Modern Family (seasons 1 – 3)

{5/5} “We were great together. We spoke each other’s language, we finished each other’s balloon animals.”

Modern Family seasons 1 – 3, aired in 2009-12

Jay (Ed O’Neill) is a grandfather but has married a younger woman, Gloria (Sofía Vergara), and now is a stepfather to her son Manny (Rico Rodriguez). Jay’s daughter Claire (Julie Bowen) has a husband, Phil (Ty Burrell), and three kids — Haley (Sarah Hyland), Alex (Ariel Winter), and Luke (Nolan Gould). Claire’s brother Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) has a partner, Cam (Eric Stonestreet), and an adopted daughter, Lily.

Amazingly, every episode is laugh-out-loud funny. Each character has their own quirks, and they all regularly get into absurd situations. Phil is probably the funniest character — although an adult, he often acts like a kid.

The show is partially filmed like a documentary — in part of each episode one or two characters are sitting and talking to the camera. That might sound strange, but it works very well.

Ed O’Neill is, of course, famous for Married With Children — I didn’t see much of that show but I did think he was excellent in Dragnet. I know Julie Bowen from Boston Legal. All the other main actors are new to me. Guest stars include Shelley Long as Jay’s ex-wife, Fred Willard as Phil’s dad, and Nathan Lane as a friend of Cam and Mitchell’s.

The series was created by Steven Levitan (creator of Just Shoot Me!) and Christopher Lloyd (not the actor, writer and executive producer of such shows as Frasier).

This is the last of the current fall-to-spring TV series that I’m watching. As for current summer TV series, I’m watching The Big C and America’s Got Talent — and I will undoubtedly watch Awkward. and The Glee Project when they return. I’m also now watching Stargate Atlantis.

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