Modern Family: From a Teen’s Lens

Neyat is an Eritrean-American girl who is an aspiring writer. She enjoys reading teen fiction, looking up obscure music artists and celebrities on Wikipedia, and traveling. She hopes that one day when you teens are tired and middle-aged, you will walk into your
local bookstore (to get away from your spouse and kids) and you will notice a book on the front display with her name on it as the bestselling author.

Modern Family has become the show to watch on television. This half-hour series, brilliantly created by Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan, allows viewers to sit back, and watch common family and societal issues be addressed with a hilarious twist. The show utilizes a sort of mocumentary style as it follows the families of Jay Pritchett (Ed O’Neill), his daughter Claire Dunphy (Julie Bowen), and his son Mitchell Pritchett (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) who all reside in Los Angeles, California. Claire is a homemaker, micromanaging mom married to Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell) who is a carefree, cheesy joke-cracking real estate agent; they have three children together. Jay is married to a Colombian woman named, Gloria (Sofía Vergara), and is helping her raise her quirky, pre-teen son, Manny, who she had from a previous man. Jay is many years Gloria’s senior, but, their age difference never appears to be a problem. Mitchell and his life partner Cameron Tucker (Eric Stonestreet) spend most of their time trying to gracefully raise their adopted, Vietnamese daughter, Lily. Though, they often fail and in turn, provide side-splitting plots.

Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan have outdone themselves with this show, and have quite possibly brought back that joy viewers once had from watching quality television, rather than trying to fill that void with more reality TV. This show, while fictional, is the epitome of reality because every single episode has a situation that we can all relate to. Modern Family is the perfect show to watch with family. It often triggers personal memories, allowing viewers to bond with their own families. It also creates room for discussion, due to the fact that it addresses several unique family lifestyles.

When Wednesday rolls around, everyone knows where I am promptly at 9:00pm. I’m parked on the couch with my sisters, and occasionally, my mom, watching Modern Family. As a teen, I’ve found that this show is the perfect cure for the sickening troubles and stresses of life. For thirty minutes, I can escape from college apps, homework, and studying, and submerge myself into the lives of the Pritchetts and the Dunpheys. The creators and cast of this show have collectively re-invented the family sitcom as we know it, and for the first time in a long time, I’ve found a family-oriented show that’s laugh- out-loud funny. I’m a tough critic, but this show deserves five stars. Now, I don’t say TGIF, but instead, I shout TGIW-Thank God it’s Wednesday!

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2 Responses to “Modern Family: From a Teen’s Lens”

  1. Mike
    November 11, 2010 at 3:00 am #

    Totally cool Blog on the topic. Makes me come back for more. Hope you will keep updating it. Thumbs Up!!


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