Arrested Development: Season 5 (2018 - 2019)


Season 5
Arrested Development

Critics Consensus

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.



Critic Ratings: 51


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User Ratings: 268
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Air date: May 29, 2018
Air date: May 29, 2018
Air date: May 29, 2018
Air date: May 29, 2018
Air date: May 29, 2018
Air date: May 29, 2018
Air date: May 29, 2018
Air date: May 29, 2018
Air date: Mar 15, 2019
Air date: Mar 15, 2019
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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.


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
Liza Minnelli
as Lucille Austero
Henry Winkler
as Barry Zuckerkorn
Cobie Smulders
as Young Lucille
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Critic Reviews for Arrested Development Season 5

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (18)

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…
Top Critic

No programme is more infuriatingly chuffed with itself.

May 29, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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…
Top Critic

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…

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…

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.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • 2d ago
    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.
  • Apr 01, 2019
    Season 5 was a delight. It was everything I wanted out of Arrested Development. It once again highlighted the strength of the ensemble cast, The only reason it wasn't as well received as the original run was because of the key almost missing piece of Portia DeRossi. It took two characters to fill in for her vapidness and complete incompetence. And those two characters changed the tone of the perfectly tuned original run. Season 5 was still full of everything a true fan loves. There are two types of fans. Those that watched every episode with commercials on Fox, and proselytized everyone they knew, and those who jumped on the bandwagon. For those who have fought so hard, this is a worthy reward. For those who jumped on the bandwagon, jumping off is just as easy.
  • Apr 01, 2019
    If you loved the original series (Season 1-3), you will be all the more upset by the awful, flat, meandering mess that is Season 5. I dare you to watch Will Arnett's performance this season and not suspect Netflix is holding his grandmother hostage; because no actor of his talent could embarrass himself this much even for a paycheck! Anyway, it's clear Netflix didn't resurrect the much loved TV series to breathe new life into it! Arrested Development Season 5 is a desecrated corpse and, at this point, the decent thing to do would be for Netflix to put it back in the ground!
  • Mar 31, 2019
    It's just gotten awful.
  • Mar 28, 2019
    The problems with the fourth season are fixed and the new season is really funny!
  • Mar 27, 2019
    The first half of the season was iffy, looking like season 4 which did not hold up to the original series. But the second half pulled it all together and more! It had the original classic humor all with a new plot that made sense and was not convoluted. I think it really deserves a season 6
  • Mar 24, 2019
    This season was bad and boring.

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