Arrested Development (Season 3) (2005)

This was the final season of the brilliant, hilarious sitcom’s original run, and the rather rushed production (as a result of a reduced episode order halfway through) is sometimes evident. Plot points are rushed through and the show’s overall narrative arc endures a number of out-of-nowhere twists that start to add up a bit too fast. Nevertheless, the elements that made the first seasons so enchanting are still here, in particular the extraordinarily well-layered writing and the precise, irreproachable comedic acting by the wonderfully talented cast. Jessica Walter emerges as the season’s most valuable player here, managing to humanize Lucille without sacrificing the character’s defining aloofness.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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