I’m new to Arrested Development, but I did with the original three seasons what I think most fans did with season four on Sunday, Binged. I watched the hit TV show from season one t(w)o three in a week. It was truly amazing and was hilarious all the way through. And whilst I wasn’t watching an episode on Netflix I was doing some research into the shows history.
It all started in 2003 in America on The Fox Network and ran till 2006 until it was cancelled. The show was well received by many and was commended on its long running jokes and how well put together the whole show was. I personally couldn’t of agreed more. You could say it had me hooked, but at the same time can understand that it is not everyones cup of tea.
Netflix is where I had been watching Arrested Development and the series has also done wonders for them, bringing die hard fans to the streaming service all because they have Arrested Development available for your viewing pleasure. It was with this success that in 2011, creator Mitchell Hurwitz announced that a fourth season would return. And it did, as a Netflix exclusive series. Airing 26th May 2013 to United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Latin America, Brazil and the Nordics.
Because of the hype that formed from the return of Michael Bluth and family many viewers ‘binged’. Some even admitting to having watched the whole series by Monday. But because the episodes were only available on Netflix, they saw a boom in people using the service. Arrested Development claimed up to 36 percent of Netflix’s traffic on some networks, but it was on our consoles that saw the most Bluth activity, Xbox 360 and PS3 owners took to their game consoles to watch the hilarious activities with just over 40 percent of all PS3 users watching Netflix on Sunday were watching the Bluths; just over 20 percent of iPad users were in that crowd as well. I was one of those watching on an iPad.
I think what this points out was that maybe the Xbox One release last week wasn’t so wrong. People do like watching TV and what not on their games consoles. Were we all a bit quick to judge when so many people took to their consoles to watch a series? Have we all made a huge mistake?