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Thank You Netflix: 'Arrested Development' Season Five

Noah Camarena |
April 23, 2015 | 3:08 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

"Arrested Development" (Twitter/ @4_Y_E)
"Arrested Development" (Twitter/ @4_Y_E)
Netflix recently announced that a new season of the popular show “Arrested Development” will be returning to the online platform following a successful revamp of the show in 2013. Even though the fourth season that premiered on Netflix was met with mixed reviews, the show still has a cult following that will surely be excited for the 17 new episodes that were announced. The fanbase is still waiting for a movie that has been rumoured since the show was originally canceled after three seasons, but for now, the fifth season will have to do.

The show centers around a dysfunctional family named the Bluths. The Bluths are led by the middle son Michael (Jason Bateman) who keeps the family together when it looks like they are going to fall apart. Much of the chaos is a byproduct of the parents George Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor) and Lucille (Jessica Walter) who have dealt with fraud and alcoholism respectively their entire lives. Eventually, George Sr.’s antics get him in a heap of trouble and he is sent to jail, leaving Michael to look after the company and keep his family in tact. 

Not only does Michael have to put up with his parents, the rest of his family is not much better. His older brother Gob (Will Arnett) is a struggling magician who has never really been accepted by his parents and this causes him to be insecure and strive to gain their attention and approval. Michael also has a younger brother named Buster (Tony Hale) who is attached to Lucille at the hip and treated like a baby, mostly because he acts like one the majority of the time. Michael’s twin sister Lindsay (Portia de Rossi) is very self-absorbed and unhappily married to Tobias Funke (David Cross). Tobias is most notably strange because he can never be naked, even in the shower, and he is constantly being questioned about his sexuality. 

The adults of the family are seriously messed up, which definitely affected the children as well. Michael’s son George Michael (Michael Cera) is very awkward and in love with his cousin Maeby (Alia Shawkat) although it is later revealed that they are not really cousins because Lindsay, Maeby’s mom, was adopted.

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Much of the first three season of the show followed the family on their various adventures and misfortunes dealing with one another. 

When the show returned on Netflix in 2013, it had a different format than the previous season. While the characters were all the same, the season consisted of 15 episodes, and focused on a different character for each show. We would see the same events happening but from a different perspective each time. 

The season dealt with a number of issues ranging from Michael being labeled as a failed businessman, Michael and his son dealing with the same woman romantically and a recurring ostrich.

All of the storylines meet up in the end of the season and everything makes sense, but it was an unconventional way of telling the story and definitely a lot different than the other seasons. The humor and characters were very similar to the original three seasons, but the format’s drastic change didn't sit well with a lot of fans. 

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A lot of the problem with the new season was that people watched it all at once and expected to be blown away right from the start. Most critics said that the show got better after a few episodes, but the majority of fans probably watched every episode in a span of a few days, ruining the effect of a classic television show where you have to wait a week or two for the next episode.

Now that viewers know what to expect from the “new” “Arrested Development,” hopefully the fifth season reaches expectations and continues to get better. For now, we can only wait and rely on the fact that there is always money at the banana stand.

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