Viewer response to the new “Arrested Development” seems equal to the high bar of early expectation set by fans. Many journalists are cranky because they weren’t given privileged access to the 15 episodes before the masses got to them, but many media wags are cheering this TV resurrection anyway. Others (Variety, New York Times) aren’t.
Hollywood Reporter: “Not only is there a real brilliance to how the episodes are constructed, but after a slow-ish start … the comedic payout begins to multiply with each succeeding episode.”
People: “This new, fourth season is a very different beast from the original, and it’s not nearly as funny.”
San Francisco Chronicle: “With expectations as high as they are among ‘AD’ fans, do the new episodes live up to those of the first three seasons which ended in 2006? Yes, and then some: The new season is not only as smart and absurdly funny as ever, but also reflects the rapid changes in how we watch television.”
New York Times: “Chalk one up for the Internet: It has killed ‘Arrested Development.'”
Wall Street Journal: “At its worst, the new/old ‘Arrested Development’ is reduced to doing an shaky imitation of itself: the characters and themes are there but the beats are slightly off, as is the tone.”