TV Episodes The Best Episodes of Arrested Development  

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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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Development Arrested is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Pier Pressure is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Bringing Up Buster is listed (or ranked) 8 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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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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Meat The Veals is listed (or ranked) 11 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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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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Amigos! is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Pilot is listed (or ranked) 14 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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It Gets Better is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Immaculate Election is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Mr. F is listed (or ranked) 17 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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The One Where They Build A Hou... is listed (or ranked) 18 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) 19 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) 20 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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Forget-Me-Now is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Justice Is Blind is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Beef Consomme is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Top Banana is listed (or ranked) 24 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.

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In God We Trust is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrested Development
Season 1 Episode 8: The family attorney announces that if $20,000 in bail money is raised, George Sr. can be released from prison in time for the Christmas "Living Classics Pageant."

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Sad Sack is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrested Development
Season 2 Episode 5: While the government wants to cut a deal with Michael over the whereabouts of his father, George Sr. wants Michael to find out if Lucille is really in love with Oscar.

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Ready, Aim, Marry Me! is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrested Development
Season 2 Episode 10: A free romantic getaway turns to disaster when Michael sets Lindsay up on the date, unaware that Tobias, Lucille 2 and Stan Sitwell will also be at the same hotel at the same time.

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Sword Of Destiny is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrested Development
Season 2 Episode 17: George Sr.'s plan to reestablish contact with his employees at the company backfires when an angry employee turns the tape over to the FBI, who in turn believes the tape was made in Iraq.

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A New Attitude is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrested Development
Season 4 Episode 11: Gob accepts a job from his brother, but is distracted by a scheme of his own.

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My Mother, The Car is listed (or ranked) 30 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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Red Hairing is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrested Development
Season 4 Episode 8: Lindsay continues to push away from being a Bluth by embracing a relationship and finding a new career.

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Not Without My Daughter is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrested Development
Season 1 Episode 21: While Michael is questioned by the police about Kitty's disappearance, Gob takes George-Michael shoplifting at the department store where Lindsey just got a job.

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Visiting Ours is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrested Development
Season 1 Episode 5: Sex is in the air as Gob seduces his father's former secretary, Lindsay and Tobias go see a marriage counselor, and George Sr. and Lucille have a bizarre conjugal visit.

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Marta Complex is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrested Development
Season 1 Episode 12: Despite his crush on Marta, Michael agrees to help Gob figure out if she has a new lover while George-Michael tries to figure out his feelings for his cousin Maeby.

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The One Where Michael Leaves is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrested Development
Season 2 Episode 1: After learning that his father had dealings with Saddam Hussein, Michael quits the company and heads for Phoenix even as his father breaks out of prison and heads for Mexico.

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Charity Drive is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrested Development
Season 1 Episode 6: Lucille's scheme to upstage her rival, Lucille Austero, at a bachelorette auction backfires when Gob mistakenly bids $10,000 on the wrong Lucille.

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Let Them Eat Cake is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrested Development
Season 1 Episode 22: After learning that his father is in prison for doing business with the old Iraqi government, Michael decides to wash his hands of the whole family and leave town for good.

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Señoritis is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrested Development
Season 4 Episode 12: Maeby moves out on her own and reconnects with her cousin George-Michael.

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The Ocean Walker is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrested Development
Season 3 Episode 6: When Michael decides to marry his new British girlfriend, Rita, his family scoff's at the idea--until they find out she's worth millions of dollars.

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Shock And Aww is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrested Development
Season 1 Episode 14: Things get awkward after Michael dates George-Michael's ethics teacher then learns his son has a crush on her. George Sr. receives a visit from Cindi, a fan of his "Caged Wisdom" tapes.

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Family Ties is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrested Development
Season 3 Episode 11: Michael hires a woman who turns out to be his long-lost sister, Nellie, and who may be just what the company needs.

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Queen For A Day is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrested Development
Season 2 Episode 8: When the company's stock is unfrozen, the family's desire to buy themselves expensive gifts ends with them losing majority control of the company to Lucille 2.

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Smashed is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrested Development
Season 4 Episode 9: Tobias returns to his roots and reunites with his leading lady after a rough few weeks.

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Blockheads is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrested Development
Season 4 Episode 15: George Michael tries to reconnect with his father, but is finding himself overwhelmed by the responsibilty of running his business.

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A New Start is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrested Development
Season 4 Episode 5: Tobias searches for meaning after splitting with Lindsay, only to find that old habbits die hard.

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Flight of the Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrested Development
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 mailman Pete dies.

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Indian Takers is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrested Development
Season 4 Episode 3: Lindsay tries to reclaim her sense of self while traveling and getting back to her activist roots.

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Prison Break-In is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrested Development
Season 3 Episode 7: Michael is worried when he finds out that the prison warden is dating his mother and that the Bluth Foundation dinner is being held in the prison's new wing.

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Key Decisions is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrested Development
Season 1 Episode 4: Jealous when his girlfriend is nominated for a "daytime Desi," Gob decides to stage a publicity stunt for his magic act by breaking out of the same prison where George Sr. is being held.

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Spring Breakout is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Episodes of Arrested Development
Season 2 Episode 16: While Michael schemes to get his mother into an alcohol rehab center, Kitty schemes to get a Bluth son of her own by kidnapping George Sr. and demanding some of his sperm.