Originally Posted by JMRouse
Networks love shows without continuity because they play better in syndication. The viewer doesn't need to have a clue about the show, or its characters, to enjoy any random episode they stumble on. That's in contrast to shows like LOST and Braking Bad, were you would likely have no idea whats going on unless you had been following it since the beginning.
In my opinion this was, in large part, the main reason Arrested Development was canned. It couldn't draw because most people didn't start watching it from Episode 1, tuned in, didn't get the inside jokes and continuous storylines, and tuned off dissatisfied.