‘Arrested Development’ Will Return May 29

Posted May 7, 2018 5:36 p.m. EDT

The story of a wealthy family who lost everything will resume May 29, Netflix announced Monday.

That’s when “Arrested Development,” the absurdist saga of the Bluth clan, will return for its fifth season, nearly 15 years after the show debuted on television. Netflix previewed the announcement with a gimmick in which a version of the show’s stair car drove around New York emblazoned with the date. (There is another one on display in Los Angeles.) All of the extended Bluth family, which includes Jason Bateman, Jeffrey Tambor, Alia Shawkat, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett and Michael Cera, is returning for the new season.

“Arrested Development” originally ran on Fox from 2003-06, the quintessential cult show that never found an audience large enough to stay on network television. But interest in the series remained high as clips and catchphrases flourished online and its stars went on to thriving careers.

When Netflix brought it back in 2013, an early example of the platform’s strategy of rebooting beloved old series, fan anticipation was feverish. But the season, which used a fractured structure to tell the story from the different characters’ points of view, puzzled and ultimately disappointed many viewers.

Creator Mitchell Hurwitz recut that season, turning the original 15 episodes into 22 more conventionally edited ones. Netflix released those Friday, presumably to fuel enthusiasm for the new season.

Season 5 will also come with controversy thanks to Tambor, who will have his usual prominence in the show, three months after being fired from Amazon’s “Transparent” amid allegations of sexual harassment from two women who worked on the show. Tambor, who has denied the accusations, will be involved in promoting the new season of “Arrested Development,” according to Netflix.