"This play is generally considered one of Shakespeare’s best comedies, because it combines elements of robust hilarity with more serious meditations on honor, shame, and court politics. It was probably written in 1598 and 1599, as Shakespeare was approaching the middle of his career. Like 'As You Like It' and 'Twelfth Night,' 'Much Ado About Nothing,' though interspersed with darker concerns, is a joyful comedy that ends with multiple marriages and no deaths." -- "Much ado about nothing", SparkNotes.com