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  • Daniel Montgomery
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    #249926

    Hi all,

    I don’t think it was the best comedy this season, but after three years I still think it’s among a handful of the best on TV. But the backlash I see here from time to time seems to be especially intense.

    I see a lot of “Ugh, not again!” sentiments, which is surprising because this is only the show’s third season, as opposed to “Mad Men,” which has won Best Drama 4 times and hasn’t inspired nearly as much vitriol or repeat-winner fatigue. The “Modern Family” turnaround — from “This is great!” to “This is awful!” — seems to have been especially sudden.

    I was hoping to get some perspectives on it: Why so much disdain for “Modern Family” this year? Is it simply a matter of repeat-winner fatigue? Or has the show diminished in quality so much? If the latter, what about the show is not as good as it used to be? Personally, I think the show, while not quite as fresh as it was when it started, is still consistently one of the funnier shows on TV.

    Thoughts? 

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    Pieman1994
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    It’s a little formulaic, and maybe a little too light-hearted for a lot of people. A few of the characters have really become caricatures, and the writing simply isn’t there. I don’t think it’s bad by any means. To be fair, it’s a funny, well acted show, but it isn’t as interesting as it was for the first season or two. 

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    dannyboy.
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    I’ve been wondering that myself.. Sure, I’d put it somewhere around the fifth best Comedy Series on television, but that’s really not that bad.

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    Renaton
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    Disappointment can lead people to say awful things. You know, just like real life, when you get disappointed in people.

    If you create some kind of investiment in a show (whether it’s a more personal or more intellectual one), you have certain expectations, and if a show starts failing that investiment, even if it’s not actually terrible, it will lead to insatisfaction. If it’s just not at the same level it used to be, and you can tell the writters stop trying and/or stopped challenging themselves, you’ll probably have nasty things to say about something that somewhat betray what you thought the show could be and should be. Sometimes it’s not even really that bad, just… disappointing.

    Except if we’re talking about about Glee, because that became worst than being raped by a aids infected monkey.

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    blueprint
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    Formulaic is the word. It’s so vanilla that people just got bored of it after three seasons of pretty much the same themes. Nothing is happening. At the end of the season we found ourselves at the same position we’ve been at the start.
    Look for example at the adoption storyline. I know adoption is a long term process, so it is surely believable that they would not have a baby yet after a year. But at the end of season 2 they made it seem like it’s going to be the big thing of season 3, and eventually they used it for about three episodes of the entire season and that was it.
    I will still watch the show next season, but I’m not expecting much from it anymore. I hope the Emmys will give it some backlash this year so they wake up and recognize the show’s problems.

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    alias571
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    It really feels like they stopped trying. I don’t hate it but I’d rather reward something like Community that’s constantly improving and pushing the envelope, than Modern Family, a good show but not a great one by any means.
    And the reason why Mad Men doesn’t suffer from the same backlash is that you can still argue that it’s one of the best drama series around but with Modern Family I can easily think of 5 or more shows that are more deserving of the title.

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    Renaton
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    “Community”, “Parks”, “Louie”, “Happy Endings”, “It’s Always Sunny…”, “Veep”, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”. All aired during eligibility period, all are or (at least have potential to be) great shows, and at least a few of them will be snubbed in series because, you know, “Modern Family” is so cute, and AWWWWWWWWW!

    It never dares to surprise anymore because it can coast on the talented cast and heartwarming moments. However, there’s zero character development at this point. It’s a show that focus on feelings and interactions, but doesn’t let their characters grow or change with these stories, so it basically fails to make the heartwarming moments feel genuine, since there’s a constant reset button on every episode.

    And since the structure of almost every episode is basically the same, it’s easy to grow tired and become much more impressed with shows that are not afraid of pushing themselves more. 

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    BenitoDelicias
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    Formulaic is a nice word to answer this question. Lazy is another one.

    It wouldn’t be that much of a problem if it were funny and hilarious, but it’s not. I’ve spent many, many minutes of each episode without a single laugh, smile or grin.

    I feel that once the show got or understood what it was that made it so popular in the ratings, they stuck with it and rarely went outside the box like they did when it started. Every Cameron and Mitchell story is the same, every Claire and Phil story is the same. And the Pritchets, they keep on underwhelming with each storyline. 

