The List: Top 10 recurring "Arrested Development" jokes

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Finally! The new season of “Arrested Development” is being released on Netflix this Sunday. We hope to see some of these favorite gags make their return.

10.Les Cousins Dangereux

George Michael’s uncomfortable crush on his cousin came to its awkward pubescent boiling point with this French film. “I like the way they think.”

9.The literal doctor

Every time the Bluths end up in the hospital, they get confusing news from the very literal Dr. Fishman. “It just looks like he's dead. He's got, like, blue paint on him or something. But he's going to be fine.”


It was the product of appearing on network television, but we really hope the show keeps its creative use of extended bleeping for comedic value even if they can drop F-bombs on Netflix.

7.Steve Holt!

Our favorite third-year senior football star, it’s impossible to hate someone who exclaims his full name with such enthusiasm.


Tobias’ rare condition that prevents him from being naked took the form of his perpetual jean cutoffs. “Excuse me, do these effectively hide my thunder?”

5. “Hey, brother.”

Buster’s friendly family greeting — an occasional uncomfortable shoulder rub — pop up in many forms, including “Hey, nephew,” “Hey, hermano,” “Hey, Uncle Father Oscar” and more.

4.Buster’s lost hand

When you rewatch the series, you’ll see Buster’s accident with a loose seal is carefully foreshadowed, and the comedic possibilities after that are surprisingly endless. “I’m a monster!”

3.Gob, the magician

Every time we heard the strains of Europe’s “The Final Countdown,” we knew we were in for an illusion (not a trick). “But where did the lighter fluid come from?”

2.Chicken dance

Any time a Bluth family member got called a chicken, it was followed by an elaborate imitation that had Michael wondering, “Has anyone in this family ever even seen a chicken?”

1.Tobias’ double-entendres

It’s funny, because it’s oblivious. “Oh, I can just taste those meaty leading-man parts in my mouth!”