The truth hurts.
You all look…way too familiar.
OK, so I’ve been trying to watch this wildly-overrated Emmy-winning show Modern Family for a long time, and have not laughed through enough episodes to know it is just not for me. It just feels affected. (Note: I am not disparaging others from liking this show because I get that other people really REALLY like it. I’m just sharing another point of view.)
The show is about a family that’s just SO modern, because it involves an old guy married to a younger woman with a kid (what ethnicity is she?) who happens to be the same age as his two own grown kids. Both his kids have families (one a completely overacting woman with a kooky husband and three snotty kids, the other an uptight ginger gay man with a chunky partner and adopted Asian baby).
I will agree that there are occasional funny moments (which almost always involve Phil being just weird), but I, in general, find nearly every joke to be superobvious and from the dinosaur age of F*r*i*e*n*d*s. I’ll smile on occasion, I won’t lie, but I don’t think it’s worth the billion awards it won at this year’s Emmys.
Let me break my general disinterestedness down for you:
Who cares about these people?
I just don’t really find any of these people all that interesting. Do you really care about Manny and Gloria and the nerdy daughter and the stupid son? They all belong at a big, annoying table at Applebees with the cast of According to Jim, if you ask me.
The Cutaways,Talking Head Scenes and Overused Awkward Silences
I see what you’re doing there. Ripping off The Office. But The Office isn’t so shameless; it had character depth and other stuff going for it. These shaky Modern Family cameras and mockumentary interviews are nothing if not contrived.
The show thinks it’s funnier than it actually is, as evidenced by the unbelievable overacting and editing that leaves gaps in dialogue where it’s assuming you’ll laugh. (This is something Family Guy also does, but in my opinion, Family Guy is funny enough to warrant that kind of behavior.)
From the beginning, the show was marketed as being so forward-thinking, witty and different. I consider it to be just a whole lot of the same auto pilot sitcom storylines and subject matter. I think people like to just park it on the couch and be entertained by the same, comfortable jokes they’ve seen for decades. This is why increddddddible shows like Lucky Louie and Arrested Development are discontinued and junky shows like this win awards.
Even the name is contrived, if you ask me: Modern Family. Like it’s so modern and cutting-edge. I think I’d rather watch Everybody Loves Raymond or something that doesn’t pretend to be something it’s not.
If you want a show about a family with outside-the-box writing and overall hilarity, go watch every rerun of Malcolm in the Middle on Netflix. Stream that shit, it’s totally underrated and unbelievably funny and starring everyone’s favorite meth cooker from Breaking Bad.
I know, I know. I’m a total hater. I actually do love a lot of things, I promise. It’s just way easier to fire up the ol’ WordPress when it’s about things that grind my gears. Stay tuned, though, this week I’m going to unveil the Best American Idol Performances Of All Time.
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