How did 'Modern Family' get so bad?
What happened to Modern Family?
The reigning Emmy winner for Outstanding Comedy Series airs the second episode of its fifth season tomorrow night, and a big part of me is wondering why I still care.
I think it's safe to say that, at this point, I'm effectively hate-watching Modern Family. I feel compelled to tune in, but once I do, I don't like what I see.
Four years ago, when it debuted on ABC, Modern Family was that rare breed of TV show: critically beloved, yet one of the highest-rated. It still regularly draws more than 10 million viewers each week, but Modern Family is no longer a critical darling.
It's easy to see why. Take this joke, from the season premiere:
“Sometimes I forget to factor in the Asian,” Mitchell says about his and partner Cam's adopted (and, yes, Asian) daughter Lily after she experiences enthusiasm for going to school.
That's a great example of how the show has devolved: lazy, racist jokes; stereotypical characterizations (Sofia Vergara is a talented comedian, but we're not sure we can stand any more cracks about her character's big, loud Colombian family); mean-spirited humor (none of the characters seem to like each other anymore). And what's so modern about these families anyway? They all live in giant houses and go on extravagant vacations despite all living in one-income households.
Mostly, we're upset that the show is squandering such an awesomely talented cast with such lazy writing. Step it up and earn those Emmys, Modern Family!