By Tierney Angus & Alex Arsenych
Fire up the Corn Baller™ and pull on your best denim cutoffs because Arrested Development Season 5 (Part 2) drops Mar. 15 on Netflix.
Never seen the series? COME ON!
The series had a cult following and received widespread critical acclaim when it originally aired on FOX in 2003, but the show was cancelled after only three seasons to general outrage (from us long-time fans). It was resurrected in 2013 by Netflix, when 15 original episodes were released on the streaming platform.
Fans had to wait another five years before getting a 22-episode “re-cut” of the Netflix-exclusive fourth season. This was quickly followed by eight brand-new episodes in May, 2018.
The series is known for being extremely clever and using running gags throughout every season – so much so that there’s a whole website called Recurring Developments where dozens of superfans with a whole lot of time on their hands have analyzed the series for thematic gags and put together an impressive interactive graph which links jokes across multiple episodes.
According to Recurring Developments, the top ten most frequently repeated jokes (called “Top Bananas”) are as follows. We’ve added GIFs for each gag to refresh your memory… and because we could use some cheering up right now as the winter – and semester – drags on.
- Tobias is seemingly gay (94 jokes)
- Sweartakes (70 jokes)
- Banner (60 jokes)
- George Michael and Maeby being awkward (48 jokes)
- Fictional character and TV show references (46 jokes)
- The Bluths are shady (43 jokes)
- Ann/Egg/Her? (43 jokes)
- Staircar (33 jokes)
- G.O.B. screws up his
magic tricksillusions (31 jokes)
- “Hey, brother!” (27 jokes)
Since we can’t get a good supply of Forget-Me-Nows and there’s still just over a month left in the semester, we need this kind of quality and wholesome comedy to see us through these tough times.
Check out the official trailer for the new season below: