Have you not gotten a chance to watch the new Arrested Development episodes yet? Are you afraid that series creator Mitch Hurwitz made a huge mistake reviving the cult series?
Fear not, kids. The new Arrested Development season, airing exclusively on Netflix, has passed critical and fan scrutiny better than you might have hoped.
It’s a tall order, after all. The original series wrapped long before its time seven years ago, but with a reasonably satisfying ending. The risks of bringing it back after such a long break were always greater than its potential rewards, even though many Arrested Development fans (your humble correspondent included) would have given damn near anything for more.
The good news is, the revival seems to have passed the test. Most critics have reacted favorably to the new episodes, with the only dissenters questioning the narrative structure of the new season (it’s kind of complicated, but in my opinion, very friendly to repeat viewers, i.e. Arrested Development’s entire audience).
The humor is there. The original cast is there. Heck, even bit characters like Sally Sitwell and Tony Wonder are back.
But until Netflix releases viewership data, we can only turn to Twitter to see how people feel about the new episodes.
Arrested Development is pretty amazing. #ohYEAH twitter.com/jayberger/stat…
— Jason Berger (@jayberger) May 27, 2013
Arrested Development – If you haven’t seen it, it’s fantastic.m.bbc.co.uk/news/entertain…
— Derren Brown (@DerrenBrown) May 27, 2013
— Questlove Jenkins (@questlove) May 27, 2013
Arrested Development= my favorite type of comedy&ANYTHING. Just laughed so hard I spit out my noodles Thank u @mitchhurwitz&@johnlevenstein
— jenny slate (@jennyslate25) May 27, 2013
Best infographic ever. Guide to all running jokes in Arrested Development. | n.pr/112L2ax | HT @popchartlab twitter.com/Kevin_Ashton/s…
— Kevin Ashton (@Kevin_Ashton) May 27, 2013
Ok, that watermark on the new season of Arrested Development is pretty great.
— Emily Leighty (@Nomtastic) May 27, 2013
Arrested Development. All. Night. Long.- definitely more stimulating than my Friday night solo party 😉 vine.co/v/bVi9pmJahHj
— Shira Lazar (@shiralazar) May 27, 2013
Netflix, great job on Arrested Development, but that was just a practice round. Now it’s time you bring back Seinfeld.
— Samir Mezrahi (@samir) May 27, 2013
instead of making 8 separate tweets about the new arrested development episode, just pretend i tweeted all of this twitter.com/electrolemon/s…
— ☆ lil lemon ☆ (@electrolemon) May 27, 2013
Of course, there are some dissenters. Downsides to the new season are pretty well summed up in Jace Lacob’s review over at The Daily Beast.
In which I review Season 4 of Netflix’s #ArrestedDevelopment: thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/…
— Jace Lacob (@televisionary) May 27, 2013
Have you been watching the new Arrested Development on Netflix? I’m only about five episodes in. You can reach me on Twitter @DustenIQ to leave me your thoughts!