'Arrested Development' Returns with New Episodes on Netflix!

The online streaming company will produce this continuation of the beloved Fox series, featuring the entire original cast, starting in 2013.
Netflix will produce and stream new episodes of Arrested Development
Netflix will produce and stream new episodes of Arrested Development
In a landmark deal, all new episodes of the Emmy Award-winning comedy series Arrested Development will be coming exclusively to Netflix for its U.S. members to watch instantly, beginning in 2013.

For the first time in their histories, Twentieth Century Fox Television and Imagine Television will produce original first-run entertainment content for the world's leading internet subscription service, bringing back the acclaimed series to production on all new episodes five years after its cancellation.

One of Time Magazine's "100 Best TV Shows of All-TIME," the tale of the formerly wealthy, deeply eccentric Bluth clan aired for three seasons, 2003-2006, on Fox and was honored with the Emmy award for Outstanding Comedy Series after its first season on the air.

"Arrested Development is one of the finest American comedies in TV history and its return through Netflix is a perfect example of how we are working closely with studios and networks to provide consumers with entertainment they love," said Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer.

"It's also a perfect example of how broad and successful our relationship has become with Fox as we work together with their film, television, international and digital divisions on several exciting initiatives," he added.

"Netflix's bold entrance into original programming presents an exciting new opportunity for our two companies" commented Peter Levinsohn, Fox Filmed Entertainment's President of New Media & Digital Distribution. "Bringing a classic show back to production on new episodes exclusively for Netflix customers is a game changer, and illustrates the incredible potential the new digital landscape affords great content providers like Twentieth Century Fox Television and Imagine."


Commented 20th Century Fox TV Chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman...

"We build brands at this studio which are so distinctive that audiences still clamor for them years after they go off the air. Arrested Development is a great example of that-it has stood the test of time. This innovative deal with Netflix represents a new business model that is extremely exciting and opens the door for a wide range of new collaborations."

"We also pride ourselves on breaking the rules at this studio, and after bringing back two canceled series - Family Guy and Futurama - to enormous success, we are bullish on the prospects for this brilliant series. We can't wait to get back to work with Mitch, Ron and Brian on bringing the Bluths back to America's living rooms," they added.


Said Imagine Entertainment co-founders Ron Howard and Brian Grazer...

"Of all the projects we've been involved with over the years, we probably get more questions about Mitch Hurwitz's brilliant Arrested Development than any other- everyone, ourselves included, seems to feel like the Bluths left the party a bit too soon. Bringing a series back from cancellation almost never happens, but then, Arrested always was about as unconventional as they get, so it seems totally appropriate that this show that broke the mold is smashing it to pieces once again."


Added Howard...

"After a long hiatus, I'm dying to finally get back to the narrator's microphone...'It's Arrested Development.'


The Emmy-winning comedy had its final broadcast on February 10, 2006 and concerned Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman) and his eccentric family comprised of his son George Michael (Michael Cera), his father George Bluth Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor), his mother Lucille (Jessica Walter), his brothers George Oscar Bluth Ii (Will Arnett), Buster Bluth (Tony Hale) and sister Lindsay Funke (Portia de Rossi), and Lindsay's husband Tobias (David Cross) and their daughter Maeby (Alia Shawkat).

Arrested Development is a production of Imagine Television and 20th Century Fox Television. Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Mitch Hurwitz are executive producers.


Sources: Netflix

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  1. thrashnasty190

    Great news!

    3 years agoby @thrashnasty190Flag

  2. Nicholaus XX

    Even though that's a long wait, this is awesome news!

    3 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  3. JessicaMonroe

    This is a good move from Netflix, certainly a change from their decisions as of late, but is it enough to turn their reputation into something positive again? I guess the better question is will those who love AD speak louder than the Netflix haters?

    3 years agoby @JessicaMonroeFlag

  4. Writer220

    All talented actors but I never liked the series, I could get the jokes and everything else but for some reason I simply detested the show.

    3 years agoby @writer220Flag

  5. TheStonedReviewer

    We are through the looking glass people!

    3 years agoby @stonedFlag

  6. Brian

    Best news of the week.

    3 years agoby @brianFlag

  7. skywise

    wow this is unexpected. I mean i know there is ahuge following to this single camera set up show but...Wow! I only wish someone would have given this treatment to Firefly.

    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  8. Josh

    I hope it's on Netflix Canada, too!

    3 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  9. TheDude1

    This is awesome. AD is a great show and this should without a doubt help Netflix out a lot after what happened a few months ago.

    3 years agoby @thedude1Flag