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 […]

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Modern Family, “Unplugged”

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. […]

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

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 […]

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Season Premieres — Modern Family, “The Old Wagon” and Cougar Town, “All Mixed Up”

ABC’s two best comedies enter their second seasons with varying degrees of expectations. With all the critical hype and Emmy validation, Modern Family has been crowned as the new comedy king. Meanwhile, Cougar Town has grown in stature in the eyes of the critical community, but still isn’t seemingly as respected as its lead-in, particularly […]

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