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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.

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Afternoon Delight is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrested Development
Season 2 Episode 6: At the Bluth Company Christmas party, Gob gets upset and fires all the employees, forcing Michael to invite them all to a second party at the banana stand so he can rehire them.
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Making A Stand is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrested Development
Season 3 Episode 8: Tired that his father has once again found a way to pit Gob and him against each other, Michael decides to teach his father a lesson.
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S.O.B.s is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrested Development
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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Good Grief is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrested Development
Season 2 Episode 4: After hearing that his grandfather has died in Mexico, a distraught George-Michael goes off to be alone, only to discover his grandfather hiding out in a hole at the model home construction site.
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Hand To God is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrested Development
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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Pier Pressure is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrested Development
Season 1 Episode 10: When Buster asks George-Michael to score him some marijuana, Michael asks some male "cop" strippers to stage a phony bust to help scare his son straight.
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Development Arrested is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrested Development
Season 3 Episode 13: Michael is relieved to have all the charges against his father dropped and is also shocked to learn who holds the real power in his dysfunctional family.
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Meat The Veals is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrested Development
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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Exit Strategy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrested Development
Season 3 Episode 12: George-Michael's surprise birthday party for Maeby gets her in big trouble, and Michael and Buster make a startling discovery when they go to Iraq to rescue Gob.
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Storming The Castle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrested Development
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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Bringing Up Buster is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrested Development
Season 1 Episode 3: Buster moves in with Michael after their mother kicks him out of her penthouse and a distraught George-Michael realizes he has to kiss a boy in the school play.
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The Righteous Brothers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrested Development
Season 2 Episode 18: A mix-up leads to Michael's arrest while a trick George Sr. plays on Oscar ends up with George Sr. once again free--and Oscar mistakenly taken into custody.
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Mr. F is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrested Development
Season 3 Episode 5: Gob tries to trick the company's Japanese investors when they come to visit, but Tobias ruins everything after he mistakes a CIA agent for a talent agent from CAA.
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Immaculate Election is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrested Development
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.
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Amigos! is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrested Development
Season 2 Episode 3: When George Sr.'s car is found in Mexico, Michael decides to go search for his father, and Buster hides in the car trunk so he can escape the country and the Army.
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Beef Consomme is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrested Development
Season 1 Episode 13: As Tobias struggles to overcome his nude phobia so he can accept the movie role of "Frightened Inmate #2," Michael, Buster and Gob fight over who gets to go out with Marta.
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Forget-Me-Now is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrested Development
Season 3 Episode 3: The family's new attorney works on George Sr.'s defense even as George Sr. plans his escape and Michael tries to destroy all evidence that his family exists.
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It Gets Better is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrested Development
Season 4 Episode 13: At UC Irvine things get steamy when George-Michael finds himself in love triangle with with his best friend Ray and his girlfriend Becky.
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Justice Is Blind is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrested Development
Season 1 Episode 18: Michael attempts to do the right thing and end his relationship with Maggie, the prosecutor on George Sr.'s case, but sex keeps getting in the way.
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Pilot is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrested Development
Season 1 Episode 1: Moments after Michael Bluth decides he's leaving the family business because he was passed over for a promotion, his father is arrested for shady bookkeeping.
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The One Where They Build A Hou... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrested Development
Season 2 Episode 2: As Lucille begins an affair with George Sr.'s twin brother, Oscar, the Mexican police arrest George Sr. after they mistake him for Oscar, who's wanted on marijuana charges.
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Off the Hook is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrested Development
Season 4 Episode 14: Buster struggles to make it on his own and break away from his overbearing mother.
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Motherboy XXX is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrested Development
Season 2 Episode 13: Michael tries to track down the seal that bit off Buster's hand, and also tries to save his son after his mother takes George-Michael to the Motherboy dinner dance.
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My Mother, The Car is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrested Development
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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Top Banana is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrested Development
Season 1 Episode 2: Michael realizes that running the company isn't going to be as easy as he thought, especially since his father seems to be pulling some strings from inside the joint.