As the story goes with many beloved television series, Arrested Development was cancelled too early. After airing only three seasons on Fox, the show was cancelled due to low ratings and poor performance metrics; however, the show’s enduring hilarity ensured a passionate fan base who never let the world forget just how funny this absurd sitcom really is. This eventually led to a fourth season of the show courtesy of Netflix, in their first of many television revival attempts. While the fourth season never reached the heights the show achieved on network television, it did give us an excuse to re-watch the series from the beginning, and it got us thinking about what the funniest episodes of Arrested Development were, and what we’d recommend to those looking to watch just one episode (although why you’d deprive yourself of watching the hilarity unfold in order is beyond us, as it really is one of the funniest shows you’ll ever see). With that in mind, we’ve rounded up the 10 greatest episodes of Arrested Development.
10. “Switch Hitter” (Season 2, Episode 7)
“Switch Hitter” is the seventh episode of the second season of Arrested Development, and we’ve chosen it to kick off this list because it contains within it the majority of things that make this show so great. It’s got Gob Bluth (Will Arnett) making a mess of an honest business endeavor with his petty shenanigans. It’s got Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman) attempting to hash out said honest business endeavor while ensuring his meddling family don’t mess it up. And it’s got a few key celebrity cameos (like Ed Begley Jr., Jeff Garlin, Mo Collins and J.K. Simmons) that add a little bit of star power and needed hilarity to round out the episode, which sees Gob playing for the opposing team when the Bluth Company challenges their rival to a company softball game. It’s a classic episode with a ton of call-backs and in-jokes which reference previous events, and it’s a great episode to kick this list off as it’s got everything you need from an Arrested Development narrative.