05/28/2013 10:39 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

28 Things That Have Happened Since 'Arrested Development' Initially Signed Off (PHOTOS, VIDEO, GIFs)


"Arrested Development" is finally back in our lives after seven years off the air.

And in that time, the dysfunctional Bluth family missed out some pretty significant moments, from Barack Obama getting elected to a bevy of social media platforms launching, beloved TV shows signing on and off to serious solar system developments. Plus, there have been plenty of reality stars in between, ripe for the mocking.

Below, HuffPost TV rounded up 28 events that mattered between "Arrested Development's" original run, which ended on February 10, 2006, and the show's revival on Netflix, which kicked off May 26, 2013.

  1. We elected our first black president.
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  3. We met Don Draper and Walter White (and started watching AMC)

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  5. Netflix introduced Watch Instantly.
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  7. Jason Bateman and Michael Cera had real movie careers.
  8. Jason Bateman in "Horrible Bosses"

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    Michael Cera in "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World"

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  9. Kickstarter was invented ... and thus, a "Veronica Mars" movie was born.
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  11. Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres got married.
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  13. Apple released the iPhone and iPad.
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  15. All of “Friday Night Lights” came and went.

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  17. Twitter launched.
  18. twitter

  19. "The Sopranos" ended.
  20. Amy Poehler and Will Arnett had two boys … And got divorced.
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  22. The housing collapse led to the 2007-2009 recession.
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  24. The “Real Housewives” franchise premiered.

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  26. Pluto got demoted to "dwarf planet" status.
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  28. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes got married, brought us Suri Cruise and got divorced.
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  30. “30 Rock” also came and went (with some Will Arnett here and there).

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  32. McKayla Maroney was not impressed.
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  34. We kept up with the Kardashians and their numerous spinoffs.

  35. (Source: Fuck Yeah Dash on Tumblr)

  36. We said goodbye to the King of Pop.
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  38. The US withdrew from Iraq and executed Saddam Hussein.
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  40. Daniel Craig became James Bond.

  41. (Source: David Fincher on Tumblr)

  42. Tumblr launched and was purchased by Yahoo.
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  44. We learned how to say GIF.

  45. (Source: The Joy of Tech)

  46. Prince William and Kate Middleton got married, got pregnant ...

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    And introduced us to Pippa.

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  47. WikiLeaks launched.
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  49. Osama bin Laden was killed.
  50. osama bin laden newsweek

  51. A new pope was elected, who looks just like Jeffrey Tambor.
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  53. The "Arrested Development" cast collectively had about a dozen failed series.

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  • "Running Wilde" (created by Mitch Hurwitz, starring Will Arnett, David Cross and Jeffrey Tambor)
  • "Bent" (starring Jeffrey Tambor)
  • "Next Caller" (starring Jeffrey Tambor)
  • "Sit Down, Shut Up" (created by Mitch Hurwitz, starring Will Arnett and Jason Bateman)
  • "Up All Night" (starring Will Arnett)
  • "The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret" (created, written by, executive produced by, and starring David Cross; also starring Will Arnett)
  • "Better Off Ted" (starring Portia de Rossi)
  • "Mockingbird Lane" (starring Portia de Rossi)
  • "Andy Barker, P.I." (starring Tony Hale)
  • "Good Vibes" (starring Tony Hale)
  • "Retired At 35" (starring Jessica Walter)
  • "Freak Show" (co-created by and starring David Cross; also starring Will Arnett)

Can you think of any other major events that "Arrested Development" missed in its time off-air? Share your suggestions below!



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