Wasted potential: On frustrations with Modern Family

The Modern Family pilot is the best comedy pilot of the last five years. It is one of the only great comedy pilots we have seen in that time and this probably holds true going back even further (the only thing I can really think of is the Arrested Development pilot). On a personal note, … Continue reading Wasted potential: On frustrations with Modern Family

2010-2011 season wrap: Modern Family

With the 2010-2011 television season officially over, I’ll be taking some time over the next week or so to look back on how some of television’s best and worst fared this season. General thoughts: Like most of you, I really loved Modern Family in its first season. The series took a number of recognizable family sitcom … Continue reading 2010-2011 season wrap: Modern Family

Modern Family, “Strangers on a Treadmill” and Cougar Town, “The Damage You’ve Done”

Having a deep ensemble of comedic performers is almost always a positive thing for any sitcom (or drama, for that matter). Obviously, putting together a cast full of humor-producers is better than relying on a few lead horses because it allows the series to rotate the focus on specific characters, concoct new pairings and develop … Continue reading Modern Family, “Strangers on a Treadmill” and Cougar Town, “The Damage You’ve Done”