The Cult of Arrested Development

May 21, 2013

Netflix Arrested Development - Red Carpet Premiere

Michael Cera & Alia Shawkat attend the red carpet premiere for the launch of “Arrested Development.” .; Credit: Stuart Wilson/Getty Images for Netflix

Fans may have been late getting on board with the TV series Arrested Development but once they fell, they fell hard. The Fox series was canceled in 2006 after three seasons but a hardcore cult of fans kept demand alive.This Sunday, the show is returning on Netflix for fifteen brand new episodes starring the majority of the original cast, including narrator Ron Howard.

RELATED: There’s an ‘Arrested Development’ banana stand in Los Angeles and a stair car on the loose (PHOTOS) 

How did Arrested Development fans manage to convince network executives to give the show another shot? What other TV shows have been revived after disappearing from the airwaves for years? Is there a formula to these “cult classic” TV shows that have such loyal fans?


Robert Thompson, professor of radio, film and TV at Syracuse University and Director, Bleier Center for Television & Popular Culture

Tuesday, May 21: The “Arrested Development” banana stand is taking a place at the Grove on Tuesday from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.

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