‘Arrested Development‘ had initially run for three episodes, but it was enough for the show to garner a cult following and receive widespread critical acclaim. The show was a sitcom, but had a unique approach to it. It uses a narrator’s voice and handheld camera, something that is quite uncommon in sitcoms. The show was so popular that Netflix recommissioned it in in 2011 and it released on their streaming platform in 2013. The series follows a dysfunctional family called the Bluths. Jason Bateman is the protagonist of the story and serves as the “straight man”. His father, a real estate developer who indulged in unlawful practices, gets arrested in the very first episode of the series. His mother is a mean, drunkard woman who always finds faults with others. Michael has two brothers, one of whom has a crush on their cousin Maeby. The family is problematic, but the show is funny, entertaining, and manages to keep the audiences hooked.
Over the years, there have been several shows that thematically resemble Arrested Development, but let’s be honest nothing compares the uniqueness of AD. Anyway, here’s the list of TV series similar to Arrested Development that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these shows like Arrested Development on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. Community (2009-2015)
Created by Dan Harmon, ‘Community’ is another highly acclaimed comedy show, and it tells the story of a group of students in a community college. The story starts off with the character of Jeff Winger (played by Joel McHale), who has enrolled himself in Greendale Community College after being fired from his law firm for falsely claiming that he has a bachelor’s degree. He falls for a girl in his class called Britta Perry, but she does not seem to be that interested in him. There are other students who also play a significant part in the show. Critics have praised the show for following a solid structure and having an existential undertone in the writing. Interestingly, ‘Community’ was inspired by ‘Arrested Development’ to follow the single-camera style.
9. 30 Rock (2006-2013)
’30 Rock’ is a self-referential show by NBC where the lead character of Liz Lemon (played by Tina Fey) is showrunner for a comedy sketch shown on the network called ‘TGS with Tracy Jordan’. Fey is also the creator of ’30 Rock’ herself. The Tracy Jordan character is played by Tracy Morgan, who is also best friends with Lemon. Alec Baldwin plays the role of Jack Donaghy, a bossy network executive who always forces his decisions upon others. The show makes fun of NBC itself, along with their practises and customs. Critics have widely praised the writing of the show, with many popular publications calling the series finale one of the best finales in television history.