Modern Family

Posted 11/15/12 at 7:04 pm ET

Modern Family 4×08 review: ‘Mistery Date’

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I was always a sucker for punny titles! I give this episode a 4/5 laughs on the funny scale. The way to really get a 5 in my eyes is laughter throughout. Modern Family could really increase the laughter if they made ALL of the plot lines hilarious but with that said, they also do a good job balancing humour with real substance in their episodes.

Although Hayley got arrested and returned home last week, she was altogether absent in this week’s episode. It was definitely nice to see the mother and daughter dynamic between Alex and Claire as I feel like we’ve seen it between Hayley and Claire many, many times. We always see the similarities from Claire’s youth to Hayley’s but never really entirely see how she handles parenting Alex since she’s so different.

This week Claire takes Alex, Luke, and Manny to Alex’s academic decathlon out of town. Claire thought at first she would almost rather hope that Alex lose this year since she doesn’t want Alex to put so much pressure on herself. But when Alex actually loses, Claire realizes that she puts a lot of pressure on Alex as well because she loves parading her very smart daughter to the other parents.
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Posted 11/8/12 at 4:08 pm ET

Modern Family 4×07 review: ‘Arrested’

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Hooray! Modern Family has been consistently getting better week by week and this week was no exception for its improvement. Definitely a 4 out of 5 laughs on the funny scale! Did this episode make you laugh as much as I did? Let me know in the comments section below! Aside from the hilarious moments, Modern Family once again tackled another sensitive topic – quite a lot of that lately but that definitely adds substance to the show.

Hayley is back and the first way to greet her viewers is to have an episode of her getting arrested! At first we’re told she was arrested for underage drinking at a party but later find out through a hilarious video clip of the incident that she was also brought in for resisting arrest and assaulting an officer. Obviously, the latter one was an accident. I don’t feel like Modern Family sugar coated this issue at all.

There is definitely a lot of underage drinking on television shows nowadays without a hint of consequence (Gossip Girl, 90210, Awkward, etc.) and the truth for once was remarkably refreshing! Hayley, like any other teenager, didn’t seem to care about the consequences at all and just felt unlucky as she was the one who got caught.
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Posted 11/2/12 at 3:18 pm ET

Modern Family 4×06 review: ‘Yard Sale’

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Can I just start by saying, what a wonderful episode! Along with last week’s sensitive adoption topic, Modern Family flawlessly handles a few others.  From this week on, I’m going to start giving a number out of 5 laughs on the funny scale and this one deserves a 3. Agree or disagree? Let me know in the comments section below!

The episode leads off with a yard sale that Manny and Luke’s school is doing to raise money for the children in Africa. Often times we forget what a blessed environment we live in and those who are less fortunate. Manny and Luke really remind us of what’s important albeit for a pizza and pool party! Jay is grumpier than ever with his driveway being the location for this yard sale. Gloria finds a box that Manny had moved out from the attic for sale without her permission. She suspiciously takes it back and will answer no questions. As curious as little boys can be, Luke and Manny sneak it away and discover a head, as Luke predicted – well not a real head – but one of those ventriloquist dolls, Uncle Grumpy. Gloria explains it was for the talent portion of a beauty pageant she took part in 20 years ago.
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Posted 10/26/12 at 5:00 pm ET

Modern Family 4×05 review: ‘Open House of Horrors’

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If you’ve read my review on the last episode, I was quite disappointed with it as the writers for Modern Family didn’t really surprise me with any new twists to make the same plot line funny. This week, I was especially worried as Modern Family has done a Halloween special in season 2 (episode 6). That episode was definitely one of my favourites and I was hoping they would live up to the hype for this episode. This time around I thought it was fairly good but not spectacular. It didn’t quite live up to its full potential but got a good few laughs out of me here and there.

My favourite plot line of the three families has to be the Dunphy’s! There wasn’t too much going on in terms of emotional or character development but come on, it’s a Halloween special! This was the only plot line that had ANY horror at all – unless you count Gloria’s raging hormones from her pregnancy as horror, which it very well might be. Claire was forced by the town to reduce the decorations of their house because she scared a man to a heart attack last year, so instead they put up humongous lollipops and she dresses up as Little Bo Peep.
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Posted 10/19/12 at 11:49 am ET

Modern Family 4×04 review: ‘The Butler’s Escape’

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Let’s be honest, this episode was really same old, same old. Well, Modern Family usually does the same old, same old, but comes up with different ideas and twists to make the same old, same old funny to the very least. This week’s episode was nowhere near as impactful as Hayley’s going away to college a couple of weeks back or as memorable as some other episodes throughout its 4 seasons. As the same old, same old goes: Jay tries not to hurt Gloria’s feelings by lying to her, Cam and Mitchell lie to each other about how great they’re at handling the other’s responsibilities, and Phil and Claire trying to figure out what their kids are up to. The one thing that made me happy though was there was more attention geared towards Luke, my personal favourite of the three Dunphy kids! Who’s yours? Maybe you’d like to see more Lily or Manny or Alex episodes?

The Dunphy’s

This episode starts off with a bang, literally! We find out that Luke’s new hobby is magic (which includes minor explosives, of course) and this makes Phil infinitely happy as his only son is following in his footsteps. Luke is the only one that follows their family’s escape route protocol and this just might foreshadow him becoming a big boy, as he’s usually known for being not so smart but a special and cute kid nonetheless.
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Posted 5/11/12 at 10:51 am ET

Daily Upfronts Update: More Renewals at NBC, FOX, and ABC!

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There is so much going on right now, so I’m going to make a daily upfronts update. No news from The CW yet, but I have some news for you from the four other networks!

 ABC

ABC has renewed Once Upon a Time, Dancing With The Stars, Revenge, Grey’s Anatomy, Castle, Shark Tank, The Bachelor, Modern Family, The Middle and Suburgatory. All the rest are still awaiting their fate. Cougar Town will not be airing on ABC, but has been renewed for a fourth season at TBS!

FOX

Good news for the animated comedies Family Guy and American Dad! Those two have been renewed for the 2013-2014 season.

CBS

The first cancellation at CBS is official, A Gifted Man will not be returning for a second season.

NBC

They just can’t get enough new series at NBC. NBC ordered two more dramas to the current line-up.

  • Infamous: Detective Joanna Locasto returns undercover to the wealthy family she grew up in, as the housekeeper’s daughter. There she will solve the murder of one of her closest friends. The lead goes to Meagan Good and the male lead will be played by Laz Alonso.

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