The BEST Episodes of Arrested Development

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 4, 2020

Network: Netflix

Level-headed son Michael Bluth takes over family affairs after his father is imprisoned. But the rest of his spoiled, dysfunctional family are making his job unbearable.

Development Arrested

#1 - Development Arrested

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 10, 2006

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.

star 8.31
2,159 votes
Writers: Mitchell Hurwitz, Richard Day
Exit Strategy

#2 - Exit Strategy

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 10, 2006

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.

star 8.28
2,127 votes
Directors: Lev L. Spiro
Writers: Chuck Tatham, Dean Lorey
Mr. F

#3 - Mr. F

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 7, 2005

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.

star 8.18
2,046 votes
Directors: Arlene Sanford
Writers: Jim Vallely, Richard Day
Meat the Veals

#4 - Meat the Veals

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Apr 3, 2005

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.

star 8.16
2,170 votes
Writers: Barbie Feldman Adler
Making a Stand

#5 - Making a Stand

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 19, 2005

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.

star 8.16
2,075 votes
Directors: Peter Lauer
Writers: Chuck Tatham, Mitchell Hurwitz
Good Grief

#6 - Good Grief

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 5, 2004

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.

star 8.14
2,255 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: John Levenstein
Pier Pressure

#7 - Pier Pressure

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 11, 2004

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.

star 8.13
2,986 votes
Directors: Joe Russo
Writers: Jim Vallely, Mitchell Hurwitz
Afternoon Delight

#8 - Afternoon Delight

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 19, 2004

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.

star 8.12
2,332 votes
Directors: Jason Bateman
Writers: Abraham Higginbotham, Chuck Martin
A New Attitude

#9 - A New Attitude

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired May 26, 2013

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

star 8.10
1,283 votes
Writers: Jim Vallely, Mitchell Hurwitz
Señoritis

#10 - Señoritis

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired May 26, 2013

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

star 8.09
1,365 votes
Writers: Brian Singleton, Jim Brandon
Altar Egos

#11 - Altar Egos

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 17, 2004

Michael attempts to have a one-night stand with an attorney whom he doesn't know is not only blind, but the prosecutor who is trying to put his father in jail. Also, Gob gets married on a dare, Maeby pretends to be a girl with a made up disease, and George Sr.'s admirer turns out to be an undercover SEC agent who has truly fallen for him.

star 8.09
2,480 votes
Writers: Barbie Feldman Adler
Righteous Brothers

#12 - Righteous Brothers

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Apr 17, 2005

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.

star 8.08
2,134 votes
Directors: Chuck Martin
Writers: Jim Vallely, Mitchell Hurwitz
Beef Consomme

#13 - Beef Consomme

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 15, 2004

After learning that Marta has feelings for him, Michael goes to her and they decide to get permission from Gob before taking things to the next level. Meanwhile, Lindsay and Tobias finally get to the heart of his "never-nude" problem and George Sr. faces his first hearing.

star 8.08
2,633 votes
Writers: Chuck Martin, Richard Rosenstock
The Ocean Walker

#14 - The Ocean Walker

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 5, 2005

After Michael announces he's marrying Rita, George Sr. worries that she's after the family's money. But when Rita's Uncle Trevor tries to stop the wedding by revealing some surprising information about Rita, Michael must decide if he wants to walk down the aisle.

star 8.07
2,139 votes
Directors: Paul Feig
Writers: Jake Farrow, Sam Laybourne
Missing Kitty

#15 - Missing Kitty

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 28, 2004

Gob attempts to make good on his promise to make the family yacht disappear. Meanwhile, Lindsay and Maeby try to track down Lindsay's grandmother, Tobias seeks George Sr.'s respect, and Michael attempts to fire Kitty, who claims to have information that could bring down the company.

star 8.06
2,194 votes
Directors: Joe Russo
Writers: John Levenstein, Mitchell Hurwitz
Let 'Em Eat Cake

#16 - Let 'Em Eat Cake

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired Jun 6, 2004

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.

star 8.05
2,220 votes
Directors: Paul Feig
Writers: Jim Vallely, Mitchell Hurwitz
Family Ties

#17 - Family Ties

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Feb 10, 2006

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.

star 8.04
2,185 votes
Directors: Bob Berlinger
Writers: Rob Weiner
Forget Me Now

#18 - Forget Me Now

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 3, 2005

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.

star 8.04
2,072 votes
Directors: John Amodeo
Writers: Tom Saunders
The Immaculate Election

#19 - The Immaculate Election

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Mar 20, 2005

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.

star 8.03
2,213 votes
Directors: Joe Russo
Writers: Abraham Higginbotham, Barbie Feldman Adler
Blockheads

#20 - Blockheads

Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired May 26, 2013

George-Michael tries to reconnect with his father, but is finding himself overwhelmed by the responsibility of running his business.

star 8.03
1,101 votes
Writers: Jim Vallely, Mitchell Hurwitz
Shock and Aww

#21 - Shock and Aww

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Mar 7, 2004

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.

star 8.03
2,598 votes
Directors: Joe Russo
Writers: Chuck Martin, Jim Vallely
Fakin' It

#22 - Fakin' It

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Feb 10, 2006

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.

star 8.02
2,152 votes
Directors: Lev L. Spiro
Writers: Chuck Tatham, Dean Lorey
Justice Is Blind

#23 - Justice Is Blind

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 21, 2004

Gob steals a file on the government's case against the Bluth Company that Maggie had given to Michael. Tobias is sent to Maggie's house to get evidence, George Michael tries to prove Maeby's fraud, and Lindsay fights to remove the Ten Commandments from the courthouse lawn.

star 8.02
2,510 votes
Writers: Abraham Higginbotham
Prison Break-In

#24 - Prison Break-In

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 12, 2005

The family plans their annual fund raiser, and they actually have a cause this time. Tobias is ailing due to his transplanted hair plugs, which appear to be rejecting him. Lindsay uses the illness as her ticket back into high society, and Michael learns of the prison warden's true intentions with his mother after reading the warden's screenplay.

star 8.01
2,028 votes
Directors: Bob Berlinger
Writers: Karey Dornetto
Sword of Destiny

#25 - Sword of Destiny

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 27, 2005

Gob and Buster team up for some magic tricks with the help of Buster's fake hand, but when Tony Wonder, a rival magician, starts to mentor them, somebody gets the finger. Meanwhile, Michael is forced to delegate some work when he's hospitalized and Lindsay teaches George Michael how to drive using the staircar.

star 8.01
2,175 votes
Directors: Peter Lauer
Writers: Brad Copeland