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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
Score distribution:
  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: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  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 31, 2018
    9
    Smart, fresh, creative, and funny as ever, with enough throwbacks to the glory days of the first 3 seasons to inspire a warm sense ofSmart, fresh, creative, and funny as ever, with enough throwbacks to the glory days of the first 3 seasons to inspire a warm sense of nostalgia. Then again, I’m also one of the seeming few who actually relished the 4th season for its innovative (and, in my view, brilliant) approach.

    The show goes back to its roots in season 5 with more linear storytelling and is much less experimental in its structure, which should keep the traditionalists happy. However, it seems that the producers just now realized how far ahead of the curve the show has ALWAYS been, and have bowed to recent audience pressure to rein that in a bit ... which is disappointing in some respects, but entirely understandable and arguably a wise choice, given the outcry after season 4. The result is a more familiar format and an homage to the way things used to be. As a result, season 5 can feel overtly cautious in some places, at least in comparison to seasons past, but I find that this does not make the show any less intelligent, funny, or enjoyable.

    Having read many of the critical reviews of season 5, I think the show has become a victim of its own success and some viewers’ unrealistic expectations. If you’re tuning in expecting everything to be the way it was in 2003, then you’re likely to be disappointed. No matter how cautious the writing, it is not the same series. Not only are the actors visibly older (and jarringly so, in some cases), but both the times and the nature of television have changed in the intervening 15 years. We, as viewers, have also changed and are watching these programs through a different, more mature, and morally enlightened lens (#metoo).

    So viewers of season 5 must be realistic. The show simply cannot be the same as it was, nor should it be. My advice is to go in with an open mind and enjoy season 5 for what it is: the fun, outlandish, and undeniably unique continuation of a story of a wealthy family who lost everything, and the one son who had no choice but to keep them all together.
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  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 19, 2018
    7
    Season 5 is way better then the last season. The actors are together. Cera has a bigger part this time and it's for the best. The character ofSeason 5 is way better then the last season. The actors are together. Cera has a bigger part this time and it's for the best. The character of Joe is not very good. His lines were confusing to say the least. It kind of ruins the humour every time he intervenes. Buster became more of a static character this time around. There are a couple of surprises, one made for a good episode with Cera. I give it a 72%. Overall more solid and aligned with the first 3 seasons...and Howard, the show did lack wide shots. Expand
  6. Jun 3, 2018
    6
    Michael Cera grew up.
    This actually feels like a chunk of the problems with this shows last 2 seasons. Much of the original comedy of the
    Michael Cera grew up.
    This actually feels like a chunk of the problems with this shows last 2 seasons. Much of the original comedy of the show was based around George Michael. Now that character is supposed to be a Man, but doesnt look it, and isnt a comedy character now.
    It took 2 painful at times episodes full of over narration before we got the family together and we got some comedy. Then its instantly followed up by a long awkward dull conversation in a hallway with George Michael and his father which instantly killed the momentum.
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  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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