The Best Episodes of Arrested Development

Last Updated: Nov 16, 2018

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

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 8.52
694 votes
Writers: Richard Day, Mitchell Hurwitz
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Exit Strategy

#2 - Exit Strategy

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.

star 8.28
662 votes
Directors: Lev L. Spiro
Writers: Dean Lorey, Chuck Tatham
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Meat the Veals

#3 - Meat the Veals

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.

star 8.27
698 votes
Writers: Barbie Feldman Adler
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Making a Stand

#4 - Making a Stand

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.

star 8.27
667 votes
Directors: Peter Lauer
Writers: Chuck Tatham, Mitchell Hurwitz
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Righteous Brothers

#5 - Righteous Brothers

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.

star 8.24
667 votes
Directors: Chuck Martin
Writers: Mitchell Hurwitz, Jim Vallely
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Pier Pressure

#6 - Pier Pressure

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.

star 8.21
952 votes
Directors: Joe Russo
Writers: Jim Vallely, Mitchell Hurwitz
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Good Grief

#7 - Good Grief

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.

star 8.20
755 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: John Levenstein
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Afternoon Delight

#8 - Afternoon Delight

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.

star 8.17
775 votes
Directors: Jason Bateman
Writers: Abraham Higginbotham, Chuck Martin
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Mr. F

#9 - Mr. F

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.

star 8.14
666 votes
Directors: Arlene Sanford
Writers: Richard Day, Jim Vallely
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Let 'Em Eat Cake

#10 - Let 'Em Eat Cake

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.

star 8.12
713 votes
Directors: Paul Feig
Writers: Jim Vallely, Mitchell Hurwitz
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Family Ties

#11 - Family Ties

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.

star 8.11
668 votes
Directors: Bob Berlinger
Writers: Rob Weiner
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A New Attitude

#12 - A New Attitude

Season 4 - Episode 11

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

star 8.11
618 votes
Writers: Jim Vallely, Mitchell Hurwitz
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Señoritis

#13 - Señoritis

Season 4 - Episode 12

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

star 8.10
616 votes
Writers: Jim Brandon, Brian Singleton
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Forget Me Now

#14 - Forget Me Now

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.

star 8.09
669 votes
Directors: John Amodeo
Writers: Tom Saunders
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Blockheads

#15 - Blockheads

Season 4 - Episode 15

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

star 8.09
581 votes
Writers: Jim Vallely, Mitchell Hurwitz
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Hand to God

#16 - Hand to God

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.

star 8.08
686 votes
Directors: Joe Russo
Writers: Mitchell Hurwitz, Chuck Martin
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¡Amigos!

#17 - ¡Amigos!

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.

star 8.08
758 votes
Writers: Brad Copeland
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The Cabin Show

#18 - The Cabin Show

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.

star 8.08
711 votes
Directors: Paul Feig
Writers: Mitchell Hurwitz, Jim Vallely
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Shock and Aww

#19 - Shock and Aww

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.

star 8.07
833 votes
Directors: Joe Russo
Writers: Jim Vallely, Chuck Martin
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Fakin' It

#20 - Fakin' It

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.

star 8.06
660 votes
Directors: Lev L. Spiro
Writers: Dean Lorey, Chuck Tatham
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The Immaculate Election

#21 - The Immaculate Election

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.

star 8.06
718 votes
Directors: Joe Russo
Writers: Barbie Feldman Adler, Abraham Higginbotham
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S.O.B.s

#22 - S.O.B.s

Season 3 - Episode 9

George Sr. suggests a last-ditch effort to save the family by holding a fund raiser to raise money to pay their legal expenses. Michael suggests to Lindsay that she take over the house work, and he sends George-Michael to an expensive boarding school. Meanwhile, Maeby has trouble with a snowboarding film and Tobias tries to be a "discipline daddy".

star 8.05
659 votes
Directors: Bob Berlinger
Writers: Jim Vallely, Richard Day
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Altar Egos

#23 - Altar Egos

Season 1 - Episode 16

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 8.05
801 votes
Writers: Barbie Feldman Adler
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Prison Break-In

#24 - Prison Break-In

Season 3 - Episode 7

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 8.04
652 votes
Directors: Bob Berlinger
Writers: Karey Dornetto
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Beef Consomme

#25 - Beef Consomme

Season 1 - Episode 13

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 8.04
841 votes
Writers: Chuck Martin, Richard Rosenstock
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