Arrested Development: No More Episodes After Season 4? [Updated]

Published 2 years ago by , Updated April 24th, 2013 at 10:08 pm,

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[UPDATE: According to a different Netflix source, the company is planning to produce more episodes after season 4. Click here for details.]

In an era where television shows with supposedly decisive cancellations have seen resurrections due to fan demand, Arrested Development stands apart. After years of talking about making a movie to continue the story, the devoted talent behind the cult series finally received backing from an (at the time) unusual source – DVD rental and Internet streaming giant Netflix.

As recent reports have indicated that the further misadventures of the Bluth family will not be entirely ended after the upcoming fourth season, many have wondered whether Netflix will continue to support and host new seasons (or movies) of Arrested Development. Alas, this does not appear to be the case – as of today, Netflix has announced it will probably not finance any more content related to Arrested Development.

The Verge reports that Netflix is not “anticipating” funding any more episodes of Arrested Development beyond the 14 already in production. At an investor conference held earlier today, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings confirmed that the company is pleased with its collaboration with the Arrested Development crew, but also believes that this success is non-repeatable. Any further movies or serialized episodes of the show will probably need to find a new backer.

A Netflix spokesperson then expounded on that statement to The Wall Street Journal, saying that it would be “extremely difficult to get the cast together” for additional seasons.

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This is certainly bitter news for Arrested Development, harkening back to the announcement of the original series’ cancellation by Fox in 2006. Before the new episodes of the series have begun streaming, even the possibility of more seems to have been yanked away.

At the same time, Netflix’s hesitation to continue backing Arrested Development makes a good deal of sense. When it was airing on network television, the show had only a small (but intensely vocal) audience. Netflix has already gambled by giving financing to new episodes of the series, but no doubt wants to hedge its bet by waiting to see whether subscriptions increase in tandem with the show’s premiere. If the streaming version of Arrested Development has as small an audience as it did when it first aired (an audience which has, admittedly, grown quite a bit in the intervening years), then it won’t be worth it to continue throwing money at a show that comparably few people will queue up to watch.

Of course, the very reason Netflix outbid Showtime to air season 4 was that Arrested Development reruns were some of the most watched episodes on all of Netflix streaming.

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Still, recent comments by Jason Bateman (Identity Thief) indicate that the overall plan for Arrested Development calls not for more episodes, but for the long-rumored movie to finally get off the ground. Given that a feature film is quite a different undertaking than a relatively low-fi comedy series, it would only follow that Netflix would not want to get caught up in its financing.

Nevertheless, the news that season 4 might truly be the last we see of one of fiction’s greatest dysfunctional family’s is disheartening to say the least. Even if Netflix has demonstrated sound reasoning in its decision, it can’t help but feel like a vote of no-confidence in a product that hasn’t even been released to the public. Viewed as a part of the long history of Arrested Development, it seems much like par for the course.


Season 4 of Arrested Development will begin streaming on Netflix in May of 2013.

Source: The Verge & The Wall Street Journal

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  1. Dang it, my hearts already broken and season 4 hasn’t even started?! This can’t be the finale. They HAVE to do more. Maybe the Netflix success will woo some other channels.

    • If it’s good, there will definitely be more Arrested Development – but it might be a movie instead of more episodes. Which is fine by me!

  2. It sounds like Netflix is chicken…”A-coodle-doodle-doo!”

    • Haha!

    • Cuka-ka(clap,clap,clap)cuka-ka(clap,clap,clap)…

        • Che-chaw Che-chaw Che-chaw. Coo coo ca cha, coo coo ca cha. If they don’t do more than season 4 they will be making a huge tiny mistake.

          • wow this whole chicken comment thread just made my day hahahaha thanx for lightening the blow of the news guys :) seriously.

            • No problem movie dude. I hope they get an old pro like Robert Redford for the movie. If I were Mitch Hurwitz I would jump into bed with him in a second.

            • All in a day’s work. :)

  3. Honestly, right from the get-go I didn’t expect anymore seasons past 4. Most of the cast has moved on to bigger things. I am just happy we’re getting more A.D.

  4. What ever Netflix is saying it’s just PR ! If the would smell money and everything would be fine they would never stop ! Thats how it works !
    They are not telling us,as always ,the real reasons and truth !

  5. At the end of the day Netflix is a business. And sometimes a business has to make difficult sandwiches. Does kinda make me want to send them a basket of poison muffins though.

  6. Perhaps this is Netflix way of saying, “Say goodbye to these, because it’s the last time!”

    • wow those are crooked…

  7. I’m just happy we got more Arrested Development in the first place. If all we get after this is a movie, I’ll be ok..

  8. I have been hoping for new episodes since the show went off the air. Netflix played quite the Cupid in resurrecting the series. They can zing there arrow into my buttocks anytime.

    • bob loblaw you have laid out some great comments, very clever. haha just made my day

      • I’m glad someone appreciates it. I’m sick of being the goofball, the joker, the magician.

  9. Go peddle your wares elsewares. This feels like dip-a-pet all over again

    • You should go into the bead business. But your going to need a lot of money, beads aren’t cheap… are beads cheap?

    • Once again previous post removed and my response makes no sense. I feel like a regular Freddy Wilson

      • I’m sorry, I don’t get that reference?

  10. Ya like I wanna spill green tea all over my sixteen hundred dollar suit. COME ON!!!

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