Part of what made Seinfeld great was its simplicity, so im not taking a shot at it, but writing an episode of AD would be a billion times harder than writing a stand alone Seinfeld episode just because of the running jokes and small things that are so detailed
I think you may have just stated one of the major reasons why Seinfeld was so much more popular (in terms of ratings) than Arrested Development.
It seems like a lot of people like to watch TV in a very relaxed way (meaning mentally relaxed), or while they're doing something else. For these people, it's almost like you have to shove the joke in their face sometimes to get them to laugh.
In general, I don't think these types of TV watchers would like Arrested Development that much because much of the humor is nuanced.
AD also moves pretty quick, so combine the pace with the nuance, and you have a show that is not accommodating to the non-focused or multitasking viewer.
Not trying to knock Seinfeld here. I thought it was a good show, although I thought Curb Your Enthusiasm was much better.
This post was edited on 6/4 at 4:43 pm