Is ABC's 'Modern Family' Actually Traditional?

This fall there weren't many television series my daughters and I looked forward to returning, but the one show we couldn't wait for was ABC's Emmy award-winning sitcom, Modern Family. The show's sophomore season premiere did not disappoint, and I realized something I hadn't taken into account when watching the first season -- for a show that has received critical acclaim for being unique and edgy, it's really quite traditional in it's message and family values.

Modern Family's family tree is far from your typical television family. They confront the obstacles that age difference, blended family, gay relationships and adoption may present. Yet once you move beyond these obvious issues, what you have is a show about a group of people who love and support each other, while sharing traditional values and experiences -- the show's second season continued the theme of normal and relatable incidents.

My daughters and I loved the first episode, "The Old Wagon" and had quite a few laughs watching the characters do what they do best, get into (and sometimes out of) sticky situations. In classic Modern Family form, Cameron (Eric Stonestreet), bored by repetitive children's books, resorts to reading baby Lily a tabloid magazine. Oh how I wish I'd thought of that when my girls were younger! Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson), who lacks any handy skills, tries to help build a princess playhouse for Lily, but gets stuck inside the mini-castle instead. Claire (Julie Bowen) convinces hubby Phil (Ty Burrell) to sell their decrepit station wagon, only to have second thoughts later.

But our favorite scenes involve Jay's (Ed O'Neill) hot-blooded, sexy wife Gloria (Sofia Vergara), having a difficult time dealing with son Manny's new crush. Gloria's blood boils watching the object of Manny's desire take advantage of him. Gloria tells Manny that her heart is broken when he chooses plans with the girl over her and later tries to defend making him feel guilty, but instead trips up saying in her heavy, sultry Latin accent, “Ok, sue me! I am a Colombian mother--I'm not going to let him make a mistake that's going to affect him the rest of my life.” she pauses briefly and corrects herself, “His life”.

The wonderful thing about Modern Family, is that the characteristics that make the show modern and edgy aren't taken so far to the extreme that it becomes inappropriate for young audiences. Parents and kids can watch together and even discuss some of the diverse topics, all while enjoying a relatable, well-written satirical view of family life.

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