Monday, June 3, 2013

Arrested Development Drinking Game

I made this for a Season 4 marathon party without having seen it prior so although this should work well for the original series run, I'm not sure how applicable this all is to the new episodes on Netflix. I look forward to finding out.


Everybody chooses one (or more if you wish) character to be for the duration of the game.
Follow the drinking rules listed beneath your chosen character.
Ignore the rules of any unused character.
When a rule tells you to give a drink to a character give the drink to whoever is playing that character. If that character is not in play then do nothing.
Everyone follows the “Family” and “Spotting” rules.
Ignore the “Recurring Characters (RC)” rules unless one is added to your character.
Drinks given can be divided between players unless otherwise specified.


Greetings: When Buster says “Hey______” give a drink to who he’s greeting.
I’m a Monster: When someone is afraid of Buster’s hook give them a drink and take one.
Do you Have to do that Now?: When Buster is doing something inappropriate just off-screen take a drink for each character irritated by his behavior.
Milford Man: Give out 3 drinks when Buster is neither seen nor heard for a whole episode.
Don’t Mind the Hook: When Buster gives somebody a massage give a drink.
Charlie Browns: When Buster uses some sort of euphemism in place of swearing or mentioning a sexual organ come up with your own euphemism for the same word or take a drink.
Sleepy Baby: When Buster yawns in the middle of a sentence take 3 to fill the gap.
Happy Juice: When Buster craves juice chug a juice box then chase it with a drink.
Baby Buster: When Buster says something to suggest he still thinks of himself as a little boy chug a glass of milk then chase it with a drink.
Bad Genes: When somebody mentions Buster’s hole in his heart or misshapen penis remove a rule from another character to compensate. Give them a drink if they’re also missing a body part.

George Sr.

No touching!: When somebody yells this phrase take a drink if another player touches you.
Signal: When George Sr. howls like a wolf run outside and do your best howl or take a drink.
Sorry, Nellie: When George Sr. treats a puppet/doll like a real person take 3 to cover-up the crazy.
Caged Wisdom: When George Sr. has a religious awakening give a drink to everyone in the room who does not share his new-found faith.
Escape Plan: When George Sr. tries to escape give 2 if he succeeds. Otherwise take 2.
He Likes the Honey: When George Sr. ogles a young woman give a girl in the room a drink.
My Last Lesson: When a one-armed man teaches somebody a lesson teach somebody a lesson by making them drink 3.
Lesson Learned: When somebody leaves a note give a drink to that character.
There’s Always Money in the Banana Stand: When someone or something is found hiding behind a wall take 3 drinks and give 3 drinks for the loss to your family. 
Hey Uncle: When George Sr. wears a wig fool another player by giving them a rule from the RC list.


Always Upright: Take a drink when Gob rides in on a segway
The Only One Crying: When Gob cries like a little girl remove a rule from another player and make them taste your tears or a drink if they refuse.
Great Escape: Take a drink when Gob swallows a key. Give one when he regurgitates a key.
Lighter Fluid Spill: When Gob screws up a magic trick an illusion drink one with no hands.
What a Whore Does for Money: When Gob corrects somebody for calling his illusions magic tricks give a drink to whoever he corrects.
Sleight of Hand: When Gob tries to steal Michael’s food find and eat whatever it was he took or take a drink.
I fucked ­_________: When Gob brags about having sex with somebody give everyone a round.
That Hand is for Coin Tricks: When Gob punches with his right hand finish your drink. The left hand is for punching.
Cirsumvrent: When Gob can’t form a proper sentence/mispronounces a word recite a tongue twister and take a drink for every word you screw up.
What a Show: When “The Final Countdown” is played drink until it’s over.

