Good News: The Arrested Development Season 4 Trailer Is Quite Funny

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Whether or not you laugh at the first beat of the trailer for Netflix's forthcoming season of Arrested Development will depend on whether you've ever been picked up curbside at Phoenix Sky Harbor airport:

I have, and I laughed. The car handles in that town are hotter than Cornballer oil. That joke is part of why this clip is way promising, for me at least: Arrested still looks like Arrested. Regional humor was always part of the show's formula (related and exciting: a Lucille/Buster scene set in a Joe's Crab Shack knockoff). So were stupid illusions (Gob pulling the cherry out of thin air), horrifying non sequiturs ("I have lupus"), and intricate callback humor ("I'm used to a car with some stairs"). Plus, old tropes like juiceboxes and cousinly love. We'll see if it this experiment in sitcom resurrection holds together when all 14 episodes hit NetFlix on May 26—and then spend the rest of Memorial Day weekend inside, in front of laptops, maeby hopefully cracking up.

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Before coming to The Atlantic, he worked as an editor for AOL's Patch.com and as a staff writer at Village Voice Media's OC Weekly. He has also written for Spin, The AV Club, RollingStone.com, Field & Stream, and The Orange County Register.

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