I never watched Arrested Development when it was on network TV. Richard recommended it highly, and said it was one of the greatest sitcoms ever, but for whatever reason I never found time to watch it.
Now, seven years have gone by, and long-deprived Arrested Development fans are overjoyed. Netflix is offering the resurrected series, and has posted all 15 new episodes at once. It’s how Netflix — which is trying to break the stranglehold of broadcast TV, and get Americans to think differently about how their home entertainment should be delivered — does things. And the release of a block of 15 new episodes raises a crucial question for the dedicated fan: do you consume, in gluttonous fashion, all 15 new episodes in one gorging, eating-Cheetos-and-guzzling-caffeinated-beverages-sitting, or do you, in refined fashion, carefully limit yourself to one episode per day, or per week, to string out the pleasure of becoming reacquainted with a show and its characters that have become like an old friend?
Call me hopelessly undisciplined, but I’d be tempted to watch as many episodes as I could in the shortest period of time. If someone told me that there was an entirely new season of Deadwood or The Sopranos with their original casts I’d plop myself down in front of the tube and have at it for as long as I could bear.
So if you know someone who loved Arrested Development, don’t be troubled if you can’t get ahold of them this weekend. They may just be indulging their gluttonous side, and we shouldn’t get in the way of their pleasure.