It’s the moment “Arrested Development” fans have been waiting for ever since the show last aired on Feb. 10, 2006: the wacky comedy has made its triumphant return, with 15 new episodes now available to stream on Netflix.
If you’re new to the show, Netflix also has the show’s first three seasons available to stream first. Here’s a trailer with a little sample of the new season: http://bit.ly/11fIAlE
For those planning on hosting an “Arrested Development” viewing party, Buzzfeed has a list of 11 food ideas borrowed from the show (http://bit.ly/14DEAKK), including hot cornballs, mayoneggs, and, of course, frozen bananas.
To brush up on some of the much-repeated gags that we may see again on the new episodes, there are two great sites that have exhaustively catalogued all the show’s best jokes. NPR’s Previously on Arrested Development microsite (http://n.pr/11fJgaW) reminds you of every time a Bluth has broken out into the chicken dance, G.O.B. tried to slip someone a Forget-Me-Now, and George Michael has been seen doing his embarrassing “Star Wars” re-enactment. And the site Recurring Development (http://bit.ly/18lJz4l) similarly lists every time someone yells “No touching!”, asks “Her?” or says “I’ve made a huge mistake.”
New York Magazine’s Vulture blog has the stories behind six classic “Arrested Development” jokes (http://vult.re/130nWmP) including the chicken dance, the guest casting of Carl Weathers, and why Tobias desperately wants to be a member of the Blue Man Group.
The Atlantic’s Wire blog asks some cast members and TV critics (http://bit.ly/12Bbycp) the key questions surrounding these new episodes: to binge or not to binge? Jason Bateman says he plans to watch about four a day, while Will Arnett advises watching as many as you can all at once.
And the A.V. Club asks show creator Mitch Hurwitz (http://avc.lu/14YXYkS) some nitty-gritty questions about how the new episodes were written and shot, what didn’t work out along the way, and how he imagines the evolving landscape of web distribution could open up new ways of experiencing content in the future.