The 50 Funniest TV Comedies of All Time

1. Arrested Development

Network: Fox
Air Dates: November 2, 2003–February 10, 2006
Stars: Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Alia Shawkat, Tony Hale, David Cross, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter

Do we even deserve the upcoming Netflix continuation of Mitchell Hurwitz's Arrested Development? What did we do to deserve the show in the first place, what with its incredible ensemble cast, intricate narrative threads and callbacks, jokes that built for entire episodes to culminate in brilliant punch-lines like goddamn Grandmaster chess moves?

How the hell did this happen? How did all these people come together to make such a funny, moving, and intelligent TV show?

If you aren't familiar, Arrested Development told of the Bluth family, a superficially selfish bunch of affluent layabouts that enters the crucible of a white-collar criminal case when the patriarch, George Bluth Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor), is arrested. His most competent son, Michael (Jason Bateman), tries to keep things together.

Fox cancelled the show after three seasons, despite protests from critics and the show's cult following. This May, Netflix will revive the show for a fourth season. Not since the finale of Seinfeld has there been more pressure on a group of writers and actors to get something right. Even if it doesn't hit the impossible mark set before it, we'll always have banner. —RS

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