I know you've heard it before, but yes, Arrested Development is the greatest television show of all time. No other comedy has been as cleverly and tightly scripted; so layered with jokes, callbacks, and foreshadowing that multiple viewings are required to catch all the continuing gags, both visual and verbal. Mitch Hurwitz created the show, which first aired in 2003 and ran on Fox for three seasons, before returning for a fourth on Netflix seven years after the show's initial cancellation. Just as the writing cannot be topped, there has been no better cast assembled, featuring Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Tony Hale, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Portia de Rossi, Alia Shawkat, David Cross, and, of course, comedy-god Will Arnett.
It was announced earlier this month that Arrested Development would return to Netflix for a much needed fifth season, wrapping up the cliffhangers that Season 4 left us with in 2013. That season, the first to air on Netflix instead of Fox, was not as well received as the series' first three seasons, featuring episodes structured around different characters rather than the ensemble cast as a whole. This was due to scheduling conflicts for the large cast that was busier than ever following the attention they received from the show's initial run. Season 4 was a puzzle of sorts, with the overall plot not becoming clear until all the episodes were viewed together. While I thought it was fun, the Bluths are at their best when they are surrounded by other Bluths. All the Bluths!
Will Arnett, who plays a magician named GOB (or George Oscar Bluth), had a chat with Business Insider, confirming that the fifth season of Arrested Development will be structured "much like the original broadcast series." As a result, Arnett says the cast will spend "much more" time together on screen:
"It's an opportunity to see everyone else. It will be very rewarding."
There is nothing in this world I'm looking forward to more than more Arrested Development's fifth season. Mitch Hurwitz has a very unique voice that is brought to life perfectly by his wonderful cast of actors. Though Season 4 would qualify as my favorite Netflix release, I too long to see the Bluths all together again, just so that everyone can shout, "Speech, speech!" under a newly minted banner.
Will you miss the format of Season 4? Or do you think they made a huge mistake? Let us know in the comments below!
Arrested Development Season 5 will air on Netflix in 2018.
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SOURCE: Business Insider