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Arrested Development returns to Netflix with eight more episodes in March

The Arrested Development zombie rises once more

Arrested Development - Gob smiling as he looks out of a truck
At least Gob looks happy.
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The final half of Arrested Development’s fifth season will come to Netflix on March 15, the streaming service announced Tuesday.

All eight episodes will drop at once, as is Netflix’s way; this will bring the season’s total episode count to 16. The previous eight episodes premiered in May 2018.

I have seen every episode of Arrested Development, and frankly speaking, I hardly remember what happened in season 5’s first part. After a majorly disappointing fourth season, Netflix, Mitch Hurwitz, and the rest of the crew decided to take another crack at our once-beloved corpse. Yet even with reuniting the Bluth family and sticking them in more absurd scenarios together, season 5 failed to leave much of an impression.

Netflix provided some guidance with the below synopsis of what’s in store for the remainder of season 5:

In the second half of Arrested Development’s fifth season, pressures mount on the Bluth family as Buster heads toward a murder trial. The Bluth company is on the hook to build a ’smart’ border wall that puts them in debt and risks exposing a software hoax perpetrated by George-Michael. Soon the gay mafia is involved and it appears that even Michael can’t save the family this time. And Tobias becomes a Golden Girl.

Will this mark the end of the Bluth family saga? It’s not confirmed whether Netflix will produce a season 6, although some cast members have doubts. But I can’t stand to see Arrested Development’s perfect initial run on cable TV tarnished any further. Let’s call it a day with season 5, part two, please.

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