Arrested Development is exploring the more playful, outré structural possibilities offered by the new platform on Net­flix. Each episode will cover events from a different character’s point of view, like a com­edic Rashomon. There will be moments and Easter eggs that will make sense only in retrospect. There will be a suggested viewing sequence, but it will be pos­sible—even rewarding—to watch out of sequence. Cross describes the new structure as being “like if you could mash up a Venn diagram with a nautilus shell. And then put that inside a Möbius strip.”

Hurwitz may not have all the time or money in the world, but he does have unprecedented freedom. Because Net­flix doesn’t have to worry about commercial breaks or time slots, he can make episodes of variable lengths that can run in any order. (He even briefly considered designing the new season as a choose-your-own-­adventure story.) He can make television built to be binged. “In its purest form,” he says, “a new medium requires a new format.”