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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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Arrested Development
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: 12 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  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 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
  5. 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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  6. Jun 1, 2018
    6
    (First Half of Season) Judging by the way they attempt to wrap up all of season fours lingering plot points as quickly as possible it seems(First Half of Season) Judging by the way they attempt to wrap up all of season fours lingering plot points as quickly as possible it seems the creators of Arrested Development are as desperate to forget its original revival as many fans seem to be. In all honesty the first two episodes are a little confusing and, even more worryingly, not particularly interesting or funny.

    Once the full cast gets together (aside from Portia di Rossi, who is strangely green screened into her few scenes) things start to pick up and there are even glimpses of what made the show so great during its original run. Unfortunately the show still lacks the consistent sharpness and edge that made it such a cult favourite in the first place. There’s still another 8 episodes to come, so maybe it’ll get back to its best, but it looks unlikely we’ll ever see the old Arrested Development again.
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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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