Netflix’s Arrested Development Will Make Its Triumphant Return for a Fifth Season in 2018

Ron Howard will return as the narrator, along with the original cast

Arrested Development is coming back to Netflix for a fifth season in the spring of 2018. Netflix
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Arrested Development, which aired on Fox for three seasons before making the jump to Netflix in 2013 for its fourth season, will return for a fifth season which is scheduled to air in 2018.

The entire cast, plus creator Mitch Hurwitz, will return to the franchise including Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Will Arnett, Tony Hale, Protia de Rossi, David Cross and Alia Shawkat.

“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 underrepresented on TV these days,” said Hurwitz in a press release. “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.”

Season 4 featured 15 episodes and “marked the first foray by Netflix into original comedy programming and this time, the Bluths will collectively be spending more quality time with their millions of fans around the world,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer.

Frequently on Twitter, users have been citing Arrested Development’s now iconic usage of “[footage not found]” or citing Ron Howard’s voice as the narrator of the series throughout the recent political climate; even the show itself used its own tropes to poke at President Trump.

“Whew! I can finally answer the question… Hell yes! Warming up my uncredited narrator vocal chords,” said executive producer Ron Howard. “Now the only thing I will have to be coy about is all the craziness the Bluths are going to face this season.”

@samimain Sami Main is social editor for Adweek, where she posts Adweek content onto social platforms and looks for creative ways to communicate what's new.