Arrested Development Theme Tune

Arrested Development (Tab)


Like every great American comedy TV show the BBC gets its hands on (Seinfeld, Larry Sanders, Curb Your Enthusiasm), the BBC schedulers seemed intent on stopping people watching it by buffeting it around the late night, digital TV schedules. I presume they do this so we don’t realise how awful Brit-com shows like My Family are, but even broadcasting footage of a slowly rotting dog turd for the other twenty three and a half hours of the day wouldn’t make My Family seem funny.

Anyhoo, as well as being witty and enjoyable, Arrested Development had a theme tune played on the uke. The original version has been expunged from YouTube, so the video is a Family Guy parody of the theme tune but it has the same music.

The theme was written by David Schwartz (who also wrote music for Deadwood and Northern Exposure) and you can download a version without Ron Howard yammering over the top on David Schwartz’s website.

The main part of the theme is played on Tahitian ukulele. It’s tuned differently to your average uke so this isn’t a direct tab. It’s moved up the neck to give it the requisite plinkiness.

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  1. on2 January 28th, 2008 7:52 pm

    yay! i’m so excited to learn this. thanks for putting it up!

  2. Woodshed January 28th, 2008 9:05 pm

    You’re welcome, on2.

  3. ak January 29th, 2008 4:47 pm

    Oh, you’re a hero ! Thanks.

  4. Woodshed January 29th, 2008 8:18 pm

    Ha, ha. Thanks, ak. Where’s my parade?

  5. Dean Ashton January 31st, 2008 9:39 pm

    Hello – Is there a tab for Loudon Wainwright’s The Passion Play anywhere??????? from the soundtrack to the hit film Strange Wierdo’s.

  6. Woodshed February 1st, 2008 5:56 pm

    Hi, Dean. Not that I know about. But I’ll have a go at working it out sometime.

    I’ve had a quick look through this version. He’s tuned a little sharp, but the chords for the main part are F F7 Bb C7

    Hope that helps.

  7. dean February 5th, 2008 7:53 pm

    thanks Woodshed – that’s great.

  8. Amber May 31st, 2009 4:08 pm

    Whoa! Jordan and I were looking for this to open our set with. THANKS!!!!!!!!! This is the first place I checked…glad I did:)

  9. Woodshed June 1st, 2009 4:00 pm

    Amber: Glad I could help.

  10. Beck June 6th, 2009 12:07 pm

    This is awesome! I was wondering if you had the chords for the little bit of music that’s played right at the end of the closing credits. It’s a cute wee ukulele ditty, and would love to know the chords!

  11. Woodshed June 6th, 2009 6:34 pm

    Beck: Do you have a link to somewhere I can hear it?

  12. Beck June 7th, 2009 2:50 am

    Here’s a link to the end credits song…the little bit I’m interested in knowing is like…the last 3 seconds. Hope this helps!

  13. Metmac September 11th, 2011 5:40 am

    I too am wondering how to play the ending. However I’m more curious about the little riff right at the very end when Hurwitz company comes up.

    Otherwise thank soo much woodshed, I appreciate the fact that ukuhunt does stuff kind of obscure like this lol.

  14. Woodshed September 11th, 2011 11:01 am

    Metmac: Thanks, glad you like it.

  15. Kass June 16th, 2012 5:12 pm

    What would the strum pattern be for this?

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