Wasted potential: On frustrations with Modern Family

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The Modern Family pilot is the best comedy pilot of the last five years. It is one of the only great comedy pilots we have seen in that time and this probably holds true going back even further (the only thing I can really think of is the Arrested Development pilot). On a personal note, … Continue reading

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2010-2011 season wrap: Modern Family

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With the 2010-2011 television season officially over, I’ll be taking some time over the next week or so to look back on how some of television’s best and worst fared this season. General thoughts: Like most of you, I really loved Modern Family in its first season. The series took a number of recognizable family sitcom … Continue reading

Modern Family, “Two Monkeys and a Panda”

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I haven’t written about Modern Family in a while because I felt like I was picking nits. I am fully confident in my opinion that the series has not been as strong here in the second season as it was in its pretty-awesome first, but things aren’t so bad on a week-to-week basis, it hasn’t … Continue reading

Modern Family, “Chirp”

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I’ve been hard on Modern Family all season, but when it is one of the most popular comedies on television, there needs to be some checks and balances to make sure that it isn’t being completely awful, stereotypical, racist or whatever. I’m not saying it’s only my job to do that, but I think my … Continue reading

Modern Family, “Unplugged”

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I’ve decided to write about the ABC comedies separately this week because I couldn’t find any gimmick or theme to shoe-horn them together. And that’s mostly because this week’s episode of Modern Family is definitely the worst episode of the season and probably one of the two or three worst in the series’ short run. … Continue reading

Modern Family, “Strangers on a Treadmill” and Cougar Town, “The Damage You’ve Done”

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Having a deep ensemble of comedic performers is almost always a positive thing for any sitcom (or drama, for that matter). Obviously, putting together a cast full of humor-producers is better than relying on a few lead horses because it allows the series to rotate the focus on specific characters, concoct new pairings and develop … Continue reading