly affected by Superstorm Sandy last week. We lost my brother Tom for a while—text messages and emails unanswered, phone straight to voicemail, a low-grade alarm mounting everso slightly as the hours ticked by—but he turned up in the end and he was fine. He'd lost power and his phone battery had run out, but he managed to email us eventually, and now he's back in his apartment again after a few days crashing with friends, and he's so excited to have the power back on that he's flipping lightswitches on and off for sport. My in-laws in Connecticut are similarly fine, although they lost some siding from their house. Considering the destruction just miles away, they feel like they got off pretty lightly. 

As for us, we've waded deep back into 2003, which is to say that we've finally discovered Arrested Development and we can't stop watching it. Seriously, this is all we ever do with our time anymore. Why did no-one tell me it was so hilarious? For some reason, in my head, I thought I wouldn't like it—although now I'm coming to realize that I actually got it confused with Curb Your Enthusiasm, which I saw once and did not care for—and this made me write off the whole series for years and years, assuming I would hate it. Which was ridiculous, clearly, because Arrested Development is one of the funniest shows I've seen in forever, and as a bonus I finally understand a whole handful of pop culture references I now realize I've been missing for almost a decade. (There's always money in the banana stand? What are you talki---OH WAIT, I GET IT. I GET IT!) 

I mean, talk about arrested development, right? If the development is.....our interest in the show. Yeah, that was a stretch. I know it. It felt like it was going to work a little better when it was still in my head.

So yes, I'm afraid the most exciting thing in our lives right now is that we're on an Arrested Development bender, catching up on all three seasons with a determination we have hitherto only reserved for marathons of Lost. After this, we've got Breaking Bad queued up on the Netflix lineup, which means we shall shortly be joining the rest of the world in 2008. Expect me to want to discuss Downton Abbey with you in 2016! 

(Just kidding, I'm all caught up on Downton Abbey. Actually, that's not true because I'm saving season three until it comes out in January on PBS. And yes, I know I could watch it online in one big greedy gulp if I wanted to–and oh god, do I want to—but the anticipation is somehow even more enticing. Might as well have something to look forward to in January, am I right?)

Anyway, that's all, really—I just wanted to check in and make sure everyone's okay. Are you okay? I hope you're okay. 

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Liz
Nov 04, 2012

Glad Tom is fine. All my east coast family is fine, thankfully. I'm in So Cal and it's all good down here. It was 85 here today!

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AlisonC
Nov 05, 2012

So happy that your brother is fine.

Series 3 of Downton finished here last night and I am so sad now.

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jen
Nov 05, 2012

Not a single person forced you to watch Arrested Development?! Thank God for Netflix and Hulu and Amazon and all those places where you can watch it streaming whenever you'd like. We watched it when it was airing and have since continued to watch the same 3 seasons over and over until we basically have them memorized. On the plus side, they are filming an Arrested Development movie so you're somewhat current... :)
Where does one watch Downton Abbey online? I will most likely watch for January, but just in case I get stuck in an airport somewhere, I should have some options.

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MomQueenBee
Nov 05, 2012

Some day you will find that when your children tell you you HAVE to watch something it's worth your time to go watch it. That's how I know the funniest thing in the world is an airplane steps truck, and I laugh every time I'm in an airport.

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Anna Louisa
Nov 05, 2012

Totally on the same page! I had never seen it until last summer, when I fell into an Arrested Development time-warp and didn't want to get out. (I even started re-watching some as soon as I finished all of the seasons - it was not a good time for working out, cooking...basically anything but watching AD).

www.anna-bird.com

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Shelly
Nov 05, 2012

Although I've seen Arrested Development, I've only just discovered Freaks and Geeks a la 1999 so I'm even farther behind in pop culture than you.

My friend (who believes her cat looks like Mr. Bates) told me about Downton Abbey being on-line so I watched the first episode of season 3. The buffering was ruining it so I'm resolved to wait until January with the rest of the US.

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Danielle
Nov 05, 2012

Regarding Arrested Development - better late than never!

