The Triumphant Return of Arrested Development

Arrested Development: the super smart, super funny cult favourite comedy about the dysfunctional Bluth family that only lasted three seasons before being cancelled due to low ratings in 2006. The show built up a loyal following thanks to its sharp wit and complex hidden jokes, and fans have been begging for its return for years now. Remember the picture that went viral of a guy holding up an ‘Obama bring back Arrested Development’ sign? Well, Obama has granted everyones wish (ok, he probably had nothing to do with it, but still) and Arrested Development is returning with fifteen new episodes streaming via Netflix on May 26th with a movie still rumoured for the future.

The entire cast (which includes Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Portia de Rossi, Michael Cera, David Cross, Jessica Walter, Tony Hale, Jeffrey Tambor and Alia Shawkat) are back for the new season, and series creator Mitchell Hurwitz has said that the new episodes are designed to work as a prequel to the movie, and each instalment will focus on a particular character. “There’s never been a half-hour comedy with the level of complexity here,” says Troy Miller, who directed the episodes with Hurwitz. “The idea of how characters interrelate and the episodic arcs in A, B, C, D, and E story lines — it’s this crazy wormhole he’s created.” There’s also a whole host of amazing guest stars: Ben Stiller, Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Conan O’Brien, Isla Fisher, and John Slattery among them. Other infamous characters such as Kitty, Ann (her?) and Bob Loblaw also return. The plot of the season will centre on Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s production company creating a movie based on the Bluth family, and the trailer for the new season promises it will be as funny as ever.

So now the only thing now is to decide: do you marathon all the episodes at once or not?!

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