OK, I have to get this off my chest: Arrested Development might be the funniest sitcom I've ever seen. While I do have a TiVo, I still abstain from watching sitcoms, not necessarily as a rule, but more because I just got so bored with them and the ones I did enjoy I fell out of sync with once law school started. That said, Arrested Development is a complete break from the tired, predictable crap that was Seinfeld, Friends, etc, none of which I ever got into (and yes, I realize everyone and their brother loves those shows).
Like most non-reality shows, I only watch them anymore when I'm back home on break — friends throw the DVD sets at me and I can't resist. I'm so glad I got to watch this one on DVD because just one a week would have made me crazy — it's that funny. Every single character is a riot and my favorite seemed to change from show to show. I never thought such humor could be derived from such narcissism, but the "mockumentary" way in which it is shot coupled with the depth of the writing makes you want to "rescue" all of the characters while laughing at the absurdity of their situations. It's brilliant.