Netflix will only release half of Arrested Development’s Season 5

The streaming giant will reportedly be splitting the long-awaited season into two

The fifth season of Arrested Development is set to air on Netflix in two halves.

The first eight shows from the comedy show’s fifth season will hit the streaming platform on May 29, reports Entertainment Weekly. A second instalment containing a further eight episodes will then air later on this year.

Netflix has previously split seasons in shows such as Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and The Ranch. Entertainment Weekly points out that the Emmy consideration deadline for 2018 is May 31, making Arrested Development eligible for this years awards.


The irreverent hit TV show, created by Mitch Hurwitz, originally ran for three seasons between 2003 – 2006. Netflix later revived the show for a fourth season, a decade after Fox cancelled the award-winning sitcom.

According to a trailer, the new season of Arrested Development will feature Lindsay running for Congress, a Family Of The Year for the Bluths, some classic references to Tobias’ Never Nude lifestyle, and a storyline involving Buster’s false hand.

Season five comes after Netflix released an alternative, remixed 22-episode version of season four. Show creator Hurwitz “pursued it as a comedic experiment to see if new jokes and a new perspective would emerge from a remix that features all the Bluths in every episode”.

The forthcoming fifth season of Arrested Development will star Jeffrey Tambor, despite allegations of sexual misconduct being made against the actor. Tambor was accused of “implied inappropriate behaviour” by an assistant working on the set of the television show Transparent. Actor Trace Lysett also claimed he repeatedly sexually propositioned her. Tambor denies all claims.