TV The Greatest Running Jokes on Arrested Development  

Lisa Waugh
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Arrested Development running jokes make the show what it is. Those jokes became our own inside jokes, carving new neural pathways into our brains. Every time someone calls an illusion a trick, you know your brain goes there and corrects them, G.O.B.-style. 
 
The best jokes from Arrested Development usually involve deep flaws in the Bluth family, from Buster’s thing for juice and his mother to Lindsay’s self-image to the way the whole family doesn’t get chickens or marijuana, not to mention their chronic ostrich problems.  
 
The running jokes on Arrested Development are the very heart of the show. From Tobias’s never-nude policy to George Michael’s slow walk away to the Peanuts theme, the show can be counted upon for recurring jokes with each watch. These are also the backbone of any Arrested Development drinking game: any episode with Annyong alone would have your guests flat out on the floor of the Aztec Tomb.  
 
Which funny Arrested Development jokes do you like best or repeat with your friends the most? Are you partial to a Bluth running gag, the ever-present Carl Weathers, or to the many lessens George Sr. tries to teach his children? Vote your favorite recurring joke to the top. And if you don’t see your favorite running joke from the show, add it! Everyone do the chicken dance in celebration! 

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None of the Bluths Can Imperso... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Running Jokes on Arrested Development
None of the Bluths Can Impersonate a Chicken

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I’ve Made a Huge Mistake is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Running Jokes on Arrested Development
I’ve Made a Huge Mistake

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Her? is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Running Jokes on Arrested Development
Her?

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Analrapist is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Running Jokes on Arrested Development
Analrapist

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Hey Brother/Hermano is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Running Jokes on Arrested Development
Hey Brother/Hermano

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Money in the Banana Stand is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Running Jokes on Arrested Development
Money in the Banana Stand

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Lucille/Loose Seal is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Running Jokes on Arrested Development
Lucille/Loose Seal

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Gene Parmesan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Running Jokes on Arrested Development
Gene Parmesan

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Never Nudity is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Running Jokes on Arrested Development
Never Nudity

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George Bluth Sr.’s Lessons is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Running Jokes on Arrested Development
George Bluth Sr.’s Lessons

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No Touching is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Running Jokes on Arrested Development
No Touching

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Lucille Winking is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Running Jokes on Arrested Development
Lucille Winking

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G.O.B.’s Illusions is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Running Jokes on Arrested Development
G.O.B.’s Illusions

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Banners is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Running Jokes on Arrested Development
Banners

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Tobias in the Closet is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Running Jokes on Arrested Development
Tobias in the Closet

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Blue Man Group is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Running Jokes on Arrested Development
Blue Man Group

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Buster Hiding Like a Milford M... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Running Jokes on Arrested Development
Buster Hiding Like a Milford Man

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Hop-Ons is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Running Jokes on Arrested Development
Hop-Ons

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Maritime Law is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Running Jokes on Arrested Development
Maritime Law

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Charlie Brown Moments is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Running Jokes on Arrested Development
Charlie Brown Moments

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Forget-Me-Nows is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Running Jokes on Arrested Development
Forget-Me-Nows

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Marry Me is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Running Jokes on Arrested Development
Marry Me

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Tricks Are What Wh*res Do for ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Running Jokes on Arrested Development
Tricks Are What Wh*res Do for Money

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Steve Holt! is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Running Jokes on Arrested Development
Steve Holt!

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Bees is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Running Jokes on Arrested Development
Bees

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Tobias Is Black is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Running Jokes on Arrested Development
Tobias Is Black

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Annyong is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Running Jokes on Arrested Development
Annyong

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The Sound of Silence is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Running Jokes on Arrested Development
The Sound of Silence

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Rape Horn is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Running Jokes on Arrested Development
Rape Horn

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The OC is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Running Jokes on Arrested Development
The OC

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Freebies is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Running Jokes on Arrested Development
Freebies

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Frightened Inmate #2 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Running Jokes on Arrested Development
Frightened Inmate #2

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Buster’s Various Studies is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Running Jokes on Arrested Development
Buster’s Various Studies

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Buster’s Juice Habit is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Running Jokes on Arrested Development
Buster’s Juice Habit

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The Cornballer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Running Jokes on Arrested Development
The Cornballer

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Hot Ham Water is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Running Jokes on Arrested Development
Hot Ham Water

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Lindsay Is Fat is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Running Jokes on Arrested Development
Lindsay Is Fat

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Operation Hot Mother is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Running Jokes on Arrested Development
Operation Hot Mother

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Hot Cops is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Running Jokes on Arrested Development
Hot Cops

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Sitwell/Standpoor is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Running Jokes on Arrested Development
Sitwell/Standpoor

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Ice Cream Sandwiches is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Running Jokes on Arrested Development
Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Mr. Bananagrabber is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Running Jokes on Arrested Development
Mr. Bananagrabber

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Is Oscar Buster’s Father? is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Running Jokes on Arrested Development
Is Oscar Buster’s Father?

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Incest is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Running Jokes on Arrested Development
Incest

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Ostriches is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Running Jokes on Arrested Development
Ostriches

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Saddam Hussein is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Running Jokes on Arrested Development
Saddam Hussein

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Lindsay’s Charities and Campai... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Running Jokes on Arrested Development
Lindsay’s Charities and Campaigns

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Face Blindness is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Running Jokes on Arrested Development
Face Blindness

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Carl Weathers is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Running Jokes on Arrested Development
Carl Weathers

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Don’t Understand Marijuana is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Running Jokes on Arrested Development
Don’t Understand Marijuana