And even that persona cracked in Season 2, with the introduction of George Michael’s girlfriend Ann Veal. “I don’t like her,” Michael admitted early in the relationship, and it must be said, he didn’t exactly do a yeoman’s job of hiding it. The Ann running gags — “Her?” and “Egg” and the like — were uproariously funny, but they also gave Michael an extra edge; even Nice Guy Michael couldn’t be bothered to remember this forgettable girl, much less to pretend that she was an acceptable match for his son.
Michael Bluth isn’t the most inherently funny character on Arrested Development — he doesn’t have Tobias’s sexual peccadilloes, Buster’s glorious weirdness, or Lucille’s booziness. But he serves a more important function: as the audience surrogate, observing the madness around him, offering up a bit of commentary (often solely for his own amusement), and rising above it all. Until he doesn’t, but who could blame him?