ABC’s Emmy-winning comedy ‘Modern Family’ works on so many levels. It’s new. It’s fresh. But mostly, it’s funny, in a real life kind of way. This week’s ‘Manny Get Your Gun’ episode is a classic example of how the show really hits home with the viewers.
It’s Manny’s (Rico Rodriguez II) birthday and all the family members are invited to his birthday party. The zany events that ensue in getting there are hilarious reminders of things we’ve done or secretly want to do.
First Jay (Ed O’Neill) gives Manny a BB gun marked for ages 16 and over. Manny questions him about the warning and Jay off-handedly remarks, ‘You were born sixteen’. Manny then fears he let his childhood slip away and reverts to doing ‘childish’ things – like mixing different kinds of soda and floating in a raft in the middle of the pool. How many times have we taken our parents too seriously?
Who hasn’t gone on a maddening search, like Gloria, (Sofia Vergara) for their car keys, ranting at their spouse, turning the house upside down? Whose spouse, like Jay, has been the one to have them after all, following several denials? Smart thinking Jay to put them in Gloria’s purse – too bad women tend to figure those things out!
Then there’s Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitchell’s (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) pre-party antics. Do we even need to admit that we’d secretly love to dance in a flash mob, given a chance? The fact that Mitchell was trying to do it for Cameron, and Cameron felt totally excluded in the ‘doing’ is so typical for many couples.
Finally, Phil (Ty Burrell) and Claire’s (Julie Bowen) race to the party to gain the kids’ praise was just so funny. How many parents out there have felt like they have to compete for their kids’ affection? Working 40 plus hours a week and then coming home to housework, bills and homework can drain the fun out of any mom or dad. But secretly, we want to be the potato-chip-in-the-sandwich parent. The one who makes our child laugh.
We also don’t want our kids to grow up too fast, and when they do, it is a sobering moment. Phil’s breakdown over the girls emotional plea to opt out of family camp was a hilarious reminder.
Finally, when everyone who is scurrying to get there on time (which is so typical of busy, family lives) nearly collides with each other as they arrive, this episode concludes in comedic brilliance.
Bottom line: We, as an audience, can relate to this show.
The efforts of ‘Modern Family’s’ ingenious writing team and talented, high-chemistry cast easily hits home with the audience. The show has already snagged a 2010 Emmy and its 2011 People’s Choice Award nomination for Favorite TV Comedy is a best bet for a win.
Watch full episodes online at the ‘Modern Family’ website.
‘Modern Family’ airs in Flint on WJRT TV ABC12 Wednesdays at 9:00 PM EST.