“Annyong,” Bluths! Arrested Development is returning to Netflix for a fifth season in 2018.
Today, Netflix announced the entire Arrested Development gang is coming back to Balboa Towers for another (hopefully better) revival season. Jason Bateman (Michael), Michael Cera (George-Michael), Jeffrey Tambor (George Sr.), Jessica Walter (Lucille), Will Arnett (Gob), Tony Hale (Buster), Portia de Rossi (Lindsay), David Cross (Tobias) and Alia Shawkat (Maeby) will reprise their delightfully dysfunctional roles in the Bluth family comedy. The show’s creator Mitchell Hurwitz will also return.
This surprise season comes with a mixed bag of emotions. The show originally aired on Fox from 2003 to 2006 but was unceremoniously canceled after decidedly weak ratings. Arrested Development amassed a cult following after its cancellation, and fans were elated when Netflix decided to revive the show for a fourth season in 2013. Unfortunately, most found the streaming service’s reboot to be as misguided as Tobias’s decision to “blue” himself, and are both surprised by and wary of the fifth season that materialized out of nowhere.
Netflix has yet to release further information about the plot, cameos or whether Ron Howard will continue to narrate the misadventures of the Bluths in season five.
At least we know “there’s always money in the banana stand.”