A few short days after creator and showrunner Mitch Hurwitz provided us with a re-cut version of Arrested Development’s imperfect fourth season, we have been blessed with a trailer for season five and a release date of May 29. Now’s a good time to chicken-dance, if you’ve been waiting for an opportunity—Arrested returned via Netflix in 2013 after a never-ending campaign to bring back the series, canceled far too soon in 2006 by Fox. Now it's been another five full years.
There’s quite a lot of narrative information to dissect here, so let’s get into it. First of all, it seems as though Lindsay is running for Congress and the Bluths have reunited in order to award themselves the Family of the Year award—which Gob is absolutely thrilled by. Buster has a new high-tech hand that will surely come into play in ways we can’t even imagine. It seems like Tobias is taking method acting too far, while Michael is doing what he always does—trying not to lose his mind while sticking up for his family. (See also: Netflix's other Bateman show, Ozark.)
Jeffrey Tambor was accused of sexual harassment on the set of Transparent, causing him to leave the Amazon series, but is very much back.
Michael Cera was recently nominated for a Tony, for his Broadway work in Kenneth Lonergan’s Lobby Hero play. As for Bateman, the man has turned into a powerhouse of creativity, impressing us with his dramatic work in Ozark and expertly directing several episodes. It’s great to see everyone fall right back into their characters and continue the madcap dynamic at the core of the Bluth family.
Arrested Development is one of the greatest comedy shows ever made, with an impressive group of characters and season-crossing callback jokes. The show has a set of layers that can be peeled back upon re-watching, where you’re constantly noticing new jokes and subtle remarks or behaviors. Frankly, the fact that there’s an entire new season dropping—soon, in its entirety—is possibly the best news we’ll hear all week.