Seven long years ago the world was forced to say goodbye too early to the most screwed up family on television. The Bluths, of Fox's Arrested Development, slipped quietly into the night on February 10, 2006; it was even more silent because they had to compete against the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics. With one quick swoop and a shortened season, one of the greatest television comedies of all time was gone, like one of GOB's
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For those of us that were devout fans of the show, we bought the DVDs and we watched them over and over again, quoting lines, finding plot tie-ins that we never caught before, and ultimately feeling superior to those people that had never been exposed to show creator Mitch Hurwitz's masterpiece. "You've never watched Arrested Development?" we ask incredulously. Secretly, despite the disappointment of the canceled series, we relished the fact that "not everyone got it" and we did. Because we were wittier with more intelligent senses of humor (humor snobs). We wanted it to do well, but then we didn't want it to sell out either, and perhaps it was best that it went down in a blaze, or small fire, of glory.
For the past seven years there have been murmurs of new episodes, a movie, some sort of reunion and I for one didn't believe it. Why would Fox, or any other network for that matter, resurrect a failed television show? At its close, Arrested Development was rated 123rd in the ratings, not a show that you could argue many people were watching. But when the rumor mill cranked up again that Netflix would be producing new episodes of the show; it was still hard to believe. Why? True the show has some pretty obsessive fans, but we are a small army that just happens to be very good at reciting lines from favorite episodes (Bees. Beads. Beads?). But for whatever reason, and I'm sure that Netflix has calculators and projections and loss spreadsheets and business models, fifteen brand new freakin', how awesome is this, episodes will stream on Netflix on May 26. It's like the Spring Break episode when the Bluths try to give Lucille an intervention and all wind up getting drunk and having their best party yet. That's how great this is!