When the new episodes of "Arrested Development" were conceived, creator Mitch Hurwitz said viewers would be able to watch the installments on Netflix in any order they wanted, but now he has an urgent message for fans: Scratch that, reports New York Magazine.
The new episodes go live on Netflix on Sunday at 12:01 a.m. PT, the story notes.
"I’m really doing everything I can to put out that misconception that it can be watched in any order,” Hurwitz told the publication. “Although I really did have that ambition at one point.”
He added: "Not only will the episodes be available at the same time on Netflix, but they also cover the same period of time in the characters’ lives. So it seemed like, yeah, you should be able to jump in in any order and see George Michael’s episode and then maybe Buster’s episode, if you want, and see what each of them is doing.”
In post-production, though, he realized that ambition wouldn’t work, because the gags that unroll across episodes wouldn’t work if they weren’t viewed in the right order, the story says.
"Our brains like to make stories out of things, and that requires order," Hurwitz said. "I pretty quickly realized everything here is about the order of telling the stories, that there will be shows where you find out a little bit of information and then later shows where you revisit the scene and you find out more information — and that’s not fun in reverse. To get more information first and then less information isn’t as interesting. I thought, OK, this may not be up for debate.”