Emmy champ ‘Arrrested Development’ debuts on Netflix May 26

Seven years after being cancelled by Fox, “Arrested Development” returns for a fourth season on the streaming service Netflix. All 15 episodes will be available for viewing on May 26. That is just five days before the end of the eligibility period for this year’s Emmys. 

The show may not have been a ratings hit but it was a winner with Emmy voters taking home Best Comedy Series for its first season in 2004. It contended for that prize again in 2005 and 2006 but was bested by “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “The Office” respectively. It also scored five additional Emmy wins: Best Casting, Best Editing, Best Directing and two for Best Writing.

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Below, watch as “Arrested Development” creator Mitchell Hurwitz accepts that top Emmy back in 2004. He ends his speech by alluding to the show’s low viewership: “We thank you all so much, this is so huge for us. You know what? Let’s watch it! Do you wanna?”

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