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My Top 10 Arrested Development Episodes

Date November 16, 2008

From the Banana Stand to Hot Cops to Never-Nudes to the Chicken Dance (and that’s not even mentioning The Cornballer, Pop-pop, or Franklin), Arrested Development has provided the some of the funniest moments in television history. Jeffrey Tambor’s announcement that the Arrested Development movie “is a go” in an interview with Collider has caused AD fans to simultaneously blue themselves. Also, Ron Howard recently said that Mitch is very committed to making the movie and just needs to finish the script. So in honor of the announcement, here’s my 10 favorite episodes from the best sitcom of all time (plus the best quotes from each episode). Come on!

MP3 Big Yellow Joint
MP3 The Final Countdown

10. Afternoon Delight

G.O.B.: W-Worse that can happen is can I spill some on my $3,000 suit. Come on! Oh, yeah, yeah. The guy in the… the $4,000 suit is holding the elevator for a guy who doesn’t make that in three months. Come on! Oh. Why don’t I just take a whiz through this $5,000 suit?!

Buster: These are my awards, Mother. From Army. The seal is for marksmanship, and the gorilla is for sand racing.

MP3 Afternoon Delight


9. Forget Me Now

Tobias: Okay, Lindsay, are you forgetting that I was a professional twice over— an analyst and a therapist. The world’s first analrapist.

George Michael: What a fun, sexy time for you.


8. Motherboy XXX

Buster: So… the seal lost his hand, too.
G.O.B.: Yeah, poor guy’s probably out there without a flipper, swimming around in a circle, freaking out his whole family.

Buster: Whenever she’d change clothes, she’d make me wait on the balcony until zip-up – and yet anything goes at bath-time.


7. Let ‘Em Eat Cake

Michael: Really? What kind of job?
Lindsay: Beads!
G.O.B.: Bees?!
Lindsay: Beads.
G.O.B.: Beads?!
Michael: G.O.B.’s not on board.

G.O.B.: Zero hour, Michael. It’s the end of the line. I’m the firstborn. I’m sick of playing second fiddle. I’m always third in line for everything. I’m tired of finishing fourth. Being the fifth wheel. There are six things I’m mad about, and I’m taking over.


6. Meet The Veals

Narrator: Tobias had attempted an entrance that he hoped would enchant his daughter.
Tobias: We shan’t be telling your mother this, shan’t we?

George Michael: Is Franklin going to be there?
G.O.B.: See that, Mike? Kids love Franklin.
George Michael: I just don’t want him to point out my “cracker ass” in front of Ann.


5. Mr. F

G.O.B.: Maybe we should do to the Japanese what they do in their movies. Build a miniature city, put it outside the window, tell them it’s far away. It’ll look real if you squint. God knows they’re squinters.

George Michael: Quicken! Premier! Dad, I hope you kept the receipt.
Michael: You want to return that?
George Michael: What? No, I want to deduct it.


4. Righteous Brothers

Michael: On the plus side, you can take him to lunch at the club now.
G.O.B.: That’s the exact kind of joke he would have loved!

G.O.B.: Oh, God… Oh, God, look at us. We’re crying like a couple of girls.
Michael: Aw… you’re the only one crying,


3. Pier Pressure

G.O.B.: These guys are pros, Michael. They’re gonna push the tension till the last possible moment before they strip.
Michael: They’re not going to strip, are they?
G.O.B.: I told them not to, but I can’t promise that their instincts won’t kick in.

J. Walter Weatherman: And that’s why you always leave a note.


2. Top Banana

Tobias: Oh, my God, we’re having a fire. Sale. Oh, the burning! It burns me! Evacuate all the schoolchildren! (Screaming. Singing “Amazing Grace.”) This isn’t a fever! (Continues singing.) Can’t even see where the knob is! (Dramatic sigh.) And scene.

G.O.B.: Return from whence you came!

George Sr.: There’s always money in the banana stand.


