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The Best Episodes of Arrested Development

Every episode of Arrested Development ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Arrested Development!

The story of a wealthy family that lost everything, and the one son who had no choice but to keep them all together.


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The best episode of "Arrested Development" is "Development Arrested", rated 9.2/10 from 3046 user votes. It was directed by John Fortenberry and written by Mitchell Hurwitz, Chuck Tatham, Richard Day. "Development Arrested" aired on 2/10/2006 and is rated 0.2 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Pier Pressure".

  • Development Arrested
    9.2/10 3,046 votes

    #1 - Development Arrested

    Season 3 Episode 13 - Aired 2006-02-10

    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 revealed, and just as the family begins to celebrate their victory, a whole new set of problems emerge.

    Director: John Fortenberry

    Writer: Mitchell Hurwitz, Chuck Tatham, Richard Day

  • Pier Pressure
    9.0/10 3,626 votes

    #2 - Pier Pressure

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 2004-01-11

    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 bad grades. Michael thinks George Michael is on drugs and attempts to teach him a lesson.

    Director: Joe Russo

    Writer: Mitchell Hurwitz, Jim Vallely

  • Good Grief
    9.0/10 2,910 votes

    #3 - Good Grief

    Season 2 Episode 4 - Aired 2004-12-05

    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 tries to mend George Michael's broken relationship.

    Director: Jeff Melman

    Writer: Mitchell Hurwitz

  • Afternoon Delight
    9.0/10 2,996 votes

    #4 - Afternoon Delight

    Season 2 Episode 6 - Aired 2004-12-19

    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 game.

    Director: Jason Bateman

    Writer: Mitchell Hurwitz, Abraham Higginbotham

  • Meat the Veals
    9.0/10 2,775 votes

    #5 - Meat the Veals

    Season 2 Episode 16 - Aired 2005-04-03

    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. Featherbottom" persona.

    Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

    Writer: Mitchell Hurwitz, Barbara Feldman

  • The Righteous Brothers
    8.9/10 2,447 votes

    #6 - The Righteous Brothers

    Season 2 Episode 18 - Aired 2005-04-17

    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.

    Director: Chuck Martin

    Writer: Mitchell Hurwitz, Jim Vallely

  • Amigos
    8.8/10 2,749 votes

    #7 - Amigos

    Season 2 Episode 3 - Aired 2004-11-21

    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 spends time with Lupe's family and thinks he's in Mexico.

    Director: Lee Shallat Chemel

    Writer: Mitchell Hurwitz, Brad Copeland

  • Exit Strategy
    8.8/10 2,318 votes

    #8 - Exit Strategy

    Season 3 Episode 12 - Aired 2006-02-10

    Gob goes to Iraq to perform his Christian magic act on the USO tour and ends up incarcerated. Michael learns George, Sr. sent Gob to Iraq to burn down the model home he built there, so Michael and Buster fly to Iraq to spring their brother from prison.

    Director: Lev L. Spiro

    Writer: Dean Lorey, Mitchell Hurwitz, Jim Vallely, Chuck Tatham

  • Justice Is Blind
    8.7/10 2,829 votes

    #9 - Justice Is Blind

    Season 1 Episode 17 - Aired 2004-03-21

    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 fraud, and Lindsay fights to remove the Ten Commandments from the courthouse lawn.

    Director: Jay Chandrasekhar

    Writer: Mitchell Hurwitz, Abraham Higginbotham

  • The One Where Michael Leaves
    8.7/10 2,634 votes

    #10 - The One Where Michael Leaves

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 2004-11-07

    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 impression that they are a support group for depressed men. Lucille signs Buster up for the Army after being goaded by a Michael Moore look-alike. Gob becomes president of the Bluth Company.

    Director: Lee Shallat Chemel

    Writer: Mitchell Hurwitz

  • Hand to God
    8.7/10 2,429 votes

    #11 - Hand to God

    Season 2 Episode 12 - Aired 2005-03-06

    Michael tries to find out who's the father of Maggie's baby, or if it's just another of her lies; Gob tries to find out whether he was responsible for Buster's accident.

    Director: Joe Russo

    Writer: Mitchell Hurwitz

  • Mr. F
    8.7/10 2,495 votes

    #12 - Mr. F

    Season 3 Episode 5 - Aired 2005-11-07

    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, Larry, to devise a plan and save the deal, but their plan falls apart in a big way. Meanwhile, Tobias mistakes a CIA agent for a CAA agent and inadvertently betrays the family, and Michael makes Rita a proposal she can't refuse. Frankie Muniz makes a cameo as himself.

