Modern Family: Season 2

| September 28, 2011

Full of more than just gags and pratfalls, Emmy Award-Winning, Outstanding Comedy Series, Modern Family: Season 2, is now available on DVD and Blu-ray. This year, its unsurprising five Emmys have proven the show is a Prime-time television mainstay. Julie Bowen as Claire and Ty Burrell as Phil took the cake as outstanding supporting actor winners. The laugh-out-loud-funny writing by Steven Levitan and Jeffrey Richman and the acute directing talents of Michael Spiller received awards in their respective categories for a Comedy Series.
Notable for its guest stars, this season features James Marsden (X-Men, X2) as the beefy transient stranger discovered in Cam’s and Mitchell’s hot tub, Jami Gertz (Still Standing) as one of Phil’s witchy clients, and Nathan Lane (Birdcage, The Producers) returns as Cam’s and Mitchell’s flamboyant friend, Pepper Saltzman. Deleted scenes, testimonials, a gag reel, and a music video make the DVD worth every dollar. This season continuously tops itself in every memorable episode.
In “That Old Wagon,” Claire apologizes for crying when memories start flooding back while the family sorts out their dusty old station wagon. In his typical awkward fashion, Phil tries to show sympathy, “Don’t apologize. I love you when you’re human.” Claire is the same bossy know-it-all who’s always right from the first season, but she has her tender moments. Claire finds little Luke’s “jar of sunshine” from a beach outing, and in one the Modern Family’s heartwarming, mystical moments, the jar lights up on the dark walk home after the wagon rolls off a cliff. Finally, Gloria’s son Manny reminds us what an emotionally intelligent boy he is, insisting to wear his burgundy suit jacket to dinner with Kelly from school.
In the mainstream media storm of gay characters and story lines this millennium, Cam and Mitchell are the unrivaled, funniest gay couple on television. Their lovable stereotypes are at the butt of every joke rather than the real people they represent. While some have taken offense, I prefer to think that stereotypes exist because they are sometimes true. They come from somewhere, but they’re called stereotypes because they are extremely narrow characteristics of marginalized people – exactly what Modern Family celebrates. Writers Levitan and Richman prove that gays aren’t exactly politically correct either. Cam is terrified of Mitchell’s mishandling of power tools; “If an accident happens,” says Cam, “I hope it kills me…because I don’t think I would be a very inspiring disabled person.”
The clean comedic sketches and keen writing is up to date with contemporary cultural references, but harkens back to good-old fashion fast-pace comedies like I Love Lucy or the Dick Van Dyke Show. In Modern Family, you either get a punch line the first time or else you’re hit with another seconds after. There’s an equal portion of physical and verbal comedy stringing together multiple scenes as we enter in and out of each family’s private quarters. Irreverent gestures from the actors in the hysterical one-on-one testimonials are to be savored. Families at home know that part of getting along with a stubborn relative who has strong opinions is to agree to disagree.
Starring Ed O’Neill as Jay, Julie Bowen as Claire, Ty Burrell as Phil, SofĂ­a Vergara as Gloria, Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell, Eric Stonestreet as Cameron, Sarah Hyland as Haley, Nolan Gould as Luke, Ariel Winter as Alex and Rico Rodriguez as Manny. The series is produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television in association with Levitan Lloyd Productions. Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd are executive producers/creators.

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