'Arrested Development': The Funniest Running Jokes

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

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The Literal Doctor
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The Literal Doctor

Dr. Fishman (or as Lucille calls him, Dr. Wordsmith) always makes patients' conditions sound much, much worse than they are. He ends up treating most of the Bluths throughout the second season, starting with George Sr.'s heart attack. When he gives the Bluths a disturbing update on George's condition, he says, "We lost him. He just, uh, got away from us"; what he meant was that George escaped. When Buster loses his left hand: "He's all right." The list goes on.

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