    Everybody was obsessed with Sofia Vergara screaming so they made that a part of each of her storylines. They turned her into a very one note character and like mother, like son. Manny was a terrific character and Rico Rodriguez rocked the hell out of the part, but like Gloria, he’s a caricature now. These two aspects bug me like none other on this show. I still have high hopes for both of them with this pregnancy storyline, but I’m already prepared for what will be the most annoying birth episode ever when Gloria looses it and starts screaming.

    The performances are still there, and sometimes, sooometimes, there moments that are hilarious, but you can see every single storyline coming a mile away and there are examples for this to fill up this thread. And without the laughs that others like Louie, Happy Endings, Cougar Town, Community, 30 Rock, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Parks & Rec, Veep bring with each episode, there’s no need for a Best Series nod.

    It’s disappointing that once again they’re bound to not only lead in nominations but actually win Best Series again and get writing nods, I don’t see it any other way, I’m this close to saying they’re a lock. And it will be embarrassing.

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    GoMe91
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    #249935

    Can I just say that during the 1st season, I didn’t really understand what the big whoop was about this show. I didn’t think it was original at all. Three separate family types we’ve seen many times before all wrapped around a format that’s already been used by The Office and Parks. Maybe people are beginning to see what I saw. A funny show that recycled.

    However, although the show isn’t necessarily in my top 6, I’ve come to appreciate the show and don’t mind that it’s taking over (and that includes the actors who, IMO, do a very fine job despite the material they’re given.) 

     But, like renaton said, there are better comedies out there…

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    Trent
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    People on this board don’t like it because there are better shows on TV that Modern Family steals awards from.

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    probablyROB
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    Everyone has pretty much covered my stance.  Basically, for me, the show got to be very redundant.  If you’ve seen one episode, you’d seen them all.  There seemed to be nothing to root for from episode to episode.  No multi episode story arcs.  And it had it’s moments of being funny but then it became variations of the same jokes.  I stopped in the middle of season 2.  Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen are fantastic and I am over the moon for their awards but there are shows more deserving and actors to excellent work with better material that are being cast aside for the mediocrity being spewed out weekly from this program.

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    Renaton
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    I think Julie Bowen is a good actress, but I don’t understand the praise for her, because her character is one of the biggest problems of the show for me. Given what happened in several episodes in the past, you’d think her parenting approach could remain protective and caring without going too far into smothering and controlling, but she just never learns.

    People complain about Gloria being one note, but at least her character has a more open minded view of parenting, while at this point, I don’t think Bowen’s character will ever truly learn from her kids and her husband, because she convinced herself so much that she’s so mature, that she learns lessons only temporarily (meaning, how much time has passed in a single episode), because after all, she thinks she’s super mom, so she doesn’t need to evolve, she has nothing to learn from her children and her husband that would be lasting, right? UGH!

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    Laactingnyc
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    Am i the only one who is tired of Sofia Vergara Screatching and screaming in everything she does? God, shes so annoying!

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    probablyROB
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    I think Julie Bowen is a good actress, but I don’t understand the praise for her, because her character is one of the biggest problems of the show for me. Given what happened in several episodes in the past, you’d think her parenting approach could remain protective and caring without going too far into smothering and controlling, but she just never learns.

    People complain about Gloria being one note, but at least her character has a more open minded view of parenting, while at this point, I don’t think Bowen’s character will ever truly learn from her kids and her husband, because she convinced herself so much that she’s so mature, that she learns lessons only temporarily (meaning, how much time has passed in just one episode), because after all, she thinks she’s super mom, so she doesn’t need to evolve, she has nothing to learn from her children and her husband that would be lasting, right? UGH!

    That’s a problem with the character (and possibly some deep seeded personal thing for you lol) than it is with Bowen.  In my experience, most parents don’t change.  Gloria was always open-minded and Claire wasn’t.  It makes sense for the characters, it is consistent.  Seems perfectly reasonable on that front.  Her character has always been pretty stubborn and close-minded.  FOr her to change it would effectively contradict the character presented to us. lol

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    No one evolves on that show, not only Claire. The biggest problem is the lazy writing and even the cute moments have become rather cringe-worthy. While Gloria is annoying most of the time, it is Cam who drives me nuts constantly. It’s Stonestreet’s stereotypical overacting that makes me hate him even more than Jon Cryer on TaaHM.

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