Wasted potential: On frustrations with Modern Family


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


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”


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”


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, “Earthquake” and Cougar Town, “Makin’ Some Noise”


I’ve been tough on Modern Family this season, both on the blog and in discussions with friends and family. Though I liked last week’s episode, it still bothered me in some ways and the season premiere was particularly problematic and frustrating to watch. But this week, I’m going to try to be more positive because … Continue reading