So says Mike Hale, writing for The New York Times:
The actual execution was carried out by the producers of the show’s fourth season, posted on Sunday morning on Netflix, seven years after the original television series was canceled by Fox. But watching 8 of the 15 new episodes — the biggest binge I could manage before deadline — it seemed likely that the on-demand, all-at-once possibilities of online streaming had helped lead this groundbreaking comedy’s creator, Mitch Hurwitz, and his colleagues down a bad path.
The first three seasons of “Arrested Development” are currently available online from multiple sources including Amazon, Hulu, iTunes, Netflix and Vudu, and they present a quandary. You need to have watched them to comprehend Season 4 — to understand much of its humor or to make sense of its convoluted plot — but if you truly loved them, it’s hard to imagine being anything but disappointed with this new rendition.
Arrested Development is wildly popular amongst the nerd set whom I follow on Twitter, but I’ve never seen the show. I tried watching the Memorial Day weekend marathon on IFC, but the characters and in-jokes were lost on me. AD may very well be hilarious, but I just don’t get it.
Perhaps I should get into it, then. We’ll see.