Arrested Development is an American television sitcom created by Mitchell Hurwitz. The series aired for three seasons on the Fox network from 2003–2006, with new episodes planned for release on Netflix in 2013. The plot of Arrested Development revolves around the members of the Bluth family, who lead extravagant lifestyles and are also often drawn into interactions with incestuous undertones. At the center of the show is Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman), the show's straight man, who strives to do the right thing and keep his family together, despite their materialism, selfishness, and manipulative natures. Despite approval from critics, Arrested Development received low ratings and viewership on Fox, which canceled the series in 2006. Rumors of a fourth season and a feature film persisted until 2011, when Netflix agreed to license new episodes and distribute them exclusively on its streaming video service. Fourteen episodes will be released on the same day in May 2013. The script of an Arrested Development film has also been in development with the main cast purported to reprise their original roles.