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Previously On... 'Arrested Development'

Haven’t binge-watched the Bluths lately? You’ve made a huge mistake…but don’t worry, we’ve put together this handy guide to ”Arrested”’s three seasons. Ta-da!

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The Plot

The opening credits say it all: After patriarch George Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor) is arrested, good son Michael (Jason Bateman) must struggle to keep his family from financial and moral ruin. Sometimes this means accidentally lying to a blind lawyer who is actually lying about being blind. Sometimes this involves driving a giant staircase that is also a car. Mostly this means being asked for money.

Best Episode

”Let ‘Em Eat Cake.” In the first-season finale, the company’s former secretary (Judy Greer) manipulates — and seduces — each of the Bluth sons in order of importance; Michael can’t decide if he should lie for his father (again); and everyone is unhappy because no one’s been eating any carbs.

Bluthiest Sound Bite

”I’m in charge now, I speak for this family. I mean, I could if you wanted me to. I’d rather not, obviously. Don’t know what I’d say. Why do I have to be the one? I don’t need this. Why does this have to become my problem? No, I’m out! Forget it! Find somebody else. I’m sick of it! I’m sick of doing everything for this family!” — Gob (Will Arnett), complaining about taking charge after George Sr. is hospitalized

The Plot

Things get more complicated, with the possibility of a criminal investigation into George Sr.’s ”light treason” still ruining everything. George Sr. spends most of the time hiding in an attic, jealous of the relationship his wife, Lucille (Jessica Walter), strikes up with his less felonious identical twin, Oscar. Buster (Tony Hale) loses a hand, and the Bluth Company is bought and sold as often as Buster tries to escape the Army. It’s so chaotic, the family’s model home just gives up and starts sinking into the earth.

Best Episode

”Good Grief.” The family tracks down George Sr. in Mexico. Except they’re told that he died in prison, leading to a funeral dizzy with miscommunication. Lindsay (Portia de Rossi) wants to have an affair with the caterer; Buster dresses like a stripper for what he thinks is a birthday party; and poor George Michael (Michael Cera) hides his not-dead grandfather in the attic.

Bluthiest Sound Bite

”I’m going to throw on a skirt, take off my underwear, and make your Pop Pop proud.”— Lindsay, grieving

The Plot

Lindsay and Tobias (David Cross) attempt to curry favor with family attorney Bob Loblaw (Scott Baio), nearly drawing the Bluths into the world of reality court-TV. Gob goes to Iraq, while Buster pretends to be in a coma. But George Sr. might be innocent! This solves nothing, though it sets the scene for a season-ending party that includes a medium-speed boat chase.

Best Episode

”For British Eyes Only.” In which we enter the British neighborhood in Orange County called ”Wee Britain,” which is basically a drunk toddler’s version of the BBC: Every day, Merry Poppuns zip-lines down from the sky, and everyone thinks Charlize Theron’s Rita is a spy.

Bluthiest Sound Bite

”The soup of the day is bread. Unless you’re just here for the Poppuns?” — A bartender, welcoming Michael to Wee Britain