Arrested Development is an incredibly funny show filled to the brim with dry remarks, deadpan joke deliveries and over-the-top characters. The show — created by Mitchell Hurwitz and narrated (very sarcastically) by Ron Howard — follows a wealthy family whose members are all hilariously out of touch with the real world. Find out how to watch Arrested Development and learn why there’s always money in the banana stand.
At the show’s outset, the Bluth family is struggling after the patriarch of the clan, George Sr., is incarcerated following some morally and legally dubious business dealings. Enter Michael Bluth — George Sr.’s middle son, played by Jason Bateman — who has to try to keep the family business afloat, despite the rest of his family’s crazy antics.
Joining Michael is his alcoholic and often cruel mother, Lucille; his two perpetually immature brothers, Gob and Buster; his sister, Lindsay, her husband, Tobias (a self-identified “never-nude”), and their daughter, Maeby; and finally Michael’s son, George Michael.
Despite being an instant hit with critics, the show received poor ratings and was cancelled after its third season in 2006. Netflix eventually acquired the show, and — after long hiatuses due to the busy schedules of the cast — produced a fourth and fifth season of the show.
How to Watch Arrested Development Online
Since Netflix picked up the show , you can watch all five seasons of Arrested Development on the streaming platform. However, since other networks in certain countries still hold the distribution rights for the earlier seasons, the show is not available everywhere, unlike most shows owned directly by Netflix.
You can watch Arrested Development on Netflix only in the U.S., Canada, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the UK, as well as in the Nordic and Latin American regions. If you’re not in any of these places, you can check out our guide on the best VPN for Netflix to bypass the Netflix VPN ban.
Because Netflix subscription fees vary by region, the exact price will depend on what country your registered payment method is from — but it ranges between $5 to $10 per month of streaming.
You can also watch the first three seasons on Hulu. However, since the platform is only available for U.S.-based customers, you’ll need to get yourself a U.S. IP address to watch Arrested Development there. That said, Hulu is very good at blocking users connecting through a VPN, so we recommend reading our article on the best VPN for Hulu before you get started. A Hulu subscription will cost you $5.99 per month.
Finally, you can also purchase Arrested Development from Amazon Prime Video, where each season costs $19.99 (with the exception of season one, which is only $9.99) or you can buy individual episodes for $2.99. If you’ve never used the service before, head over to our guide on how to watch Amazon Prime Video.
How to Watch Arrested Development for Free
It’s possible to watch Arrested Development online for free, and we found all seasons available on both Couchtuner and PutLocker, although certain episode links didn’t work on the former. You should keep in mind that these streams are illegal, though, and the sites are incredibly sketchy.
Due to their dubious nature, if you’re going to use these sites to watch Arrested Development, it’s worth taking extra precautions. Their primary source of revenue is through annoying and often malicious pop-up ads, so arm yourself with one of our best pop-up blockers before you start watching.
Connecting through a VPN is also a good idea, especially considering the legality of using these kinds of streaming sites, so check out our list of the best VPNs so you can adequately protect yourself and your identity before you start watching.
The most important thing is a solid antivirus program, though, as both Couchtuner and PutLocker are littered with various malware and other malicious content that can infect your computer. If you don’t have antivirus software and are wondering where to start, our best antivirus software guide will give you some ideas.
How to Watch Arrested Development on Kodi
Another alternative for streaming Arrested Development online is Kodi. We did a quick search for the show and found it available on both the Poseidon and Incursion add-ons through the Kodil repository. If you’re unfamiliar with Kodi or need some assistance setting it up, we have a Kodi guide that will help you get started.
Watching Arrested Development on Kodi is just as illegal as using the other free streaming alternatives above, though. For that reason, we still recommend using a VPN, so make sure to have a look at our list of the best VPNs for Kodi before you start watching. Downloading and installing the right repos for Kodi can also be pretty complicated, so we have a list of the best Kodi repos to simplify the process for you.
Arrested Development Torrents
Unsurprisingly for such a popular show, you can find Arrested Development across multiple torrenting sites. However, like with the free streaming options, torrenting is illegal when you’re using it to download copyrighted material, so protect yourself using one of the best VPNs for torrenting, where NordVPN tops the list.
As always when torrenting, look for trusted uploaders and torrents with comments verifying their authenticity and quality before downloading anything, as torrent sites are often a minefield of viruses and fake uploads.
Arrested Development is one of the greatest TV comedies of recent years, and there are more than enough ways for you to watch it, both for free and on paid streaming services.
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What do you think of Arrested Development? Do you love the out-of-touch antics of the Bluth family, or is the show simply too absurd or dry for your tastes? Moreover, what do you think of the streaming and download options presented in this article? Are they all there, or did we miss any? Let us know in the comments below. As always, thank you for reading.