Arrested Development undercuts its own legacy with a sad end to season 5

Arrested Development’s fifth season doesn’t necessarily have to be its last. One of the most beloved, influential sitcoms of the 2000s has returned from the dead (or the near-dead) twice before: first when Netflix aired new episodes in 2013, seven years after Fox canceled the show, and then again in 2018, after creator Mitchell Hurwitz reconvened his busy cast, in hopes of satisfying the many fans disappointed with his more ambitious, experimental fourth season. The first eight episodes of season 5 arrived on Netflix last May. The final eight debut on the streaming service this Friday. Nothing has been announced about a potential season 6 — either pro or con.

But c’mon. At this point, is there anyone out there who doesn’t think Arrested…

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