The fifth season of Arrested Development will premiere on Netflix in 2018. Fans of the classic series are used to being kept in suspense. When the show ended its original run on Fox, devotees wondered if they would ever see the insane Bluth Family again, but the agony ended with the happy news that Netflix had picked up the show for a fourth season. After that fourth season played out, it was back to waiting and wondering for the series' small, but-incredibly devoted, fan base.
Over the years since Season 4 aired, there have been many Arrested Development teases. But now all the teasing is over and once again Arrested Development fans are getting what they hoped for: more Arrested Development.
As reported by Variety, Netflix is officially bringing back the Bluth Family for Season 5, which is scheduled to stream beginning in 2018. The entire original series regular cast is reportedly on-board, including Jason Batemen (whose return was previously announced), Michael Cera, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Will Arnett, Tony Hale, Portia de Rossi, David Cross and Alia Shawkat.
Show creator Mitchell Hurwitz released a statement expressing how bigly happy he is at being able to bring more Arrested Development to Netflix viewers:
In talks with Netflix we all felt that that stories about a narcissistic, erratically behaving family in the building business — and their desperate abuses of power — are really underrepresented on TV these days. I am so grateful to them and to 20th TV for making this dream of mine come true in bringing the Bluths, George Sr., Lucille and the kids; Michael, Ivanka, Don Jr., Eric, George-Michael, and who am I forgetting, oh Tiffany. Did I say Tiffany? — back to the glorious stream of life.
Ron Howard, who acts as a producer on the show while also delivering its indispensable voice-over narration (without narration the show would be incomprehensible), expressed relief at being able to let the cat out of the bag:
Whew! I can finally answer the question … Hell yes! Warming up my uncredited narrator vocal chords. Now the only thing I will have to be coy about is all the craziness the Bluths are going to face this season.
Arrested Development Season 4 ran on Netflix beginning in May 2013 and garnered largely positive reviews despite a fragmented, time-jumping narrative devised partly as a means of working around the schedules of the various series regulars. The lack of narrative cohesion didn't stop Season 4 from delivering the things that make Arrested Development so unique and at times brilliant: bizarre character comedy that explores with sometimes painful accuracy the foibles of its monumentally dysfunctional central family, intricate gags that sometimes play out over multiple episodes and even seasons and a dizzying profusion of ever-expanding Seinfeldian in-jokes-within-in-jokes that give the series almost the quality of a sacred text (fans certainly find it sacred).
Arrested Development Season 5 will stream on Netflix in 2018.