Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz on the deeper truths of the show:
What is honest in the show is there are family dynamics. The family speaks in code, family has its own mythology. In many ways, your family wants you to be what they think you are. My father said to me recently, ‘Hey, I didn’t know you could write longhand.’ Or, ‘I didn’t know you knew how to write in handwriting.’ [And I said] ‘Of course I do. I’m a grown man.’ ‘Oh, I didn’t know you knew how.’ ‘I think you’re thinking of when I was 8.’ ‘You definitely couldn’t [then]. I’ll show you cards. …’ And there’s something fun about how your family won’t let you change, in a way, and the push and pull of like, ‘No, I’m a different person!’ And of course, they’re kind of right.