George Michael

Afternoon Delight: When George Michael tries to kiss Maeby take one if he fails or give one if he succeeds. Wait, maybe that should be the other way around…
Careless Whisper: When somebody notes that George Michael’s name is shared with the singer finish your drink.
Got Rhythm: When George Michael tries to be a percussionist give 2 if someone takes him seriously. Otherwise take 2.
Honesty: When George Michael is misunderstood by his father give a drink to someone who just doesn’t understand you.
Star Wars Kid: When an embarrassing video of George Michael plays drink for the duration.
I Thought you were Nice: When George Michael makes fun of a family member take 5 drinks.
Made in Japan: When a jetpack is used give out 3 drinks because jet packs are awesome.
Duck: When George Michael avoids something thrown at him give a drink to the thrower.
Egg: When Ann Veal is referred to by another name or simply as “Her?” take a shame drink.
Mr. Manager: When The Banana Stand is destroyed take a rule from another player to help pay for a new one. Give them 4 drinks if you remove one that makes them drink.


You Look 13: When Maeby asks someone to marry her do the same with someone in the party and both of you take a drink to celebrate the nuptials.
Negative Attention: When Maeby does something wild to get her parents’ attention do something wild that will astound the party or finish your drink.
Surely you can’t be Serious: When Maeby pulls off a con that people somehow believe play a trick on another player by giving them a rule from the RC list.
Maybe Maeby: When a play on words is used with Maeby’s name give a drink to anyone who doesn’t notice it.
Convenience Factor: When Maeby gets a freebie the next time you would take a drink you give one instead.
To Portugal: When it becomes evident Maeby does not pay attention in school take a drink for future regrets unless you can correct her mistake.
Not Actually Related: When Maeby reciprocates George-Michael’s feelings give a drink to anyone in the party who is disturbed by their relationship and doesn’t want them to get together.
Losing It: When Steve Holt says his own name swoon and take a drink.
Showbiz Part I: When a joke is made at Fox’s expense take 3 drinks for bad memories.
Showbiz Part II: When a joke is made relating to Netflix give 3 drinks for sunny days ahead.


You can Zink your Arrow in my Buttocks: When it’s implied Tobias is gay take a drink.
At Least I’m Not the Only One: When it’s implied Barry Zuckerkorn is gay give a drink.
Never-nude: When Tobias walks around in cutoffs give a drink to whoever sees him.
Phrasing: When somebody reads The Man inside Me give 3 in celebration of success.
Missed Call: When Tobias loses out on an acting gig take 3 in sorrow.
Good Grief: When Tobias cries in the shower drink for the duration of the scene in solidarity.
I Just Blue Myself: When Tobias wears a ridiculous costume/women’s clothing add a rule from the RC list to any other character even though the only person you’re fooling is yourself.
Cat-like Agility: When Tobias moves around by rolling/pouncing/crawling out of strange places surprise one player with 2 drinks.
Big Break: When Tobias is hospitalized take a drink for everyone who comes to visit or finish your drink if nobody comes.
Money Well Spent: When Carl Weathers dispenses some money-saving advice dispense one drink to yourself for the money wasted and one to another player for the money saved.


How Hard Can it Be?: When Lindsay desperately tries to seduce a man take a drink for each failed seduction and 2 for each success.
Daddy’s Little Girl: When Lindsay wears her “Slut” shirt take a drink for each man who ogles her or finish your drink if no one does.
HOOP: When Lindsay supports a silly cause explain why an RC rule is important for the betterment of society then give it to another player.
Beak: When it’s mentioned that Lindsay had a nosejob give a drink to who said it and take one.
It’s Over: Give 3 drinks when Lindsay threatens to divorce Tobias.
One Last Shot: Take 3 drinks when Lindsay reconciles with Tobias.
You Get What You Need: When Lindsay wants what she can’t have enjoy a glass of your favorite beverage. Just kidding. You can’t have that. Take a spoonful of cough syrup.
What Will I Look Like: When a mock-up is image appears of what two characters’ baby might look like give those characters 2 drinks each or if they’re not in the game then 2 to any player.
No Way to Misinterpret That: When Bob Loblaw wants someone to be explicit tell the raciest joke you know or take 5.
Calling it Like I See it: When filming is happening for Girls with Low Self-Esteem give out a drink for each pair of breasts that are flashed in self-righteous fury.


