Though its mockumentary/ensemble structure is ~nothing new, Modern Family deserves high praise for its sharply-written sitcom-renaissance treatise on its eponymous subjects: a remarkably, bravely diverse canvas of nuclear, blended, and same-sex family archetypes average suburbia will vicariously-recognize themselves in. 8.5/10.
Plot Synopsis: Told from the perspective of an unseen documentary filmmaker, the series offers an honest, often-hilarious perspective of family life. Parents Phil and Claire yearn for an honest, open relationship with their three kids. But a daughter who is trying to grow up too fast, another who is too smart for her own good, and a rambunctious young son make it challenging. Claire’s dad, Jay, and his Latina wife, Gloria, are raising two sons together, but people sometimes believe Jay to be Gloria’s father. Jay’s gay son, Mitchell, and his partner, Cameron, have adopted a little Asian girl, completing one big — straight, gay, multicultural, traditional — happy family.
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