1. Good Grief

George Michael: I’ll be bringing you some salmon rolls right away. In heaven.

Tobias: Here he comes. Here comes John Wayne. “I’m not going to cry about my Pa. I’m going to build an airport— put my name on it.” Why, Michael? So you can fly away from your feelings?

George Michael: I have Pop-Pop in the attic.
Michael: What? The mere fact that you call making love “Pop-Pop” tells me you’re not ready.


HM: Bringing Up Buster, Exit Strategy, Sword of Destiny, Staff Infection, Key Decisions, Immaculate Election, Fakin’ It, Amigos

Leave your favorite Arrested Development episode / lines in the comments.


27 Responses to “My Top 10 Arrested Development Episodes”

  1. jim said:

    awesome list – it must have been hard picking just 10. i must say, the ‘bees?!’ scene is definitely one of my all time favorites.

  2. sveta said:

    Michael: It’s like we finish each other’s-
    Lindsay: Sandwiches?
    Michael: Sentences. Why would I say-
    Lindsay: Sandwiches?
    Michael: That time I was going to say sandwiches.

    i love this show.

  3. Andrew said:

    basically, anything Tobias says is gold.

    “Well, yes, but I’m afraid I prematurely shot my wad on what was supposed to be a dry run, if you will, so now I’m afraid I have something of a mess on my hands.”

    “Gobias Industries. As in, Go Buy Us some coffee.”

  4. Sam said:

    Michael: Well, you certainly haven’t been shopping. The only thing I found in the refrigerator was a dead dove in a bag.
    Gob: You didnt eat that, did you? I only have 6 days to return it.

  5. SoyBomb said:

    I would say that your top 10 includes my top 3: 1. Pier Pressure, 2. Mr. F, 3. Good Grief

    Buster’s dance over his father’s coffin alone is worth all the accolades it can get…and this quote:

    Michael: I think George Michael is hiding Ann in the attic.
    Lindsay: From who? The Nazis?

  6. Alison said:

    my favorite line from the entire series is GOBs line from notapusy:

    Michael: Your son?
    G.O.B.: According to him.
    Michael: And a DNA test.
    G.O.B.: I hear the jury’s still out on science.

  7. Oren said:

    Michael: Gob, get the ‘Seaward’ out of here.
    Lucille: I’ll leave when I’m good and ready.

  8. Jonathan said:

    Amigos is my number one. My favorite line from that episode:

    Lindsay: Look whose on that hog in the back.
    Michael: George Michael!!

  9. Chris said:

    i don’t have a favorite i love them all.

    my favorite quote though has to come from g.o.b.:

    “oh i forgot you were the big marriage expert…oh wait, your wife is dead.”

  10. Taylor said:

    I believe Tobias said that one actually, Chris…

  11. Frojo said:

    This blog is friggin amazing. I saw the post about Of Montreal and “Day Man”, and now this? Great music and my favorite shows.

    I’m pumped for the movie. You forgot Yellow Boat!

  12. Hanan said:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE FINAL COUNTDOWN MP3! hahahahah it reminds me of GOB, who ROCKS!

    I just finished watching all of the episodes on Hulu. so fucking funny.

  13. Roger said:

    It’s really hard to pick just 10. My favorite line got to be Busters: That was 90% gravity.

  14. sanat said:

    Buster with GOB’s puppet Franklin(the aggressive little foul mouthed black guy) in his hand.

    Lucille tells him they’ll be going to the country club.

    And Buster says, “i don’t want no tight-ass country club. Ya freak bitch!
    he then gives Franklin a ‘where the fuck did that come from’ look.
    Lucille gives him disdainful look she usually reserves for GOB.


  15. liza said:

    Exit Strategy. best ever

  16. Tash said:

    Laugh till you cry moment from Series 3, when the family is calling Michael a chicken for being afraid of girls :

    George Bluth : …koo koo ka-cha, koo koo ka-cha….
    Michael: Has anyone in this family ever even seen a chicken?

