Arrested Development: Season 4 (2013)
Critic Consensus: Though this new incarnation of the hit series isn't quite as effective, Arrested Development's fourth season still delivers the dark humor and running gags we've come to expect.
The Bluths return for a fourth season as the series is brought back from the dead by Netflix. Michael (Jason Bateman) leaves the family business to launch his own, while George Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor) develops a get-rich scheme. Elsewhere, Gob (Will Arnett) lands a new job, George-Michael (Michael Cera) finds himself in the middle of a love triangle, and Buster (Tony Hale) tries to break away from Lucille (Jessica Walter). Also back in Season 4 are David Cross, Portia de Rossi, Alia Shawkat, Henry… More
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When all the plots began to coalesce, round about Episode 5, the comedy magic was back in the bottle.
The plotlines are incredibly bizarre, unique, and hilarious. The acting is superb, and the direction allows for subtlety that isn't possible in a standard three-camera sitcom.
For now, it's enough to simply enjoy this fourth-season ride, appreciating how different it is from the Fox series but also how scrupulously it rebuilds a universe that's been dormant for seven years.
I've watched all 15 episodes. Overall impression: look for them to get better, stronger and funnier. They even start to make a little sense, if that's possible for a series whose absurdities sometimes reach the point of almost indefensible absurdity.
Audience Reviews for Arrested Development: Season 4
Season 4 wasn't a huge mistake but just a huge missfire overal. By having episodes focused on a single character is ballsy and sure, the intricate storyline once it starts to connect makes sense, but this noirish take on the structure of Arrested Development doesn't work for one simple reason: Arrested Development worked wonders before because the gang was always together and their dynamics were endlessly entertaining and hilarious because they were unpredictable and the running jokes worked better that way.
Not sure if there were many schedule conflicts here, but it just didn't work as it should've.
And now the story of a brilliant television series that was cancelled, and the one network that resurrected it and turned it into festering garbage. The atrociousness of Arrested Development's fourth season may not be Netflix's fault entirely, but the carte blanche that they gave the show's producers allowed them to run it off the rails. The premise of the show is changed, and it's turned into more of an anthology series; focusing on a different Bluth family member each episode. The characters have also been changed and rewritten to fit the new tone of the series; causing them to lose a lot of their charm. Still, Season 4 does do a good job at bringing back and using the supporting characters from past seasons. And, the comedy stays true to the clever, unique style of the series. While there are some bright spots, this deformed version of Arrested Development is hard to watch. Season 4 was a huge mistake.
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