Best of Arrested Development

May 24, 2013

In case you've been living under a rock or working deep undercover on an assignment with Gene Parmesan, the new season of "Arrested Development" is premiering on Netflix this Sunday, May 26th. By that we mean not just the season premiere, but the entire season - EVERY EPISODE, all at once.

It's a blessing and a curse. A blessing because after seven years, one of the best comedies of all time is finally back, but it's also a curse because, well, there goes our entire Sunday.

If you're like us, you might even be tempted to get an early start and re-watch all three seasons. Just in case you don't have that kind of time on your hands (whatever Mr./Ms. Having a Life), we've put together some of our favorite moments from the show to whet your appetite.

As the only responsible member of the family, Michael is constantly feeling the brunt of their aggression and dysfunction. Most of the time he's done nothing to deserve it other than simply making the mistake of existing. In this moment, one of the running gags of the show culminates in every single member of the family mocking him with their own unique "chicken dance," none of which are fowl so much as…well, foul.

In an attempt to impress Maeby and improve his social standing, George Michael decides to run for office at school. A good idea in theory, but he also decided to enlist his uncle GOB to run his campaign. Both have made a huge mistake.

In an attempt to convince his wife and family that he is both responsible AND a good actor, Tobias takes a cue from Robin Williams in "Mrs. Doubtfire" and goes all method acting on the family.

Speaking of Tobias as a struggling actor, here he is auditioning for a spot in an ad. This is why it's always important to read the copy before you go in the room.

George Michael may be named after his grandfather and father, but really he's more like his uncle Buster: a really awkward guy trying his damndest to impress everyone. In this clip, George Michael inherits the mantle of Buster for a mother-son pageant and must be rescued.

Buster's awkward attempts at bonding with family and gaining their approval makes him the heart of the show. But in this heartbreaking scene, the recent loss of his hand has some unintended consequences that shake him to his core.

In this penultimate scene, the Bluth Family exercise their lack of self-awareness by making a Christmas pageant all about themselves.

There are lots of other moments worthy of this list, but we only have so much time. Especially since our Sunday's completely shot with the release of the new season of "Arrested Development" on Netflix.

Are you going to watch them all in one sitting like us or try to spread them out? Let us know in the comments! 

In the meantime, All Access Weekly has tons of stuff to get you hyped for the new season.First, we visited the traveling Bluth Banana Stand while it was in New York and were met with an enthusiastic long line of fans who were kind enough to re-enact their favorite lines from the series:

We also ran into the newest cast member, Terry Crews (former NFL player and the Dad on "Everybody Hates Chris") about his new role, how it affects the family, his experience shooting with the cast and his hopes for a movie (they're high):

And finally, in this week's episode of All Access Weekly, we talked to the entire cast of the show to get their thoughts on the new season. Lots of interesting stuff in here, including Jason Bateman (Michael) talking about the unique storytelling in this season and Portia De Rossi calling David Cross "hugely fat" right to his face: