One of the most beloved and totally controversial TV families may finally have their story come to an end. The second half of Arrested Development’s fifth season is finally being released by Netflix. On March 15, the seven remaining unaired episodes of the show will presumably wrap up a mystery that the sitcom has been teasing since 2013.
Originally airing for three seasons from 2003 to 2006 on Fox, Arrested Development tells the story of a rich, upper-class family who falls on troubled times when their patriarch, George Bluth (Jeffrey Tambor) is accused of a federal crime. In the real world, actor Jeffrey Tambor was accused of sexual harassment in 2018 and fired from the series Transparent as result. The actor has since denied he harassed anyone, but did admit to being “mean” and “difficult” on the sets of both Transparent and Arrested Development. Because of allegations against Tambor, many speculated the second-half of Arrested Development would perhaps be shelved by Netflix indefinitely. As of now, that is no longer the case.
Back in 2013, when Netflix first relaunched Arrested Development it began a low-key murder-mystery that Liza Minnelli’s character, Lucille Austero had been murdered by one member of the Bluth family. Now that the show is set to return, it looks like that mystery will be front and center. It also appears David Cross’s character, Tobias, will be dressing as one of the Golden Girls. Let’s just hope Cross will also don blue body paint again, settling once and for all, the debate over whether or not he would have been a better choice to play the Genie in Aladdin.
There’s no trailer for Arrested Development season 5, part 2, yet. But, considering all the controversy around the show, it makes sense that this is definitely the end for the Bluth family.
Arrested Development is back on Netflix on March 15, 2019.