Arrested Development is arguably one of the most intelligent comedies ever written. The writers and producers put a staggering amount of effort into the jokes, Easter eggs, call-backs, and foreshadows. The show plays on so many levels, repeated viewings are necessary to even attempt to spot all the running gags and hidden jokes.
The show first aired for three seasons from 2003 to 2006. The initial run did well with critics but failed to find its audience and was canceled. Series creator Mitchell Hurwitz seemed to see the cancellation at the time as a sign. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, he said, “I had taken it as far as I felt I could as a series. I told the story I wanted to tell, and we were getting to a point where I think a lot of the actors were ready to move on."
Despite being off the air for years, the show's fan base continued to grow. Netflix stepped in to produce another season which finally aired in 2013. And five years later, why not? We are blessed with an additional fifth season in 2018.
So even if we are big fans of this show, it's probably been a few years. Here are some lesser known factoids about Arrested Development that can drop on our friends and look clever at our next TV binge party.
25 Liza Minnelli played “Lucille 2” as a favor
One of the biggest names the show was able to secure was Liza Minnelli. Initially, they had trouble finding the right person for the role of Lucille 2. Although the writers thought Minnelli would be a good fit, they imagined the mega-star would not be interested in their as-yet-unproven sitcom. The magic connection came from executive producer and narrator Ron Howard.
Any younger folks here might not know this, but Ron Howard has been in the business his whole life. He started out as little Opie Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show. He then became the model of an American '50s era teenager with a portrayal of Richie Cunningham in Happy Days. Somewhere along the way, he traded in acting for producing and directing. Nods to his previous work are woven throughout the show. One of the best aspects Arrested Development is how well they can blur the line between a campy sitcom and real-life.
As evidenced by Ron Howard's history with Liza Minnelli. She was his babysitter at one point during his childhood and they've been friends ever since. So when Ron Howard approached her with the opportunity, she agreed. And we got an Academy Award winning Lucille 2.
24 There were three different Martas
In the first season of Arrested Development, both Gob and Michael Bluth had a romantic interest in the very beautiful Marta Estrella. In the show, the character was the star of El Amor Prohibito (“The Forbidden Love”), a Spanish telenovela style soap opera. Buster also fell in love with her at one point after seeing her character on TV. He even rented a mariachi band in an attempt to win her love, although she had no idea who he was.
Leonor Vareia appeared as Marta for two episodes before having to leave due to scheduling conflicts. Patricia Velasquez was then hired to be Marta and appeared in five more episodes during the first season.
The almost love triangle that forms between Michael, Marta, and Gob provided fertile ground for writers to play the characters off one another. Oh yeah, and Buster, so expertly played by actor Tony Hale. The whole torrid affair comes to a climax when Michael finally confesses to Gob his true feelings about Marta and they end up on the ground fighting in front of the courthouse. In a flash back scene where Michael is recalling the different relationships that his family has sabotaged, one is labeled 'Marta'. This was the un-credited third Marta. The buried joke here is that they changed the actress, again.
23 Dwight Schrute was almost Gob
Apparently, Will Arnett was not the first actor that was considered for the role of the Bluth family prodigal son and illusionist. Actor Rainn Wilson was a front-runner and almost had the role until show creator, Mitchell Hurwitz, noticed a quality that Arnett was bringing to the character in his auditions. In an interview with GQ Magazine he said, “Nobody really played him like a guy who thought of himself as the chosen son even though it was obvious to everyone else that he was the least favorite. A lot of guys went 'New Yawk' with it, almost played it 'street savvy.' It just turned out to be a very difficult target to hit.”
As for the name Gob, that was lifted directly from Hurwitz's own personal life.
He has a relative that goes by his initials, GEK, but insists that everyone calls him “Jeek.” Once again we see the blurry line that separates the show from real life. To take it to another level, consider that Mitchell's mother's name is Lucille. The shows constantly breaks the fourth wall by referencing actors real lives or previous works. Even producer and narrator Ron Howard had some gossip surrounding his life turn up in later episodes that featured his 'secret' daughter, Rebel Alley (played by actress Isla Fisher).
22 Every ending is a fake outtake from the next episode
One of the long running gags is how they wrap up each episode. Along with the standard narration of, “On the next Arrested Development” they purportedly show clips for the following show. However, the gag is that these are never actually in the next episode. They typically were used a device to wrap up lingering plot jokes, or extend out other gags for a couple more laughs.
