I absolutely love and constantly quote the first three seasons of Arrested Development. I probably watched every episode at least three times and attempted to make other people watch it all of the time. I was a little late to the party but came into the Bluth fold not long after the second season began airing in 2004 or 2005.
I was as sad as anyone when Fox neglected to renew the quirky, off-kilter comedy after the third season. The news that Netflix picked up the series was great, but the series after a six-year hiatus turned out to be a problem for the show. The fourth season also screwed up the chemistry by separating the insane members of the Bluth family before smashing all of their individual arcs together toward the end of the run. Although creator Mitch Hurwitz edited those episodes into a chronological run called Arrested Development Season 4 Remix: Fateful Consequences, I did not revisit it.
Hell, I didn’t even realize Season 5 Part 1 premiered on Netflix in late May 2018. That’s how uninvested I became after the underwhelming Season 4. Add to that the bad taste left in my mouth after George Bluth Sr. actor Jeffrey Tambor’s behavior toward the luminous Jessica Walter (Lucille Bluth) came to light — along with accusations of his sexual harassment of others on his show Transparent — and I was in no mood to separate the actor from the art.
Then I watched this trailer.
Now I’m feeling differently, ready to welcome the dysfunctional Bluths back with open arms (maybe not George). It feels more like the series I love and it seems the writers realized that to make this ensemble work, you have to keep them all together.
Season 5 Part 2 of Arrested Development premieres March 15, 2019, on Netflix.
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