8.6
11,690 votes
Arrested Development

Arrested Development

Netflix 2003

The story of a wealthy family that lost everything, and the one son who had no choice but to keep them all together.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Arrested Development

Arrested Development - S3E13

#1 - Development Arrested

8.47

Season 3 - Episode 13

After returning home from Iraq, George Sr. is finally cleared of all charges, and Michael is relieved to be the head of a successful company for a change. The real brains behind the madness is revealed, and just as the family begins to celebrate their victory, a whole new set of problems emerge.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Arrested Development from 727 votes.

Arrested Development - S2E16

#2 - Meat the Veals

8.25

Season 2 - Episode 16

George Sr. tries to find a way to attend an anniversary dinner for Lucille while Michael deliberately offends Ann's devout Christian parents. Tobias goes overboard performing his "Mrs. Featherbottom" persona.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Arrested Development from 741 votes.

Arrested Development - S2E18

#3 - The Righteous Brothers

8.22

Season 2 - Episode 18

Gob hides George Sr. while the model home's plumbing is checked; George Michael helps Ann protest Maeby's new movie; Tobias takes a liking to Kitty after Michael asks him to keep an eye on her.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Arrested Development from 710 votes.

Arrested Development - S3E8

#4 - Making a Stand

8.22

Season 3 - Episode 8

Michael is tired of his father always having Gob compete with him, so Michael gets Gob his own banana stand franchise, only to find that Gob has set it up 20 feet from the old one. After the two compete, they decide to teach their father an elaborate lesson, and Buster refuses to use his handicap to scare kids. Meanwhile, Maeby uses Lucille's surgery in a horror film.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Arrested Development from 704 votes.

Arrested Development - S3E12

#5 - Exit Strategy

8.21

Season 3 - Episode 12

Gob goes to Iraq to perform his Christian magic act on the USO tour and ends up incarcerated. Michael learns George, Sr. sent Gob to Iraq to burn down the model home he built there, so Michael and Buster fly to Iraq to spring their brother from prison.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Arrested Development from 694 votes.

Arrested Development - S2E4

#6 - Good Grief

8.18

Season 2 - Episode 4

Lucille hires a bounty hunter, Ice, to find George Sr., who may be closer than everyone thinks. Gob tries to pull off an elaborate illusion, Maeby tries to set Lindsay up with Ice, and Michael tries to mend George Michael's broken relationship.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Arrested Development from 806 votes.

Arrested Development - S1E10

#7 - Pier Pressure

8.17

Season 1 - Episode 10

Buster realizes that medical marijuana will help cure Lucille 2's vertigo, and pays George Michael to get it for him from Gob. Lindsay sends Maeby to spend a day with Lucille to punish her for bad grades. Michael thinks George Michael is on drugs and attempts to teach him a lesson.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Arrested Development from 1006 votes.

Arrested Development - S2E6

#8 - Afternoon Delight

8.13

Season 2 - Episode 6

Gob stages mass firings after being inadvertently roasted at the Bluth Company Christmas party. Michael is forced to rebuild the Banana Stand, and Buster plays hooky from the Army at an arcade game.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Arrested Development from 824 votes.

Arrested Development - S3E5

#9 - Mr. F

8.10

Season 3 - Episode 5

Michael must deal with a huge mole problem in order to salvage a major real estate deal with Japanese investors. In an effort to help Michael, Gob and Buster team up with George Sr.'s surrogate, Larry, to devise a plan and save the deal, but their plan falls apart in a big way. Meanwhile, Tobias mistakes a CIA agent for a CAA agent and inadvertently betrays the family, and Michael makes Rita a proposal she can't refuse. Frankie Muniz makes a cameo as himself.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Arrested Development from 707 votes.

Arrested Development - S1E22

#10 - Let 'Em Eat Cake

8.09

Season 1 - Episode 22

In the first season finale, George Sr. has a heart attack, and Maeby is jealous when George Michael likes another girl. Meanwhile, Lindsay decides to leave Tobias until a book he wrote a long time ago becomes a gay bestseller, and Buster and Annyong compete over women.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Arrested Development from 771 votes.

Arrested Development - S2E3
#11 - Amigos
8.07
Season 2 - Episode 3

Michael is increasingly frustrated over being abandoned by the family, and when the staircar is found in Mexico, Michael vows to find his father and give him a piece of his mind. Also, Buster spends time with Lupe's family and thinks he's in Mexico.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Arrested Development from 813 votes.

Arrested Development - S2E12
#12 - Hand to God
8.06
Season 2 - Episode 12

Michael tries to find out who's the father of Maggie's baby, or if it's just another of her lies; Gob tries to find out whether he was responsible for Buster's accident.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Arrested Development from 733 votes.

Arrested Development - S3E11
#13 - Family Ties
8.06
Season 3 - Episode 11

In an effort to get to the bottom of things, Michael tracks Nellie down and hires her as a consultant for the Bluth Co. Unfortunately, Michael discovers Nellie's hands-on approach is more than he bargained for.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Arrested Development from 698 votes.

