The WORST Episodes of Arrested Development

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 4, 2019

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.

Chain Migration

#1 - Chain Migration

Season 5 - Episode 11

As George Sr. attempts to win back Lucille, Michael assembles a mold of their scheme. Meanwhile, Buster gets caught up in Tobias and Gob's business.

star 6.59
220 votes
Taste Makers

#2 - Taste Makers

Season 5 - Episode 10

Michael jumps at a chance to spend more time with George-Michael, who seeks a clueless president for Fakeblock. Tobias relocates his makeshift family.

star 6.60
224 votes
The Untethered Sole

#3 - The Untethered Sole

Season 5 - Episode 13

Buster's brief appearance in a TV weather report puts the Bluths back in hot water, but Michael has a plan involving his son's definitely real company.

star 6.66
213 votes
Saving for Arraignment Day

#4 - Saving for Arraignment Day

Season 5 - Episode 14

As the trial kicks off, the Guilty Guys throw the family for a loop. Lucille learns surprising news about Dusty. George-Michael plots a distraction.

star 6.67
207 votes
Unexpected Company

#5 - Unexpected Company

Season 5 - Episode 9

Buster fails to show for his own prison release party. Michael examines company financial records. George-Michael seeks Anonymous help to deceive Rebel.

star 6.74
252 votes
Courting Disasters

#6 - Courting Disasters

Season 5 - Episode 15

George and Lucille overestimate their new lawyer's expertise in the courtroom. Two familiar faces testify, and a video sheds more light on the case.

star 6.90
200 votes
Premature Independence

#7 - Premature Independence

Season 5 - Episode 8

As the Second of July parade approaches, Sally steps up her campaign against Lindsay while the Bluths again struggle to keep their stories straight.

star 6.92
325 votes
Directors: Troy Miller
Writers: Mitchell Hurwitz, Jim Vallely
Sinking Feelings

#8 - Sinking Feelings

Season 5 - Episode 5

The Bluths receive/present their award, but it weighs on George Sr. and creates new problems. Michael and George-Michael have a deep conversation.

star 6.98
341 votes
Directors: Troy Miller
Writers: Jim Vallely, Mitchell Hurwitz
Check Mates

#9 - Check Mates

Season 5 - Episode 12

George Sr., Lucille and Maeby give honesty a try. Good news becomes bad for George-Michael. Michael remembers there's always money ... somewhere.

star 7.04
214 votes

#10 - Self-Deportation

Season 5 - Episode 2

For varying reasons, most of the Bluths (even Steve Holt) feel compelled to run off to Mexico. Michael tries to convince Buster to go to the police.

star 7.04
388 votes
Directors: Troy Miller
Writers: Richard Day
Family Leave

#11 - Family Leave

Season 5 - Episode 1

Surprises greet Michael at the penthouse and Sudden Valley. George-Michael confides in Maeby, who's trying to avoid Sudden Valley.

star 7.06
441 votes
Directors: Troy Miller
Writers: Mitchell Hurwitz, Jim Vallely
Everyone Gets Atrophy

#12 - Everyone Gets Atrophy

Season 5 - Episode 3

The family unites behind Lindsay’s campaign, but Michael senses that something is amiss. Maeby has an idea that George-Michael likes a little too much.

star 7.07
359 votes
Directors: Troy Miller
Writers: Mitchell Hurwitz
An Old Start

#13 - An Old Start

Season 5 - Episode 4

Gob acquires a new office for the company with a "premium view." Michael gets a shock when he returns to a place that holds a lot of memories.

star 7.08
348 votes
Directors: Troy Miller
Writers: Jim Vallely
The Fallout

#14 - The Fallout

Season 5 - Episode 16

As the Bluths come together to unveil a wall, they once again discover that they deserve nothing more than to be saddled with each other forever.

star 7.12
205 votes
Emotional Baggage

#15 - Emotional Baggage

Season 5 - Episode 6

Michael attempts to bail out Buster. George-Michael finally meets the Howards, and Ron informs Michael that his plans for the movie have changed.

star 7.14
338 votes
Directors: Troy Miller
Writers: Evan Mann, Gareth Reynolds

#16 - Rom-Traum

Season 5 - Episode 7

George-Michael thinks he's being lied to by Michael, who thinks he's being lied to by George Sr. Gob hires guys to help with his "closet conversion."

star 7.28
338 votes
Directors: Troy Miller
Writers: Maggie Rowe
Borderline Personalities

#17 - Borderline Personalities

Season 4 - Episode 2

George Sr. comes up with a get rich quick scam after his family falls apart.

star 7.34
882 votes
Writers: Jim Vallely, Richard Rosenstock
Indian Takers

#18 - Indian Takers

Season 4 - Episode 3

Lindsay tries to reclaim her sense of self while traveling and getting back to her political activist roots.

star 7.42
821 votes
Writers: Caroline Williams, Dean Lorey
Double Crossers

#19 - Double Crossers

Season 4 - Episode 6

George Sr.'s new business hits a rough patch, and he must bribe a politician to get his scam back on track.

star 7.52
726 votes
Writers: Dean Lorey, Richard Rosenstock
Flight of the Phoenix

#20 - Flight of the Phoenix

Season 4 - Episode 1

Michael says goodbye to the family business and starts his own. And the life of the family is turned upside down when their mail man Pete dies.

star 7.61
1,063 votes
Writers: Mitchell Hurwitz

#21 - Smashed

Season 4 - Episode 9

Tobias returns to his roots and reunites with his leading lady after a rough few weeks.

star 7.67
657 votes
Writers: Dean Lorey, Richard Rosenstock

#22 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1

Meet the Bluths. In the pilot, Michael decides to take a job in Arizona after being passed over by George Sr. for head of the Bluth Company. George Sr. is jailed, and the family realizes they need Michael.

star 7.69
1,951 votes
Writers: Mitchell Hurwitz
Queen B.

#23 - Queen B.

Season 4 - Episode 10

Lucille finds that her children have started dividing up her things, and adjusts to her new home.

star 7.71
652 votes
Writers: Dean Lorey, Richard Rosenstock
Red Hairing

#24 - Red Hairing

Season 4 - Episode 8

Lindsay continues to push away from being a Bluth by embracing a relationship and finding a new career.

star 7.72
705 votes
Writers: Caroline Williams, Richard Rosenstock
Bringing Up Buster

#25 - Bringing Up Buster

Season 1 - Episode 3

Michael spends quality time with Buster. George Michael auditions for a school play to get closer to Maeby. Gob breaks up with his girlfriend and has nowhere to go.

star 7.78
1,339 votes
Directors: Joe Russo
Writers: Mitchell Hurwitz, Richard Rosenstock