ABC's "Modern Family"

Over in Books and Culture, America's Jake Martin has an excellent review of three worthy tv series: 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation, both on NBC, and The Big Bang Theory, on CBS. He writes:

The landscape of television these days is a grim one, with little to appeal to a thoughtful, reflective audience. Even cable networks, which usually can be counted on to produce at least one or two offerings of particular relevance, seemed to have hit a dry spot both creatively and intellectually. Mercifully there are at least three shows that can be counted on to offer a much-needed oasis in a desert of crime.

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To his list I would add ABC's Modern Family, a sitcom now in its second season. Today's New York Times has an analysis of the show, and what it might illuminate about society as a whole.Modern Family From the article:

In the last two years, “Modern Family” has ridden timely premises like this to surging viewership and six Emmys, including outstanding comedy series. In a rare concurrence, the darling of the critics is one of the highest rated comedies on television, and is the 20th rated show over all this season. This unusual success for a family comedy raises questions: What aspects of contemporary life has it tapped into? What does “Modern Family” say about modern families?

From the beginning, the creators Steve Levitan and Christopher Lloyd (“Cheers,” “Wings”) conceived their show around a newfangled family tree: Jay Pritchett, the patriarch; his Colombian trophy wife, Gloria; and her son, Manny; Jay’s grown son, Mitchell; his partner, Cam; and their adopted Vietnamese daughter; Jay’s high-strung daughter, Claire; her goofball husband, Phil; and their three suburban children.

Read the full article here and watch episodes of Modern Family here.

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Mary Teshima
7 years 10 months ago
David Smith:  That is so sad!  Go Packers!!!!
Mary Teshima
7 years 10 months ago
David Smith:  Haaaa!  Sometimes it is a prayer!  But on a serious note, there is something about the sports rituals that is not only just plain fun, but unifying.  Certain "sports moments" can bring people together across cultures, across miles, across all kinds of other barriers, and that is wonderful.  During Notre Dame football games, for example, my brothers call me or email me to celebrate or commiserate, even though they are watching from various time zones.  During Packer games, the same thing.  So many people remember that moment when Joe Theisman's leg was broken - the entire country groaned in pain!  James Earl Jones, playing the character of Terence Mann in "Field of Dreams" delivers a line that goes something like this:  "It will be like they are children again, and they'll remember what it was like to sit on the sidelines on a summer afternoon and cheer their heroes....it will remind them of all that was good, and that can be good again."  

I remember when the Packers won the Superbowl years ago, and I was driving home from a friend's house afterward - in a snow storm.  Strangers were honking at each other, smiling and waving.  There was a little kid out in front of his house waving a Packer flag, and this was fairly late at night.  It was awesome!

So, yes, I enjoy sports, and I love the Packers (AND NOTRE DAME), and I'm not ashamed to admit it!! 
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