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9 of the best running gags in Arrested Development

All hail the return of season five.

EARLIER TODAY THE wonderful news broke that one of our favorite shows would be returning for its fifth season. That’s right:

The show is famous for its running gags – and here are some of the best ones:

1. Tobias’ severe case of ‘Never Nude’ syndrome

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He can’t be naked, ever – even when alone. He usually gets around this by wearing delightful tight jean cutoffs under his clothes.

2. Gob’s delightful magic tricks

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He will whip them out at any given moment – and they will be underwhelming.

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3. Her?

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Michael just can’t remember who his own son is going out with – and obviously dislikes her.




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4. The chicken dance

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The Bluth’s go-to move. And it’s always excellent.

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5. The long-running speculation about Tobias’ sexuality

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The constant subtle references to whether or not he is gay will surely make a comeback. Like when he was in the wig store getting hassled by the assistant and he comes back with “I suppose I’m buy-curious.”

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6. Buster’s quintessential greeting

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“Hey, brother.” “Hey possible nephew.” Anyone Buster meets, he will whip out the “Hey” and add something to the end. It only gets funnier.

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7. The Blue Man Group

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The definitive weird music group in Arrested Development that Tobias needs to be in.

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8. Perfectly timed winking

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Winking is a core part of everyone’s character. You can’t live in the Arrested Development world and not wink.

9. George Michael as Star Wars Kid

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Described as “the lamest thing on tape” Michael Cera’s character doing the Star Wars kid certainly fits that description – and it gets whipped out at the most embarrassing moments for him. Perfect.

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There’s even a full website dedicated to this aspect of the show called Recurring Developments – if you really want to investigate further.

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