“Succession” and “Arrested Development” have a great deal in common. Both shows center around large, rich, dysfunctional families involved in shady business dealings. The Bluth family and the Roy family, both constantly scheming, in-fighting, and stabbing each other in the back for their own benefit, are two sides of the same coin: “Succession” feels like the drama counterpart to the comedy-focused “Arrested Development” (even though “Succession” is frequently laugh-out-loud funny itself).
Though the Netflix revival of “Arrested Development” isn’t entirely without mirth, the show is at its strongest by far in its initial three-season run. The writing is tight and packs more jokes into a single episode than most comedies successfully manage. More so than the vast majority of sitcoms, “Arrested Development” rewards repeat viewings. There are dozens of clever call-backs and background jokes that might be missed on your first time through, and even hidden allusions that only make sense in hindsight. An incredible core cast consisting of Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Jeffrey Tambor, Tony Hale, Will Arnett, Portia de Rossi, Alia Shawkat, David Cross, and Jessica Walter ensures that the best episodes of “Arrested Development” are side-splittingly hilarious.