Fans of Arrested Development rejoiced recently at the long-awaited release of season 4, available exclusively from Netflix. The widely hailed comedy series was cancelled in 2006 by Fox but reached cult status via DVD sales and digital streaming. Netflix revived the series and all 15 episodes of the new season were made available for download on May 26th. Since the release, many fans have held viewing parties and have re-watched the episodes to pick up the series’ deftly layered humor.
In a recent interview with TV Guide, creator Mitch Hurwitz spoke about his intention to create rewatchability:
“Early on, I remember thinking, fans are looking so forward to this and after 15 episodes it’s going to be over for them. That’s what motivated me to keep layering and layering. The audience may watch it once, and like it or dislike it. Or they may want to watch it a lot and have fun digging out all of the subtext and connections. It seemed like fun to use the new medium as something people can play with. Like an Arrested Development toy.”
Viewers who use closed-captions are also being rewarded to this extra attention to detail. Fans at Reddit recently spotted additional details in the captions that provided more clues to running gags and in-jokes. Check out this blog at International Business Times for screenshots and details on some of extra jokes featured in the captions. But if you haven’t finished watching the new season yet, be forewarned of spoilers.