Australia’s Ten’s new comedy Modern Family last night held its ratings share after the airing of its second episode, while Nine narrowly won the night with solid results for Top Gear, its evening news and a repeat of Two and a Half Men.
However, Nine’s double episode of Survivor, which included the finale of the show, failed to make the top ten in overall free-to-air TV viewing.
Modern Family was the third most-watched show for the night with 1.548m tuning in – little change from Tuesday’s ratings.
Tuesday’s most-watched shows:
Masterchef Ten 1.644m
Seven News Seven 1.613m
Modern Family Ten 1.548m
TV Geek Army has a review of “Travels with Scout”. Here are the highlights:
While not an absolute off the handle laughfest, this was one of the most balanced, entertaining, and funny episodes of Modern Family to date. Balanced in the sense that every major cast member got to do something interesting or funny. And to top it all off we had the legendary Fred Willard rejoining the action as Phil’s dad.
More thoughts on “Travels with Scout”:
Paste magazine selected the 10 best sitcoms on TV right now , and of course one of them is Modern Family. Here is what Paste had to say about the show:
The funniest debut season of a sitcom in a long while belongs to Modern Family on ABC. The story of three inter-related families works because its characters seem familiar to life but fresh to the screen. Not that the show is above archetypes: There’s the rebellious teen seduced by popularity, the beautiful Colombian second wife, the trying-too-hard-to-be-cool dad, the patriarch who doesn’t like to show affection, the flamboyantly gay boyfriend. But it’s not taken long for TV veterans Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan to let each character’s uniqueness flourish through the myriad relationships within the family.
It’s these relationships that make even a completely messed-up family a valuable thing. No matter how bad things get in this Modern Family, it always beats the alternative of not having each other. They’re flawed individuals, offering only broken bits of love to one another, but that’s more than enough to cling to. As Dylan, the boyfriend of Claire’s oldest daughter so sweetly an wisely said—before breaking into a song about Haley with the lyrics, “I just want to do you, do you” in front of the family—“You’re reaching out, trying to hold on to something awesome… Haley’s got the kind of confidence that you get from having a family like this that’s passionate and accepting of hot foreigners and gay dudes and nutty people—you know, family that actually loves each other.”
True Slant has a review of Modern Family, here are the highlights:
When the commercials first urged me to watch ABC’s rookie sitcom Modern Family, my approximate reaction was “I’d rather die.” It just looked so, well, lame. Another stupid family sitcom about stupid family situations, now “freshly” updated to include the terribly cutting edge notion of gay people and minorities. If it was 1992, perhaps I’d be intrigued. But it’s not, so…yeah. However, a funny thing happened on the way to the snark forum…I watched an episode. I must’ve been sick, or drunk, or sick and drunk, but somehow Modern Family wound up on my TV screen. And it was pretty good. I kept watching, and it progressed. Now, eighteen episodes later, Modern Family is the best thirty minutes on television.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Manny Delgado. He’s Frasier meets Don Juan, except twelve and Colombian. I never thought a recipe as old “precocious pre-teen” could yield good results – but trust me, Manny is aces.
Read the rest of the review on True Slant.
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If you have read my reviews…which I hope a few actually have…you will see that I like to break them up between families.
The Dunphys are encounter problems in the house when Phil decides to meet his ex-girl friend over to the house after she reconnected with him via Facebook. The laughs started whenPhil says that he dated other women besides mom.
Haley: “Oh my God, gross, I can’t even picture you with a woman.”
Claire: “Thank you.”
Phil: “Trust me, I had plenty of fun in my time. Then, I met your mom.”
Claire is obviously liking the idea of Phil meeting up with Denise for a bite to eat.
Claire: “Women in their 30s on the internet are like ninjas. They get in their little, black outfits and try to sneak their way into your marriage.”
Phil can see that so he invites her over to the house instead for drinks.
