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.
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News & Interviews for Arrested Development: Season 4
The new episodes are sometimes brilliantly complex and include some wonderful gags... But they're undeniably low on heart and sometimes just cruel.
When all the plots began to coalesce, round about Episode 5, the comedy magic was back in the bottle.
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.
While the intricacy and Rashomon-style layering of the humor has already been evident, a stronger resolution might have been appreciated in case the movie never materializes.
Sure, the structure of each episode and its way of storytelling is different, but at its heart it's Arrested Development, through and through.
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.
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.
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