Friday, September 23, 2005

Then Again...

This got me thinking: Is Arrested Development really any more complicated or hard to catch up with than Lost or Desperate Housewives? Or are people just not willing to put in that effort for a comedy? Maybe they should have started the season with a recap show, like Lost.

Or maybe there is something else about it that just doesn't appeal to people.

6 comments:

Adam said...

I adore Arrested Development. I missed the first season on TV, so I watched it on DVD. I tried to see all of the second season on TV when I could, and I recorded it when I couldn't. Like you, I wish more people would watch it to ensure that it stays on the air, but you're right: It would be hard to jump in there during the third season if you haven't seen it before. I think a solution would be (and I don't understand why they don't do this) to release the previous season on DVD sooner. That way, those interested in the show could catch up on what they've miss, and they'd be ready for the next season premiere.

matt said...

I think you may have something with people not wanting to put so much effort into a comedy. Meli and I watched the first two seasons of "24" on DVD, and I just started the first season of "Lost." But I have precious little interest in catching up with "Arrested Development" or "Curb Your Enthusiasm," despite the maniacal entreaties of almost everyone I know.

Personally, when it comes to comedies, the story always takes a back seat to the humor with me. I really resent it when sitcoms take up elaborate story lines that you need to tune in each week to follow. I like being able to turn on a sitcom without ever having seen it and be able to enjoy myself. With dramas, it's all about the story, so I'm more willing to invest in catching up on what I've missed.

matt said...

Also, "Desperate Housewives" has the sex factor, despite the fact that only two of the housewives are actually attractive.

Kenny said...

Curb doesn't really take any catching up. There are story arcs, but they start fresh every season, so if you stay within one season, it'll be fine.

matt said...

The big impediment to Curb is actually the fact that I don't get HBO, so I have no choice but to go the DVD route.

C said...

I can't speak for Lost, since I've never watched it. I've seen a little desperate housewives though, and it's a soap. People have an innate understanding of how soaps work. It doesn't take catching up, even if you miss major details, because the format is generally understood.

But with Arrested, the format is unfamiliar (unless you already watch the show) and the plot is incredibly tough to wrap your head around. I never realized how inaccessible it was until I was watching it with my dad, who generally has no problems processing tv or movies.