Despite falling onto the wayside of public consciousness for several years, the call of devout fans for a revival of the Emmy award-winning series prompted Netflix to come to the rescue.
The popular streaming service licensed a fourth season of Arrested Development, aired it in 2013, and is reportedly working on a fifth. It isn't the only show thought to have been forgotten, only to be brought back to life by a web-based streaming service. Here are some others that have gotten similar treatment.
The former AMC crime drama, starring Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman, was cut from the network after just three seasons in 2013. But because of its reportedly dire need of a proper ending, Netflix reached out and developed a six-episode final season later that year. The fourth season of the Danish adaption was released on Netflix in August of 2014.
Netflix isn't the only streaming service to swoop in for the rescue after a television program's cancellation. After Fox cancelled The Mindy Project after three seasons in May 2015, Hulu quickly picked it up, commissioning 26 new episodes for its fourth season. The Mindy Project already streamed on Hulu during its stay at Fox and so it became a perfect home for the Mindy Kaling-led comedy.
Gilmore Girls may have been cancelled by Warner Bros. after seven seasons in 2007, but after several weeks of rumors, Netflix has announced a limited revival of the beloved sitcom. Starring Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel, the untitled Gilmore Girls revival will also bring back Scott Patterson, Liza Weil, Matt Czurchry and Kelly Bishop. It was recently revealed original actress Melissa McCarthy will not be returning to the show, however.
The upcoming Netflix revival of Full House, dubbed Fuller House, will star original actors Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin Andrea Barber, Bob Saget and John Stamos. This week, Netflix released the first full-length preview of the upcoming sequel, which will premier Feb. 26. Fashion designers Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen, who played Michelle Tanner when they were toddlers, will not be joining the revival.
The Dan Harmon-led sitcom Community, starring the likes of Joel McHale, Alison Brie, Donald Glover and others premiered on NBC in 2009 and was well-known for its unique humor and parody tendencies. The series was cancelled after its fifth season and picked up by Yahoo! Screen, which sponsored a sixth season in March 2015.