Arrested Development Season 5

Arrested Development Officially Renewed for Season 5 at Netflix

That Arrested Development renewal you’ve been waiting on has at long last been formalized.

Netflix on Wednesday confirmed that it has officially greenlit a fifth season of Mitchell Hurwitz’ family farce, with the entire main cast — including Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Will Arnett, Tony Hale, Portia de Rossi, David Cross and Alia Shawkat — reprising their signature roles.

The new season will bow in 2018. An episode count was not revealed.

In a shade-throwing statement that likens the Bluths to America’s First Family, series creator Mitchell Hurwitz said, “In talks with Netflix we all felt that that stories about a narcissistic, erratically behaving family in the building business — and their desperate abuses of power — are really underrepresented on TV these days. I am so grateful to them and to 20th TV for making this dream of mine come true in bringing the Bluths, George Sr., Lucille and the kids; Michael, Ivanka, Don Jr., Eric, George-Michael, and who am I forgetting, oh Tiffany. Did I say Tiffany? — back to the glorious stream of life.”

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos hinted that in Season 5 “the Bluths will collectively be spending more quality time with their millions of fans around the world,” a possible nod to Season 4’s polarizing standalone-character format.

As TVLine previously reported, Season 5 may include a major prequel element, with potentially half of the action unfolding in flashbacks featuring much younger versions of all the principal characters (played by different actors). The move would go a long way in clearing Season 5’s major scheduling hurdle (i.e. corralling the insanely busy cast at the same time) without having to recycle the maligned character-centric conceit. “More of the episodes can now include all of the original cast together, with lots of big group family scenes,” said a source.

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  1. MMD says:

    I am so excited about this. Somehow I missed it when it originally aired (probably because I never watch Fox) but have been watching it since Jason Bateman sent out his tweet. I simply adore the Bluths!!! :)

  2. Joey Padron says:

    Such great and happy news! Happy the Bluths family are back. Can’t wait for Season 5 next year!

  3. BrightLight says:

    I wonder if this means Netflix will keep all the seasons on there then because as of now they are scheduled to leave May 26th.

  4. Stanislava says:

    Best news in QUITE a while!!!

  5. Lisa says:


  6. Adam says:

    Yes! Someone make me a martini!

  7. CW says:

    Great news! Love this show. I’m so glad they’ve got the whole cast back.

  8. her says:

    Steve Holt!!!