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The Best Arrested Development Episodes 

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There are so many good episodes of Arrested Development, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "Development Arrested" the best, or is "Good Grief" your favorite episode of Arrested Development? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of Arrested Development are, let's rank every Arrested Development episode from best to worst.

Arrested Development is an American TV sitcom that debuted to critical acclaim in 2003. Centered on the once wealthy, dysfunctional Bluth family in Newport Beach, California, season one of Arrested Development took home three Emmy Awards, including "Outstanding Comedy Series." After three seasons on Fox (ending on May 26, 2013), Arrested Development was revived on Netflix on May 26, 2013. The series stars Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, and Tony Hale as the Bluth children; Ron Howard narrates.

Vote up your favorite episodes of Arrested Development, and downvote any bad episodes that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you love the series as a whole. It can be painful to put one Arrested Development episode over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like. After you're done voting, if you're looking for more laughs make sure to check out these other funny shows like Arrested Development!

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Pier Pressure is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Episode: 10, Season: Arrested Development Season 1

Original Airing: 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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Good Grief is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Episode: 4, Season: Arrested Development Season 2

Original Airing: 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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Top Banana is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Episode: 2, Season: Arrested Development Season 1

Original Airing: 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) 4 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Episode: 16, Season: Arrested Development Season 2

Original Airing: 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) 5 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Episode: 3, Season: Arrested Development Season 2

Original Airing: 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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Pilot is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Episode: 1, Season: Arrested Development Season 1

Original Airing: 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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Motherboy XXX is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Motherboy XXX Episode: 13, Season: Arrested Development Season 2

Original Airing: 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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Afternoon Delight is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Episode: 6, Season: Arrested Development Season 2

Original Airing: 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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My Mother, the Car is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Episode: 8, Season: Arrested Development Season 1

Original Airing: 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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Bringing Up Buster is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Episode: 3, Season: Arrested Development Season 1

Original Airing: 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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Let 'Em Eat Cake is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Episode: 22, Season: Arrested Development Season 1

Original Airing: 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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Development Arrested is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Episode: 13, Season: Arrested Development Season 3

Original Airing: 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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The Righteous Brothers ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Episode: 18, Season: Arrested Development Season 2

Original Airing: 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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The Immaculate Election ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Episode: 14, Season: Arrested Development Season 2

Original Airing: 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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Forget-Me-Now is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
killakane94 added Forget-Me-Now Episode: 3, Season: Arrested Development Season 3

Original Airing: 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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Sword of Destiny is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Episode: 15, Season: Arrested Development Season 2

Original Airing: 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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Best Man for the Gob is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Episode: 19, Season: Arrested Development Season 1

Original Airing: 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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Making a Stand is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Episode: 8, Season: Arrested Development Season 3

Original Airing: 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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Staff Infection is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Episode: 15, Season: Arrested Development Season 1

Original Airing: 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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The One Where They Build... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Episode: 2, Season: Arrested Development Season 2

Original Airing: 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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Justice Is Blind is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Episode: 17, Season: Arrested Development Season 1

Original Airing: 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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Spring Breakout is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Episode: 17, Season: Arrested Development Season 2

Original Airing: 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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In God We Trust is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Episode: 7, Season: Arrested Development Season 1

Original Airing: 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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Notapusy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Episode: 4, Season: Arrested Development Season 3

Original Airing: 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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Not Without My Daughter ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Arrested Development Episodes
Episode: 21, Season: Arrested Development Season 1

Original Airing: 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