The Persistent Cult of Arrested Development

The Persistent Cult of Arrested Development — Vulture.

Jessica Walter in a classic Lucille Bluth moment on Arrested Development. “The drive-by outburst wasn’t an ad lib. “The wink was mine. Whore was not. That was our genius writers,” Walter said in an article on classic Lucille GIFs by Vulture’s Denise Martin.

Here comes “Arrested Development” again. A lot of people could care less, I assume, but there are some that feel like Will Leitch who wrote this excellent in-depth article on Vulture.

The resurrection is the direct result of the happy-go-tireless advocacy of a small but rabid group of superfans who have become, over the seven years since the show went off the air, a kind of cult—the best kind of cult. Amazingly, ­executives have actually listened to us, even thinking it was good business sense to do so. 

Netflix is releasing the entire new season (the first since 2006) of 15 episodes on May 26 for streaming. A whole lot of TV nerds (me, included, I suppose!) will be giddily streaming away watching one of the oddest, smartest and most demented TV series ever created. The new series will be dissected in minute detail by Bluthites, so there’s no reason for me to think of anything pithy to say about it all in advance.

Looking back, I’m not sure that there was a more sublimely ridiculous TV moment than this one, rendered in kinetic typography:

‘Partners’ Canceled: CBS Pulls The Plug

‘Partners’ Canceled: CBS Pulls The Plug On Freshman Comedy.

Kinda sorry about this. Kinda.

I gave it a big slap when it debuted, but I have to say, it’s grown on me a little. However, it’s still not what I would call a great show. It was fine. There are plenty that are worse. The cast was great, it’s the writing that sunk this one.

Ask anyone, TV is a writer’s medium and if the situations are not written well, well…. ya got trouble, my friend.

I was hoping this show would find its footing because we need more mainstream portrayals of gays and lesbians on television, so that’s why I’m “kinda sorry” about this show’s demise.

Partners was too old-fashioned. It was a style of comedy that just felt old-school. If you want new comedy, try these on for size: Modern Family, New Girl, Happy Endings, and the best of them all, The New Normal.

(For what it’s worth, the godfather of “new comedy” was the sublime Arrested Development. If you haven’t seen it, find it. And remember, there’s always money in the banana stand.)

David Cross Says New ‘Arrested Development’ Season Has Been Extended From 10 To 13 Episodes | The Playlist

David Cross Says New ‘Arrested Development’ Season Has Been Extended From 10 To 13 Episodes | The Playlist.

Remember, there’s always money in the banana stand…..

God, I love this show!

Cross is right — the future of television is not on the networks — it’s on the interwebs.