Posted: Friday, February 15, 2013 4:27:52 AM
My favorite show may not be a hidden gem that nobody’s heard of. No, instead it's a supernova, one of America's most watched TV shows. It's relatable, funny, and creative. Every Wednesday I hide out in the basement to watch Modern Family and if the mountain of homework I get from school prevents me from doing so, I catch up via internet. It’s easy enough for me to tell you how much I love the show but why do I make such an effort to get my fix of Modern Family every week? The comedy takes us through the ups and downs of life. It's not just for teens either, but compelling for the whole family. Phil is the somewhat clueless but caring dad. He's married to Sara, an energetic mother of three kids. The smart, nerdy younger sister Alex is the complete opposite of her party-girl sister, Haley. The youngest, Luke, is the mischievous, clever little brother. When they're not annoying the hell out of each other they would probably admit that they love each other. The other members of the family are the quirky gay couple, Mitchell and Cameron, their adopted daughter Lily, Mitchell's father, Jay, his Latino wife, Gloria, and her son, Manny. I love how the characters talk directly to the camera in separate clips from the main plot, making me feel like a distant relative in their lovely, imperfect family. My favorite episode, if I’m forced to choose, is "Punkin Chunkin", the thanksgiving episode for 2011. The family divides into the dreamers and realists. After launching a pumpkin in a giant slingshot, and hitting a car in a heated contest between the two groups they realize that the dreamers need the realists to keep them from floating off and the realists need the dreamers to get them off the ground. They make each episode hilarious, but there's another level of complexity in addition to the comicalness. The show addresses important issues such as "Seriously, Gryffindor letting his mom carry his Quidditch pole, how Hufflepuff is that?" and "What's the square root of this potato?" The answer’s eight.