The Bluths are Back! Arrested Development Season 5 Starts Streaming May 29 on Netflix


Series creator Mitch Hurwitz announced on Twitter that the Bluths, the dysfunctional family at the center of beloved cult sitcom Arrested Development, would return to Netflix “soon.”  But we had no idea just how soon.

TVLine reported that Arrested Development will return to the streaming service for more Bluth-centric shenanigans on Tuesday, May 29.

Netflix also released a trailer for the upcoming fifth season, which you can check out below.

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Based on the trailer, it appears that this season the Bluths will feature more family-time. This is in contrast to the fourth season, in which each episode focused on a single character — a narrative choice that divided fans.

It was previously announced that Jeffrey Tambor will be back with the rest of the Arrested Development ensemble.

Tambor was let go from his starring role on Transparent by Amazon Prime in February after multiple accusations of sexual misconduct. But it seems his on-screen time on Arrested Development will not be minimized in any way.

According to the New York Times, a spokesman at the show’s studio, 20th Century Fox Television, said the latest season of Arrested Development was filmed before the accusations against Tambor surfaced. But it’s not clear if the producers considered removing or cutting down Tambor’s scenes.

This is a bit surprising as last year the streamer fired Kevin Spacey from his starring role on House of Cards after he was accused of sexual misconduct.

Still, Arrested Development maintains a cult following and the cast seems to truly enjoy making the show.

Fox broadcast the first three seasons from 2003 to 2006. Then the comedy was revived by Netflix in 2013 for the fourth season. It was a move that seemed tailor-made for a service that doesn’t rely on the same revenue streams as broadcast television.

The fourth season didn’t do as well with fans, however, and it’s clear from the new trailer that the show will try to capture more of the magic from its first three seasons in the upcoming episodes.

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In the meantime, Hurwitz and Netflix seem to have realized they made a huge mistake in season 4. Possibly in a move to appease disgruntled fans before the premiere of the new season, the service has released a 22-episode “remixed” version of season 4 and seems to have buried the 15-episodes that originally made up the season.

Will you be excited to see what the Bluths are up to when they return? Tell us in the comments.