‘Arrested Development’ Is Returning
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The quirky clan known as the Bluths is coming back to Netflix for a fifth season

Television’s favorite eccentric, dysfunctional, megalomaniac family is returning, and the news is tastier than a Bluth frozen banana.

Sardonic sitcom “Arrested Development” is returning to Netflix for an eagerly awaited fifth season.

Unlike Gob’s magic tricks … this is not an illusion.

The show received the green light from the streaming service on Wednesday. For those who cannot pick a favorite Bluth, have no fear — they’re all in for the ride (which we’re hoping features the famous family stair car). Along with the regular series cast — Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Will Arnett, Tony hale, Portia de Rossie, David Cross and Alia Shawkat — the show’s original creator, Mitchell Hurwitz, is leading the pack.

“In talks with Netflix we all felt that stories about a narcissistic, erratically behaving family in the building business — and their desperate abuses of power — are really under-represented on TV these days,” Hurwitz joked on Wednesday, according to the L.A. Times.

Hurwitz, who is Jewish, went on to take a comical swing at President Trump’s family members, drawing parallels between the fictional family on the show and the famed trifecta of Trump offspring (plus one more). “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, Dor. DON Jr., Eric, George-Michael, and who am I forgetting, oh Tiffany. Did I say Tiffany? — back to the glorious stream of life.”

Originally airing on Fox in 2004, the off-color comedy was cancelled after three seasons despite a loyal cult following. In 2013, Netflix revived the show with a biopic-style Season 4, focusing on different ensemble cast members in each episode.

Among the beloved cast, MOT Jeffrey Tambor, the fugitive patriarch, George Bluth Sr. shines. He spends most of the first three seasons on the run from the Feds, and while incarcerated, he experiences a religious awakening and discovers Judaism, acting as a sort of prison rabbi. 

Tambor also plays Mort, who soon becomes Maura Pfefferman, as a transgender Jewish parent in the hit Amazon series “Transparent,” which is currently in its fourth season. The show won Amazon an unprecedented major award (Golden Globe Award for Best Television series — Musical or Comedy) and Tambor won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his role.  

While there’s no telling what the next round of “Arrested Development,” set to debut in 2018, will bring, Season 5 should prove full of idiosyncratic shenanigans centered around the family’s stop-and-go flow of income.

And if it runs out … there’s always money in the banana stand. 

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