Seasons available: 1-4
Stars: Jason Bateman, David Cross, Will Arnett, Tony Hale, Michael Cera, Jeffrey Tambor, Alia Shawkat, Portia de Rossi, Jessica Walter
Did we deserve the (god bless you) Netflix continuation of Mitchell Hurwitz's Arrested Development? What did we do to deserve the show in the first place, what with its incredible ensemble cast, intricate narrative threads and callbacks, jokes that built for entire episodes to culminate in brilliant punch-lines like goddamn Grandmaster chess moves?
How the hell did this happen? How did all these people come together to make such a funny, moving, and intelligent TV show?
If you aren't familiar, Arrested Development told of the Bluth family, a superficially selfish bunch of affluent layabouts that enters the crucible of a white-collar criminal case when the patriarch, George Bluth Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor), is arrested. His most competent son, Michael (Jason Bateman), tries to keep things together.
Fox cancelled the show after three seasons, despite protests from critics and the show's cult following. Last May, Netflix revived the show for a fourth season. It wasn't perfect. But it was what we needed. And you can watch the entire thing.