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To Do Tonight: Watch the New “Arrested Development.” All of It.

Tonight Netflix will post 15 new episodes of “Arrested Development,” the first since the comedy series was canceled by Fox in 2006.

When? 12:01 am PT on Sunday.

hurwitz_arnett1That’s for all of Netflix’s 36 million worldwide subscribers, who pay at least $7.99 per month. (P.S. There’s a one-month free trial.)

For those of us in nearby timezones, now might be a good time to take a nap. It’s going to be a long, binge-y night.

If there’s one blanket statement you can make about the Internet, it’s that it loves “Arrested Development” and its densely packed sense of humor.

Plus, the show has amazing timing: It first aired in the old TV era, was kept alive in people’s minds by DVDs and Hulu — and the cast was not yet too geriatric to make new episodes, just when Netflix is starting to invest millions in original content.

In the run-up to the release tonight, here’s just a tiny selection of the vast array of Arrested Development interviews, analyses and homages.

Official preview clips are here.

NPR has the definitive season-to-season joke tracker.

Creator Mitch Hurwitz said that’s actually pretty much how the show gets made.

A fan mash-up of the Bluth family chicken dances:

Will Arnett gets a lot of random “come ons.”

Hurwitz doesn’t think you should feel obligated to watch the new season all at once.

But if you do and want company, some writers like the very funny Annie Barrett of Entertainment Weekly will be “binge-recapping.”

Sites like BuzzFeed have been going crazy with this perfect nostalgia/current cultural event hybrid. Here’s 15 Gifs Of Lucille Bluth, 11 “Arrested Development” Party Food Ideas and Uproxx’s “25 Hilarious Blink-And-You Missed It Gags.”

Oh, and there’s also the business side of things. We had Hurwitz, Arnett and Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos onstage at our D: Dive Into Media conference in February. Here’s the full video.

And you know what’s coming next week — wild educated guesses about what percentage of total global Internet bandwidth was taken up on Sunday by concurrent Netflix streams of Bluth family antics. Fun!

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— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus