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‘Arrested Development’: The Funniest Running Jokes

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

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The final countdown is on: After years of demands, cult-comedy hit Arrested Development returns on May 26, when Netflix will stream all 15 episodes of the fourth season. After all this time (seven years!), we’re not exactly sure what to expect, but Tobias better be wearing jorts, and Buster better be saying “hey brother.” Those, of course, are just two of the program’s 76 signature gags, jokes which came to define Arrested Development as the show moved from fledging primetime player to DVD darling. A number of those yarns were incorporated subtly, requiring repeat viewing to catch (even the most ardent fans admit to noticing things they’ve never seen before). These 20 gags, however, are the cream of the crop – and the ones that we hope (and expect) will pop up again and again in the new season and forthcoming feature-length film.

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John Beard

John Beard, the former real-life anchorman for the Los Angeles Fox affiliate, is used as the local Orange County news anchor throughout AD. Fox 6 is constantly covering the Bluth family antics in a salacious way, but it's Beard that makes this gag stand out. It's all about his serious, booming broadcaster voice saying ridiculous lines and puns ("A delicious whodunit, after this," "It's called a cup-a-keno, and wait 'til you see what it costs!"). When Beard ends up at a restaurant where Michael and Kitty are fighting, he mutters to himself, "Don't be a part of the story, don't be a part of the story" as he exits.

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“Her?”

George Michael's first girlfriend, Ann Veal, is not exactly the Bluths' favorite (well, except for GOB). They find her to be bland in both the looks and personality department ("plain as the Ann on Egg's face," as Michael says), and they can't even remember her name, which leads them to call her Egg, Annabel (because she's shaped like a bell, according to Michael), Ann Hog, Yam and Bland. In reality, Ann is neither an unattractive nor an objectionable girl, which makes Michael's protestation of her throughout seasons two and three all the more amusing. Nothing gets to the point more clearly than Michael's constant question in regards Ann: "Her?"

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