Arrested Development: Season 3 (2005)


Season 3
Arrested Development

Critics Consensus

Arrested Development's solid third season plays out just like the first two: fast, funny, and with a felony charge.



Critic Ratings: 10


Audience Score

User Ratings: 356
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Air date: Sep 19, 2005
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Lucille (Jessica Walter) goes off her medication as the Bluths return in series 3. Later, Michael (Jason Bateman) and Gob (Will Arnett) set out to teach their father a lesson, and Buster (Tony Hale) falls into a coma. Charlize Theron, Scott Baio and Andy Richter make appearances, while David Cross, Portia de Rossi, Alia Shawkat, Jeffrey Tambor, Michael Cera, Henry Winkler and Liza Minnelli all return for the third series.


Jason Bateman
as Michael Bluth
Michael Cera
as George Michael Bluth
Jeffrey Tambor
as George Bluth Sr./Oscar Bluth
Jessica Walter
as Lucille Bluth
Will Arnett
as George Oscar `Gob' Bluth II
Tony Hale
as Buster Bluth
Portia de Rossi
as Lindsay Funke
David Cross
as Tobias Funke
Alia Shawkat
as Mae `Maeby' Funke
Scott Baio
as Bob Loblaw
Jeff Garlin
as Mort Meyers
James Lipton
as Warden Gentles
Dave Osborne
as Larry the Surrogate
Andy Richter
as Himself/Donnie/Rocky/Emmett
Ken Kimmins
as Dr. Carr
Steve Ryan
as J. Walter Weatherman
Carrie Preston
as Jan Eagleman
Gary Kraus
as Reunion Dad
Rob Riggle
as Congressman John Van Heusen
Bud Cort
as Himself
Nathalia Ramos
as Hope Loblaw
William Hung
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Arrested Development Season 3

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (2)

Arrested Development is simply the best comedy on television, period. No qualifications.

May 29, 2018 | Full Review…

"S.O.B.s" is the perfect encapsulation of what made Arrested Development so great. It's a show that required focus and attention, one that couldn't be jumped right into.

May 10, 2018 | Full Review…

[Charlize] Theron was exceptionally fun in Arrested Development, and it's a wonder that we haven't seen her take more breaks from driving fast cars and kicking butts to return to quality comedy.

May 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Is this the greatest third season of any show on television? You can't see me, but I'm unconvincingly shaking my head. These were some of the most genius-ish written episodes of television ever, taking into account the first two seasons.

May 10, 2018 | Full Review…

The final series of the genius off-beat comedy is unfortunately its weakest.

Oct 18, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Arrested Development is the funniest and smartest sitcom in the past two decades of television.

Sep 25, 2017 | Rating: 10/10 | Full Review…

Although the show's quality was a bit erratic in its last season, the humor pushed in progressively more absurd directions and the number of fleeting sight-gags and in-jokes for devoted fans demand repeat viewing.

Sep 25, 2017 | Full Review…

I'd forgotten how many essential bits of Arrested Development mythology are in the third season, and there's not a single episode that I didn't think was funny and accomplished.

Sep 22, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

At times, it's difficult to determine if Arrested Development is good or just really fast.

May 21, 2015 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

The show went down uncompromised, with guns a-blazing and showing no remorse over its own potential demise.

Aug 16, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Arrested Development: Season 3

  • May 04, 2016
    Arrested Development finishes its television run with a hilarious 13 episode third season. But even with a shortened season, the show delivers in spades. Picking up where Season 2 ended, Michael tracks down his father and arranges for him to be placed on house arrest while he attempts to track down a British syndicate that set up the Bluth Company; meanwhile Gob discovers that he has a long lost son. The character plots align especially well this season, and the overall storyarc is tightly woven throughout the episodes. Also, several interesting guest stars make appearances, including Charlize Theron, Dave Thomas, Judge Reinhold, and Justine Bateman. The comedy is ripe with pop culture and political satire, and the show even takes a few shots at itself. Season 3 contains some of the best that the show has to offer and sends the series out on a high note. Stars that shine twice as bright only last half as long, and Arrested Development streaked the heavens with a brilliance that's rarely ever seen.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 22, 2015
    The true downfall of Arrested started here. There are just too many new characters and storylines that don't fully work and never have a satisfying conclusion. Worse is that most of them aren't that funny to begin with. However, this season features some of the most memorable gags on the show. I will always burst to tears when the Bluths are trying to impress the Japanese. It isn't as bad as I'm painting it though and it surely wasn't reason for Fox to cancel it.
    Francisco G Super Reviewer
  • Mar 13, 2019
    Easliy one of my favorite seasons of television ever made.
  • Nov 29, 2018
    Who says a practically perfect show can't get any better? It can!
  • Apr 03, 2017
    Again like the first season, which was odd and unexpected, I enjoyed the first three episodes, with the third reaching the height of Season 1, and the tenth episode. The finale wasn't very funny but I just enjoyed some of the information we learned, and I think it closed out the series as best it could.
  • Dec 18, 2015
    Incredibly hilarious, clever and original comedy (just ignore Season 4). The trials and tribulations of the wealthy and dysfunctional Bluth family, brought low by the family patriarch going to jail on fraud charges. One son, Michael (played by Jason Bateman), is determined to get them back on their feet, but, due to ignorance or stubbornness on their part, he is struggling to get the other family members onboard... Very funny. Dialogue is very clever and there's hardly a dull moment. Each character is so well-crafted and formed with their own oddities and these blend in a glorious stew of dysfunctionality, selfishness, misinterpretations and mixed signals. One thing though: don't watch Season 4 - it doesn't do the show's legacy any good. Season 3 aired in 2006 and at the time appeared to be the show's last season. However, creator Mitchell Hurwitz revitalised it seven years later, in 2013, for Season 4. Unfortunately, Season 4 is nothing like the the first three seasons - the dialogue seems weaker, the clever sub-plots are gone and the plot is all over the place. Avoid Season 4.
  • Apr 26, 2015
    Still great, but a little goofier this season then the prior two.... but still funny as hell
  • Mar 28, 2015
    Not nearly long enough, but the writers also knew that. And they played that ace like pros. Another great season for the show.
  • Oct 01, 2014
    One of the best shows ever on television. Smart and hysterical. Such a shame the show was cancelled.
  • Jul 23, 2014
    Weakest season but still very funny

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