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  • Summary: The entire Bluth family returns for a fifth season (its second on Netflix) of the comedy series.
  • Genre(s): Comedy

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  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    May 24, 2018
    80
    Even amid the mad scramble to re-establish plotlines, there are plenty of funny callbacks. ... Luckily, by the third episode of the new season, the cylinders are firing a lot more effortlessly, and the series benefits from having the cast pretty much all back together for shared scenes. Episodes five, six and seven show Arrested Development at its best, taking a full sprint at ridiculously elaborate scenarios.
  2. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    May 29, 2018
    75
    Arrested Development is back. You’ve earned the insanity.
  3. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jun 5, 2018
    75
    It's all packed with inside jokes and callbacks of inside jokes. This one's for the fans.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    May 24, 2018
    70
    Overall, it’s more coherent and consistent than season four (at least the seven episodes I’ve seen) even if it’s not as inspired as the prime of the series. We need to start coming to terms with the realization that it won’t ever be quite that transcendent again, but this season is still often pretty funny.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    May 29, 2018
    70
    It breaks no new ground, and it goes over old ground in a way that feels odd to call "pleasing," given the rampant dysfunction, but somehow is.
  6. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    May 29, 2018
    63
    Structurally, Arrested is in better shape than it was in season four. Fans who temper their expectations for this new batch of episodes--eight are available this week with another eight coming later this year--will be happy to be back with the terrible Bluth family.
  7. Reviewed by: Allison Keene
    May 22, 2018
    40
    While the family is usually better together, they’re mostly scattered again (with a few strange pairings that don’t really work, like Lucille and Tobias), and the narrative focus is completely on Michael. No one else has much of an individual story yet, and that’s a shame, because the strongest comedy so far comes from the plots that are the most removed from Michael.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. Jun 12, 2018
    10
    I think that they have managed to recreate the atmosphere of the first seasons extremely well. Yes it's weird and some bits even look poorlyI think that they have managed to recreate the atmosphere of the first seasons extremely well. Yes it's weird and some bits even look poorly produced but at the end of the day this all adds to the show and what it is. Really incredible they managed to get everyone back as well. If your a fan then you will enjoy it for sure. Expand
  2. May 31, 2018
    9
    This season takes a small while to get going but in my opinion it gets good regardless. I love Arrested Development and feel that the showThis season takes a small while to get going but in my opinion it gets good regardless. I love Arrested Development and feel that the show never lets me down. My biggest problem is that Tobias feels out of place due to Lindsay being gone, but I still enjoy him. Expand
  3. May 30, 2018
    8
    The first couple episodes take awhile to get going, and I found myself asking if Season 5 had been a huge mistake. Thankfully, things slowlyThe first couple episodes take awhile to get going, and I found myself asking if Season 5 had been a huge mistake. Thankfully, things slowly begin to pick up steam, and by Episode 6-7 Arrested Development has returned to what made it so great in the first place. Hopefully the second half of this season continues that trend. As with all Arrested Development episodes, these have tremendous re-watch value, and you'll find yourself catching jokes you missed the first time around. Expand
  4. Jun 16, 2018
    7
    It's funny again! The back-to-basics approach taken with season 5 restores a lot of the show's original magic. The shorter running-time makesIt's funny again! The back-to-basics approach taken with season 5 restores a lot of the show's original magic. The shorter running-time makes things much more digestible, the characters are no longer so spread out, the Bluths actually get to spend time together, and everything is no longer so overblown. These first eight episodes have proven themselves able to make up for a lot of the mistakes made with season 4.

    Some issues are still hanging around though. For one thing the ginormous plot left unfinished in our last divisive Netflix outing with the Bluths is still hanging around and needed to be dealt with. The first few episodes have a lot of ground to cover and recapping to be done in order to move forward. As a result the story can feel a bit convoluted and messy. The more it branches off into the new stuff, the better the season gets. It's just that it's not quite possible for Arrested Development to completely bury everything from season 4 yet. No matter how much it, and we, are ready to.

    Then there's the sad truth that Lindsay once again gets the short end of the stick. After having her character butchered in season 4, she is left in a sort of limbo as her appearance here is practically nonexistent. Portia de Rossi is largely, if not completely, green-screened into every one of her character's scenes before quickly being ushered out of the door unceremoniously. Leaving us to wonder what the plans are for Lindsay and if we'll ever see her return to her former glory. Maybe in the next half of the season she'll be given more to do or just be written out of the show entirely. The latter might not be that bad an option as I was surprised to find myself not missing her that much. Plus, didn't Portia retire? No need for her to make this one exception if they have nothing for her to do and she can't even be onscreen with everyone in the first place.

    All that aside though, my enthusiasm for the show moving forward has been greatly restored. The smaller scale plot is amusing and it was great to see the Bluths all connected again (minus Lindsay) and messing with each other's lives. Will Arnett gives his best turn yet as Gob and Alia Shawkat's costume antics make her character more entertaining than ever. The laughs just keep coming and kept me engaged in the face of several plot holes. The next eight episodes will obviously play a large role in determining whether or not season 5 is an overall success, but you can take comfort in knowing that what's already been released will remind you why you fell in love with the show in the first place.
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  5. Jun 25, 2018
    7
    I think it's clear by now that there is no way the creators, writers, directors, and even the cast can replicate the magic of the original runI think it's clear by now that there is no way the creators, writers, directors, and even the cast can replicate the magic of the original run of the show, and while there are some clear low marks with the show, such as some duds with the story lines and jokes, often dragging on when they weren't that funny to begin with, as well as some cheap Donald Trump jabs that are just lazy, overall I found it to be enjoyable personally. Seeing everyone back to the show and on screen together is fun since they are all passionate about this show and there are some great jokes here and there. I can't really say much since I just feel that it's enjoyable in an okay sense. Expand
  6. Jun 2, 2018
    6
    I was looking forward to this. Sure I laughed but it felt average compared to some of its previous seasons. Also finding out it was 2 partsI was looking forward to this. Sure I laughed but it felt average compared to some of its previous seasons. Also finding out it was 2 parts was a big let down. Similar to season 4 its an ok watch. Feels like it's gone downhill Expand
  7. May 30, 2018
    2
    I love Arrested Development. I really wanted to like season 5. I even liked season 4 more than most. Sadly, this latest (last?) season wasI love Arrested Development. I really wanted to like season 5. I even liked season 4 more than most. Sadly, this latest (last?) season was just awful. The biggest failing was the lack of laughs. There was just so little funny in this is. I could forgive the terrible blue/green screening, I could forgive the weird Lindsay story arc, I could forgive all the loose ends from season 4 they had to fix but the lack of anything resembling comedy is inexcusable. I know die hard fans like me will watch it anyway so to them I say, "it's going to be a slog, with 3-4 laughs... sorry." To the non die hards and new comers, please, please skip this. Expand

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