    I can’t get enough of this scene!

  17. Sam said:

    Mr. F

    Tobias: Well, then, Frank, I shall be a bigger, hairier mole than the one on your inner left thigh…

  18. Ben said:

    2 quotes from My Hand to God:

    Black Cop: There’s something about her I just don’t trust..
    Michael: I’ll say. She says she doesn’t know who the father is.
    White Cop: In a funny way, neither do we.. We just gave her a mixed cocktail. 2 parts Taylor..
    Black Cop: 2 parts Carter..
    White Cop: ..and let her do her thing.
    Black Cop: We decided we never want to know which of us is the real father.
    Michael: (utter look of disbelief) ….well why should you?

    Doctor: Excuse me.. are you the Bluths?
    Lucille: Oh, doctor wordsmith! How’s my son?
    Doctor: He’s going to be all-right.
    Linsday: Finally, some good news from this guy!
    Oscar: Oh, thank god!
    George Michael: There’s no other way to take that!
    Doctor: That’s a great attitude.. I gotta tell you.. if I was getting this news I don’t know if I’d take it this well.
    Lucille: But.. you said he was alright..
    Doctor: Yes, he’s lost his left hand, so he’s going to be ALL right.
    Lucille: You son of a bitch! I hate this doctor!!
    Michael: Mum, he’s a very literal man..
    Doctor: yes, that’s more the way I would take the news..

    ahh comedy gold!

  19. Jack said:

    Sad Sack is the best episode.

    “We’re looking at balls.” Funny at first but then comes the real punchline from George Michael: “i’ve seen this before”

  20. Spencer said:

    Gob saying “Ta-da” from a hospital bed after realizing he had indeed (incidentally, due to shanking) escaped from prison… priceless.

  21. Anonymous said:

    She calls it a “mayonegg”

  22. Anonymous said:

    Oscar/”Afternoon Delight”: “Maybe I’ll put it in her brownie”.
    Prisoner/ “Key Decisions”: “Dirty ears bill !”

  23. Anonymooooose said:

    One of my favorite episodes is Ready, Aim, Marry Me. Uncle Jack is so ridiculously hilarious.

    My favorite moments are Uncle Oscar’s not-so-subtle hints that he is Buster’s true father. What makes them even better is the fact that Buster misses all the obvious hints but somehow gets it when Oscar says “pop secret” which is like how could you go from “pop secret” to “Oscar’s my real father?”

  24. brandon said:

    great list i probably would’ve put notapussy in there tho

  25. superfan said:

    “Switch Hitter” is definitely one of my favorite episodes. So many great quotes from that one.

    G.O.B.: “You mean to tell me the guy we’re meeting with can’t even grow his own hair!? Come on!”

    Lucille: “Get me a vodka rocks”
    Michael: “Mom, it’s breakfast”
    Lucille: “And a piece of toast”

    Michael: “What do you think of when you hear the word, “Sudden Valley”?
    George Michael: “Salad dressing, I think. But for some reason I don’t want to eat it.”
    Michael: “Right. But, “Paradise Gardens”?
    George Michael: “Yeah… Okay, I can… I can see marinating a chicken in that.”

    Maybe: “Marry Me!”

  26. Felix said:

    The best American Series ever! I’d like to add to this collection of sublime memorabilia the next:

    Michael: “Maybe it’s love?”
    GOB: “I know what an erection is like”

    Also the most frustrating song ever!! –> From the episode “Burning Love”, when Lindsay gets shot we can hear a wonderful song “Shot by Love” – frustrating because I haven’t been able to find it anywhere! :(

  27. Derek said:

    Public Relations is one of my favorites.

    “So when those guys kept saying, ‘Hey, you boy,’ that was me? I was the boy?”

    “You’re married to Carl Weathers?!? Sh*t!”

    “I’m looking at… fifty thousand dollars worth of medical bills here.”

    And of course… “I’ve made a huge mistake.”