Have you ever wanted something to work so bad that you’ve had to hold your brain hostage and refuse to let it use logic? That’s precisely what I do every time I watch Modern Family.
I mean, come on, gays with a baby, Sofia Vegara, Rico Rodriguez and that guy from ‘Married with Children’! What more could a girl ask for?
Maybe…. I dunno….laugh out loud funny?
Don’t get me wrong, I think Modern Family hosts some of the best sitcom actors in history. But it hosts an equal number of bad ones.
I find myself watching episodes on online just so I have the option of forwarding through Phil Dunphy’s (Ty Burrell) awkward fatherly antics and Claire’s (Julie Bowen) stereotypical ‘my-mother-is-a-bitch’ role.
It feels like, for every moment I’m ‘awww-ing’ over Lily, I’m groaning over the shenanigans in the Dunphy household.
On the other hand, I have to be honest and confess that as much as I want to start a
‘League for Ethnic Justice’, I just can’t stop giggling every time Sofia Vegara and Rico Rodriguez say something. Gloria’s ‘over the top Latina beauty queen with a heart’ gets me every time and Manny’s suave and sophisticated ‘I’m a man trying to find my way amongst boys’ makes me re-live my own childhood frustrations trying to convince my peers that ‘Sweet Valley’ wasn’t the only form of literature out there.
The second Prichett household is equally as entertaining but there’s something that goes beyond the humor. There’s certain warmth that one feels as mother-hen Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) and strict but gentle dad Mitch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) tuck Lily into bed each episode. Both actors bring certain vulnerability into their role as new parents and lovers trying to start a family that it’s hard to see why anyone could oppose two people who love each being together.
But that’s just the thing about Modern Family, while it’s filled with heart and soul and warm fuzzyness, it lacks laugh-out-loud humor. And at the end of the day, that’s what it’s supposed to be all about, the comedy.
From my review you can probably tell how torn I am about this show. But for every part of me that’s standing up and clapping, there’s an equally disappointed part that wants to change the channel.
The lack-luster jokes almost kill the show and that’s perhaps why I’m so harsh. After all, a good meal can still be good without the salt but there’s no denying that with it, it would be at the very least, ten times better.