While Season 4 premiered in 2013, Netflix and show creator Mitch Hurwitz recut the season as a bit of a primer for fans, making it much more traditional for the series' old narrative by editing it chronologically and with the episodes focusing on the whole family as opposed to the original intent of one character per episode.
You may know that Netflix will start streaming season 5 of Arrested Development later this month, but you don't know the half of it.
The new season will reunite the show's original cast - including Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Jessica Walter, Alia Shawkat, Michael Cera, Will Arnett, David Cross, Portia de Rossi, Tony Hale, and Jeffrey Tambor - and is set to run for 16 episodes. "The streamer is releasing those first half-seasons of Arrested and Kimmy just in time for Emmy consideration, as the deadline is May 31". The second half of the season should debut later this year. Because it's not really a cast reunion if the cast doesn't interact, right? The first eight episodes will be released on May 29 but the next eight will be released later, but it's not clear if that will be in 2018 or if it'll be pushed into 2019. Entertainment Weekly (and the Netflix press site) confirms that Netflix has split Arrested Development season 5 into two parts.
The entire cast will be back for season 5 of Arrested Development. But those days are dead; gosh darn it. This also suggests the season isn't entirely finished yet. It's most likely so that the show can qualify for Emmy consideration. The glass-half-empty angle is basically, "But I wanted all of Arrested Development season five immediately", which - while impatient and entitled and kind of silly - is a totally understandable way to feel; Netflix binge watching has conditioned us to expect all the things, all at once.
Why is Netflix only releasing half seasons of the two comedies instead of waiting for all the episodes to be available?
In the aftermath of Cinco de Quatro, the Bluth family are all facing one question, that no one quite has the answer to; where is Lucille Two? A development which will help Lindsay as she begins her campaign for Congress, to become "part of the problem". Recently, creator Mitch Hurwitz re-cut season 4 to play more like the classic seasons of Arrested Development - a move that ended up angering numerous cast members.