The Bluth Family is back in a new trailer for Arrested Development season 5 that confirms the show's May premiere date on Netflix. Arrested Development is known for having a very loyal fanbase that will stick with the sitcom through thick and thin. And that's good, because no show makes its fans wait longer for new seasons than the former Fox series now transplanted to Netflix.
After Fox originally axed the show after season 3, fans waited seven years for season 4 to arrive on its new streaming home. And frankly, many faithful followers ultimately found themselves disappointed by the season's fragmented storyline and lack of interaction between the main cast members. Five years after season 4 continued the comedic adventures of the Bluth Family, Netflix will now release season 5, and cast members promise this time the Bluth clan will actually share screen time together.
Thanks to a new trailer just released by Netflix, Arrested Development fans know the wait for season 5 is almost over. After Henry Winkler let slip in an interview that the show would return sometime this summer, the trailer nails down the premiere date as May 29. See a first glimpse of what the Bluths are up to in season 5 in the clip above.
As we see in the trailer, Jeffrey Tambor is back for season 5 (there had been doubts about his participation after he was fired from the Amazon series Transparent amid sexual misconduct allegations). The brief synopsis released by Netflix also confirms reports that the season 4 death of Lucille Austero (Liza Minnelli) plays a central part in the new season's narrative:
In the aftermath of Cinco de Quatro, the Bluth family are all facing one question, that no one quite has the answer to: where is Lucille Two?
In addition to the Lucille Two murder-mystery (she fell off the stair car during Cinco de Quatro and apparently died), season 5 will also revolve around Lindsay (Portia de Rossi) running for Congress. That answers the question of whether the new season will dive into political commentary as season 4 did with its prescient storyline making fun of the Mexican border wall. The trailer also teases a gag about the Bluths trying to snag a "Family of the Year" award - or maybe they just made up the award to give themselves? Either way, fans can help the Bluths with their Family of the Year aspirations by visiting the website votebluth.com (and enjoy the very 2009-style web design).
For those looking to catch up with season 4 before diving in to season 5, Netflix debuted a remixed version of the problematic season cut together by series creator Mitch Hurwitz. The remix at least acknowledges the issues with season 4, and the trailer goes out of its way to assure fans those issues won't repeat themselves. It's certainly good to know the new season will try to get the family back together for real, but the question still remains: Does Arrested Development have any of the old magic left? The cast certainly seems game, as the trailer attests. And though season 4 didn't exactly land, it did show that Hurwitz still has one of the most distinctive comic voices around. So maybe there's still a chance for one more truly classic season.
Arrested Development season 5 premieres May 29 on Netflix.