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REVIEW: Arrested Development Still Brings Laughs – But Something's Missing | Arrested Development, David Cross, Portia de Rossi

PEOPLE's TV Critic's Arrested Development Review: It's Just Not as Funny

Originally posted 05/27/2013 11:30AM

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Arrested Development, one of the cleverest sitcoms of all time, returned to life over the weekend, as Netflix launched an entire season of 15 new episodes for instant and, if one so chooses, marathon streaming.

This is a cause for celebration: reviving a cult network classic as digital, 24/7 programming is something like cloning a fresh mastodon from genetic material tweezered off a frozen carcass.

There is no guarantee, however, that the genetic material may not have mutated or deteriorated with time.

That is the case with Arrested Development, which lasted a mere three seasons on Fox despite ecstatic praise and is now regarded as such a classic that this revival has been wildly anticipated (and hyped).

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