Arrested Development (season 5)
|Arrested Development (season 5)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||16|
|Original release||Part 1: May 29, 2018|
Part 2: March 15, 2019
The fifth season of the television comedy series Arrested Development premiered on Netflix on May 29, 2018. The season consists of 16 episodes, split into two eight-episode parts; with the second half released on March 15, 2019. This is the second revival season after the series was canceled by Fox in 2006; the fourth season premiered in 2013.
The show's storyline centers on the Bluth family, a formerly wealthy, habitually dysfunctional family, and the show incorporates hand-held camera work, narration, archival photos, and historical footage.
One central storyline of season five is a "whodunit" regarding the mysterious disappearance of Lucille Austero in the very midst of her congressional campaign. The season also features the cast together more frequently, as season four primarily had the cast separated due to scheduling difficulties.
Development and production
On July 12, 2013, Netflix was in discussions for a fifth season. In August 2014, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos stated in an interview with USA Today that there is a strong possibility of a fifth season. "It's just a matter of when." In April 2015, executive producer Brian Grazer confirmed that a fifth season was in development and would consist of 17 episodes. Jason Bateman contradicted this in February 2016, however, and said regarding a fifth season, "There is no plan. I haven't heard of anything solid going forward." However, in January 2017, Grazer again confirmed a fifth season plan, stating that all of the original series actors are on board for a new season, with an official deal expected to be made "within a couple of weeks".
Netflix confirmed on May 17, 2017, that a fifth season, featuring the full cast from the show, had been ordered and would be expected to be released on their service in 2018. Production began in August 2017, with 17 episodes planned for the fifth season. Filming wrapped in November 2017. Tambor had been subject of sexual misconduct allegations in November 2017 which led to him being taken off Transparent; however, the allegations did not impact his inclusion in season 5, and the show's team has stood in support of Tambor since then. On May 7, 2018, it was announced that the fifth season would premiere on May 29, 2018, and the season's trailer was released. To promote the fifth season, two versions of the Bluth Real Estate Stair car, featuring the hashtag #AD5 and the website voteBLUTH.com, were driven around New York City and Los Angeles.
- Ron Howard as Narrator/himself
- Justin Grant Wade as Steve Holt
- Ben Stiller as Tony Wonder
- Christine Taylor as Sally Sitwell
- Isla Fisher as Rebel Alley
- Maria Bamford as DeBrie Bardeaux
- Martin Mull as Gene Parmesan
- Judy Greer as Kitty Sanchez
- Henry Winkler as Barry Zuckerkorn
- Ed Begley Jr. as Stan Sitwell
- James Lipton as Warden Gentles
- John Beard as John Beard
- Rebecca Drysdale as Lieutenant Toddler
- Kyle Mooney as Murphy-Brown
- Lauren Weedman as Joni Beard
- Frances Conroy as Lottie Dottie
- Dermot Mulroney as Dusty
- Gilbert Gottfried as infomercial narrator
- Cheryl Howard as herself
- Bryce Dallas Howard as herself
- Paige Howard as herself
- Rance Howard as himself
- Alan Tudyk as Pastor Veal
- Taran Killam as himself playing a young George Sr.
- Cobie Smulders as herself playing a young Lucille
- Jean Smart as herself playing Mimi
- Steele Stebbins as himself playing a young Michael
- Thomas Barbusca as himself playing a young Gob
- Owen Vaccaro as himself playing a young Buster
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date||Prod.|
|69||1||"Family Leave"||Troy Miller||Mitchell Hurwitz & Jim Vallely||May 29, 2018||5AJD01|
|After Gob forced Michael to take a Forget-Me-Now on Cinco de Cuatro, Michael sleeps for two whole days, after which he goes to break up with Rebel, only to encounter his son George-Michael, who punches him after discovering Michael knew George-Michael was dating the same woman. Michael then returns to the penthouse, while attempting to avoid Lucille 2, whom he does not know is missing. Michael is met by Lt. Toddler of the Newport Beach PD, who questions him about the whereabouts of Lucille, Lucille 2, and the red-haired woman from the penthouse the day prior (George Sr. in a wig). As a way to get back at his family, Michael schemes to get Buster, who is hiding after being named a suspect in Lucille 2's disappearance, declared a missing person. Meanwhile, George-Michael regrets punching Michael, and confides this in Maeby, who is trying to flee after being discovered as a (accidental) sex-offender, and Lucille persuades Tobias to break her out of Austerity with Lucille 2 missing, and the two flee to a beachside cottage.|