Hurwitz said that the fake teasers at the end of each episode began as “a craven way to get the pilot picked up. Anything to create that promise of ‘You’ve got to come back!’”
Once in awhile they will break the formula when it makes sense to do so, like for a two-part episode. Then some of the scenes might appear in the next show. On rare occasions, they would even show a significant plot twist (like Buster's accident with the loose seal). They work these in so smoothly, it honestly took me more than a few episodes before I caught on to what they were doing with these show bumpers. They come off so much like legitimate previews, I was fully expecting to see those scenes played out in the next episode. Once I got it the joke, it just made the show better.
21 Inside Fonzie jokes are intentional
One of the more fun casting choices made by the creators of Arrested Development was their decision to bring in Henry Winkler to play the Bluth family's incompetent lawyer, Barry Zuckerkorn. The deviant defense attorney appeared in all five seasons of Arrested Development. And while Mr. Winkler is a ranged actor who has appeared in numerous movies and television roles, he will always be The Fonz to so many of us. The writers on Arrested Development couldn't help themselves when they hid a couple of intentional Fonzie jokes in the show.
One episode had Barry Zuckerkorn approaching a mirror in a bathroom, only to give a cool shrug and a subtle 'aye' when he realized it was already perfect.
This was a call back to a move The Fonz often did in Happy Days. Another cleverly written visual pun came when they had Barry hop over a dead shark on a pier. The phrase “jumping the shark” has been coined to refer to a point in a television show where it lost its relevance. The origin of the phrase began with a Happy Days episode that had Fonzie water-skiing (with his leather jacket on) and jumping over a shark. It was so ridiculous, it created a cultural catch-phrase to represent something that bad.
20 Motherboy secret identities
You can tell that the writers of Arrested Development have a good time with the English language. A lot of their jokes and set ups revolve around curiously named characters and easily confused phrasings. Sometimes, they'll even create a fake situation, just to play off the wording of a joke. Take for instance the annual "Motherboy" dinner and dance event that Lucille has attended with Buster since he was a little boy. The show put together a little flashback retrospective showing various past years with Buster and Lucille wearing matching outfits.
The show then goes on to warn the viewer that the even is not to be confused with the 70's rock band Motherboy. To reference the point being made, the show displayed a few seconds of a black and white photo of the rock band. It was a quick sight gag that they called back to a few more times.
But if you pause on that photo and really examine the members of Motherboy, you might recognize some familiar faces. Think about the effort that went into this one, super-quick, blink-and-you'll-miss-it joke. You probably recognize four out of five people here as cast members of Arrested Development. That random fifth guy is comedian and writer Robert Smigel.
19 Accidental Narrator
While Ron Howard has been involved with the show from its very inception, it wasn't his intent to be the narrating voice throughout the series. He had the idea of a show that looked like a reality show, but was actually scripted. He had played with similar themes in a movie he had previously produced called, EDtv. When they got around to filming the pilot episode for Arrested Development, the shows main creator Mitch Hurwitz convinced Howard to be the narrator. Originally they planned this as his only involvement as a narrator.
Between Howard's star power and his obvious chemistry with the part, Hurwitz smartly lobbied to keep him on board.
As the show developed, the role of the narrator took on a more involved role. Where he starts as more of detached observer, later episodes find the narrator offering his own commentary on characters and events. And they never directly acknowledge Ron Howard as the narrator, although Ron Howard the person does appear in a couple of episodes. Curiously, the narrator seems to go out of his way to always paint Ron Howard in a good light. It's a fun gag since the narrator refers to Ron Howard in the third person, which makes this show meta in such a comedic way.
18 “Never Nudes” are real
David Cross just kills it as Dr. Tobias Funke. His personality brings such a self-deluded charm to the role. Originally, his character wasn't written as a main player, but after Cross found such a home in the personality of Tobias, he was treated as a feature member. He appeared in 67 of the 68 episodes that comprise the first four seasons.
The character of Tobias Funke is loaded with so many personal hang-ups. Besides his glaring denial of his own sexuality, he is a strict “never nude.” Which is exactly what it sounds like. That is a person that suffers from a condition that prevents them from being nude. At any time. Ever. To ensure no accidental nudity takes place, Tobias always has a pair of cut off daisy duke style jean shorts on. While it makes for some interesting jokes on the show, apparently, the condition is all to real for some people.
