There's Always Money in the Banana Stand (i.e. What Arrested Development Can Teach Us About Storytelling) - Part 1

For those of you who have never seen an episode of the show Arrested Development - which aired on Fox from 2003 to 2006...you have been missing out.

It's clever, it's intriguing, and it is mind-blowingly hilarious.

It is quite possibly the best show in the history of television.

Why is that?

1. The Characters are each so different and so captivating. They all have their quirks.

2. The Dialogue is fresh, quick, and nothing like people say in real life. But also everything like real life, at the same time.

3. The Plot is simple enough that it's never too difficult to follow, yet also complex enough that numerous situations can arise out of it.

In the next segments of this series, I'll be going into more detail about how the show can help us writers create a fantastic story engine. For now, I'll leave you with this:


  1. Such a great show. It feels like every episode is full of inside jokes, but somehow the audience is in on them. Absolutely brilliant writing and acting. There's so much to learn, I can't wait to read more!

  2. I LOVE Arrested Development. Best. Show. Ever. Agreed about the characters and dialogue. Fun post.