'Modern Family' goes off the grid
October 21st, 2010
12:45 PM ET

'Modern Family' goes off the grid

"Seinfeld" had "The Contest," and on Wednesday night, we had the 21st century, more family-friendly version of that on "Modern Family."

Claire challenged the Dunphys to go "Amish," as Phil put it, and give up all electronic devices. Luke was the first to crack, because he's "not made of stone," then Alex, for school reasons, of course (old encyclopedias aren't much help with cytoplasm and protoplasm).

Surprisingly, and hilariously, Claire was out next, caught cheating by logging on to get plane tickets. The automated, voice-activated phone number she used was maddening (who hasn't been there?).

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Hitchcock, 'Modern Family' style
October 14th, 2010
12:45 PM ET

Hitchcock, 'Modern Family' style

On Wednesday night's "Modern Family," Claire couldn't bear to tell Phil that he's not funny before he prepared to give a big speech (her secret: she doesn't laugh with her eyes... the demonstration was priceless).

Meanwhile, Mitchell couldn't bear to tell the very-sensitive Cam that he looked bad in bike shorts ("Maybe there is a person who looks good in bike shorts but my boyfriend is not that person").

The solution? Taking inspiration from Alfred Hitchcock's classic "Strangers on a Train" and taking care of the other person's "murder."

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Nathan Lane fails to shake things up on 'Modern Family'
October 7th, 2010
12:45 PM ET

Nathan Lane fails to shake things up on 'Modern Family'

On Wednesday night, a big earthquake hit all three of our families, but what could have been something of a gimmick-y episode didn't shake the sharp writing we usually expect from "Modern Family."

The quake provided the perfect excuse for Mitchell and Cam to get out of a theme/costume party with Cam's ex Pepper ("It was the nineties, we'd just lost Princess Di. I was at sea."), played by Nathan Lane, who showed up at their doorstep late in the episode.

I had high hopes for his appearance, but Pepper in the flesh was a disappointment compared to the one Mitchell and Cam described. At the same time, I loved how much the two ended up trashing their house to back up their lies to Pepper.

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PDA problems on 'Modern Family'
September 30th, 2010
12:08 PM ET

PDA problems on 'Modern Family'

A group of Facebook users clamored for it, and so it finally happened on Wednesday night's episode of "Modern Family:" Cameron and Mitchell kissed. But if you turned your head or even blinked, you might have missed it.

It took place in the background very quickly, a very understated handling of it in the tradition of this show, which always tries - for the most part - to ground itself in reality.

Why hadn't we seen them kiss before? Well, it turns out that Mitchell is not a big fan of public displays of affection, while Cameron loves them ("Gays don't high-five!"). Among several places where Mitchell thinks people shouldn't kiss is a bowling alley. "I almost got a turkey!" Cameron complained. Mitchell also isn't a fan of Cameron's game, "kiss-buggy" (kissing whenever one sees a VW bug).

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A few Emmys later, 'Modern Family' is back!
September 23rd, 2010
10:51 AM ET

A few Emmys later, 'Modern Family' is back!

After a wildly successful first season, and winning six Emmys, what does "Modern Family" do for an encore? Stay just as funny as ever.

Wednesday night's season premiere had the show continuing right where it left off in terms of delivering the laughs. Best of all (as usual) were Cam and Mitchell, with Mitchell determined to build a princess castle all on his own.

Cam immediately seizes on the opportunity to bring Jay in, who is reminded by Mitchell of a project they worked on in the past. "That was my Vietnam. And I was in Vietnam," Jay said. FULL POST

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