Dr. K. Leatherwood
October 15, 2014
Cultural Criticism - Folk & Pop
How "Modern" is Modern Family?
Nearly everyone has seen or heard of American Broadcasting Company 's (ABC) hit television show, Modern Family. And, in my opinion, if you have not, you do not have a clue as to what is good. According to ABC.com, Modern Family is "...also quickly cementing itself as a culturally defining series (ABC)." Receiving four consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series and a Golden Globe Award for Best Comedy Television Series, Modern Family seems unstoppable, returning in its sixth season. The idea of Modern Family was quickly accepted and became a necessity for ABC 's broadcasting. According to a blog on Los Angeles Times, ABC, which traditionally does not pick up new shows before announcing the concept to advertisers in New York, ordered the show early.
Modern Family features the lives of three fictional families residing in the Los Angeles area who all are interrelated through Jay Prichett and his children, Claire Dunphy and Mitchell Prichett. As evident to the title, the three families starring on the show were created to depict examples of society 's definition of a "modern" family. The first family, consisting of Jay Prichett, his second wife, Gloria Prichett, their infant son, Fulgencio Joe Pritchett, and Gloria 's fourteen year old son from a previous relationship, Manny Delgado, is a representation of a blended family. Jay is an older wealthy business owner while Gloria is Colombian and through the show, reminds us of her heritage and poor family background. They have an age difference of nearly 30 years. Research shows that 40% of married couples in the United States are step couples...
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... so easily. As the statistics proved, each family displays a picture of what America is or what America is becoming into. In today 's society the perception of family structure has evolved tremendously from the traditional values of the 20th century. The show satirizes the issues that shape American families. Although the Modern Family ensemble is not the traditional family of the past, they still pull the same aspects and values of commitment, support, and most of all, love.
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