While Arrested Development is a zany family comedy at its core, the show has never shied away from political commentary. And that still holds true with the political jokes in Arrested Development Season 5, the firsst half of which was released on Netflix on May 29.
In Season 4, a major plot point was George and Lucille trying to build the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico to keep Mexican immigrants from entering the United States. George Sr. bribed right-wing politician Herbert Love (Terry Crews), who was running for Congress against Lucille 2 (Liza Minnelli), to support the wall. As Donald Trump has promised to build the border wall as president, this storyline is painfully more relevant in 2018 than it was back in 2013. And in this new political climate, the wall jokes and other politically-charged barbs in the new Arrested Development episodes sting a bit more than the ones that have come before.
Due to President Donald Trump, the world has changed in unexpected ways since Netflix first revived Arrested Development. With that in mind, the cast told The New York Times (in that notorious interview) that showrunner Mitch Hurwitz actually cut some jokes about the president and the Trump family. "I think Mitch had said he had to scale back on it a little," Jessica Walter, who plays Lucille, said. "It's too obvious now. And you know, it's almost as if our family, just by themselves, are the Trumps. You've got the two dysfunctional sons. You've got Portia as Ivanka. George and Lucille."
But there are still plenty of Trump-related references peppered into the political jokes — especially as Lindsay runs for Congress with Herbert Love out of the picture. Here are the jokes from Arrested Development Season 5 that hit hard in 2018's political landscape. Spoilers ahead!