Comedy shows without corny or unrealistic events are like needles in a haystack. However, one of the few golden needles in television is Modern Family. The show is constantly praised by critics and families alike.
The series follows Jay Pritchett (Ed O’Neil), a sullen grandpa who owns his own closet company, and his family in a mockumentary style. Jay’s negative attitude and obsession with always being right clashes with his second wife, Gloria’s, Latina attitude. Gloria’s love and embrace of her Columbian culture, and Jay’s stepson, Manny’s, sense of responsibility and enthusiasm toward musicals portray a multi-cultural family.
Jay’s type A daughter, Claire (Julie Bowen), has a family of her own, including her eccentric husband, Phil, her sterotypical teenage daughter, Hayley, her nerdy daughter, Alex, and her dense, innocent son, Luke; all of which are played by Ty Burell, Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter, and Nolan Gould, respectively. Claire’s family portrays a traditional family.
Jay’s lawyer son, Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson), and his over-dramatic partner, Cam (Eric Stonestreet), are parents to their adopted Vietnamese daughter, Lily. They truly portray the idea of a “modern family.”
Although all three families are different, together they form an irregular family that is connected at the hip. This show has an amazing family aspect to it and just began its sixth season on September 24th. The fifth season ended with a bang; (SPOILER ALERT) Mitchell and Cam finally got their long-awaited dream of marriage in a two-part finale.
This show has a very creative approach toward the topic of families. Modern Family never disappointments when it comes to its comedic take on “modern” families.