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Season Four

Season Four
All 15 episodes premiered May 26, 2013 on Netflix

The fourth season of Arrested Development premiered on Netflix in all regions on May 26, 2013.

The season had a different format from the previous three, consisting of 15 episodes with each episode predominantly focusing on one member of the Bluth family and what they had been doing from 2006 to 2012. The season was re-cut into 22 episodes in early 2018 as a precursor to Season Five.


Main article: 2011 New Yorker Festival Reunion
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The cast at the New Yorker Festival, October 2, 2011

At the 2011 New Yorker Festival Reunion on October 2, 2011 Mitch Hurwitz and the cast announced plans to do a mini season leading up to the movie. Jason Bateman confirmed on Twitter:

Jason Bateman: It's true. We will do 10 episodes and the movie. Probably shoot them all together next summer for a release in early '13. Very excited!  



Will Arnett On The Return Of "Arrested Development"

→ See and learn more information about Season Four at Season Four production.

Season Four was in pre-production and production through most of 2012 and post-production in 2013 before its May 26, 2013 release. Production worked differently than on previous seasons because they did not have exclusive access to the entire cast, so all episodes were written in advance and production worked around each actor's schedule. Re-writing happened on the fly due to the complexity of the story and demanding shooting schedule.

Green screens and body doubles were used to simulate conversations between characters whose actors were not available at the same time.


→ Read the in-depth Season Four timeline at Season Four timeline.

Michael struggles with issues of belonging in Season Four.

Season Four follows each member of the Bluth family from February 2006 to May 2012. Michael tries to form his own Michael B. Company but the real estate market collapse forces him to abandon Sudden Valley and move in with his son at UC Irvine. (4x1 — "Flight of the Phoenix") George begins work on a US/Mexico wall but when the economy collapses he starts Father B.'s Colony instead. (4x2 — "Borderline Personalities") Lindsay visits India on a journey of spiritual enlightenment before buying a mansion with Tobias, whom she leaves to live a life of freedom with Marky Bark. (4x3 — "Indian Takers")

Michael, kicked out of the dorm room, works with Ron Howard to begin pre-production on the Untitled Michael B. Project film about his life. (4x4 — "The B. Team") Tobias shocked by allegations that he is gay decides to double-down on his acting career with the help of his new love DeBrie Bardeaux but ends up getting arrested instead. (4x5 — "A New Start") George bribes right-wing politician Herbert Love to start the wall project back up but begins to face identity issues of his own. (4x6 — "Double Crossers")

G.O.B. becomes engaged to Ann Veal before his Amazing Jesus illusion goes awry, leading him to join Mark Cherry's entourage. (4x7 — "Colony Collapse") Lindsay and Marky try to destroy Herbert Love's campaign but Lindsay falls into relationship with him. (4x8 — "Red Hairing") Tobias works at Austerity and directs Fantastic 4: An Action Musical to stay close to DeBrie. (4x9 — "Smashed")

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Lucille Austero and Buster in "Off the Hook"

Lucille is tried and sentenced for her maritime crimes and serves time at Orange County Correctional Facility L.I.T.E. and Austerity. (4x10 — "Queen B.") G.O.B. tries to sabotage Tony Wonder's career as the 'gay magician' by posing to be gay himself. (4x11 — "A New Attitude") Maeby juggles several jobs, including being a high school senior for nearly 5 years. (4x12 — "Señoritis")

George Michael goes off to college where his journey of self-discovery begins as he starts the software company Fakeblock. (4x13 — "It Gets Better") Buster struggles to find someone to take care of him and rejoins Army for a period of time, before he suffers from another accident. (4x14 — "Off the Hook") George Michael must come to terms that his company is based on lies, as is his relationship with Rebel Alley. (4x15 — "Blockheads")


Key: F: Focal character Character appeared (x: with lines | s: without lines) a: Archive footage

Michael George Lindsay Tobias G.O.B. Lucille Maeby GM Buster
401: "Flight of the Phoenix" F x a x x x x x
402: "Borderline Personalities" x F a s x x a x
403: "Indian Takers" x F x x x x s
404: "The B. Team" F x x x
405: "A New Start" x x x F x x s s
406: "Double Crossers" x F x x x x
407: "Colony Collapse" x s a x F s a x a
408: "Red Hairing" x x F x a x x x
409: "Smashed" x x F x x x
410: "Queen B." x x x x x F x
411: "A New Attitude" x x F x x
412: "Señoritis" x s/a x x s/a s F x s
413: "It Gets Better" x x s x x x x F
414: "Off the Hook" x x s x s x F
415: "Blockheads" x x a x a x F x
Total 15 11 8 11 13 13 9 8 10
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The Season Four main cast — the Bluth family.

