Modern Family, Modern Funny

13 Jan

Absolutely the best show on TV, Modern Family continues to entertain me (no small task) each Wednesday at 9pm EST, 8pm CST on ABC.

Now, I used to be a huge situation comedy fan when I was younger, dedicated to M*A*S*H, Happy Days, Barney Miller, Maude, and Good Times. However, in my adult years, not even Seinfeld held my attention for long — until Modern Family.

A serious LOL for the 21st Century, Modern Family centers around three families in the larger context of one family. The conventional unconventionalness of the family dynamic among the families is what really makes this show so appealing. Everyone can find themselves somewhere in the Modern Family.

Here’s a family tree of characters (click for larger picture):

If I had to choose just one favorite character, it would have to be Cam (actor Eric Stonetreet). The flamboyant yet tough former football player partner of Mitchell (actor Jesse-Tyler Ferguson). Together, they adopted Asian baby, Lily.

While I actually love ALL the characters in this show, my next favorite would have to be Manny (actor Rico Rodriguez). The young, latin impresario is the son of Gloria (actress Sofia Vergara) who is the young, Columbian wife of Jay (actor Ed O’Neill a/k/a Al Bundy), who happens to be Mitchell’s father.

And, then, there’s the Dunphys. Perhaps the most traditional family among the group, with a Mom, a Dad, and three kids who are all their’s together. Father Phil (actor Ty Burrell) and mother Claire (actress Julie Bowen) tackle everyday issues with their teenage/pre-teen daughters and young son with humor, love and a little neuroticness. Claire is Mitchell’s sister and Jay’s daughter — hence, the family connection.

The writing on this is show is brilliant. Christopher Lloyd, Steve Levitan and their talented staff of scribes no doubt pull from their own family and life experiences which is likely what makes the show and characters so identifiable. They delve into sometimes dark places like OCDness, prejudice, fears and phobias, etc. but do it with authenticity and self-depreciating wit.

Each week, I look forward to see where the Modern Family will go. Currently, it’s right to the top of the ratings. Well done, Modern Family, well done.


Posted by on January 13, 2011 in family, Funny, Good Stuff, Modern Family, TV


7 responses to “Modern Family, Modern Funny

  1. amy d

    January 13, 2011 at 11:08 am

    My favorite show right now also! Cam makes me laugh out loud…even when I’m alone. NO show has ever made me do that. Manny is just beyond sweet, an old soul which I love. He once said in an interview that he based his character on Antonio Banderas. And Claire, sweet, sweet Claire…God bless her I identify with her the most!

    I missed MF last night due to Obama…I can feel my withdrawl symptoms full force!

  2. music maven

    January 13, 2011 at 11:13 am

    It came on after the sermon, er…I mean memorial. You can catch the episode on ABC’s website. Hilarious. You will SO relate to this one. One word — Croctopus.

  3. amy d

    January 13, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    CROCTOPUS?? I am SO intrigued!!!

    I set my DVR to record the next few shows after MF, just in case it aired late.(I was asleep by 9) Can’t wait to watch it when I get home!

    P.S. You’re going to be an Aunt again;)

  4. shrewspeaks

    January 13, 2011 at 8:15 pm


    PS- Congrats Auntie!

  5. music maven

    January 13, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    OOOOH! Ames! I’m assuming GREAT aunt?!? If so, NICE, very nice.

  6. kanniduba

    January 20, 2011 at 6:34 am

    I have heard so much about this show! I think I am going to see if I can watch it from the beginning off Netflix or some other place. 🙂

  7. music maven

    January 20, 2011 at 8:19 am

    OMG, KD, you would LOVE this show…You can watch many of the episodes on ABC’s site and their player app is free for iPad. YOU MUST DO SO!!


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