|70||2||"Self-Deportation"||Troy Miller||Richard Day||May 29, 2018||5AJD02|
|Maeby and George-Michael go down to Mexico, where Maeby joins a group of Mexican volunteers, while George-Michael joins a group of fellow University of California, Irvine students who are living in Mexico for an intensive language course. Michael, after getting Buster to agree to the scheme, attempts to flee to Mexico in the mapping car, but he is located by the search engine company he is driving for. Michael is taken back to the company's campus, where he begins to work and live. A month later, Michael returns to the model home for a scuba suit, where he finds a letter from Lucille 2, who has forgiven Michael's $700,000 debt. He goes to the penthouse, which he finds empty, but upon entering Lucille 2's penthouse to thank her, Michael finds Lucille, George Sr, Lindsay, Gob, Tobias, and Maeby all there.|
|71||3||"Everyone Gets Atrophy"||Troy Miller||Mitchell Hurwitz||May 29, 2018||5AJD03|
|Michael learns that Lindsay is running for Congress, filling Herbert Love's spot, with Lucille calling the family together so they can accept the Family of the Year award, which is awarded by the Austero-Bluth Company, in order to give Lindsay a boost in the polls. George-Michael returns to Newport Beach, where he is called by Maeby, who is working as Lindsay's campaign manager. Maeby explains that she has been trying to make Lindsay say offensive things to sabotage her campaign, but her efforts have backfired; she wants George-Michael and her to kiss to sabotage Lindsay's campaign further. Buster is arrested after being found by the police and being identified in the security footage on the night of Cinco de Cuatro.|
|72||4||"An Old Start"||Troy Miller||Jim Vallely||May 29, 2018||5AJD04|
|With Lucille 2 not around, Gob is named president of the Austero-Bluth Company. George-Michael meets Maeby at a senior living community where she is squatting in a room owned by Lucille Austero for trysts with Stan Sitwell. They discuss George-Michael and Michael's ended relationships with Rebel and George-Michael's relationship with Michael. Michael returns to the family cottage where his wife died, finding Lucille there, learning that, contrary to Michael's belief, Lucille and George Sr. did not sell the cottage after his wife's death, per Michael's wishes.|
|73||5||"Sinking Feelings"||Troy Miller||Jim Vallely & Mitchell Hurwitz||May 29, 2018||5AJD05|
|The Bluths prepare to receive their award in a ceremony by the Banana Stand, even though the Banana Stand is missing. George-Michael goes to break up with Rebel, but the circumstances prevent him from doing so. George-Michael catches Michael before Michael's scuba diving trip, and the two reconcile. The award ceremony goes awry, with Gob giving an awkward speech and Lindsay walking out after realizing Lucille does not truly care for her. George Sr. winds up in the ocean, but Michael and George-Michael save him. Michael discovers that Buster is in prison, revealing this and his scheme to Lucille and George Sr., after which Lucille punches Michael. Michael meets with Buster in jail, learning that Buster attempted to wipe the footage of him with Lucille's body from Cinco. Michael calls Barry Zuckerkorn, the family attorney, to pay off Buster's bail. Tobias reveals an actor the family had paid to actually be his bastard son, Murphy-Brown. At a welcome home party, the Bluths discover that Michael bailed out Barry, who was also in jail, and not Buster.|
|74||6||"Emotional Baggage"||Troy Miller||Evan Mann & Gareth Reynolds||May 29, 2018||5AJD06|
|Gob attempts to get the rights to Buster back from Kitty, but is unable to do so. George-Michael is invited by Rebel to a Howard family barbecue, and has Maeby dye his hair pink to make a bad impression. However, the dye is left in too long, leaving his hair "Howard Red", making a strong impression on Ron. Michael sneaks into the barbecue to get the rights from Ron, but is also unable to do so. After learning from Bryce Dallas Howard that Rebel is using George-Michael, and after a conversation with Rance Howard about keeping an eye on your son, Michael allows the Bluth project to move forward as a streaming, true crime series. Ron sets up an interview with Buster, but after remembering a conversation with George Sr., Buster attacks Ron, believing him to be a skinhead.|
|75||7||"Rom-Traum"||Troy Miller||Maggie Rowe||May 29, 2018||5ADJ07|
