The Modern Family: Premiere Review
Posted by CJ Cregg on September 23, 2009
Three different families air their allegedly comedic laundry on The Modern Family. First off, I can’t quite get a grasp on the format of the show. There are scenes of action, and then interview type scenes. As if the couples were talking to a marriage counselor. But there is no marriage counselor or interviewer. So why these scenes? I don’t get it.
The nuclear family struggles over their teenage daughter’s short skirts while the dad tries way too hard to be cool. Another family consists of a spicy latina and an older, frumpy man. (I think gold digger is the implication here.) Two gay men make up the final family, and they’ve just adopted a baby from Vietnam. The families didn’t all get together until the last five minutes of the show as the gay couple introduce their new baby. (Apparently they’re all related in some way? I missed that part.) But I still can’t get figure out what the point of this show is. What are they trying to do? Is it a drama with continuing plot? Or a comedy? Or is this show just supposed to be snapshots in American life?
Just not funny. At all. That’s about all I need to say about this show. The dad attempting to speak in text lingo and be all “hip” just made me cringe. And not because I thought it was funny. Because it was trying waywaywaywayway too hard to be funny. The scenes are shot in an interesting way. Jerky shots. As if the show is trying to be funny and edgy, like The Office or something, but it just isn’t. They frequently cut away very quickly from last lines that are supposed to be clever. Like they’re trying to make it a fast-moving comedy. But it just feels forced. I really think they want this show to be The Office but with families. Now I don’t watch The Office regularly, but the few episodes I’ve watched were actually funny. I didn’t laugh once during this show.
What really gets me, though, is that we don’t actually learn anything about the relationships between the three couples. For a show about families, all the characters are SO flat and one-dimensional. This is why I have no interest in watching the show further.