Air Dates: Nov. 2, 2003–Feb. 10, 2006, May 26, 2013, May 3, 2018—present
Stars: Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Alia Shawkat, Tony Hale, David Cross, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter
What did we do to deserve Arrested Development, 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?
If you aren't familiar, Arrested Development tells 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. Six years ago, Netflix revived the show for a fourth season, which was recut last year and will be followed by a fifth season this year. Justice is served. —RS