The fear of nudity or being nude is called “gymnophobia.” And while it's totally normal to be uneasy with the idea of being naked in front of strangers, those who take this feeling to a phobic level find the anxiety to be life-defining. It certainly is for Tobias Funke as his jean shorts make numerous appearances throughout the series.
17 Netflix used bananas instead of stars for ranking for the show
This is just a cheeky small Arrested Development fun fact, but Netflix used bananas instead of stars for their ranking system. As you can see from the screen grab, one can give the series a ranking of one to five bananas. This was a nod to the long running gags around the Bluth's oldest business venture, Bluth's Original Frozen Banana Stand. In the show, the banana stand was located on the Oceanside Wharf boardwalk, on Balboa Island in Newport Beach. Which is an actual place. But the actual filming took place in Fisherman's Village which is located in Marina del Rey, CA.
Geographically, the two places are just separated by a few miles of coastline and are visually very similar.
The stand is central to the plot in numerous episodes and is destroyed and rebuilt multiple times. Gob has his own menu item there, the G.O.B. Which is a frozen banana with double the chocolate, nuts, and two sticks. And any long time viewer of the show will instantly smile when they hear the advice from George Sr. that “There's always money in the banana stand.” Yeah, like $250,000 in cash that filled the walls. Which got burned to a crisp when Michael didn't pick up on the clue and torched the stand in a moment of protest against his father.
16 I'll Get You Bluths
Speaking of the banana stand, here is a buried joke that might have slipped by some viewers. One of the peripheral players around the train wreck that is the Bluth family is Hel-loh “Annyong” Bluth. Portrayed by Justin Lee, the character of Annyong appears in 12 episodes over the first four seasons.
He is introduced as the adopted Korean son of Lucille and George Bluth. And here is how the warped senses of humor works around the writers table on Arrested Development. When he first arrives, he knows no English, so he greets his adoptive family by saying “annyeong,” which is Korean for “hello.” So the Bluth's start calling him “Annyong.” But his real name is “Hel-loh.” See what they did there?
Want to go deeper down the rabbit hole? “Hel-Loh” in Korean actually means, “One Day.” He was named this because it is revealed in later seasons that his grandfather gave him that name. It was Annyong's grandfather who had come up with the frozen banana stand idea which the Bluth's stole and then started their empire. So when the banana stand is once again destroyed, there is a clue spray painted on its side which reads, “I'll get you Bluths. Hel-loh.”
15 Chachi snaps Fonzi
Once again we have the world of Happy Days bleeding into the world of Arrested Development. This time, it was with the casting of Scott Baio as the Bluth's new family lawyer, Bob Loblaw. As some may recollect, Scott Baio was brought on in later seasons of Happy Days to help breathe some life into the aging show. This history was not wasted on the writers of Arrested Development.
They made a not-so-subtle joke to that effect when Bob Loblaw was hired by the Bluths to replace their previous lawyer.
Bob Loblaw had some dialog that stated, “Look, this is not the first time I’ve been brought in to replace Barry Zuckerkorn. I think I can do for you everything he did. Plus, I skew younger. With juries and so forth.” You know his name wasn't just an accident either. The writers love to play with words and their sounds. Bob Loblaw was named so when his named was pronounced, it would sound like, “blah-blah-blah.” They knew this was ridiculous and just ran with it. Underneath one of his commercials ran the phrase, “Bob Loblaw No Habla Espanol.” Another gem was a newspaper article in the show which read, “Bob Loblaw Lobs Law Bomb.”
14 Surely Funke Easter Egg
As we have established, Arrested Development is chock full of in-jokes, foreshadows, and Easter eggs (hidden jokes). A hard to spot one came in the form of a poster in the background at the Bluth kid's school.
In Season 1, episode 14 entitled, “Shock and Awe,” there is a scene at the school where a support poster is displayed behind Michael and Maeby that says “Hang On Surely Funke.” This is a full three episodes before the Surely Funke character is introduced in episode 17, “Alter Egos.” Surely Funke is Maeby Funke's wheel-chair bound alter ego. She passes herself off as suffering from the fictional disease, “BS” in order to get donations from people at her school.