|Michael theorizes that Lucille might know the location of Lucille 2, and he, Barry, and Buster plan to make her believe the district attorney is on to Lucille. This backfires, with Lucille, realizing the scheme. Barry shows Lucille the evidence picture of the stair car, and she tasks him with locating it. George Sr. leaves the cottage, with a suspicious Michael following him. George-Michael, who after a speculative comment from Maeby that Michael may have been with Rebel in Mexico during the two months she was shooting a movie, becomes suspicious of Michael and follows him. Barry also follows, in order to search for Lucille 2 with George Sr. Michael meets with George Sr., where they learn from Tobias, who was searching for Lindsay, that George's lack of sex drive was due to Lucille tricking him into taking estrogen pills. After seeing Lucille 2's car (which George-Michael drives, unbeknownst to Michael), Michael and Tobias chase after George-Michael, with George Sr. and Barry following behind. All three vehicles hit spike strips, after which the five in the vehicles being confronted by a group of cowboys, who now own the land due to Tobias, who was impersonating George Sr, signing ownership to them.|
|76||8||"Premature Independence"||Troy Miller||Mitchell Hurwitz & Jim Vallely||May 29, 2018||5ADJ08|
|On the night of the Second of July Parade (a local holiday), Lindsay has yet to be found, a situation which Sally Sitwell, who has taken Lucille 2's place in the congressional race, tries to exploit. Michael discovers the evidence picture, which shows Lucille 2 and Oscar in the stair car. However, George-Michael discovers the picture, revealing it was actually him and Maeby in the picture, taken when they went down to Mexico earlier. At the parade, Michael shows the picture to Lottie Dottie, the district attorney. George-Michael then arrives to show Michael the picture, where Michael realizes his mistake. Gob and Tony Wonder perform on a float for a closet company, where they discuss their relationship; however, the conversation abruptly ends when Tony is suddenly and mysteriously cased into his closet on the float with cement. Tobias, unable to find Lindsay, enlists his old flame DeBrie to impersonate Lindsay. George Sr. arrives at the parade, telling Lucille that the cowboys now own the land. Lucille and George both recognize that this prevents their plan to build a wall across the Mexican-American Border no longer works, and they need Lindsay to lose the election; luckily for Lucille, DeBrie, shy, hides under a sheet, which the public takes to be a show of anti-Muslim sentiments. Buster, who is in a parade float, is broken out by Oscar, who escapes in Sally's new stair car, despite the fact that Buster only has eight days left in prison.|
|77||9||"Unexpected Company"||Troy Miller||Hallie Cantor||March 15, 2019||5AJD09|
|78||10||"Taste Makers"||Troy Miller||Mitchell Hurwitz||March 15, 2019||5AJD10|
|79||11||"Chain Migration"||Troy Miller||Richard Day||March 15, 2019||5AJD11|
|80||12||"Check Mates"||Troy Miller||Evan Mann & Gareth Reynolds||March 15, 2019||5AJD12|
|81||13||"The Untethered Sole"||Troy Miller||Chris Marrs||March 15, 2019||5AJD13|
|82||14||"Saving for Arraignment Day"||Troy Miller||Hallie Cantor||March 15, 2019||5AJD14|
|83||15||"Courting Disasters"||Troy Miller||Mitchell Hurwitz & Jim Vallely||March 15, 2019||5AJD15|
|84||16||"The Fallout"||Troy Miller||Mitchell Hurwitz||March 15, 2019||5AJD16|
Many critics said the season was more in line with the original Fox episodes and that having the ensemble back together after previously separating them benefited the season. On Rotten Tomatoes, it holds an approval rating of 55% with an average score of 5.14/10, based on 51 reviews. The site's critical consensus reads, "Arrested Development finds itself back in familiar form, recapturing much of the cast's chemistry and comedic brilliance — though it still doesn't quite live up to its own past." On Metacritic, the season has a weighted average score of 67 out of 100, based on 20 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
Ben Travers of IndieWire gave it a positive review with a "B" grade, calling it a big improvement over season four. He wrote, "With the cast reunited and a better understanding of what made the characters lovable lunkheads to begin with, the new season can be effortlessly enjoyable; a pleasure to watch instead of something you have to dig through to find the parts you love." Sonya Saraiya of Vanity Fair praised it for returning to "the show you remember," claiming it to be far superior to the fourth season. She singles out Arnett's performance in particular, praising him as "magnificent." Caroline Framke of Variety also praised the new season for acknowledging and correcting some of the mistakes of the fourth season instead of ignoring them, while also highlighting the ability of the show to engage in character development after 15 years with regards to Cera and Shawkat's characters. She too praised Arnett as the standout of the cast. Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter argued that the second Netflix season was "much, much better," than the first, believing that once the show "hits its stride, it evokes its glory days," overall being a "welcome return to form".
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