Continuining the AD talk, when looking for articles about the cancellation I found a MetaFilter page discussing the show. Some people loved it, more hated it, but I found this particular post pretty enlightening:
I'm serious though, I only saw one episode and it didn't make any sense at all. There was an old dude living in the attic (I guess the father), I had no idea why. And then there was some sub plot about a seal that had bitten someone else in the cast released.
An estranged husband and wife hid in someone's shower in order to collect a girl's urine to see if she was pregnant, at which point they had sex or something in the shower.
And some kid wanted to join the army, much to the Chagrin of his mother, who was like the matriarch of the family.
I'm sorry, but it was like a collection of totally random elements. I have no idea why anyone would find it funny or certainly find it "character driven" The characters were facing completely bizarre situations and not acting that strange, I mean, how is it realistic to be worrying about your daughter's relationship while your father is hiding in an attic and all this other crazy stuff.
The show was nonsense.
If you missed any episode of the show, none of it made a single bit of sense. You really couldn't even watch season two without having seen season one. You had to be a dedicated viewer on a weekly basis. That issue had to play a huge role in the show's poor ratings and subsequent cancellation, but also in the show's revival. I watched AD on Hulu and made it through all three seasons in a couple days. Not only was every episode available to me, but the show no longer required a weekly commitment. Couple days and I was done and on to something else (I watched it again).