And in classic Arrested Development style, of course her alter-ego would be named “Surely,” which is the opposite of “Maeby.” The character is only used for a few episodes, but displays the lengths the creators of this show will go for a clever joke. Alia Shawkat is the actress who plays Maeby Funke and was actually the first to be cast for the show. Her role drew much praise from critics and her character appeared in all 68 episodes of the first four seasons.
13 George “Charlie Brown” Michael
The writers of Arrested Development just can't help themselves when it comes to dropping references to other shows into their world. They obviously had a soft spot in their hearts for Charles Schulz and his Peanuts comic strip. Several references to the comic are sprinkled throughout episodes. For instance, Buster refers to his, ah, plumbing as “Charlie Browns.” They even named a whole episode “Good Grief” with several Peanuts call outs. They set up situations to have numerous characters walk all sullen and sad while they played, “Christmas Time Is Here” in the background.
That song is most associated with the animated Peanuts Christmas specials.
If you pay close attention to the George Michael sad walk scene, he actually passes by a red dog house with a beagle laying on top of it. This is obviously a reference to Snoopy and his famed red dog house. For a deeper reference, it has been speculated that the African American puppet that Gob uses for a few episodes is named “Franklin” as a nod to the Peanuts character. For another Peanuts drop, the final episode of season 4 is called “Blockheads.” Which was a common insult the kids used in the Peanuts comic.
12 Arm Off Buster Foreshadow
One of the more clever gags the writers work into Arrested Development are the foreshadows. These are nods to events that are going to occur in the future of the show. Spotting them the first time around is next to impossible since the viewer obviously hasn't seen the event to connect to the foreshadow. It is with repeated viewings that this layer of humor opens up in the show.
A prime example of this kind of joke is when they showed Buster sitting on a bench stop in his army clothes. The bench has a advertisement about Army Officers, but the way Buster is sitting, he obscures enough of the letters so it reads “Arm Off.” A few episodes later, Buster looses his arm to a loose seal, also a play on the name of his love interest in Lucille 2.
They used the same joke in a different episode. Michael's love interest in season 3 is left on a bus stop bench with an ad for Wee Britain. She is covering enough of the letters so the bench reads “Wee Brain” which is the foreshadow to the later reveal that the character is a bit slow. These jokes go by so fast on screen, it's often hard to even see them.
11 The accidental birth of Oscar Bluth
George Sr. is played by the incredibly talented Jeffery Tambor. His character was never meant to be a main player, but he had such strong chemistry with the rest of the cast, they solidified George Sr. as a regular featured cast member. The birth of the George Sr.'s twin brother Oscar, like so much of the show, was happenstance and timing. “We were fitting a wig for George for a scene when he’d have hair," Tambor explained in an interview with Vulture. "And I walked outside, and Mitch [Hurwitz] was way high up in the writers’ room and looking down, and he saw me with the wig. It wasn’t cut yet, so it came down past my shoulders and he said, 'Hold it right there!'"
And that’s how Oscar was born.
That’s what was so great about the show, how stuff that happens on set could transform the show.” And that's how George Sr. got a twin brother named Oscar. The writers would use this plot device of twins only distinguishable by their hair, or lack of, to tell the characters apart. For an accidental character, that spawned from another character who was originally written as a bit player, Oscar got a lot of screen-time appearing in 26 episodes of the first four seasons.
10 The Bluth Stair Car Cameo in Marvel
Arrested Development is known for its plethora of high profile guest stars. Notable story lines included Ben Stiller as a much better and rival magician to Gob, Ed Begley Jr. as owner of a rival Bluth company, and Carl Weathers who played a parody of himself.
In a nod to the running inside joke that is the whole of Arrested Development, writers on other projects have buried backgrounds gags that relate to the show. As is the case with the Bluth stair car making a cameo in Captain America: Civil War. If you watch closely during the big fight scene at the airport, you can spot the Bluth family cruiser in the background. This was no accident. If you track who directed that movie, you would find it was done by the team of brothers, Anthony and Joe Russo. They had directed several episodes of Arrested Development before taking on some of the Captain America franchise.
The infamous car was a plot joke that helped illustrate the desperation and ridiculous nature of their family's existence after they lost all their wealth. The show was originally conceived as a 'riches to rags' story. Being forced to drive a set of stairs made for a long running sight gag in the show.
