Arrested Development: Season 4 (2013)


Season 4
Arrested Development

Critics 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.



Critic Ratings: 34


Audience Score

User Ratings: 418
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Air date: May 26, 2013
Air date: May 26, 2013
Air date: May 26, 2013
Air date: May 26, 2013
Air date: May 26, 2013
Air date: May 26, 2013
Air date: May 26, 2013
Air date: May 26, 2013
Air date: May 26, 2013
Air date: May 26, 2013
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The Bluths return 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 series 4 are David Cross, Portia de Rossi, Alia Shawkat, Henry Winkler and Liza Minnelli.


Jason Bateman
as Michael Bluth
Michael Cera
as George Michael Bluth
Jeffrey Tambor
as George Bluth Sr./Oscar Bluth
Jessica Walter
as Lucille Bluth
Will Arnett
as George Oscar `Gob' Bluth II
Tony Hale
as Buster Bluth
Portia de Rossi
as Lindsay Funke
David Cross
as Tobias Funke
Alia Shawkat
as Mae `Maeby' Funke
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Critic Reviews for Arrested Development Season 4

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (16)

The new episodes are sometimes brilliantly complex and include some wonderful gags... But they're undeniably low on heart and sometimes just cruel.

May 10, 2018 | Full Review…

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

Dec 28, 2013 | Full Review…

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.

Jun 4, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Few shows are as side-achingly funny from moment to moment or as intricately written, acted or directed.

Aug 20, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

Jun 12, 2018 | Full Review…

So much about this new Arrested Development season had me laughing out loud, and often. Sometimes, it was the revival of a running gag I'd forgotten about.

May 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Sure, the structure of each episode and its way of storytelling is different, but at its heart it's Arrested Development, through and through.

May 10, 2018 | Full Review…

While it does freshen things up, some strands (Tobias, Gob) zip while others (George Sr.) trudge.

Nov 3, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The experience was more akin to being drawn on through a good book, allowing yourself just one more chapter after just one more chapter until you look up from the page and it's morning.

May 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Yes, it's different. Yes, it's probably the least effective of the show's four seasons. It's also awesome.

May 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Arrested Development: Season 4

  • Feb 05, 2019
    I tried. I slogged through one dull episode after another because I kept hearing that somewhere along the way the series would kick in and actually be enjoyable. But by the time I'd watched half of it I just thought, with all the good TV in the world, why am I putting so much effort into chasing after the original Arrested Development experience when this isn't even close to that. So I gave up.
  • Nov 29, 2018
    Love! Never disappoints!
  • Jan 13, 2018
    Not as great as Season 3, but quite innovative.
  • Aug 24, 2017
    Not nearly as good as the other seasons.
  • Apr 08, 2017
    This is a different show. The only good episode was A New Start, which was at least one of the best episodes of the series.
  • Mar 11, 2017
    It is not funny anymore. In a way it catches your attention, but by the 5th episode I realized I had not laugh at all. It is sad, because the original series was hilarious. I feel like characters have lost their essence.
  • Feb 26, 2017
    An uneven season that is still hilarious.
  • Apr 23, 2016
    La trama de cada episodio arma un arco argumental, que da la oportunidad de mostrar varias situaciones que llegan a niveles ridículamente divertidas.
  • May 03, 2015
    This season takes a few episodes to fire, but once you put it all together it's funny and well done. It's not as good as the first three seasons, but it's as good as any comedy on TV at the moment.
  • Mar 28, 2015
    The intertwined events that connect every episode (and thus the characters) prove too much of a distraction for a show that as a whole doesn't feel as right it used to due to the lack of linearity.

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