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The Bluth family in Season Four


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Official photo released by Conan O'Brien

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Returning Guest Cast
New Guest Cast


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Flight of the Phoenix
"Flight of the Phoenix" May 26, 2013
Directed by: Mitch Hurwitz and Troy Miller - Written by: Mitch Hurwitz
Michael says goodbye to the family business and starts his own. And the life of the family is turned upside down when their mailman Pete dies.
2 | 55
Borderline Personalities
Directed by: Mitch Hurwitz and Troy Miller - Written by: Jim Vallely & Richard Rosenstock
George Sr. comes up with a get rich quick scam after his family falls apart.
3 | 56
Indian Takers
"Indian Takers" May 26, 2013
Directed by: Mitch Hurwitz and Troy Miller - Written by: Caroline Williams & Dean Lorey
Lindsay tries to reclaim her sense of self while traveling and getting back to her political activist roots.
4 | 57
The B
"The B. Team" May 26, 2013
Directed by: Mitch Hurwitz and Troy Miller - Written by: Mitch Hurwitz & Jim Vallely
Michael is presented with a new business opportunity that could change his life. Unfortunately, he needs his family to sign off.
5 | 58
A New Start
"A New Start" May 26, 2013
Directed by: Mitch Hurwitz and Troy Miller - Written by: Dean Lorey & Jim Vallely
Tobias searches for meaning after splitting with Lindsay, only to find that old habits die hard.
6 | 59
Double Crossers
"Double Crossers" May 26, 2013
Directed by: Mitch Hurwitz and Troy Miller - Written by: Dean Lorey & Richard Rosenstock
George Sr.'s new business hits a rough patch, and he must bribe a politician to get his scam back on track.
7 | 60
Colony Collapse
"Colony Collapse" May 26, 2013
Directed by: Mitch Hurwitz and Troy Miller - Written by: Mitch Hurwitz & Jim Vallely
G.O.B. finds a new group of friends after his relationship falls apart and his family abandons him.
8 | 61
Red Hairing
"Red Hairing" May 26, 2013
Lindsay continues to push away from being a Bluth by embracing a relationship and finding a new career.
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"Smashed" May 26, 2013
Directed by: Mitch Hurwitz and Troy Miller - Written by: Dean Lorey & Richard Rosenstock
Tobias returns to his roots and reunites with his leading lady after a rough few weeks.
10 | 63
Queen B.
"Queen B." May 26, 2013
Directed by: Mitch Hurwitz and Troy Miller - Written by: Dean Lorey & Richard Rosenstock
Lucille finds that her children have already started divvying up her things, and adjusts to her new home.
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A New Attitude
"A New Attitude" May 26, 2013
Directed by: Mitch Hurwitz and Troy Miller - Written by: Mitch Hurwitz & Jim Vallely
G.O.B. accepts a job from his brother, but is distracted by a scheme of his own.
12 | 65
"Señoritis" May 26, 2013
Directed by: Mitch Hurwitz and Troy Miller - Written by: Jim Brandon & Brian Singleton
Maeby moves out on her own and reconnects with her cousin George-Michael.
13 | 66
It Gets Better
"It Gets Better" May 26, 2013
Directed by: Mitch Hurwitz and Troy Miller - Written by: Dean Lorey & Richard Rosenstock
At UC Irvine things get steamy when George Michael finds himself in a love triangle with his best friend Ray and his girlfriend Becky.
14 | 67
Off the Hook
"Off the Hook" May 26, 2013
Directed by: Mitch Hurwitz and Troy Miller - Written by: Mitch Hurwitz & Jim Vallely
Buster struggles to make it on his own and break away from his overbearing mother.
15 | 68
"Blockheads" May 26, 2013
Directed by: Mitch Hurwitz and Troy Miller - Written by: Mitch Hurwitz & Jim Vallely
George Michael tries to reconnect with his father, but is finding himself overwhelmed by the responsibility of running his business.

Format changes[]

Per-character episodes[]

Season 4 promo George Michael in staircar

The third official photo, released by Netflix on January 9, 2013 features George Michael in the Staircar.

Unlike the previous three seasons Mitch Hurwitz and producers wrote, filmed, and edited all 15 episodes in a way that they could be watched in any order. Says David Cross of the new style:

David Cross: [It's] like if you could mash up a Venn diagram with a nautilus shell. And then put that inside a Möbius strip.  

In 2018 Hurwitz referred to the style as a "Rashomon-type story."

Main theme and intro changes[]


NETFLIX Arrested Development - Intro Opening Credits

Featuring new images and narration, the introduction to each episode of Season Four varied depending on which character the episode focused on. The narration and captions depicted the relationships to the episode's focal character.

Each character has a specific instrument that plays along with the title music: Michael has a trumpet, George has a guitar, Lindsay has a sitar and guitar, Tobias has a saxophone and harp, G.O.B. has an electric guitar, Lucille has a violin, Maeby has scat vocals, George Michael has a wood block, and Buster has an accordion. Although "Blockheads" is a George Michael centric episode, all musical instruments are present.

Narrator: Now the story of a family who's future was abruptly cancelled and the one man who had no choice but to keep himself together. It's Michael's Arrested Development.  

