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I doubt there are many people left who are unaware of ‘Modern Family’ in some degree, but such is it’s brilliance that it deserves yet another blog post about it.
A mockumentary set Los Angeles, California, ‘Modern Family’ follows the day to day lives of three diverse but related families: Jay Pritchard (Ed O’Neill), his new, Columbian wife Gloria (Sofia Vergara) and her son Manny (Rico Rodriguez); Jay’s daughter Claire (Julie Bowen), her husband Phil (Ty Burrell), and their children, Haley (Sarah Hyland), Alex (Ariel Winter) and Luke (Nolan Gould); and Jay’s son Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson), his husband Cam (Eric Stonestreet), and their adopted, Vietnamese daughter, Lily (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons).
The boyish Phil, the wise-beyond-his-years Manny and, in later seasons, the sharp-tongued Lily are particular standouts, but each character offers something different, comedy stemming naturally from them all. Claire’s desire to control, Cam’s over-sensitivity, Gloria’s Columbian roots; all have comedic value, all (usually) delivered in an authentic and relatable way.
I say usually because despite the clever writing that would earn a rating closer to 10/10 early on, ‘Modern Family’ is now into its eighth season and, like any show that runs for so long, the quality is tough to maintain. The mockumentary style isn’t as effectively meta like ‘The Office’, sometimes the interviews feeling like a cheap way to introduce issues, by the overall writing and comedy redeems any style flaws in my eyes. Even now, the writing still has wit and the plots reasonably engaging, even if some of the episodes feel recycled and some of the messages forced.
I can only assume that it’s for similar reasons that creators Steve Levitan and Christopher Lloyd are seeking to end the show in the next season or two, on a strong a note a possible. Which is advisable because although I’d miss it, it’s preferable to ending up like ‘Two and a Half Men’, a program I endured until the end because, well, I’d seen all the rest.
So if you’re looking for a single-camera comedy and are one of the few yet to discover ‘Modern Family’, it’s definitely worth catching up. Even if the one-hundred and seventy odd episodes seem like too much, I can assure you they especially easy to binge watch.