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Top 10 Lines: Arrested Development

Updated on April 25, 2013

Oh Arrested Development! I was an avid fan of the show from its inception back in 2003. I expected the show to become really popular in households everywhere but for some reason it didn't. The writing of the show was spectacular, offering witty commentary, ironic situations, references to contemporary politics, and even slapstick characters. I thought the show had a little bit of everything for everyone, but while me and my family tuned in every week, not many Americans were doing the same.

Nonetheless, Arrested Development earned a cult following that won the show a 3rd season amid rumors that they were being cancelled after their 2nd season. And thanks to the large cult following, Netflix gained sole rights of the show for a 4th season that will be released early next year. THE BLUTH FAMILY WILL BE BACK!

In honor of Arrested Development's imminent comeback I have put together a short list of my favorite lines throughout the years. It wasn't easy. Every episode had funny memorable lines, but I kept it short.


S3 Ep.3 Forget-Me-Now

10. Tobias: "Did you forget that I was a professional twice over? I was an analyst and a therapist. The world's first Analrapist."

This joke alone is worthy of accolade. If you're not familiar with the show, Tobias Funke's character is alluded to be a closeted gay man so a lot of his jokes deal with wrongly worded suggestions and insinuations. His character basically says things without thinking and it leads to hilarious misunderstandings. See #7 and #4. Perfect examples of Tobias' creative phrasing.


S2 EP.13 Motherboy XXX

9. Maeby: "Do you guys know where I can get one of those gold necklaces with a 'T' on them?"

Michael: "That's a cross."

Maeby: "Across from where?"

When me and my mom watched this scene together we thought it was funny for several reasons. Maeby's character was always up to something. One of her favorite after school activities was to dress up as Shirley Funke, a fake sister dying of none other than BS, in an attempt to scam money from gullible people. I wish there was a video of the scene because while the conversation was funny, Micheal's reaction to her question is just as funny. He slowly closes the door on her face.


S2 Ep.12 Hand to God

8. Dr. Wordsmith: "He's going to be all right."

George Michael: "There's no other way to take that."

Dr. Wordsmith: "That's a great attitude. I tell you, if I was getting this news, I don't know that i'd take it this well."

Lucille: " said he was all right."

Dr. Wordsmith: "Yes, he's lost his left hand, so he's going to be all right."

Aside from the "Analrapist" joke, this encounter with Dr. Wordsmith has to be my favorite. The irony that Dr. Wordsmith is named wordsmith is not lost on us. He is known as the "literal" doctor by Michael because he comes out and says things bluntly. The show really did a great job of creating scenarios where conversations could easily be misinterpreted.


S2 Ep.1 The One Where Michael Leaves

7. Tobias: "I just blue myself."


S1 Ep. 4 Key Decisions

6. GOB: "I've made a huge mistake."

*line is first introduced in this episode and it becomes a recurring line as episodes progress.*

This line becomes a running gag throughout the series, usually said by GOB and on other occasions by Michael. Anytime they realize they have committed to something that they didn't want to, or have come close to compromising the family they whisper said line.


S2 Ep.11 Out on A Limb

5. Person: "Watch out for loose seal!"

Buster: "I don't care about Lucille. She lies."

Narrator: "And then a loose seal bit off Buster's hand."


S2 Ep. 16 Meat the Veals

4. Tobias: "Who would like a banger in the mouth? Oh, that's right, in the States you call it a sausage in the mouth."

Michael: "We just call it sausage."


S1 Ep.1 Pilot

3. GOB: "It's an illusion, Michael. A trick is what a whore does for money....or cocaine"

And I'm sure what he does is far more interesting than what a whore does for money. No really, it is. Imagine a magician pulling out a bunny from a hat with Europe's Final Countdown in the background.


S3 Ep.8 Making a Stand

2. Bob Loblaw: "I thought that maybe I would stay in and work on my law blog. Bob Loblaw's law blog."

Tobias: "You sir are a mouthful."

A lawyer named Bob Loblaw. Try saying that five times in a row. This is exactly what I hear when a lawyer speaks.


S2 Ep.15 Meat the Veals

1. Lucille: "They're not going to let you in the Country Club with that."

Buster as Franklin: "I don't want no part of your tired ass country club you freak betch!"

Franklin is a bad-mouthed, wise cracking son of a gun. And he's also a puppet. This scene makes me laugh out loud because as mild mannered momma's boy Buster speaks as Franklin he looks more surprised than his mother at what spews out of his mouth.

Which was your favorite line?

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      Jeph Maystruck 

      3 years ago from Regina, SK

      "That's a cross" "Across from where?" Hahahahahah that's amazing, definitely one of the most underrated shows of all time.

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      Meghan Hopper 

      6 years ago

      I've always been partial to "And that's why you always leave a note."

    • Maria-Arg profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from New York City

      Hi SkeetyD. I love AD, it got cancelled way too early. I'm excited that they will be back next year on Netflix. Hope it's still great. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      6 years ago

      I am a huge fan of this show and I remember watching some of these episodes and laughing hysterically. Great hub!


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