Seitz on Arrested Development: A Puzzle Show Perfectly Calibrated for the Internet Age

A few months back I wrote a piece about zombie shows and film franchises that are willed back from the dead by collective desire like that poor son in “The Monkey’s Paw,” only to reaffirm that we should be careful what we wish for, because it might be blue-green and smell like rot. At the time I was afraid that Arrested Development would turn out to be that sort of project — not because I didn’t believe in the talents of series creator Mitchell Hurwitz and his co-writers and actors, but because long-delayed follow-ups to beloved cult shows, however well-intentioned, often end up feeling forced and awkward and cosmically wrong.



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