    Director: Arlene Sanford

    Writer: Mitchell Hurwitz, Jim Vallely, Richard Day

  • Making a Stand
    8.7/10 2,401 votes

    #13 - Making a Stand

    Season 3 Episode 8 - Aired 2005-12-19

    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 compete, they decide to teach their father an elaborate lesson, and Buster refuses to use his handicap to scare kids. Meanwhile, Maeby uses Lucille's surgery in a horror film.

    Director: Peter Lauer

    Writer: Mitchell Hurwitz, Chuck Tatham

  • S.O.B.s
    8.7/10 2,461 votes

    #14 - S.O.B.s

    Season 3 Episode 9 - Aired 2006-01-02

    George Sr. suggests a last-ditch effort to save the family by holding a fund raiser to raise money to pay their legal expenses. Michael suggests to Lindsay that she take over the house work, and he sends George-Michael to an expensive boarding school. Meanwhile, Maeby has trouble with a snowboarding film and Tobias tries to be a "discipline daddy".

    Director: Robert Berlinger

    Writer: Mitchell Hurwitz, Jim Vallely, Richard Day

  • Let 'Em Eat Cake
    8.6/10 2,659 votes

    #15 - Let 'Em Eat Cake

    Season 1 Episode 22 - Aired 2004-06-06

    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 time ago becomes a gay bestseller, and Buster and Annyong compete over women.

    Director: Paul Feig

    Writer: Mitchell Hurwitz, Jim Vallely

  • Motherboy XXX
    8.6/10 2,449 votes

    #16 - Motherboy XXX

    Season 2 Episode 13 - Aired 2005-03-13

    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 Bluth family, which causes Lindsay to become more attracted to him.

    Director: Joe Russo

    Writer: Mitchell Hurwitz, Jim Vallely

  • Sword of Destiny
    8.6/10 2,412 votes

    #17 - Sword of Destiny

    Season 2 Episode 15 - Aired 2005-03-27

    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 forced to delegate some work when he's hospitalized and Lindsay teaches George Michael how to drive using the staircar.

    Director: Peter Lauer

    Writer: Mitchell Hurwitz, Brad Copeland

  • The Cabin Show
    8.6/10 2,348 votes

    #18 - The Cabin Show

    Season 3 Episode 1 - Aired 2005-09-19

    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 camping trip he promised his son.

    Director: Paul Feig

    Writer: Mitchell Hurwitz, Jim Vallely

  • Forget-Me-Now
    8.6/10 2,355 votes

    #19 - Forget-Me-Now

    Season 3 Episode 3 - Aired 2005-10-03

    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 unfortunate encounter with the family beforehand.

    Director: John Amodeo

    Writer: Mitchell Hurwitz

  • The Ocean Walker
    8.6/10 2,334 votes

    #20 - The Ocean Walker

    Season 3 Episode 6 - Aired 2005-12-05

    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 information about Rita, Michael must decide if he wants to walk down the aisle.

    Director: Paul Feig

    Writer: Mitchell Hurwitz, Jake Farrow

  • Family Ties
    8.6/10 2,262 votes

    #21 - Family Ties

    Season 3 Episode 11 - Aired 2006-02-10

    In an effort to get to the bottom of things, Michael tracks Nellie down and hires her as a consultant for the Bluth Co. Unfortunately, Michael discovers Nellie's hands-on approach is more than he bargained for.

    Director: Robert Berlinger

    Writer: Mitchell Hurwitz, Ron Weiner

  • Shock and Aww
    8.5/10 2,848 votes

    #22 - Shock and Aww

    Season 1 Episode 14 - Aired 2004-03-07

    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 given him a new admirer.

    Director: Joe Russo

    Writer: Mitchell Hurwitz, Jim Vallely

  • Altar Egos
    8.5/10 2,690 votes

    #23 - Altar Egos

    Season 1 Episode 16 - Aired 2004-03-17

    Michael attempts to have a one-night stand with an attorney whom he doesn't know is not only blind, but the prosecutor who is trying to put his father in jail. Also, Gob gets married on a dare, Maeby pretends to be a girl with a made up disease, and George Sr.'s admirer turns out to be an undercover SEC agent who has truly fallen for him.

    Director: Jay Chandrasekhar

    Writer: Mitchell Hurwitz

  • Not Without My Daughter
    8.5/10 2,594 votes

    #24 - Not Without My Daughter

    Season 1 Episode 21 - Aired 2004-04-25

    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. Oscar takes Lucille and Buster to Annyong's soccer game.

    Director: Lee Shallat Chemel

    Writer: Mitchell Hurwitz

  • The One Where They Build a House
    8.5/10 2,570 votes

    #25 - The One Where They Build a House

    Season 2 Episode 2 - Aired 2004-11-14

    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, and Buster witnesses something that utterly shocks him.

    Director: Patty Jenkins

    Writer: Mitchell Hurwitz