Arrested Development: Season 2 (2004 - 2005)

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Arrested Development's second season doubles down on the absurd antics and densely layered gags, cementing the Bluths as TV's best worst family.

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Critic Ratings: 18

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Episodes

Air date: Nov 7, 2004

Authorities go after Michael, but keep getting his uncle Oscar; Lindsay and Tobias try an open marriage; Gob takes over running the company.

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Air date: Nov 14, 2004

Tobias auditions for Blue Man Group; Michael's business model is amended by Gob; Lindsay attracts a homeless man (Tom Jane).

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Air date: Nov 21, 2004

A PI (Martin Mull) finds evidence of George Sr. in Mexico, where a bounty hunter tails Michael and where Buster hopes to avoid the Army.

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Air date: Dec 5, 2004

Hors d'oeuvres accompany news of George Sr., which is kept from Buster while Gob plans an illusion to honor their father; Maeby seeks to leave her parents.

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Air date: Dec 12, 2004

Michael is offered immunity if he'll turn in his father; Lindsay invades Maeby's social space; Gob helps Buster over an Army obstacle.

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Air date: Dec 19, 2004

Gob brings animosity to the company Christmas party, where Lindsay hunts for men, and Maeby and Michael embarrass themselves at karaoke.

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Air date: Jan 16, 2005

A Bluth competitor offers Gob a job before their annual grudge softball game; Lucille pulls some Army strings for Buster; medication becomes Lindsay.

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Air date: Jan 23, 2005

The unfreezing of Bluth stock starts a family spending spree and complicates affairs for Lucille 2 (Liza Minnelli).

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Air date: Jan 30, 2005

Michael is repeatedly embarrassed in front of a lost love; Lindsay has a date with a TV detective; George buys a hot tub for the attic; Tobias hunts a wolf for money.

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Air date: Feb 13, 2005

Michael sets up Lindsay with a wealthy, aging fitness guru (Martin Short) to get money to protect the company from Lucille 2.

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The Bluth family return for a second series of quirky misadventures as Gob (Will Arnett) takes over running the company. Meanwhile, Lindsay (Portia de Rossi) and Tobias (David Cross) try an open marriage, and a bounty hunter tails Michael (Jason Bateman). Other familiar faces in Series 2 include Alia Shawkat, Jeffrey Tambor, Michael Cera, Jessica Walter, Tony Hale, Henry Winkler and Liza Minnelli.

Critic Reviews for Arrested Development Season 2

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (14)

Devout fans most likely will be enthralled. The uninitiated are encouraged to see what the fuss has been about.

May 10, 2018 | Full Review…
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Even if you're confused when tuning in as a first-timer, it's a lot better than not tuning in at all.

May 10, 2018 | Full Review…

The future of TV comedy is a sick one, my friends. A gloriously, brilliantly, deliriously sick one.

Sep 22, 2017 | Full Review…

Put simply, this is the best sitcom on television, a biting yet somehow endearing exploration of family dysfunction.

Aug 16, 2013 | Full Review…

Arrested Development is definitely worth a look.

May 9, 2018 | Full Review…

TV bar's for comedy has been raised again.

May 9, 2018 | Full Review…
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The show's second season is dense and audacious in ways that even season one couldn't manage.

Sep 22, 2017 | Full Review…
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The show just get[s] more defiantly clever and more startlingly, enthrallingly absurd.

Sep 22, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Mostly, a talented cast and funny, imaginative writing make each episode a pleasure.

Sep 22, 2017 | Full Review…

There could be a series that just aired encyclopedia pages on a split screen with Wikipedia pages about the same subjects, and it might come close to the amount of details that Arrested Development offers its viewers

Sep 22, 2017 | Full Review…

If you're not watching this show, you should be arrested.

Sep 22, 2017 | Full Review…

Writing?nay, thinking?about Arrested fosters in me two unproductive urges: to describe how hilarious the show is, and to beg people to watch it.

Aug 16, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Arrested Development: Season 2

  • May 03, 2016
    The hilarity continues in the second season of Arrested Development as things get even crazier. The story of the Bluth family picks up where Season 1 left off as George flees from the law and takes shelter in the attic of the model home that his family lives in; meanwhile Michael and Gob compete for control of the family business as their estranged uncle tries to reconnect with their brother Buster. The show is jam-packed with plots for each character that carry over from episode to episode, which gives the series a very rich and textured feel. And the comedy hits harder as the humor gets more outlandish and irreverent. The guest stars also get bigger this season, and include J.K. Simmons, Martin Short, Ben Stiller, and everyone's favorite...Franklin. Another brilliant season of television, Arrested Development: Season 2 is a laugh riot that doesn't let up.
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  • May 05, 2020
    It is the best season of the funniest show ever made.
  • Mar 22, 2020
    A great continuation of the show. Must see!
  • Mar 13, 2019
    Easliy one of my favorite seasons of television ever made.
  • Nov 29, 2018
    Season 2 will not disappoint everyone who loves this show!!
  • May 19, 2018
    Arrested Development is one of the best casted comedies. There are so many laugh out loud moments in every show. it is adult humor and it is hilarious. Highly recommend every season.
  • Apr 02, 2017
    Ending on a higher note was helpful, but this season was overall worse, never reaching the few highs like Season 1 did. I enjoyed episode 8, and the last three episodes, mildly more than the rest of the season. This show doesn't really make me laugh, but I like it otherwise (I guess I could say I like it as a "drama" maybe?) Everyone's performances are all so outstanding! I'm hoping Season 3 is better, and I'm not looking forward to Season 4.
  • Apr 20, 2015
    One of the best shows ever
  • Mar 15, 2015
    More of the same. Which isn't bad. At all. I want more of the same. More.
  • Oct 26, 2014
    a few good comedic actors play opposite a bunch of unfunny actors hamming it up on screen as a narrator explains all the jokes to you.

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