Arrested Development - S2E14
#14 - The Immaculate Election
8.05
Season 2 - Episode 14

George Michael runs for student body president, which Gob manages to ruin. Buster has an affair with Lupe, who is being sought after by Lindsay and Tobias attempts to move out of the model home, then develops a new persona when he regrets his decision.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Arrested Development from 756 votes.

Arrested Development - S1E14
#15 - Shock and Aww
8.05
Season 1 - Episode 14

Michael falls for his George Michael's ethics teacher, whom his son also has a crush on. Meanwhile, Lucille adopts a 14-year old Korean boy, and George Sr.'s "Caged Wisdom" tapes have given him a new admirer.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Arrested Development from 885 votes.

Arrested Development - S3E3
#16 - Forget-Me-Now
8.05
Season 3 - Episode 3

George Sr. is placed under house arrest by the family's new attorney Bob Loblaw, and finds that it's not exactly a walk in the park. Michael sets up his first date with Rita, but Rita has an unfortunate encounter with the family beforehand.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Arrested Development from 706 votes.

Arrested Development - S4E11
#17 - A New Attitude
8.05
Season 4 - Episode 11

Gob accepts a job from his brother, but is distracted by a scheme of his own.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Arrested Development from 658 votes.

Arrested Development - S3E1
#18 - The Cabin Show
8.04
Season 3 - Episode 1

Michael learns that it's actually George Sr.'s twin brother Oscar serving time in prison, not George. After getting a tip from Barry, Michael heads to Reno to find George, but that costs him a camping trip he promised his son.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Arrested Development from 749 votes.

Arrested Development - S4E12
#19 - Señoritis
8.03
Season 4 - Episode 12

Maeby moves out on her own and reconnects with her cousin George-Michael.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Arrested Development from 648 votes.

Arrested Development - S3E10
#20 - Fakin' It
8.01
Season 3 - Episode 10

George, Sr. hires a new attorney who asks the Bluths to participate in a mock trial to help prepare them for the real thing. The attorney gets actor Judge Reinhold to preside over the mock case. Meanwhile, Buster fakes a coma to get out of testifying, and George Michael and Maeby participate in a mock wedding to entertain hospital patients. Back at the office, Michael discovers that he may have a long-lost sister named Nellie Bluth.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Arrested Development from 694 votes.

Last updated: apr 19, 2021

Comments

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FOX really doesn't know their TV Shows do they? How do you cancel something with such incredible writing?!

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where do I add the remix of season 4!? not seeing it in search results, watching them now....SO STOKED!!!!!!

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NEW SEASON OMFG

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I loved season 4. Even with all the constrictions on money and scheduling the actors they managed to achieve a hilarious extension on the original seasons. Super enjoyed it! TAKE TO THE SEA!!

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We need Season 4 Remix: Fateful Consequences!!! Can someone make adjustments please?

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The netflix season was by far the worst but I kept watching to find out how everything would be connected. When it ended, I'm sure I wasn't the only one disappointed by the cliffhanger. They better make a follow-up to address the unanswered questions after I spent so much time watching that bullshit of a final season. The first two seasons were golden though. I didn't really care for the third season and the running British gag.

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There is NO TOUCHING the genius of this show!

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LOVE this show.. has to be one of my all-time favourite shows. The writing is insane and the acting matches it perfectly. 11/10

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Best callbacks in a show ever. The writers want their viewers to think and if you're too slow they don't care

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Arrested Development has ruined my chances of ever being content with another comedy show for ever. In my humble opinion, this is simply the greatest TV-series ever to have been produced in the world. Nothing else I've watched comes remotely close, and quite frankly, I don't think it's fair to compare it to any other comedy series ever made. The excellent dialouge writing, absolutely hilarious plots and utterly extreme attention to every single detail throughout the entire span of the series is, to put it ligthly, mildly mind numbing. You can rewatch it tens of times with pleasure. It's a never ending source of hysterical laughter. There are lots of factors that make Arrested Development unique in it's genre, but the most memorable is the intense attention to detail in the scripts, and the massive payoff for the audience if they manage to keep an equally devoted focus on everything. It's completely safe to presume that no one in the world noticed every joke, gag or funny moment the first time they watched the show. Probably not even in their second or third run through. The 22 minutes of each episode is so overstuffed with funny content, that most of the hysterical points will fly right over your head. Then you watch it again, and catch something new. Then again, and again and again, until you finally think you've seen it all. But then you give it a seventh go, and discover a funny note on the fridge in the background of a scene, or catch someone foreshadowing something you now know is coming in three episodes. I'm personally currently rewatching some of the episodes for the twentieth-something time, and just yesterday I caught something completely new which has kept me laughing since. It's just a bottomless box of fun. So, to end this 'review', I quite simply cannot reccomend this series enough. It is hands down the best and richest writing to any comedic product I have ever seen, and I seriously doubt something will ever best it. Start watching it with an open mind, spend some time getting used to the very fast pacing of the content and rapid delivery of the jokes, and I guarantee you will absolutely love it. I am 100% sure that anyone who dislikes this show either didn't give it enough of a chance, or simply doesn't share my taste in comdey. Watch it once, twice or even thrice, and you'll have established a lasting bond with what I will safely call the best writing in screenwriting history. And you can quote me on that!

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