I couldn't wait until January to watch the new season of Downton Abbey. The issue with jumping the gun though, is that I can't talk about it, since no one else around here has seen it.

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beth
Nov 05, 2012

Oh, I Love Arrested Development (just finally watched it about a year ago)! And the good news is that they are creating a new season with 14-ish episodes. It will be released on Netflix sometime in 2013. Yay!

But Breaking Bad is, by far, my favorite TV show ever created! I cannot get enough of that show. You will have a TV marathon like you've never experienced when you start Breaking Bad!! Sooooo good!

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cec
Nov 05, 2012

So funny that Shelly (comment 6) just mentioned Freaks and Geeks, as that I had the same "Why didn't anyone tell me to watch this before?" reaction to that show.

Arrested Development is awesome though. And how exciting there will soon be new episodes (and a movie!!) to watch!

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Meghan
Nov 05, 2012

Glad you're family are all doing okay.
I love Arrested Development probably an unhealthy amount. And can I just say, I also once saw part of Curb Your Enthusiasm, and didn't get it. I feel like it's one of those things I should admit, like not liking wine, cause I don't want to get kicked out of the adult club. But there it is.
As for Downton Abbey, I know we're meant to be together. Someday.

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ss
Nov 05, 2012

Still no power, heat, etc., have been crashing with kind souls, who are QUITE LITERALLY warming my heart.

Aside from being inconvenienced by the aforementioned things, we are fine. Through our spirits are dragging a titch today. But compared to many, our lives are so unaffected by this storm! And for that, there is an abundance of gratitude!!

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Marcheline
Nov 05, 2012

No idea what money in a banana stand means, but we made it through the hurricane better than most of our neighbors. A bit of survivor's guilt there. Some folks where I work are staying at a hotel because they still don't have power/heat.

Right now I'm on my last quarter tank of gas. I can get to work this evening and home again, and then I'm done. I tried to get gas twice today, and each time someone came out and waved the line off, no more gas. I don't have enough gas left to wait for gas, if that makes any sense. So I just won't go to work again until I can drive up and get gas like a normal human being. It's really not worth risking getting beaten with a baseball bat or hit with a vehicle ... people are animals out there, seriously.

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Kelly P
Nov 05, 2012

Never seen Arrested Development, but I just added it to my queue (at the library, so I'm even MORE behind the times than you Netflix folks).

I absolutely could not wait for Downton so I'm watching it. Now I'm brimming over the top with things to talk about, but no one to discuss it with (except my husband - totally doesn't count). Pros and cons, I guess. I'm still going to watch it again with the rest of America though.

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Tiera
Nov 05, 2012

Well I'm glad I'm not the only one who had it confused with Curb Your Enthusiasm.
As for me the rainy season has started in Vancouver BC, normally that means drizzle and mist but it's pouring. I hope that means lots of snow in Whistler this year.

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Holly P.
Nov 05, 2012

Oh, you are about to fall into an abyss of tv watching. Breaking Bad is just as good as Arrested Development. Frankly, I think it's better. I wish I could go back to when I had never seen either show and watch them all again anew. Jealous.

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Poe
Nov 05, 2012

That is hilarious. I've been meaning to write a post about our just-recently-finished Netflix bender of Breaking Bad (hmmm, I like the alliteration on that last part). We dedicated ourselves to it like we were getting paid in large meth-acquired Benjamins. I'm quite annoyed, however, that they don't have the first half of season 5 on Netflix or even On Demand.

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Lyndsee
Nov 05, 2012

That's funny, because when you said "we lost my brother Tom for a while," I totally thought of the doctor in Arrested Development who is terrible at delivering updates on patients. If you haven't seen that one yet, you'll know what I'm talking about when you do.

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Leigh
Nov 05, 2012

That is so funny about Arrested Development because I am experiencing the SAME THING. Except I thought it was some sort of tween-angsty show, and who needs another one of those (unless you're a tween and kind of angsty). And then I started watching it when I could get it for free on my Kindle and I was all -- OMG where WAS I when this was on??? This is like the funniest show EVER, and now I understand the hue and cry when they cancelled it.

