Modern Family co-creator takes a stand against Fox News, immediately backtracks

Following the lead of Family Guy’s Seth MacFarlane—who followed up his tweet about being “embarrassed” to work for Fox with a $2.5 million donation to NPR and its L.A. affiliate, KPCC, earlier today—a growing chorus of Fox creatives are criticizing the company for its role in such craven lies as “it’s not an…

Jokes about strokes dominate an exhausting episode of Modern Family

About halfway through this week’s episode of Modern Family, Jay is doing everything he can to steal a family fishing cabin out from under his sister Becky’s nose. He’s tried tricking her into giving him the security codes, and when that doesn’t work he starts to think he can trick her into believing that their father…

Modern Family successfully muses on the complicated influence of family 

Cam and Mitchell must have a bevy of dark secrets in their past, because karma just keeps coming for them. They’ve been through a lot this season, their marriage pulled in a number of directions due to kitchen renovations, an intrusive Pam, and Mitchell’s uncertain job status. But they’ve always managed to pull…

An exploration of insecurity results in a poignant Modern Family 

This week’s Modern Family, “Royal Visit,” does the rare thing of building around a central idea. Every single storyline, one way or another, explores the idea of insecurity. The stories themselves are relatable. We’ve all been there, when someone new comes into our life and we can’t help but compare ourselves to them.…

Wine tasting, hip hop dancing, and Oprah is all that Modern Family needs to succeed

For the most part, Modern Family has two approaches to its episodes: there’s either a dominant A story complemented by a few meaningless B stories, or one large, overarching plot that includes every single person in the main cast. Both kinds of episodes have their charms. The former allows for a more focused, personal…