Alex and Luke are toying with each other throughout the episode. To get back for Luke earlier in the episode, Alex says that Luke was adopted and that the real reason Jay’s ex-girlfriend is coming over so he can meet his real mom. Luke leaves confused and Haley asks.
Haley: “Just because he called you a dork-to-dork salesman?”
Alex: “The empire strikes back.”
Once Denise arrives to the house she lays on the heavy advances toward Phil. When asking for directions to the bathroom out of earshot from Claire she asks.
Denise: “How are we going to do this?”
Phil: “I thought I’d just point at the door…,”
Denise: “Here’s a key to my hotel room.”
Denise then shoves the key card into his hand and leaves. Phil is left speechless and confused, classic Phil.
Claire doesn’t see the advances Denise is making on Phil. Alone in the kitchen Phil talks to Claire saying she wasn’t completely wrong.
Phil: “She wants me,”
Claire: “To do what?”
Phil: “It! ME!” “She bit the air right in front of me!”
Claire thinks he is crazy and leaves the room. Denise eventually gets frustrated that her advances, etc. aren’t working on Phil and leaves the house.
Jay comes into the house holding a inspirational framed poster that says “What doesn’t kill us, makes us stronger.” But Manny disagrees.
Manny: “Lots of stuff that doesn’t kill you makes you weaker.”
Jay tries to hang the frame with the saying in Manny’s room but it ends up falling into the Shel Turtlesteins tank killing him. He tries to cover up what really happened saying that a raccoon broke into the house and killed the turtle. Manny leaves his room heartbroken after identifying the body. Gloria realizing something is up confronts Jay.
Gloria: “You lie. I’m Columbian, I know a fake crime scene when I see one.”
Gloria says that he has to come clean and tell Manny what happened but Jay disagrees.
Jay: “It was an accident, I’ve been through this before. When Mitchell was nine, I was supposed to take care of his bird. It got out and flew into a fan. It was like a bloody pillow fight.”
He continues, “To this day, Mitchell looks at me, I see him thinking ‘that’s the guy who killed Flyza Minnelli.”
Gloria says that he will find out and Jay contends he won’t because he covered his tracks. When realizing the name of the bird Jay wonders how he didn’t realize that his son was gay.
Later that night when going to bed Gloria is still upset that Jay hasn’t said anything to Manny.
Gloria: “Hard to sleep on a bed of lies, huh, Jay?”
Jay finally gives up and approaches Manny in his room. Manny is already waiting for him and knows that Jay wasn’t telling truth. Manny is confused why he lied but Jay says it’s because they have a good thing going between them and didn’t want to mess it up.
A life change happens to Cameron and Mitchell when Mitchell realizes that he has been missing too much family time because of all the work his boss is asking him to do.
Mitchell: “He’s the suckiest suck of all time.”
One of the scenes that made me laugh the most was when Mitchell and Cameron were trying to reenact to see if Mitchell’s boss overheard him on the phone in the car next to him.
Mitchell: “I sort of had to shout.”
Cameron: “You had to what?”
Cameron: “A little bit louder now,”
Cameron: “A little bit louder now.”
Cameron: “Hey-hey-ay-ee-ay-ee!” – Cameron singing
Mitchell realizes that Cameron can hear him and thinks that he is screwed with his boss.
Mitchell confronts his boss at work that day and tells him can’t work there anymore because he is missing too much time at home. After he arrives home and tells Cameron that he quit is job he is excited they can experience Lily and her “firsts.” After they watch her intently and she doesn’t do anything interesting Mitchell starts to panic thinking he will try and get his job back.
Mitchell: “I am going to do what I am trained to do. I am going to lie, grovel, debase myself until I get what I want. I am a lawyer, damn it.”
Cameron helps to calm him down and says they will be ok and figure something out.
A young man arrived at Ty Burrell‘s hotel room to stock the minibar and immediately recognized the co-star of the ABC comedy “Modern Family.”
He loved the show.
