June 22, 2013 by rachelcmann
There is no real gimmick, or at least not an original one. It’s in a pseudo-documentary style ala The Office. It’s a mixed generation/racial family which was maybe supposed to be original or edgy, and honestly seemed a little forced at first but I’ve grown to love the cast so much.
Phil and Claire Dunphy (Ty Burell and Julie Bowen) remind me so much of my own parents it’s painful sometimes. Seriously cringe-worthy. Each character is well-defined, and at this point in the series not too one-dimensional. The stories are a little exaggerated but also really relatable*, and man oh man is the writing spot on. Sofia Vergara could be entirely boobs and hair, but I really fell in love with her when I saw the cast on Inside the Actor’s Studio. She has real chops and I hope she gets to use them in another venue when Modern Family is over. The kids in this show also deserve a great round of TV applause, I think it’s entirely too easy for child characters (and actors) to play one side of a story, and while they are archetypes, they are given opportunities to branch out.
Okay, I’ll stop gushing now. Go watch it.
*Is relatable not a real word?
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