By Margaret Lyons
Updated June 30, 2009 at 07:25 PM EDT

Two recent college grads in Austin, Texas opened their very own frozen banana stand, inspired by the Bluth family. (Theirs is called Bananarchy. Cute.) Two obsessed fans made a documentary about the show (so far, no distributor, alas). And it seems like we’re never more than a few days away from gossip and wishful thinking about anArrested Development movie.

I say this as a huge fan of the show, as someone who’s seen every episode multiple times and profoundly admires the series: Why is this the enduring, ever-prominent cult series of the decade? The show went off the air three years ago, and even when it aired, was an abject ratings failure. Though popular on DVD and online, it’s not the most popular — heck, Planet Earth has been on Amazon’s best-seller list for over two years; Family Guy and American Dad are both more popular on Hulu. And yet it’s the Bluths we come back to time and again.

There are other shows that got canceled before their time, other instances of brilliance, other comedic gems. But Arrested Development is in a pop culture category all its own. What is it that keeps this show in the zeitgeist, PopWatchers?

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