Thanks, Burrell replied. The man went on to quietly describe how his family gathered each week to watch “Modern Family” together, and because of those group viewings, he was getting to know his younger siblings better.
“I know we’re not curing cancer,” said Burrell, who portrays the earnest goofball dad Phil Dunphy, “but it feels nice to see people affected by the show.”
“Modern Family” is the most critically acclaimed and popular new comedy of the TV season, the centerpiece of ABC’s Wednesday lineup and already renewed for a second season. Not only does it fulfill a comedy’s central mission — provide genuine laughs — it nudges preconceptions and isn’t afraid to show some heart amid a sea of snark and irony on television.
More than heart was on display one recent evening when “Modern Family” commandeered a Los Angeles hotel lobby to shoot some scenes. Hoots and hollers from crew members alerted those whose heads were turned the wrong way that they had missed actress Julie Bowen streaking across a room clad only in a bodysuit.
Bowen, who portrays Claire Dunphy, was about to film a scene in which she’s supposed to be naked underneath a trench coat. You’ll just have to watch the episode that airs Wednesday at 9 p.m. EST to find out why.
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Television Without Pity reviewed Modern Family and criticized Julie Bowen’s character Claire – What do you think?
As Modern Family’s fantastic first season has progressed, it’s just gotten better and funnier, and its characters have become more and more likable with each episode as the show has quickly grown into one of the best on television. With one glaring exception — Julie Bowen’s character Claire. While all the characters on the show are flawed by design, Claire is the standard irreversibly shrill sitcom wife surrounded by otherwise transgressive characters. Even when she does redeem herself by letting her husband win a foot race, or begrudgingly jumping into a pool with her clothes on to satisfy the stepmother she called a gold-digger, she’s still a joyless, shrew of a woman, and that’s a damn shame.
The difference between her character’s flaws and the rest of the cast’s is that not only is there nothing endearing about her, she isn’t trusted with the funny either. Her husband is a lecherous idiot who screws up constantly, but he’s an undeniably lovable lecherous idiot, and he gets the best lines on the show. Her father is a bit backwards in his thinking, but he strives to evolve, has a dog butler, and the scene where he spared little Manny from knowing what a jerk his deadbeat dad was would forgive him almost any insensitive remark he could ever make. And Cam is an over-the-top gay stereotype who should probably offend more than he does, but c’mon, you can’t not love that bleeding heart of an impromptu Lion King musical stager. But when pressed to come up with Claire’s good points, I really can’t come up with any. If she’s not humorlessly yelling, nagging, fretting, or complaining, she’s, well, off-screen.
Alan Sepinwall from The Star-Ledger did not really like it:
Not much to say about a pretty lackluster “Modern Family” last night. At this point, it’s pretty clear that the show is at its weakest when the three family units are off in their own separate orbits
And from the LA Times:
As much as I wanted to pretend otherwise, I was severely disappointed in Fred Willard’s guest spot. I was excited when I heard that Willard would be the Dunphy patriarch; it was perfect casting. Phil fans certainly would want to see who created the lovable klutz, and Willard was more than perfect. But was Willard even on screen for more than five minutes? Through a computer worst of all! So much for the physical comedy that was sure to happen between the two. Major disappointment. Here’s hoping the short spot leaves room for more visits from Willard. If not, that would be a wasted guest spot in an overflowing list of guests that is becoming mildly overrated.
Yet another top 10 shows list this time from the Time and of course Modern Family is in the top:
1. Mad Men
2. Modern Family
3. Breaking Bad
4. Big Love
5. Battlestar Galactica
7. Friday Night Lights
9. Sons of Anarchy
10. The Office / Parks and Recreation (tie)
Read more: in the Time
MSNBC says “Modern Family” is one of the year’s best TV shows:
Three households, all unconventional, are blended into this fall’s freshest family comedy. Ed O’Neill and Julie Bowen are among the stars perched on this sitcom family tree.
See the rest of the top shows here.