The Help: When Lucille makes a racist comment take a drink for each person she offended.
She’s in Rehab: When Lucille drinks alcohol you also drink one. Good luck.
Suggestive: When Lucille winks, wink at a player meaning they should take 2 drinks.
She Doesn’t Like the Honey: When Lucille’s rape horn is blown give a guy in the room a drink.
Motherboy: When Lucille gets a little too uncomfortable with Buster both take a drink to repress the dirty thoughts.
That Bitch!: When Lucille 2 has a vertigo attack make another player take a drink and then spin around 10 times really fast.
The Hugest Mistake I Ever Made: When Oscar mysteriously suggests he is Buster’s father take 3 drinks to forget that regretful night.
You’re Drunk!: When Lucille is accused of being drunk take one if you are still sober. Otherwise give one.
I do not much Care for Gob: When Lucille voices her displeasure with Gob give a drink to whoever displeases you the most.
I Like it Better on Him: When Lucille mocks Lindsay’s appearance remove a rule from another player and insult them in the process. Give them a drink if it’s deemed witty.


A Shoddy Workman Blames His Tools: When Michael hurts his hand take 3 stupid.
Hypocrisy: When Michael says one thing and then does the exact opposite a few seconds later announce that alcohol is bad and should be drunken in moderation then take one.
I Need a Favor: Give a drink to whoever asks Michael for a favor.
To Phoenix: When Michael threatens to abandon his family give 5 if he actually goes through with it. Otherwise take 5.
Mr. Niceguy: Give an RC rule to another player when Michael says something that implies he is a murderer.
I Don’t Want to Believe: Take 2 when Michael fails to see an obvious truth.
And That’s When he Realized: Give 2 when Michael finally sees an obvious truth.
Sibling Rivalry: When Michael gets into a physical fight with Gob then have a drinking contest with the player of Gob. First one out gives the other a buck (or an agreed upon amount).
Comfort Food: When Michael eats candy beans to comfort himself down a fistful of Jelly Bellies with a drink to comfort yourself. It will definitely make you feel better.
Messy Divorce: When somebody makes a tasteless comment about Michael’s deceased wife make yourself feel better by giving 3.

Recurring Characters (RC)

I Wish it Was The Last Time: When Kitty flashes her tits take 5 to drown out the horror.
Hello: When Annyong says his name (either of them) take 2.
That Had to Hurt: When cops are overzealous in their enforcement of the law take a vodka shot.
Sheeple: When Bluth company employees are incompetent take 3 in exasperation.
Rest Stop: When someone states that Barry is very good take a shot of Limoncello.
Imagine If: When a Wayne Jarvis’ dramatic gesture is foiled take 4 upside-down.
He’s All Right When a doctor makes a misleading statement lean back and swallow. Your drink that is. Finish your drink.
Give me some Sugar: When Franklin knocks somebody out with a kiss take a shot of SL
Some Columbian: When Marta reappears played by a new actress take a tequila shot.
Multi-Purpose Dancers: When the Hot Cops arrive on the scene take a shot of Fireball Whiskey.


A Bluth fails to use a hammer the player of that character must crush a beer can on their head.
The Bluths put on a party the whole party takes a drink.
Somebody does a chicken dance you must also do a chicken dance or finish your drink.
Somebody makes a huge mistake the player of that character takes 3.
An incest joke is made do nothing. I don’t want you to die of alcohol poisoning.
Somebody eats an ice cream sandwich also eat an ice cream sandwich. Yum!
A Bluth misunderstands Spanish then the player of that character gives a drink.
The stair car gets a hop-on everybody must hop to their feet. The last to do so takes 3.
The model home completely falls apart then everybody finishes their drink.
Something is unnecessarily censored everyone must cover their drink. Last one takes one.

When you are the first to spot…give a drink.

A Blendin truck
A Cloudmir sign
Mr. Bananagrabber
Someone holding a “Freedom” sign
An unrelated sign in the background that reflects what is going on in the scene
A reused banner
A reference to a film/tv show/etc involving a cast member (including the narrator)
An Iraq War reference
The For British eyes only/ Mr. F theme
The “Big Yellow Joint” theme

I realize this may be a bit much for some people so feel free to cut out rules as your group sees fit.