An analysis on the TV show Modern Family

1673 WordsNov 12, 20137 Pages
Modern Family Television network ABC Family’s breakout comedy series, Modern Family, is a show full of life lessons and hidden meanings. Most television shows nowadays are all about sex, alcohol, and the dramas that occur because of them. Modern Family is not an exception, however it focuses more on the family aspect of life’s many dramas. On the surface, it is similar to the sex and drugs filled television shows that consume the media these days, but underneath that surface each episode has a moral to be learned, and the show overall represents many different assumptions America makes on what a “typical” family is. Modern Family is different mainly because of the variety of characters. Made as a mockumentary (a documentary but for a…show more content…
Two parents who are married, with two or more kids. Then there is Mitchell and Cam. Obviously a homosexual couple is not considered the dominant ideology of a family, which adds to the modernity of the show. This along with their adopted Vietnamese daughter Lily is the show’s main deterrence from the “typical” family. As stated before, Modern Family tends to send better messages to the audience. In the episode “Caught In the Act” there are three separate events that are all based on being caught doing something that harms someone else, and shows either the consequences or how they worked it out. Haley, Alex, and Luke made their parents breakfast in bed on their anniversary, only to be scarred for life when they opened the door to surprise them because their parents were caught in the act of having sex. They all ran downstairs screaming in horror, Haley and Alex became hysterical, pacing back and forth or rubbing their eyes with water in hopes to forget the image. Luke keeps asking what they were doing, because he still has his innocence, but his sisters can’t bring themselves to say the words of what they just witnessed. Meanwhile, Claire and Phil are holed up in their room trying to figure out what to say to their traumatized kids. In the end the best they could come up with is telling them they know it was terrible to see their parents that way but when they grow up into their sexuality they shouldn’t be embarrassed
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