 From "A New Start"

Chronological re-edit[]

Main article: Season Four Remix: Fateful Consequences
Fateful Consequences title card

In May 2013, Mitch Hurwitz encouraged everyone to watch the 15 episodes in order. In October 2014 Hurwitz announced he was re-editing Season Four to be in chronological order. In May 2018, Hurwitz announced the re-edit would be titled Season Four Remix: Fateful Consequences and would release May 4, 2018 on Netflix. The re-edited season is more like the original pacing of the the original three seasons and is comprised of 22 episodes.

Arrested Development Soundtrack[]

Music and Songs from Arrested Development

At Long Last... Music and Songs from Arrested Development is the official soundtrack for Arrested Development and was released in the UK on November 8, 2013 and in the US on November 19, 2013. The album contains 42 songs composed by David Schwartz featured over all four seasons of the series.

Several cast members assisted in the album. Will Arnett's vocals appear on "It Ain't Easy Being White". Jeffrey Tambor's vocals appear on "All You Need Is Smiles". David Cross and Portia de Rossi's vocals appear on "Teamocil".


Main article: Arrested Development DVDs
Main article: Season Four Region One DVD Contest

The Region 1 DVD artwork

While Netflix held the exclusive broadcast rights during the initial release window, Fox owns the distribution rights to the series on other forms of media.

The complete fourth season DVD was made available for Region 2 on June 9, 2014, Region 4 on August 23, 2014, and Region 1 on December 16, 2014. A fan art contest hosted at (won by Tennessee graphic designer Chad Malone) produced the Region 1 DVD artwork.

DVD special features include:

  • History of Arrested Development
  • Being Back on Arrested Development
  • The Writing and The Scripts
  • Working with Mitch
  • Working with Two Directors
  • Buster Smoking
  • Production Design – Get an inside look at how the sets were recreated for Season Four
  • Script Department – One-on-one interview with the script supervisor on how all the stories came together
  • Fantastic 4 – A behind-the-scenes look at Tobias’ one of a kind “stage production”
  • In Character features on Tobias, Barry, Herbert Love, Rebel, Buster, George and Oscar, and Michael


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Netflix advertised to Emmy voters with yard signs

Main article: Awards & Nominations

On July 18, 2013 nominations for the Emmy awards were announced and Arrested Development's fourth season received three nominations: Jason Bateman for best lead comedic actor, best comedic editing for "Flight of the Phoenix" and best original score for "Flight of the Phoenix". Along with Netflix's other original series House of Cards and Hemlock Grove, Arrested had the distinction of being the first nominated program to premiere and be distributed online rather than on broadcast of cable TV. Arrested Development did not claim any of the awards.

  • People's Choice Awards - Nominated: Favorite Streaming Series
  • SAG Awards - Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series - Jason Bateman (lost to Ty Burrell)
  • SAG Awards - Nominated: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Full Cast (lost to Modern Family)


Main article: Season Four Marketing

During production, the You're Gonna Get Some Walk-Ons fan contest was held by Netflix

Starting with the announcement of the May 26, 2013 premiere date on April 4 Netflix began their Season Four marketing campaigns. They utilized both traditional marketing techniques (billboards and posters) as well as modern and viral marketing such as YouTube fan made videos and engagement via their official Facebook page and @ArrestedDev Twitter account. The social media accounts encouraged fans to participate in "Bananathon", a marathon re-watch of the first three seasons over three weeks.

The social media accounts and Entertainment Weekly revealed posters and images over the month of April, and the first public footage of the new season was released on April 26, 2013. The first trailer was released on May 12, 2013 revealing some minor spoilers about the new batch of episodes. Teaser posters were released on April 10, 2013, and the character posters were revealed on April 24. Character portraits were released on May 1.

Character Promotional Photos[]

→ See 79 pictures of Season 4 Character Posters at Images of Season 4 Character Posters.
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Promotional Photos[]

→ For more images from Season Four, see the Category:Season Four Images page

Behind the Scenes[]

→ See 58 pictures from Season 4 BTS at Images from Season 4 BTS.

The cast and crew of Arrested Development often posted numerous selfies with other cast members, behind the scenes pictures and episode sneak peeks.

Cast and Crew Behind The Scenes Photos[]

On April 4, 2013 Netflix revealed the official Arrested Development Twitter and Facebook accounts were revealed. The accounts have been sharing highlights from the first three seasons and season four.

Official Facebook Posts[]

→ See 54 pictures from AD Facebook Posts at Images from AD Facebook Posts.

Season 4 Arrested Development Q&A Sessions[]

Main article: 2013 Arrested Development Q&A Sessions

As part of the Season Four marketing strategy, the cast of Arrested Development answered questions that were sent in by Arrested Development fans using the #AskAD Hashtag.

→ Watch more Season Four Q&A Videos

Season 4 Trailer[]


Season 4 Trailer — Official

The official trailer for Season Four, released May 12, 2012.

Episode Clips[]

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Behind the Scenes[]

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