Previously on Arrested Development: in case you didn’t know, Arrested Development is the story of a wealthy family who lost everything and the one son who had no choice but to keep them together. Only, a decade after the dysfunctional Bluths were unleashed on the world and seven years after the multi-award-winning show was canned by network Fox, it’s back, with the long-awaited fourth season arriving on Netflix.
All 15 episodes of the new series will be available to watch in one hit on Sunday. Planning an all-day binge? Be sure to stock up on ice cream sandwiches and frozen bananas. Watch the trailer here.
If you’re yet to be acquainted with the Bluths, you need to catch-up quick. There’s many, many reasons why you should watch the show. Here’s six:
1 Running gags
Arrested Development made prosthetic hands, incest and Saddam Hussein funny, and not just once. The show was built around jokes that if they didn’t tickle you in the first place (and they generally did), they were repeated until they hit the spot. This clip of the 18 best running gags only scratches the surface:
2 In Gags
Not all the jokes were that obvious. From wisecracks hidden in prop newspaper front pages (including a reference to a “propgraphics” company that made prop newspaper front pages) to cheeky swipes at the parts that the actors in <Arrested Development> didn’t get, to Henry Winkler jumping the shark, the show rewarded eagle-eye fans with one digit on the remote control pause button. Here’s a list of 25 blink-and-you-miss-it jibes.
“Her?” “No touching!” “That’s the last time you’re going to see these.” Something tells us it won’t just be the heads of the Fox network saying: “I’ve made a huge mistake”.
4 The Chicken Dance
From a penny-pinching Carl Weathers to a blind Julia Louis-Dreyfus and a British mentally handicapped Charlize Theron and a suitably deranged Liza Minnelli as love interests, as well as Winkler’s Happy Days co-star Ron Howard providing the narration, the show was stocked full of familiar faces who were in on the joke. Kristen Wiig, Seth Rogen and a returning Ben Stiller are all due to appear in the new series.
The conniving characters were the show’s strongest point, and among them the eldest son, self-absorbed illusionist Gob (pronounced like the biblical Job), had — he wishes — the magic touch.
The new series starts on Netflix this Sunday
Also read our 2011 interview with Will Arnett and creator Mitch Hurwitz