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List of the best Arrested Development episodes, as determined by voters like you. With all the amazing episodes of the show that exist, it's hard to trust just one person's opinion of what the top Arrested Development episodes of all time are. Fans of Arrested Development are very passionate about the show, and there are often debates over which episodes are the greatest. That's why this list exists- so you can vote for your favorites and we can find out once and for all what everyone thinks the best episode is.

List features episodes like The Righteous Brothers, Fakin' It. What is the best Arrested Development episode of all time? Look below and find out.
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Top Banana is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Nov 09 2003 Michael puts George Michael in charge of the Bluth Bannana Stand, and his son subsequently burns down the stand. Elsewhere, Tobias auditions for a commercial, and Lindsay inadvertantly gets the

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Meat the Veals is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Apr 03 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. ...more

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Amigos is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Nov 21 2004 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 ...more

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Motherboy XXX is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Mar 13 2005 Lucille abducts George Michael for a mother-son dance, Buster adjusts to having a hook for a hand and Gob reunites with his estranged wife. Also, Tobias stars as George Sr. in a biopic about the ...more

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Good Grief is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Dec 05 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 ...more

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My Mother, the Car is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Dec 21 2003 Michael loses his short-term memory, which Lucille uses to her advantage. Gob attempts to use the family yacht before Michael sells it. George Michael and Maeby attempt to see an R-rated movie ...more

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Pier Pressure is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
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 ...more

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Pilot is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Nov 02 2003 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 ...more

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Afternoon Delight is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
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

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The Righteous Brothers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
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.

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Let 'Em Eat Cake is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Jun 06 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 ...more

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Bringing Up Buster is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Nov 16 2003 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.

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Development Arrested is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
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 ...more

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Staff Infection is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Mar 14 2004 When Michael discovers his family has been receiving paychecks without working, he forces them all to get jobs within the company. Lindsay questions his management skills, and Tobias checks ...more

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Forget-Me-Now is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
killakane94 added Oct 03 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 ...more

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Making a Stand is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
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 ...more

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Best Man for the Gob is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Apr 04 2004 George Sr. uses Gob's bachelor party as an opportunity to set up his accountant in a compromising position so that he can blackmail him. Meanwhile, Michael tries to prove he's a fun guy, and the ...more

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The One Where They Build a Hou... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Nov 14 2004 Michael is driven crazy by Gob when he impresses the board as the new company figurehead due to Michael's legal troubles. Meanwhile, George Sr. is arrested in Mexico for a crime Oscar committed, ...more

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Notapusy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Nov 07 2005 To prove he's a man to Rita, Michael and his nephew Steve Holt compete in the Church And State Fair's annual triathlon. George Sr. tries to scare some at-risk youth, and Tobias tries to help ...more

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In God We Trust is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Dec 14 2003 Michael attempts to fire the family's incompetent, but likeable attorney. George Michael impresses Maeby with a muscle suit for a "Living Classics" pagent. Tobias has a psychological ...more

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Spring Breakout is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Apr 10 2005 Gob confronts the editor of the videos that showcased his magic mistakes. Michael tricks Lucille in to rehab, and then attempts to get her out after George Sr. is kidnapped.

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The Immaculate Election is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
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, ...more

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Justice Is Blind is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
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 ...more

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The One Where Michael Leaves is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Nov 07 2004 Michael and George Michael leave for Phoenix but go back to ensure the family misses them. Lindsay wants to have an open marriage, which causes Tobias to try to join the Blue Man Group under the ...more

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Shock and Aww is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Mar 07 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 ...more

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Switch Hitter is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Jan 16 2005 The Bluths rival development company hires Gob, who finds the company president a father figure, in preparation for the Bluth-Sitwell softball game; Lindsay hallucinates from taking

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Sword of Destiny is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
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 ...more

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Mr. F is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Nov 07 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, ...more

