Spoiler Alert: Modernizing family
For the last issue of the school year, it only seems appropriate I crown my all-time favorite television show, that I spent way too much time watching, for this year! Drum roll, please.
I simply cannot get enough of “Modern Family.” Granted, I might be a little biased since I only started watching it online in the past month or so and am in the middle of season two so I’m still in the honeymoon phase. But I have gone through many seasons of many shows online and none of them have me hooked like this one.
The fact that I have watched over thirty episodes and I haven’t felt the sting of a boring filler episode yet is amazing. Everyone has been the victim of this tragedy at some point in their TV-watching careers. For me, the current champion of pointless episodes is “Glee.” I also called it quits on “New Girl” for a similar reason. It got to the point where I wasn’t even sure I could explain to someone what the episode was about. But “Modern Family” is not a show where you are completely screwed if you miss one episode (like “Once Upon a Time”) so it is not restricted to specific plot lines and feels no wrath if an episode takes a break from the drama.
The only thing better than the lack of boring episodes? The characters! “Modern Family” focuses on three connected families: a gay couple with an adopted baby girl (Mitchell, Cam, and Lily), the Dunphys, which consists of Phil and Claire and their three children Haley, Alex, and Luke and Manny and his young, beautiful mother who recently married Jay, an older divorced man. Jay is the father of Claire and Mitchell, and the stepfather of Manny. Of course this allows the mature Manny to constantly remind the adults Claire and Mitchell that he is their new brother and remind Luke, who is the same age as Manny, that he is his nephew. And that’s only a tiny fraction of the ridiculousness of this family. But hey, ridiculous isn’t always a bad thing, after all, it’s been working for my family.
Another unusual occurrence? I am constantly changing my mind about who my favorite character is. Phil probably makes me laugh the most trying the be the “cool dad” by “keeping it real.” Cam, the large, flamboyant father with a flair for the dramatic, has a loud and bubbly personality that is opposite his partner’s and possesses strange hidden talents like being a trained clown. He is probably who I am most like (or at least I’m told so by my roommate…which definitely says something about me.) But I wish I were Gloria, Jay’s wife, for the obvious reason that she is played by the beautiful Sofia Vergara. I also relate to her because of how loud and talkative she is, her terrible driving and her short temper. I do not, however, have a thick Colombian accent or feel comfortable killing rats with shovels.
If you haven’t gotten around to watching this show, you need to drop your textbooks, stop studying and catch up online. And in the meantime, just think about how excited you are to be back at home with your family again with nothing to do. You could end up like Mitchell: “It’s Cameron’s turn to be out in the world interacting with other grown-ups while I get to stay at home and plot the death of Dora the Explorer. Fill her backpack with bricks, and throw her into Candycane River… “ Happy summer!