9 Never go against the family, Michael
Like so many of the character inspirations, show creator Mitchell Hurwitz just dipped into his bag of childhood influences and molded the roles from there. The main character was called Michael as a direct shout out to The Godfather. Hurwitz envisioned the Bluths as a sort of dysfunctional version of the Corleone family. The parallels are easy to see. Despite their higher goals, they both get dragged into bad ideas and shady schemes by their family. This leads to the corruption of both of their characters. The father figure is who wields the true power in the family, just like George Sr. or Don Corleone.
The oldest son, Gob, is a loud-mouthed womanizer who isn't fit for the title of eldest son.
You've got the family screw up in Buster or Fredo Corleone. They even cast the spoiled sister with terrible taste in men as Lindsey Bluth to reflect Connie Corleone. The similarities don't stop there. They have a lawyer they trust almost like family, Barry Zuckerkorn to Tom Hagen. The sister is married to a man who doesn't love her, Tobias Funke or Carlo Rizzi, and they betray the family when the opportunity presents itself. In a broad sense, they are both crime families. One was just way better at it.
8 Arrested Development the band
If you were watching MTV in the early 90's you probably saw a video or two by the Atlanta based alternative hip-hop group Arrested Development. They had a handful of hits like, “Tennessee,” “Mr. Wendel” and “People Everyday.” Let by the spiritual and generally hopefully lyrics of front-man Speech, their debut album won two Grammy Awards in 1993 for Best New Artist and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or a Group. And while they might have peaked early in their career, the band has had a steady run releasing albums every year or so through their latest in 2016.
So when 2003 rolled around, I am sure that this band was as surprised as anyone to see their name attached to a comedy series.
Especially one about a bunch of dysfunctional and going broke white people. The band had been releasing music for 12 years, dropped albums on major labels, and had rotation heavy videos on MTV, so its not like they were that underground. The band ended up suing the makers of the television show. They settled out of court for a chunk of money and both the show and the band are allowed to use the name. The band Living Colour had to go through the same frustration when In Living Color became a hit.
7 Too complicated for Fox
To say the plot lines of Arrested Development can take a turn for the complex would be an understatement. Part of the shows appeal is finding the different layers of jokes. Between the foreshadows and hidden gags, it takes two, maybe even three times through before you feel like you've actually absorbed the show. And even then, as you read this list, you realize you missed so much.
The folks at Fox, whose network was home to the first three seasons, thought the show was too hard to understand. Keep in mind that this is a network that is notorious for canceling shows that shouldn't have been canceled. Freaks and Geeks and Firefly are both shows with rabid followings that Fox missed the boat on.
Thankfully, Mitchell Hurwitz had a vision and fought to keep the show written and delivered the way that the creators intended it to be. Fox actually went so far as propose Hurwitz sign a contract that that would promise they would make the show 20-30% more simple. How do you even quantify that? Making requests like that of a show as clever as Arrested Development tells me the execs at Fox are 20-30% more simple.
6 Tobias fights for his 'stache
And as long as we're on the topic of how ridiculous the world of television can be, let's discuss Tobias Funke's mustache. Brilliantly portrayed by David Cross, the character was originally designed without a mustache. Because that's important. Apparently, there was some mandate from the people who have nothing better to do than dream up ridiculous rules for their world. The rule was concerning not having facial hair in comedies. It is truly bizarre that someone gets paid, probably a lot, to sit around and try and crack the formula for comedy.
“Studies have shown that the guy without the goatee gets 18.3% more laughs and skews better with children.”
This kind of thinking didn't appeal with David Cross, who has a pretty classic 'look' he has cultivated with his brand. The hang-up was of such a severe level, it actually halted production on the first day as they tried to get everyone on the same page. And it's not like David Cross wasn't willing to play along with the absurd antics the writers put his character through. The amount of time he spent painted up for his Blue Man phase showed how much of a team player Cross was willing to be. But he drew a line with the 'stache.
5 Multiple Anns
One of the funnier side characters was George Michael's girlfriend Ann Veal. Like most of the characters on Arrested Development, her evolution was effected by a casting choice. One of the running gags that followed the Ann character was how Michael Bluth always had a hard time recognizing her or remembering her name. The writers had originally planned on using a different actress with the same look for each episode. This was to make the audience just as confused as Michael when the joke ran about him not being able to recognize her.
