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Why Modern Family Is Overrated

September 24, 2012 2 comments

I can understand the appeal of ‘Modern Family,’ but it’s hardly a game changing comedy, which is why this article came at the right time – “The Emmys Need To Get Over Modern Family.” I can easily think of more than a half dozen shows in the past that were funnier, edgier and more deserving of critical acclaim:

  • Arrested Development
  • Chappelle’s Show
  • Friends
  • Family Guy
  • Family Ties
  • In Living Color
  • Married…With Children
  • The State
  • Seinfeld
  • The Simpsons
  • South Park
  • Three’s Company
  • The Cosby Show

These shows became a part of culture. We would talk about them in school, at the bar or at the water cooler. Many of us can probably recall situations, characters and quotes from those shows with ease.

And ‘Modern Family?’ It’s ‘I Love Lucy’ meets ‘Leave It To Beaver,’ repackaged as a modern comedy, but hasn’t this been done before? In other words, it’s just a rehash of old shows that isn’t very original, and part of the appeal of comedy is doing things in a new way that challenges people to think differently.

Perhaps the most damning piece of evidence against Modern Family is that both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama (on behalf of the Obamas as a whole) claim it as among their favorite shows. It would be worrisome enough if it was just coming from one of them—the entire point of a presidential candidate answering a question like that is to choose something as pleasantly inoffensive as possible—but the fact that both of them picked it, well, that’s a Venn diagram of blandness from which nothing compelling can escape.”

Full store here: The Emmys Need To Get Over ‘Modern Family‘ – The Atlantic

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