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Modern Family (2009)

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Air Date:  Wednesday, September 23, 2009  
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Television
Rating: Modern Family is rated TV-PGThis program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children.

Modern Family Synopsis

Today's American families come in all shapes and sizes. Just ask these three families. One is a traditional family with a working dad, homemaker mom, and their two kids; one is a gay couple who have just adopted an Asian baby; and the third is an older man married to a much younger Latina woman. Shot from the perspective of an unseen documentary filmmaker, this comedy takes a modern look at the complications that come with being a family in 2009.

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Modern Family fans will be getting a year reprieve. The series will be adding an 11th season to its lineup. Originally it was thought that the 10th would be the final season for the hit ABC series. The announcement was made by ABC president Karey Burke at the 2019 Television Critics Association winter press tour. "So proud to announce that Modern Family is returning for its 11th and final season,"...  More>>


Modern Family: The Complete Ninth Season DVD Review


Modern Family: The Complete Ninth Season DVD Review
The numbers don't lie…nine seasons, two hundred and ten episodes, and seventy-five Emmy nominations with twenty-two wins.  As ABC's longest running comedy series currently, Modern Family is obviously a hit and a half hour of television each week that has kept audiences entertained for almost a decade. While the series started off strong later seasons began to falter a little which often happens. However, season eight had a strong showing once again paving the way for Season nine, though it didn't quite live up to the expectations set by some of its predecessors.  All said and done though, the show is still a solid comedy heading into what could be its final season.  Meanwhile, fans of the show can pick up the Modern Family, The Complete Ninth Season DVD this month.

Modern Family is exactly what the title connotes. It gives the audience glimpses into the lives of Jay Pritchett ( Sitcom veteran Ed O'Neill; Married with Children), his children Mitchell Pritchett (Jesse Tyler Ferguson; Untraceable) and Claire Dunphy (Julie Bowen; Happy Gilmore) and their families.  Jay is on his second marriage to Gloria (Sofia Vergara; Hot Pursuit) with whom he has one son, Joe (Pierce Wallace/Jeremy Maguire) and a stepson, Manny (Rico Rodriguez; The Muppets).  Claire is married to Phil (Ty Burell; The Incredible Hulk) and they have three children.  Mitchell is married to his husband Cameron (Eric Stonestreet; The Island) and they have one adopted daughter.  

For nine years we have watched hilarious as their lives have intertwined.  We were there when Mitchell and Cameron adopted Lily (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons; Distance) and when Joe was born.  Season Nine continues the "family bonding" ( or lack thereof) with the opening episode, Lake Life, where we see all the families converge on the lake to witness a once in a lifetime solar eclipse which, of course, doesn't go according to plan.  As Jay, Claire and Phil contemplate aging, Cameron obsesses over being in the sun while wearing a caftan. The rest of the season continues this trend all the way up to the season finale twenty-one episodes later with Clash of the Swords where Mitchell sneaks out to a convention with Phil and Gloria's party gets shown up by the one her neighbor next door throws. Yes, the Pritchetts and Dunphy are dysfunctional families but probably no more so than any of ours.

After all these years (and awards) this cast runs like a well-oiled machine with each member playing his or her part beautifully.  Bowen and Burell are standouts as always and Tyler Ferguson and Stonestreet offer some of the more hilarious moments.  Vergara adds the Latin spice to the group while they younger cast members give a different perspective on the situations the families all seem to end up in.  

The DVD set contains three discs with all twenty-two episodes of season nine but not much else.  It is a little disappointing that the only extra is a gag reel as some other behind the scenes features probably would have been interesting and entertaining as well.  Still, there is enough to enjoy and keep the viewer busy several hours ( if you are into the whole "binge-watching" thing).

With Season Ten most likely to be its last, Modern Family has offered us numerous laughs throughout the years and reliving them is typically an enjoyable experience. Having said that, it's probably a good thing that the show is coming to a close as the quality isn't the same as when it began back in 2009.  It will be interesting to see how the writers close out the series but in the meantime, you can always rewatch this past season with the DVD release.

Grade: B-

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