Modern Family

I didn't check in very often over the past year, but when I did, I enjoyed it as I do comfort food. No, it's not fresh or new, but the writing can still pop very well when they try.
 
I find that in shows like Friends, Will and Grace, HIMYM, Sabrina etc etc, or most sitcoms I guess; the characters seem to go through a couple seasons of human-like development, they're not always "on". Then, later on, they become a complete stereotype of themselves, just solely acting out the characteristics that the public have responded to positively.
I think the issue with this show is that the characters were already at this slight stereotypical stage when it started, leaving little room for much movement in the storyline/character development.
 
I've started to notice gags from other shows pop up - it's probably not intentional, but the 'Young Me' joke was in an old episode of The Simpsons where Homer becomes a fortune cookie writer: "My God, he's like a young me!" "Please, Young Me was a hack compared to this guy." Also, That's So Raven did the getting caught on the dry cleaners' conveyor thing, too.
 
I still love this, but do think it's suffering from what happened to Friends when it became so successful in that everyone has to be given a story thread and be involved in each episode, and when the cast is so large it can feel overcrowded and quick cutting between (often) unconnected scenes.

Friends worked best when it concentrated on just a couple of stories/threads an episode and allowed the actors to get involved, and this could benefit from it too. Everyone getting equal screen time is leading to overacting and the sterotype-of-themselves acting mentioned above, so they get the memorable moment.

Lily is the only one that gets it right every time, just a throw-away comment here and there - like the locked in the car running gag, and actually maybe Hayley too....

Great show though.
 
Well I'm guessing we're meant to think Jay is quite well off, owing his own business, Phil, real estate. And well, gays.
 
The writing is still strong with the new season, but the acting has taken a complete nose-dive. The kids who play Luke, Manny, and Lily are atrocious.
 
The kid who plays Luke is so out of his depth nowadays, it's cringeworthy. I don't really have a problem with the kids who play Lily and Manny but Manny's such a bore.
 
The kid who plays Luke is so out of his depth nowadays, it's cringeworthy. I don't really have a problem with the kids who play Lily and Manny but Manny's such a bore.

Completely agree - the second episode of this new season really showed up how poor Luke is! Can't get enough of Lily though.
 
I thought 10 was the last? It's really stumbling along now, with the same old 'Cam & Mitch deceive each other' plot every week.
 
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