Can Netflix Make ‘Arrested Development’ Funny This Time?

source: Netflix

source: Netflix

Fans of the cult comedy Arrested Development met Netflix’s resurrection of the series last year with a decidedly mixed reaction, but the streaming service is taking another crack at it by picking up the show for an unexpected fifth season. Will Arnett confirmed to Jimmy Fallon in an appearance on The Tonight Show that the cult favorite Arrested Development is coming back to Netflix for another season, a surprising announcement since the fourth season on the streaming service was thought to be show’s last hoorah.

“It is gonna happen. We don’t know when but it is gonna happen,” Arnett said. That confirmation comes after Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos told USA Today that he was “positive” another season of the show is in the future, “it’s just a matter of when.”

The kooky comedy about the dysfunctional, formerly affluent Bluth family ran on Fox for three seasons and received raves from critics before it was cancelled due to poor ratings. The series starred Jeffrey Tambor as the manipulative Bluth patriarch; Jason Bateman as the industrious young son looking to turn the family company around and away from corruption; Portia de Rossi as the materialistic and spoiled sister; Will Arnett as the idiot magician brother; Jessica Walter as the bitchy and hypocritical alcoholic mother; Tony Hale as the young, socially inept brother who is crippled by anxiety from over-mothering; and a very young Michael Cera as the idealistic and innocent grandson who is rendered a nervous wreck by his family’s constant immoral behavior.

The show was initially praised for unique writing from Mitchell Hurwitz and the hilarious dynamic created between the cast members. The first season has an 89 score on Metacritic, indicating nearly universal acclaim from critics, who said things like: “I don’t know about you, but I’m not used to laughing out loud alone in front of the TV. Honestly, I was startled.”