Cult US comedy Arrested Development looks set to return to Netflix for its fifth season.

The company's Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos, told USA Today he feels "positive" the quirky sitcom will be back at some point.

"It's just a matter of when," he explained, adding that the cast – which includes Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Michael Cera and Portia de Rossi – have busy schedules that make it difficult to organise.

Sarandos also admitted that it is "a fair criticism" to say that the cast "didn't appear on screen often enough together" in Netflix's first season of the show.

That fourth season drew mixed reviews after the initial euphoria died down - but fans will be eager to see more of the bumbling Bluth family.

Earlier this year, Jason Bateman said that he did not know anything about the future of the show, while producer Ron Howard claimed that the cast were keen to do a fifth season.

Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz also suggested that an Arrested Development movie would most likely precede a fifth season.