Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Did the Bluth family build Sunnydale High School?

And now, a significant diversion from the normal content.

Recently, while rewatching two of my favorite TV series---Arrested Development and Buffy the Vampire Slayer---I noticed that the same piece of art was on a wall in both shows. Very weird.

In Buffy, I noticed it in the new Sunnydale High School's main office (where Buffy is a counseler, and to which Principal Wood's office connects) in "Get It Done" (Season 7, Episode 7ABB15). Its appearance is shown behind Principal Wood (DB Woodside) in the first screenshot below. On Arrested Development, I first noticed it in "Motherboy XXX" (Season 2, Episode 13). The second screenshot shows it behind Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman) in the attic of the Bluth Company's model home in the "Sudden Valley" development.

The answer to the question posed in the subject line is obviously "no," and the art overlap is probably a result of the two production companies sharing a prop department at the Fox studios in California. The air dates make it seem possible: the Buffy episode first aired on February 18, 2003, and the Arrested Development episode aired over two years later, on March 13, 2005.

More about the Bluths: The Balboa Observer, a fan site
More about Buffy: any one 651 links in Google's directory

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