2013 has been a great year for television, so narrowing down our list of favorites was no easy task. As TV Blend has numerous writers with varying tastes in TV shows, we decided to go solo this year in sharing our Top 5 lists of the best series of 2013. This is Kelly’s list, which begins with the long-awaited fourth season of Arrested Development at #5.

5. Arrested Development
Arrested Development’s first three seasons shined as an ensemble comedy, and in that respect, the long-awaited fourth season had a lot to live up to, and faced a pretty major challenge, when factoring in the availability of its cast. So, it seems almost necessary to grade Season 4 on a curve, when we consider the structure of the season — each episode focused on a different character’s story arc , with the whole picture coming together piece by piece — which was at least partially crafted to operate around the cast’s limited availability. But a curve is only necessary when comparing Season 4 to the previous three seasons. As a comedy on it’s own, Arrested Development ranks among some of the best TV has offered us this year.

Season 4 of this off-beat comedy brought the Bluths back to form in what was essentially one big episode told from 9 different character perspectives over the stretch of 15 episodes. It was complex and ambitious and most importantly, it was funny, delivering a truly unique and entertaining television experience to Netflix subscribers in the process. Not only did Season 4 return this lovable, ridiculous dysfunctional family to our TV screens for another season, but binge-watching Season 4 of Netflix and trying to piece together the Bluth madness episode by episode also proved to be one of my favorite TV memories of 2013.

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