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Not Without My Daughter is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Apr 25 2004 Michael takes Maeby to work with him on Take Your Daughter to Work Day. After being slighted by Michael, Tobias, George-Michael and Gob all go to the mall to prove that they are just manly. ...more

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Visiting Ours is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Dec 07 2003 Michael sets up an "intimate conjugal visit" for his parents, while it is revealed that George Sr. had an affair with Kitty, his secretary who recently slept with Gob. Tobias and ...more

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Out on a Limb is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Mar 06 2005 Just as Michael's relationship with Sally starts to flourish, Maggie Lizer returns nine months pregnant, and Michael immediately assumes he's the father. George Michael attempts to break up with ...more

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The Ocean Walker is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Dec 05 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 ...more

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Queen for a Day is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Jan 23 2005 Michael sells a portion of his stock in the Bluth company to buy a car, and Lucille 2 returns, only to discover that Buster is dating the company secretary Starla.

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Prison Break-In is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
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 ...more

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Marta Complex is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Feb 08 2004 When Lucille throws an anniversary party for Tobias and Lindsay on Valentine's Day, Michael gives an impassioned speech about love. This makes Marta realize she has feelings for him and Lindsay ...more

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Key Decisions is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Nov 23 2003 Gob decides to lock himself in his father's prison for 24 hours to get back in with the alliance, and to spend quality time with his father. Michael takes Gob's girlfriend to an awards show, and ...more

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Storming The Castle is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Season 1 Episode 9: Michael is so smitten with Gob's girlfriend that he decides to let her know that Gob has been cheating on her, and Lucille tries to break up Buster and Lucille Austero.

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My Mother, The Car is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Season 1 Episode 7: If Lindsay is disappointed that none of the inmates yell out obscene catcalls when she visits her father, Lucille is outraged when none of her children show up at her surprise birthday party.

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For British Eyes Only is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Sep 26 2005 Investigating his father's claim that a British group set him up, Michael goes to "Wee Britain" and is smitten with a beautiful woman named Rita. Lindsay attempts to seduce the new ...more

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Sad Sack is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Dec 12 2004 George Sr. fears he's losing Lucille to Oscar. Gob motivates Buster for the Army while Lindsay spends more time with Maeby to get closer to Steve Holt and Tobias starts working out.

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Charity Drive is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Nov 30 2003 Michael and Lindsay try to prove their charitable sides to each other. Gob demands George Michael's respect, and Buster continues avoiding Lucille 2.

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Hand To God is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Season 2 Episode 12: As Maeby passes herself off as a studio executive overseeing production on The Old Man and the Sea, Buster ends up with a hook after a seal wearing a bow tie bites off his left hand.

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Storming the Castle is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Jan 04 2004 Michael cannot go through with his plan to break up Gob and Marta. A thug magician wants to take Gob's "legs". Maeby wears all leather to get back at her mother, and Lucille decides to ...more

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The Cabin Show is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Sep 19 2005 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 ...more

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Señoritis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Season 4 Episode 12: Maeby moves out on her own and reconnects with her cousin George-Michael.

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A New Start is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Season 4 Episode 5: Tobias searches for meaning after splitting with Lindsay, only to find that old habbits die hard.

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S.O.B.s is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Season 3 Episode 9: In order to get enough money to hire a new family lawyer, everyone has to pitch in and prepare for the upcoming company fundraiser, aptly named "Save Our Bluths."

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Meat The Veals is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Season 2 Episode 15: Michael decides that the best way to stop George-Michael from getting pre-engaged to his girlfriend is to have the girlfriend's parents meet the Bluth family.

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Fakin' It! is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Season 3 Episode 10: Although George Sr. finally gets a new lawyer, Michael worries when he hears news of a surprise witness and Buster pretends he's in a coma so he doesn't have to testify.

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Immaculate Election is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Season 2 Episode 14: While George Sr. decides to become a Christian, Michael tries to help George-Michael with his campaign for student body president by having Gob produce his campaign video.