I am ALWAYS late to the game, and this is just one more example. Glad to know I'm not the only one.

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divina
Nov 05, 2012

you do know another new season is coming out soon, right?

http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1696454/arrested-development-season-fou...

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Chelsea
Nov 05, 2012

Now is a good time to admit that I've never gotten any of the My So Called Life references, because I've never seen it. I will also be sure to check out Freaks and Geeks, based on the above comments. When I first moved to L.A., I watched every episode of Mary Tyler Moore, so that says something, doesn't it? BUT, you will love Breaking Bad! It is incredible. And I'm so excited that Arrested Development is filming again.

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Angie Orth
Nov 06, 2012

I AM all caught up on Downton Abbey - girl, this season is a doozy! I could not hold out for January...

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Lori
Nov 06, 2012

I just discovered Netflix streaming this summer, so I too am behind the times, and it seems we have the same taste in TV . The first thing I did was watch all of Twin Peaks; the second thing I did was start Arrested Development. My opinion is that the first season was awesome, but I'm lagging through the second season with little interest. However I will power through to finish by the time the new season comes out this spring. And finally, I devoured the first two seasons of Downton Abbey, the first on Netflix and the second on DVD, and I CAN NOT WAIT for the third to start in January!

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Cheryl
Nov 06, 2012

Oh Arrested Development - how I enjoyed you on Netflix - all at one time! My husband was away working for two months and I discovered Arrested Development was on Netflix. I thought I had watched everything good on Netflix, and then I remembered my daughter and her boyfriend sitting in our basement and laughing and laughing at Arrested Development, but I never went down to watch with them. Now I regret that - watching with them would have been SO much better than watching alone. Oh well - I am caught up now, and can hardly wait for the new stuff!!!

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Staci Magnolia
Nov 07, 2012

I live on a beach block in New Jersey but comparably, I am just fine.
Today is Day 9 without power.
I may not have power but many, many others do not even have homes.
Thanks, World. It's so nice to be supported.

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Margie K
Nov 08, 2012

Breaking Bad is riveting, but good in a totally different way than Arrested Development. I've seen ALL of Breaking Bad (and Weeds before it), but have only caught bits and pieces of Arrested Development.

I'm someone who adores Curb Your Enthusiasm but I know others who just can't get into it, and here's why: Larry (the main character) is someone who has a knack for inadvertently saying the wrong thing, or getting himself into unlucky situations where he looks like an ass to the rest of the world. If you're someone like "Miss Zoot" (she's written about this before), watching this can make you uncomfortable, (empathetically?) embarrassed, even. My daughter-in-law is the same way. But I love it! I too, have been known to inadvertently (innocently?) say something that ticks people off, usually because I'm not as sensitive or offended by some things (or by how things are worded, or I don't know how to explain it -- I just find that even when I bend over backwards trying to be careful about how I say things I still seem to offend). So I identify with the main character, and the sit-com-y way the gets into ridiculous situations.

That, and it's kinda cool to see him socializing with other comic actors as part of the storyline, like Ted Danson, Wanda Sykes, Richard Lewis, Ben Stiller...

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Marcheline
Nov 08, 2012

WOO HOO!!!! Just got a full tank of gas, and only had to wait half an hour in line! Things are looking UP.

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Shari
Nov 08, 2012

Wait a second!! I can watch the 3rd season Downton Abbey NOW?! I had no idea! Thank you for the tidbit. Not so behind the times on DA info, are you?!

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Kerry
Nov 09, 2012

We are on the Breaking Bad and United States of Tara bandwagon now, because we just got streaming Netflix and can finally catch up with the rest of the world. Oh and I LOVED Freaks and Geeks.

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Maggie
Nov 12, 2012

Oh I can't WAIT to discuss Breaking Bad!! :)

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Arrested Development is a gift that keeps on giving. Whenever my family gets together, we always carve out time to watch it. It's also my go-to entertainment when I have the blues.

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