Arrested Development: Season 3 (2005)


Season 3
Arrested Development

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



Critic Ratings: 10


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Air date: Sep 19, 2005

Michael postpones camping with his son to look for his father in Reno. Meanwhile, Lucille goes off her medication; Gob meets a fellow disappointed son; and Maeby and George Michael can't help being thrown together. Steve Holt: Justin Grant Wade. Maeby: Alia Shawkat. Barry: Henry Winkler. Tobias: David Cross.

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Air date: Sep 26, 2005

Oscar winner Charlize Theron plays an Englishwoman who figures in Michael's attempt to help his father, who claims he was framed by British builders. Trevor: Dave Thomas. Steve Holt: Justin Grant Wade. George Sr./Oscar: Jeffrey Tambor. Michael: Jason Bateman. Gob: Will Arnett.

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Air date: Oct 3, 2005

A new lawyer (Scott Baio) counsels the Bluths, who undo Michael's attempt to hide them from Rita; and George Sr. plots escape from house arrest. Rita: Charlize Theron. Larry: Bob Einstein. Steve Holt: Justin Grant Wade. Trevor: Dave Thomas. George-Michael: Michael Cera. Buster: Tony Hale. Michael: Jason Bateman.

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Air date: Nov 7, 2005

Michael enters a father-son triathlon with Steve Holt; Maeby dons a disguise to compete in an inner-beauty pageant while her parents coach other entrants; George Sr. speaks to at-risk youths, and Buster tries to recruit one to replace him in the Army. Jamie Kennedy has a cameo. Rita: Charlize Theron. Bob Loblaw: Scott Baio.

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Air date: Nov 7, 2005

Moles underground alert the Bluths to a mole in their company; Tobias mistakes a CIA agent for a theatrical one. Frankie Muniz has a cameo. Rita: Charlize Theron.

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Air date: Dec 5, 2005

Michael's parents disapprove of him marrying Rita until a revelation from her uncle. Rita: Charlize Theron. Trevor: Dave Thomas. Larry: Bob Einstein.

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Air date: Dec 12, 2005

James Lipton returns as a prison warden, who lets Lucille hold a charity event inside the facility's walls, but Michael suspects a more personal affair. Dr. Carr: Ken Kimmins.

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Air date: Dec 19, 2005

Michael and Gob set out to teach their father a lesson for his years of pitting them against each other; Lindsay and Tobias compete over Bob Loblaw; Lucille's post-op appearance inspires Maeby. Weatherman: Steve Ryan. Loblaw: Scott Baio. Steve Holt: Justin Grant Wade.

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Air date: Jan 2, 2006

The Bluths try to save themselves with a party featuring Andy Richter, whose quintuplet brother teaches George Michael; Gob accidentally lands a job. Jamie Kennedy also has a cameo.

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Air date: Feb 10, 2006

Judge Reinhold presides over George Sr.'s mock trial, and Michael worries about a surprise witness. Meanwhile, a coma keeps Buster from testifying. William Hung and Bud Cort also have cameos.

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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.

Critic Reviews for Arrested Development Season 3

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (2)

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

Oct 18, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | 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…
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At times, it's difficult to determine if Arrested Development is good or just really fast.

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

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…

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

Sep 25, 2017 | Rating: 10/10 | 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.
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  • Aug 05, 2020
    This season is great. Absurd situations, funny wordplay, family feuds and also some nice guest appearances, specially from Furiosa. The tv show didn't get all the recognition it deserved.
  • Jun 17, 2020
    No show has ever made me laugh out loud as much as Arrested Development, and in particular season 3, in my entire life. Incredibly creative and Ron Howard's narration really makes this entire season perfect.
  • May 05, 2020
    It is the perfect way to end Arrested Development's original run on Fox.
  • Apr 03, 2020
    "Arrested Development" goes out with a bang in it's final season of it's FOX run. Not only does this season include three of the best episodes of the entire show, "Mr. F," "S.O.Bs," and "Development Arrested," but it also builds on everything the prior seasons developed, and ultimately culminating into an ending much like the beginning. My grade: A
  • Mar 22, 2020
    Show continues to be great, wish it was bigger hit so it didn't feel so rushed in the end.
  • 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.

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