'Arrested Development': The Funniest Running Jokes

20 gags that stand out from the cult-comedy's 76 signature bits

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Franklin Delano Bluth
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Franklin Delano Bluth

GOB introduces his foul-mouthed puppet Franklin, an offensive African-American stereotype, during season two, at which point George Michaels worries that he'll call out his "cracker ass." In the long run, no one is spared from Franklin's offenses – especially not minorities. While GOB believes that Franklin's jokes and songs, like "It Ain't Easy Being White" (a parody of Kermit's "Bein' Green"), will "break down racial barriers," they're actually getting GOB "mercilessly beaten outside of a club in Torrance." Michael actually ends up stoking the Franklin fire when he unknowingly funds GOB's duets album with Franklin, titled Franklin Comes Alive. Fitting title, considering the AD characters all treat Franklin as if he's an actual person. Franklin has a jumping the shark moment in season three when it turns out that he's Nellie's pimp, not to mention a bailiff on TV's Bud Cort.

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