Arrested Development: Season 5 (2018 - 2019)

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Arrested Development finds itself back in familiar form, recapturing much of the cast's chemistry and comedic brilliance -- though it still doesn't quite live up to its own past.

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Episodes

Air date: May 29, 2018

Surprises greet Michael at the penthouse and Sudden Valley. George-Michael confides in Maeby, who's trying to avoid Sudden Valley. -- (C) NETFLIX

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Air date: May 29, 2018

For varying reasons, most of the Bluths (even Steve Holt) feel compelled to run off to Mexico. Michael tries to convince Buster to go to the police. -- (C) NETFLIX

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Air date: May 29, 2018

The family unites behind Lindsay's campaign, but Michael senses that something is amiss. Maeby has an idea that George-Michael likes a little too much. -- (C) NETFLIX

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Air date: May 29, 2018

Gob acquires a new office for the company with a "premium view." Michael gets a shock when he returns to a place that holds a lot of memories. -- (C) NETFLIX

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Air date: May 29, 2018

The Bluths receive/present their award, but it weighs on George Sr. and creates new problems. Michael and George-Michael have a deep conversation. -- (C) NETFLIX

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Air date: May 29, 2018

Michael attempts to bail out Buster. George-Michael finally meets the Howards, and Ron informs Michael that his plans for the movie have changed. -- (C) NETFLIX

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Air date: May 29, 2018

George-Michael thinks he's being lied to by Michael, who thinks he's being lied to by George Sr. Gob hires guys to help with his "closet conversion." -- (C) NETFLIX

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Air date: May 29, 2018

As the Second of July parade approaches, Sally steps up her campaign against Lindsay while the Bluths again struggle to keep their stories straight. -- (C) NETFLIX

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Air date: Mar 15, 2019

Buster fails to show for his own prison release party. Michael examines company financial records. George-Michael seeks Anonymous help to deceive Rebel. -- (C) NETFLIX

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Air date: Mar 15, 2019

Michael jumps at a chance to spend more time with George-Michael, who seeks a clueless president for Fakeblock. Tobias relocates his makeshift family. -- (C) NETFLIX

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Series 5 picks up where series 4 left off which saw Buster being arrested for the murder of Lucille Austero which sees a whodunnit situation arise as a murder mystery seems to be among them.

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Critic Reviews for Arrested Development Season 5

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (19)

The Bluths are a terrible lot, and the show never lets us forget it, but there's something cruel, and boring, about continuing to harp on Buster's otherness.

Jun 8, 2018 | Full Review…
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Better than the fourth season -- which isn't saying much, admittedly -- with lots of pleasures, and some padding, too.

Jun 5, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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Overall, it's more coherent and consistent than season four... even if it's not as inspired as the prime of the series.

May 24, 2018 | Full Review…

With the cast reunited and a better understanding of what made the characters lovable lunkheads to begin with, the new season can be effortlessly enjoyable; a pleasure to watch instead of something you have to dig through to find the parts you love.

May 22, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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You could forgive all this if these episodes were funny, if they contained even a trace of the spark that made its first run so incredible. But they aren't. They're flat and lifeless and pointless.

Mar 18, 2019 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

The murderers' row of a cast... generally seems to be having fun each time they slip back into these characters.

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…
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It may not be all it once was, but even an imperfect Arrested Development is still funnier than many of the comedies on-air today.

Oct 8, 2019 | Full Review…

These may not be smart people or even good people, but they belong together. As the title promises, it's fun as hell to see how far they've come without really going anywhere at all.

Mar 29, 2019 | Full Review…

Arrested Development ending, or approaching the finish line, is the best thing for all involved. It's just sad to see everything wrap up on a "less-than" note and in a way that, ultimately, doesn't feel much like Arrested Development.

Mar 29, 2019 | Rating: 6.8/10 | Full Review…

Season five proved that Arrested Development could imitate its glory years, but the Bluths don't seem to have anything funny left to say.

Mar 20, 2019 | Full Review…

Arrested Development, which was once, easily, one of my favorite comedies of all time, has become a reanimated corpse that I'd like to see dead and buried.

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…

What's missing here, to a depressing degree, is a sense of purpose.

Mar 15, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Arrested Development: Season 5

  • Aug 14, 2019
    A raging dumpster fire, Arrested Development goes from bad to awful in Season 5. When Lucille Austero goes missing and is presumed dead Buster is arrested for her murder; meanwhile Lucille and George Bluth assume control of the Bluth Company and push Lindsay into running for congress and to build a wall on the US-Mexican border. And George Michael continues to fumble about with his Fakeblock app and his relationship with Rebel Alley, and Maeby scams her way into a retirement community. The writing is really bad. The repeating jokes and callbacks that were so clever in the first three seasons now just comes off as sad and pathetic. Also, they just won't let go of terrible, unfunny plots like Fakeblock and whatever Tobias does. Additionally, the absence of Portia de Rossi in the second half of the season is glaring and drags it down. After what the series did satirizing the Iraq War in its original run, one would think that they would do something clever with the border wall, but instead it all falls flat. Arrested Development is nearly unrecognizable in its fifth season, having lost all of the wit and charm the made the series such a beloved cult hit.
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  • May 05, 2020
    Arrested Development is still funny, and it is nice to see all the characters back together. Although the last few episodes of the season are too dark for Arrested Development, the season as a whole is very good.
  • Apr 12, 2020
    The show delivers great comedy much better than its previous season 4 but would of been much better if they wouldn't of stuck to the time period of 2015 and would of made the jump instead
  • Feb 22, 2020
    From the funniest show I ever watched (first 3 seasons) to the stupidest, worst waste of time (season 5). Who could even watch it at season 5 & think wow this must have been a good show. It looks like was a school project made by amateurs. The story sucks, the characters got horrible, the writing... omg. My mind is blown that it even made it on then screen! Really... it went from a 5 star rating to a half star!!
  • Dec 29, 2019
    The first half of the season was fine. About as good as Season 4. The second half of the season was not funny or interesting in the slightest. They weren't funny or enjoyable. Watch episodes 1-8 and then read a plot synopsis of episodes 9-16 and save your time for something better
  • Oct 17, 2019
    I loved season 5! I heard nothing about it when it came out so I assumed the worst. I started watching the show during season 3 and feel this season is as good as that one almost. I'm sad to see how few people enjoyed season 5. I think it is so much funnier than season 4, even with the remix which did help it immensely. I think season 5 helps to tame (or explain) some of the off-putting parts of season 4 for me: Michael becoming a huge asshole for one. GOB is particularly amazing this season, too. I think he steals the show.
  • Oct 07, 2019
    Whacky, often not in a good way. Some of the new cast members just don't fit, not sure about the casting. On the other hand...Annette is brilliant, tobias is brilliant and Barry is hilarious.
  • Sep 17, 2019
    Another show totally ruined by politics. There's no creativity. They just parody the Trump campaign and regurgitate the same, tired, BORING, common tropes as every other TV show and late night talk show. I'm so sick of listening to it. What a shame.
  • Apr 06, 2019
    How far the mighty haven fallen. It's just ok. There are a lot of more interesting and funnier things on tv!
  • Apr 03, 2019
    What happened? Arrested went from being one of the smartest and funniest shows ever aired on television to becoming one of the most self-absorbed and inconsequential shows I have ever seen. The Netflix seasons progressively become so unappealing that redemption at this point seems inconceivable. The brilliant characters of the first three seasons have been dismantled and deconstructed to the point where they are barely recognizable. Heartbreaking.

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