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We're squirming in our seats imagining how awesome this is going to be. Has there ever been a more anticipated TV season?

 

 

 

 

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...according to a spokesperson for Netflix, Season 4 will arrive in spring. Netflix still hasn't released an exact date for the return of the Bluth clan, but we're one step closer to knowing when we'll be able to taste the happy.

Another interesting tidbit: According to Netflix, the episode order could grow beyond the 10 installments the company originally ordered... If creator Mitchell Hurwitz has enough material for more than 10 episodes, it sounds as though Netflix isn't going to tell him to stand down and stick to the original plan.

 

We already know that all 10 (or 13) episodes will be released simultaneously, which will make for one hell of an epic Netflix marathon. We can only imagine the epic viewing parties planned around this momentous event...

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/23/arrested-development-spring-netflix_n_1824588.html


Edited by espodo - 8/24/12 at 10:58am
post #2 of 15
I am so excited about AD season 4. I always thought that AD was one of the smartest, edgiest written shows to ever come along. I still go back and watch the first three seasons on Netflix from time to time. It never gets old.

I'm also thrilled that it will be available to watch in marathon form. That is my prefered method of viewing, besides, who likes to wait for a next weeks episode?

Sitcom writing has gotten so bad over the years, with the exception of only a few shows, it will be refreshing to see this show come back and show the others how it's done. I just hope the writers and actors and crew are up to the task in keeping the edginess and sharp wit in the same standards that they set in the previous 3 seasons.

Bring it on, AD and Netflix!

Cheers,

C. Wood
post #3 of 15
WOW!!! I'm so happy I could sh@t!!! I didn't even know AD was officialy coming back, and certainly not to netflix! My all time favorite comedy show ever, and I can't wait! I logged on to this site to comment about wireless routers, what a gr8 surprise to find this article, I really can't wait!smile.gifsmile.gifsmile.gif
post #4 of 15
Guess I'll have to finally break down and get a Netflix account(or borrow someone else's login).
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Originally Posted by Busa View Post

Guess I'll have to finally break down and get a Netflix account(or borrow someone else's login).
If it's important enough for you to want to see it, you should really pony up the $8. Not only is it the right thing to do, but if people subscribe in order to watch the show, it will encourage them to do more stuff like this.

They're releasing them all at once, so if you watch them all in the first month, it only costs you $8 if you cancel the streaming side after. You couldn't by the set on DVD or Blu-ray for that price.

This appears to be a first step (not counting the failed attempt with Terra Nova) in Netflix taking on the D* model of saving cancelled shows that had a following that wasn't large enough for the mainstream networks. This is something they should be rewarded for instead of trying to game the system.
post #6 of 15
I'm looking forward to this!
post #7 of 15
oh yeah....can't wait! (NO touching!)
post #8 of 15
I just blued myself!
post #9 of 15
Hoping for a big "Call me Maeby (Funke)" music montage.
post #10 of 15
This just made my day!
post #11 of 15
Anyone watched it yet? My wife and I are doing a marathon re-watching of Seasons 1 - 3 (we're up to the start of Season 3 now)....not looking for plot descriptions, just looking for overall opinions/reviews on Season 4.
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Originally Posted by fhall1 View Post

Anyone watched it yet? My wife and I are doing a marathon re-watching of Seasons 1 - 3 (we're up to the start of Season 3 now)....not looking for plot descriptions, just looking for overall opinions/reviews on Season 4.

The wife & I started the new season on Sunday & finished up the last 2 eps last night. Then went back & rewatched the first 3 again. In those 3 rewatched installments, the laugh quotient went up quite a bit.

Having the previous seasons so fresh in your memory will help, as there are dozens of gags that are throwback moments to S1-3.

Have you & yours been a fan of how the previous 3 seasons would toss out punchlines way before the actual joke hits the screen, sometimes 2-3 episodes before the joke (Buster, his hand & that seal being one that comes to mind immediately)? If so, then you will love Season 4.

Without spoiling the overall plot, the new season essentially follows the same chain of events (along with some flashbacks, both culled from moments in S1-3 as well as newly filmed ones) in the same time frame, but from the POV of one particular character per episode. Only Buster & Maybe get a single episode of their own, although both pop up in other installments to varying degrees. There are numerous moments, especially in the first half of the season, that do not become truly funny until much later. Be patient & keep watching. It all does come together rather hilariously. And perhaps even more than the initial run on FOX, the new Netflix series demands rewatching.

Metacritic currently has S4 @ a 72% positive rating. I think the format of S4 is the main reason for the mixed/negative reviews it has gotten from some early on. SInce the media did not get much of a shot at seeing the new AD in advance, many critics binged watched & maybe were taken aback by the non-linear format, then scrambled to meet a publisher's deadline before really soaking it all in.

The episodes are about 10-15 minutes longer in S4. Some have complained that this slows AD down. I disagree....and again, once you have digested the entire season everything falls into place & works.

The cast is as great as they always have been, even if the moments of the entire Bluth clan all together are less so than in previous seasons. IMO, though, the real stand out in S4 has to be Michael Cera.

It also totally sets up a resolution to the story to be hopefully played out in a movie. And to me, S4 plays out like an AD movie of sorts. A movie with some interesting editing.
Edited by jwebb1970 - 5/30/13 at 9:27am
post #13 of 15
This is the Netflix killer app, how come nobody is talking about it? And where are the haters that said it wouldn't cost $8 for long?biggrin.gif
post #14 of 15
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This is the Netflix killer app, how come nobody is talking about it?
Because, nobody but a small core of people was talking about it when it was on regular TV.

That's why it was cancelled in the first place.

A killer app would be a series that would have been a hit on regular TV - but ended up on Netflix instead. For example, had "The Big Bang Theory" started out there, that would be a killer app, especially if Netflix were able to see equal success syndicating it out to the likes of TBS.

Having said that, this can only be good for entertainment in general. More competition makes everyone step up their game.
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Originally Posted by NetworkTV View Post

Because, nobody but a small core of people was talking about it when it was on regular TV.

That's why it was cancelled in the first place.

A killer app would be a series that would have been a hit on regular TV - but ended up on Netflix instead. For example, had "The Big Bang Theory" started out there, that would be a killer app, especially if Netflix were able to see equal success syndicating it out to the likes of TBS.

Having said that, this can only be good for entertainment in general. More competition makes everyone step up their game.

Granted, AD's audience grew exponentially - via DVD primarily, then streaming - AFTER Fox dumped it.
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