Over the last several years, it's been very common for television networks to cancel shows even though the shows are popular with critics and have loyal fans. TV shows that are unable to appeal to the mass market simply won't last long. One television show that had received critical acclaim and had a very loyal cadre of watchers, yet was canceled, was Arrested Development.
Arrested Development aired on the Fox network from 2003 through 2006. The show was so popular that fans have been clamoring for a return of the series or a big-screen movie for years. Neither of those ever happened until Netflix stepped in and announced in 2011 that it would be bringing Arrested Development back to television.
Of course, the caveat was that the new episodes will be available only for Netflix subscribers. Netflix has now put the Arrested Development season four trailer online and it appears that the show picks up pretty much where it left off when it was canceled in 2006. New episodes of Arrested Development are returning with the complete original cast reprising their roles.
One of the best things about Netflix's original programs is that the streaming company puts every episode online at the same time. That means you can watch the first episode and if you're interested the entire remainder of the season is available for you to watch all in a row. Netflix says that all 15 episodes of the series that have been made will be available as of May 26.
Each of the episodes runs 30 minutes long and will presumably be commercial free like all of the other content on the streaming network. It's interesting to see the show return after a seven-year hiatus. I had a few shows from the past that I really liked to watch that were canceled that I've wished would return. I know I'm not the only one who has long hoped that Firefly would return to the air. I don't see that whenever happening with the success of Castle for Nathan Fillion.