The Predictability of Modern Television

October 22, 2009 at 4:02 pm 2 comments

modern-familyModern Family premiered last month on ABC and I have to say, it is one of the best shows on television (ever). Not only is it well-written and extremely funny, it also features one of the more diverse casts in terms of both age, race, sexuality, and gender.  Say goodbye to the nuclear family.  The true modern family is a blended family with people from different backgrounds and positions in life.  Not only are all of the characters well-developed (and not just your average whitebread family), but the moral compass of the show is a ten year old boy.

The diversity of the characters is also refreshing.  Yes, it’s still a predominantly white show, but the actual characters themselves are very diverse in gender, sexuality, age,  and religion.  It’s also extremely difficult to choose a ‘favourite.’  For a show to include a homosexual couple, a May-December couple, interracial adoption, interracial marriage, atypical gender roles for the children, a blended family, and several generations of people – they really hit the mark with the evolution of the family unit into this truly ‘Modern Family.’

It’s new and it’s exciting television and I haven’t been this interested in a show like this since Arrested Development.  Thanks, 2009 audiences, for finally being ready for a show that tackles touchy issues in an comedic and irreverant manner.  Arrested Development was truly ahead of its time and I hope the ratings for Modern Family continue to rise because it is a show with something worth saying.

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  • 1. highlyirritable  |  October 28, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    I love this new program. It makes me laugh (which is always good…) but it also makes me appreciate that no one family is perfect, and that sometimes, we ALL need to be “pushed into the pool.”

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  • 2. Miranda  |  October 31, 2009 at 4:17 am

    I love this show! My best friend’s dad just married someone who is only three years older then my friend and has a 7 year old boy. My friend also has a 7 year old boy that is her step son. We liked the story line between the two younger boys and how one says “I’m your uncle!” But my friend also said that if her new “step-brother” ever said that to her son, she would probably have to beat him. I love that this show is on the air, the writing is wonderful and yes it does show the diversity in families now a days.
    (Oh sorry about the influx of comments from me. I just found your blog and keep wanting to comment on all your posts!)

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