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Arrested Development will stay somewhat clean when it comes to profanity and nudity, despite being on Netflix

May. 23, 2013by: Alex Maidy

With ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT returning to our television sets in just a couple of days, anticipation is higher than ever for the fourth season of the former FOX sitcom. As any fan knows, the show used an omniscient narrator voiced by Ron Howard, to tell the story of the dysfunctional Bluth family. ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT never shied away from jokes of all kinds, generally using puns, double entendres, and visual tricks like blurring to lead the viewer towards more adult moments. One question that many have wondered in light of the violence, nudity, and profanity laden Netflix series HOUSE OF CARDS and HEMLOCK GROVE, would ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT be embracing the lack of network censors?

Our very own Chris Bumbray asked ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT creator Mitch Hurwitz (a JoBlo.com fan!) that very question. Here was his answer:

"We more or less embraced the idea of the old show- it's sort of being filtered through this narrator in an invisible way. Like it needs Ron Howard's sensibility, and as a character and in reality, that he's a clean-cut, really good guy. It just became part of the sensibility of the show, that we leave some things unsaid, we cover some things up...

While mentioning there will be some moments involving a character going nude, overall the show will not featuring much swearing. In my opinion, the use of profanity for laughs always seems to be a cheaper route. ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT has always thrived on good writing and improvisation from the cast which may result in a bleep here or there but always better than an unnecessary F-bomb.

ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT premieres all season four episodes on Netflix on May 26, 2013.

Source: JoBlo.com

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10:52AM on 05/25/2013

The bleeping was part of what made it genius

I hope this and any future endeavors keep that intact. I don't ever want to know what Buster said about Lucille before "horny old slut," because the reality would never match what we have built up in our minds.
I hope this and any future endeavors keep that intact. I don't ever want to know what Buster said about Lucille before "horny old slut," because the reality would never match what we have built up in our minds.
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12:29AM on 05/24/2013
I do recall getting quite a few chuckles every time someone burned themselves on the Cornballer.
I do recall getting quite a few chuckles every time someone burned themselves on the Cornballer.
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1:16AM on 05/24/2013
Cornballing piece of BLEEP. EVERY! DAMN! TIME!
Cornballing piece of BLEEP. EVERY! DAMN! TIME!
5:25PM on 05/23/2013
I would have liked to hear some swearing considering its Netflix, but if the show is sticking to its roots then i'm perfectly fine with that.
I would have liked to hear some swearing considering its Netflix, but if the show is sticking to its roots then i'm perfectly fine with that.
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5:15PM on 05/23/2013
Just because you CAN Cuss and show nudity doesn't mean it will be anymore funny. The fans love this show for a reason so keep the same format, but with new great stories! IT'S THE FINAL COUNTDOWN!
Just because you CAN Cuss and show nudity doesn't mean it will be anymore funny. The fans love this show for a reason so keep the same format, but with new great stories! IT'S THE FINAL COUNTDOWN!
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1:58PM on 05/23/2013

Why would they need to announce that it will be clean?

The original show was clean regarding nudity and swearing. They bleeped out all the swearing, and censored all the nudity... it would be a bad thing, in my opinion, if they made it all uncensored. The censoring had a great deal of humor, so I'm glad they will maintain that. I'm not sure why they have to announce this, though.
The original show was clean regarding nudity and swearing. They bleeped out all the swearing, and censored all the nudity... it would be a bad thing, in my opinion, if they made it all uncensored. The censoring had a great deal of humor, so I'm glad they will maintain that. I'm not sure why they have to announce this, though.
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1:53PM on 05/23/2013
Sometimes I think the beeping the profanity makes it funnier at least on this show
Sometimes I think the beeping the profanity makes it funnier at least on this show
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2:06PM on 05/23/2013
Like the Seinfeld episode where they bleeped out the cursing. It was way more funny than actually saying the word.
Like the Seinfeld episode where they bleeped out the cursing. It was way more funny than actually saying the word.
1:41PM on 05/23/2013

Nudity

I wonder if the Never-Nude will finally be going nude..
I wonder if the Never-Nude will finally be going nude..
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1:59PM on 05/23/2013
Well, in the 8th episode of season one, I think, he goes nude!
Well, in the 8th episode of season one, I think, he goes nude!
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