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Is it time to call it quits with 'Arrested Development'?

The cast of "Arrested Development" recently sat down with the New York Times to discuss the Netflix revival. Jeffrey Tambor has received backlash amidst harassment allegations, resulting in him being dismissed from "Transparent." In the interview, Jessica Walter revealed the verbal harassment she faced from Tambor on set and mentioned she has forgiven him. But Jason Bateman faced backlash for dismissing her abuse. Detractors argue the show isn't even good anyway, and it's time it ends. Others love that the gang is back on Netflix. What do you think?

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Sopan Deb recently interviewed the cast of "Arrested Development" for The New York Times, and things got real. Jessica Walter revealed she was verbally abused by costar Jeffrey Tambor on set, and a number of her male costars tried to downplay Tambor's behavior. 

"Again, not to belittle it or excuse it or anything, but in the entertainment industry it is incredibly common to have people who are, in quotes, 'difficult.' And when you’re in a privileged position to hire people, or have an influence in who does get hired, you make phone calls. And you say, 'Hey, so I’ve heard X about person Y, tell me about that.' And what you learn is context. And you learn about character and you learn about work habits, work ethics, and you start to understand. Because it’s a very amorphous process, this sort of [expletive] that we do, you know, making up fake life. It’s a weird thing, and it is a breeding ground for atypical behavior and certain people have certain processes."

Jason Bateman has since apologized for his response to the abuse.

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The Internet was disgusted by Bateman's dismissiveness of Walter's experiences with Tambor, and some detractors argue it's another reason why "Arrested Development" should end. Linda Holmes wrote in NPR:

When Deb asked specifically about the Walter story and she tried to talk about it, Bateman, Cross, Hale and Arnett, between the four of them (though Arnett did the least and Bateman did the most by far), eventually intervened in all of the following ways: 
(1) said (jokingly?) that they've all done the same to her; 
(2) said all "families" have arguments; 
(3) joked about all the other terrible things they've done to each other; 
(4) pointed out that Tambor has already said he's working on it; 
(5) said "difficult" people are part of the business; 
(6) said "atypical behavior" is part of people's "process"; 
(7) said they've all lost their temper sometimes; 
(8) said expecting "normal" behavior means "not understand[ing] what happens on set"; 
(9) claimed to have "zero complaints" about working together; 
(10) called yelling at people "a wobbly route to [a] goal"; and 
(11) repeatedly emphasized context and everyone playing their role in conflict.
Through a good part of this, Walter was crying, as you can hear if you listen to the audio recording of this part of the interview. And at one point, as Bateman explains patiently that "certain people have certain processes," Shawkat interjects: "But that doesn't mean it's acceptable. And the point is that things are changing, and people need to respect each other differently." In the audio, she seems even more irritated than these words make her sound, and he cuts her off anyway.
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Some critics argue the show just isn't that good anymore. Alec Bojalad wrote in Den of Geek:

The elements that used to work so well for Arrested Development, the characters, the narration, the off-the-wall locations and concepts, now all clash rather than working together.
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But others love the new season. Ben Travers wrote in Indiewire:

With the cast reunited and a better understanding of what made the characters lovable lunkheads to begin with, the new season can be effortlessly enjoyable; a pleasure to watch instead of something you have to dig through to find the parts you love.
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And Sonia Saraiya wrote in Vanity Fair:

It's such a relief. Arrested Development is fascinating even when it's not funny, but Season 5 is funny-not as funny as the show was in its heyday, but the magic is there, and more clearly visible than in Season 4.
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