Modern Family A Modern Television Hit

Courtesy:  20th Century Fox

Courtesy: 20th Century Fox

ABC’s Modern Family is one of the funniest sitcoms in television today, if not the funniest.  It goes without saying that it is a modern day classic  It will make audiences who have yet to see it laugh out loud.  The show’s first three seasons are available now on DVD and Blu-ray.  Part of what has made this show such a hit is that unlike so many shows on television today, it isn’t a serial.  Its episodes are largely stand-alone episodes.  And while the humor may not be entirely family friendly, it’s not as bad as so much of what’s out there today.  That has been evident from the show’s first two seasons.

A big part of the success of Modern Family in its first two seasons is its casting.  The casting expertly mirrors modern society in that it shows how much the family dynamic has changed today.  It takes the sociological studies on the changing nuclear family and puts an entirely hilarious spin on it with the combination of the Pritchett and Dunphy families.  The Pritchett family by itself is beyond hilarious.  On the surface, it’s a multi-racial family, with Jay (Ed O’Neill) and his wife Gloria (Sofia Vergara) as the heads of the households.  Their relationship in itself puts the entire husband/wife/mother/father dynamic used in previous sitcoms completely on its ear.  Add in their son, Manny (Rico Rodriguez II) who is advanced far beyond his years, and a younger sister, and audiences get a family that more than offers its share of laughs.

Courtesy:  20th Century Fox

Courtesy: 20th Century Fox

The Pritchett family is a laugh riot in itself.  The addition of the Dunphy family, which is related to the Pritchett family through marriage, gives the Pritchett family plenty of comedic relief.  The attempts by Claire and Phil to balance their relationship with raising three kids are something to which so many parents today can relate.   Add in the interactions with the Pritchett’s and audiences get even more laughs.  The two families’ interactions within themselves and with each other make up another positive to not just the show’s third season, but its first two seasons, too.  That positive is the show’s writing.  The show’s writers have crafted a show that stands above every other sitcom on the air today.  Not since Fox’s Malcolm in the Middle have audiences been presented with such a hilarious family based sitcom.

Those who have yet to see this show might be asking at this point, it’s really that funny?  Yes it is.  Season One both on DVD and Blu-ray offer audiences a glimpse at the cast sitting down for a read through of one episode’s script.  The entire cast is cracking up throughout the read.  There is no doubt that there is chemistry both on screen and off through this.  It goes to show how close knit the family is.  Yet again, this goes to exhibit the expert level of writing behind Modern Family. Of course, the chemistry between the cast is also exhibited through the bonus cast interviews.

The cast interviews and read through are just a pair of the bonuses that make Modern Family Season One and Two so much fun.  Fans also get the standard deleted and extended scenes.  There is even a fun flash mob video led by Mitch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) included as a bonus feature, too.  It shows just who zany Mitch is as a character, and makes his character that much funnier to watch.   There is so much more that could be discussed.  But doing so would lead to aimless rambling.  But it goes without saying that this feature and the others combined with the cast’s expert comedic timing and the writers’ equally expert scripting are solid evidence of why Modern Family is one of the best sitcoms on television today, if not the best.  The show’s first two seasons are available now in stores and online on DVD and Blu-ray.

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