I always knew that Arrested Development was a brilliantly written show, but the fourth season takes it to a whole new level. It’s brilliantly written. From the jokes, to the characters, to the non linear plot that makes more and more sense with every episode. I’ve heard of lot of complaints about how different it is from seasons 1-3, and it’s true that it is very different. But I see that as a good thing. My biggest concern prior to the release of these new episodes was that it would be a complete rehash of previous episodes. It would have been very easy for them to slap together some dumb plot where George Sr. ends up in prison again and then just throw a bunch of old familiar jokes at us for 15 episodes. But let’s face it, that would have sucked. As much as I hate how early the show was cancelled, you have to admit by season 3 it was getting old. What this show needed was something new. And in this way, season 4 delivers. It evolves all the characters, creates it’s own unique story arc, and even decides to play out the events in a completely unconventional and unfamiliar way, all while maintaining the same tone and style we’ve come to love. And it’s fucking hilarious. From GOB’s Sound of Silence running gag, to Tobias needing to “get his rocks off”, it just as funny and quotable as seasons 1-3, even if it takes you till episode 5 or 6 to start laughing. Oh yeah, that’s the other thing I should probably mention. It’s not great right away. Because the plot is so complicated, and it makes a little more sense each episode, the first few are a bit confusing. After 2 episodes you’ll find yourself going “oh, this is what this is gonna be like?”. But I promise if you can hang in there, it becomes as good if not better that you would have hoped. And I have a feeling repeated viewing may prove the early episodes to be funnier than they seem at first. Now I have to go, I just drank a lot of water.
Overall Rating: Fantastic/10