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Arrested Development: Season 4 (2013)

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Average Rating: 8.1/10
Reviews Counted: 23
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 5

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.

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Average Rating: 8.2/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 4

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.

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Average Rating: 3.9/5
User Ratings: 154

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Season Info

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

Network: Netflix

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Episodes

1
Air date: May 26, 2013

Flight of the Phoenix

Michael says goodbye to the family business and starts his own. And the life of the family is turned upside down when their mailman Pete dies.

2
Air date: May 26, 2013

Borderline Personalities

George Sr. comes up with a get rich quick scam after his family falls apart.

3
Air date: May 26, 2013

Indian Takers

Lindsay tries to reclaim her sense of self while traveling and getting back to her political activist roots.

4
Air date: May 26, 2013

The B Team

Michael is presented with a new business opportunity that could change his life. Unfortunately, he needs his family to sign off.

5
Air date: May 26, 2013

A New Start

Tobias searches for meaning after splitting with Lindsay, only to find that old habits die hard.

6
Air date: May 26, 2013

Double Crossers

George Sr.'s new business hits a rough patch, and he must bribe a politician to get his scam back on track.

7
Air date: May 26, 2013

Colony Collapse

Gob finds a new group of friends after his relationship falls apart and his family abandons him.

8
Air date: May 26, 2013

Red Hairing

Lindsay continues to push away from being a Bluth by embracing a relationship and finding a new career.

9
Air date: May 26, 2013

Smashed

Tobias returns to his roots and reunites with his leading lady after a rough few weeks.

10
Air date: May 26, 2013

Queen B

Lucille finds that her children have already started divvying up her things, and adjusts to her new home.

11
Air date: May 26, 2013

A New Attitude

Gob accepts a job from his brother, but is distracted by a scheme of his own.

12
Air date: May 26, 2013

Seņoritis

Maeby moves out on her own and reconnects with her cousin George-Michael.

13
Air date: May 26, 2013

It Gets Better

At UC Irvine things get steamy when George-Michael finds himself in a love triangle with his best friend Ray and his girlfriend Becky.

14
Air date: May 26, 2013

Off the Hook

Buster struggles to make it on his own and break away from his overbearing mother.

15
Air date: May 26, 2013

Blockheads

George-Michael tries to reconnect with his father, but is finding himself overwhelmed by the responsibility of running his business.

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All Critics (23) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (5)

When all the plots began to coalesce, round about Episode 5, the comedy magic was back in the bottle.

December 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

August 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

No other show seems more primed for the new era in media consumption.

June 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Under the Radar
Under the Radar

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.

June 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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.

June 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Uncle Barky
Uncle Barky

Hurwitz's bid to make a new kind of comedy for the Netflix age is disappointing because it confuses darkness with depth and convolution with complexity. As with those rows of empty chairs at Lucille's trial, it is hard not to see what is missing.

May 31, 2013 Full Review Source: The New Republic
The New Republic

This is admirably dark stuff for a comedy.

May 31, 2013 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

The way it navigates between self-awareness and sentimentality is often dazzling.

May 31, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
New York Magazine/Vulture

There's still a plethora of fresh homonym-friendly wordplay, surprising parallels, and witty allusions to delight and preoccupy us until the series pulls off its next magic trick.

May 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

If you're an Arrested Development fan, old, new, or somewhere in the middle, this is worth taking a look at as soon as possible. For those without a subscription to Netflix, borrow your friend's account and watch this as soon as possible.

May 30, 2013 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

This isn't just another season of the show - it's a heartfelt tribute to seasons past.

May 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly

Its tangled subplots and overlapping layers of off-color running gags reveal their punch lines slowly, generally rewarding one's patience.

May 30, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

No, it doesn't really work, but as failures go, it is a very noble one.

May 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

The great delight of the series was the way Hurwitz, Jim Vallely and the other writers would run jokes out over multiple episodes, or even seasons, sprinkling in just a bit at a time as a reward for viewers paying careful attention.

May 29, 2013 Full Review Source: HitFix

If you marathoned old AD before watching this, turning on the first episode feels like stepping from a briskly air-conditioned room into a rainforest; everything's heavy, languid, a little oppressive.

May 29, 2013 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine

This season may be even less perfect, but let not the fantasy of what it could have been be the enemy of what it is.

May 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com

Plenty of fun is derived from seeing how certain scenes that occur in one episode will have a meaningful payoff in another.

May 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Contra Costa Times
Contra Costa Times

Though this fourth season is rough in places, it's also unquestionably an important and ground-breaking piece of TV.

May 28, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club

If you don't expect full unity and you don't expect the stealthy-yet-effective soul that always lurked behind the show's dark, dark heart, these 15 episodes deliver many laughs.

May 26, 2013 Full Review Source: HitFix
HitFix

It proves that there is still hope for sitcom genius from the TV industry.

May 26, 2013 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle

Everything feels slowed down and dragged out at the same time that it feels forced and overly complicated.

May 26, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

After the warmth of seeing them reunited, there's a sort of awkwardness to it, as if nobody really has much to say.

May 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety

There were certainly enough moments of familiar glee to satisfy legions of fans.

May 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Audience Reviews for Arrested Development: Season 4

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.
January 19, 2014
Dann Michalski

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April 23, 2014
Lucas Martins

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