Pilot Review – Modern Family

Modern Family on ABC

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The other day, I got sent the pilot episode of one of the new shows for ABC for this upcoming season. Megan and I both watched it and I wanted to let her review it for everyone. I’ll add my comments at the end, but most of this is Megan’s, although I agree with everything she said about it!

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Megan here… I recently got the privilege of watching the pilot for one of ABC’s new shows, named Modern Family, which will be premiering on ABC this Fall.

The show is filmed like a documentary, yet we never see the person hosting the interview, and it’s focused on three families who are very different, yet all fill valid roles in our society today. That’s a serious sentence for a show that was so incredibly funny that I found myself laughing so loudly that my husband thought I had finally lost my mind completely. Let me break it down a bit for you, without spoiling the excellent pilot.

More after the jump.

Written By: Steven Levitan (Just Shoot Me) and Christopher Lloyd (Frasier), who both also serve in the producer role as well.

The actors: Julie Bowen (Boston Legal, Weeds), Ty Burrell (Back to You), Ed O’Neill (Married With Children), Sofia Vergara (Dirty Sexy Money, Madea goes to Jail), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Do Not Disturb, The Class), Eric Stonestreet (CSI), Sarah Hyland (Lipstick Jungle, One Life to Live), Rico Rodriguez (Epic Movie), Nolan Gould (Space Buddies), and Ariel Winter (ER, Speed Racer)

The Premise:
Three very different families, all different in structure and size, show us that family is funny again.

We have the newlyweds, Jay and Gloria, who are living out a very extreme May-December type romance. Jay (Ed O’Neill) is so old that he’s eating off the early bird menu at a 15% discount 😉 and Gloria (Sofia Vergara) is a very smoking hot Columbian with an 11 year old son, Manny (Rico Rodriguez), who is very intense. Manny likes to write poems and sing songs, making it hard for Jay to connect with him. We see Jay, Gloria and Manny all struggle through this new family setting with humour and just the right mix of the “aww” factor.

Then we have Phil and Claire, married for 16 years with three children: Haley (Sarah Hyland), Luke (Nolan Gould), and Alex (Ariel Winter). Claire is your typical ‘I want my kids to be better than I was’ mother. She has calendars and tries to keep this crazy house under control with little help from Phil. Now don’t get me wrong, Phil isn’t lazy or uninterested. The problem is that he’s overly interested in being his children’s buddy instead of their dad. He texts, he watched High School Musical (complete with acting out the dances. lol.) and he’s down with the fist bumps. Great if you’re looking for a best friend, not so cool if you need a father to help guide you. This family is my favorite so far and I feel like between all the crazy antics with the kids and Claire’s need to keep her children from repeating her mistakes, they’re going to keep us all laughing for a long time to come.

Finally, we have Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and his very theatrical partner, Cameron (Eric Stonestreet), who just adopted an adorable baby girl from Vietnam, named Lily. These two funny men have decided to take the next step in their lives and become fathers. Cameron is a little more maternal and more emotional, where as Mitchell is very worried about what his family is going to think and he doesn’t take rejection well. I found this storyline hilarious, and any show that can use music from The Lion King to introduce a new baby has my attention.

My General Thoughts:
Overall, I loved the way the writers were able to poke fun at the different family models without making the viewers upset. It helps shed some humour on things like old men with younger wives, how people react when same sex couples adopt, and how do you help your children escape making the same mistakes you did. There were tons of jokes that were relevant to today’s youth and adults alike. I think It would be an excellent comedy to watch with older children.

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the documentary style shooting, it made it fun to watch because instead of feeling like they were performing for us, we get the feeling of watching their lives unfold. I had thought I would hate it, but I didn’t.

Bottom line, don’t miss it! Modern Family airs September 23rd at 9 pm on ABC.

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Jenny again! Okay, like I said, I agree completely with Megan’s views on it. We don’t want to give away a lot of info about the episode itself, so I won’t go into much more detail than she did. There were situations in the show that I’ve seen in other comedies, but because of the way this is filmed, the documentary style, plus having the 3 different types of familes, a lot of the stuff that would seem cliche really isn’t. I love Julie Bowen to death and like her character on here, although I think if she’s going to be a mom who says things like her daughter’s skirt is too short, she should stick to her guns and not just let her daughter do whatever she wants. I don’t let my son talk back to me and get away with it like she was, although he is only 11 still, so ask me again when he’s 16. *cry* Anyway, like Megan, I liked that family the best. Mainly I think that’s because my husband and I have had some of the same conversations. LOL

I agree that Modern Family is a must-watch this Fall, at least for a few episodes to see if you enjoy it as much as we did. Don’t write it off before you give it a shot!

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