The show did start in that direction with casting Alessandra Torresani for the first episode in which Ann appears. Mae Whitman was then cast for the second appearance of Ann. But Whitman impressed producers so much with her portrayal of the bland, overly-religious wallflower Ann Veal, that she was permanently cast for the character. She appeared in 15 episodes throughout seasons two, three, and four.
As much as I admire what Whitman brings to the character, that original idea of putting a new actress in on purpose is a brilliantly funny premise that is very much in line with the humor that Arrested Development is known for. But it is nice to know the writers can spot talent and give them a chance as well.
4 Mr Roboto reference
Tony Hale is one of the breakout starts of Arrested Development. His portrayal of Buster, the socially awkward younger half-brother to Micheal Bluth, steals most scenes that his is in. His 'mama's boy' dynamic with Lucille makes for some of the biggest laughs on the set of the show. They took the character to new levels of funny when they developed a love interest between Buster and "Lucille 2." But the plot line that just went over-the-top funny and is still delivering gags into the newest fifth season is the loss of Buster's hand to a seal that got loose and attacked him.
The writers went SO far out of their way to build up to that 'loose seal' joke.
So much to the point that the horror of someone losing their hand to a vicious animal attack comes off as hilarious. Perhaps you caught the scene where Buster lost his hook because he got it stuck in the dash of the stair car as he was rocking out to the Styx classic, “Mr. Roboto.” That was a call out to s 1999 car commercial Hale did for a Volkswagen in which he was also seen doing an incredibly enthusiastic interpretation of the same song.
3 Blendin' the backgrounds
Arrested Development is known for its long running gags. Even if they are silly, that doesn't stop writers from working them in over and over. The writers loved double entendres and to play with words and their multiple meanings.
A subtle example of this is the repeated use of the word “Blendin'” for the names of companies painted on the sides of the trucks various Bluths use for surveillance purposes. There was the Blendin' Mobile and Pet Grooming, Blendin' Electric Company, Blendin' Catering, and Blendin' Moving and Storage. You might remember that last one from the episode where Tobias Funke is painted completely blue and uses this color as camouflage to stalk his wife Lindsay. You know... because he was blending in. Like I said, the joke is silly, and is never directly referred to in dialog, but appears multiple times.
This highlights why this show requires multiple viewings to really catch all the jokes. They stuff so many in that it's almost impossible to catch them all the first time. Especially when they are so subtle, yet right in front of your face. Rarely does American comedy achieve such literate cleverness. Usually, such intelligent word play is found in more British influenced comedy.
2 Maeby's kiss was Alia Shawkat's first kiss in real life
Growing up on camera must be such a challenge for a teenager. We can all remember how awkward and clumsy those years of our lives were as we tried to navigate the maze that is teenage social culture. Being on a television set and surrounded by cameras must bring a whole new level of anxiety to young actors. Now imagine that you're a young Alia Shawkat. What a lucky break to be the first one cast for this exciting new show. But growing up on set meant she would experience some of her life's 'firsts' much differently than the rest of us.
Cast as George Michael's cousin, as played by Michael Cera, their stories were sometimes involved in a rather uncomfortable plot.
George Michael finds himself attracted to his cousin, even though he knows that is all sorts of wrong. But rather than it being a creepy distraction, the writers handled it with a tone of innocence that made the situation humorous. But there was a scene in which the two characters did kiss (in a failed attempt to upset Maeby's mother Lindsay Bluth). This was the first onscreen kiss for the character, and the first real life kiss for Alia Shawkat in real life.
1 There's always money in the Banana Stand
The Bluths Original Frozen Banana stand played such a large role in so many episodes, you know there is a story behind the boardwalk business. After all, the Bluth family is portrayed as owning multi-million dollar businesses, so why waste time with a rinky-dink frozen banana stand?
As with most things in the Arrested Development universe, it is based on something else. In this case, on the child-hood business of creator and writer Mitchell Hurwitz. As a youth Hurwitz would spend summers with his Father in Newport Beach. In 1976, he and his brother started a little business selling cookies from their front yard. At the encouragement of their father, they got a small stand by the beach and started their cookie store, “The Chip Yard.”
After a couple of weeks, a reporter from the L.A. Times stumbled across the enterprising youths and offered to run a story on them. In an interview with NPR, Hurwitz recalls how that impacted their business: “We'd sold at that point 30 cookies a day or 60 cookies a day, and then this article ran on the front page of The View section on a Sunday L.A. Times, and the next day we sold 6,000 cookies.”
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