While I've heard raves about the show from friends and co-workers, I ended up missing the entire first season because I failed to add it to my DVR lineup. Yes, that sounds totally lazy, but, truth be told, I only watch a few shows on TV, and I need them to be awesome.
So when Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment offered me the chance to review the Season 1 DVD ($49.98) of the multicultural, gay-friendly, modern look at family life, I was game.
And then I was addicted. No wonder it won the Emmy for best comedy.
If you haven't seen the show -- the second season of which just kicked off and airs Wednesdays on ABC at 9/8c -- it covers three very different family units, who also happen to be related.
The most traditional of the trio -- The Dunphy clan -- is headed up by Phil (Ty Burrell) and Claire (Julie Bowen). The laid-back Phil (who shows off his "cool dad" mojo by explaining texting terms like WTF? as "Why the face?" Uh, sure, that's what it means) and the uptight Claire juggle the duties of raising three kids.
Claire's brother, Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson), is one-half of a loving and hilarious same-sex couple, who have just adopted a baby girl from Vietnam. His other half, Cameron (Eric Stonestreet, right, who won an Emmy for his role), becomes a stay-at-home dad who is the easy-going and super-friendly counterpart to Mitchell's uptight lawyer. (Must be in the genes.)
Claire and Mitchell's dad, Jay (Ed O'Neill) has recently married the voluptuous, outspoken and Colombian-born Gloria (Sophia Vergara) and is helping to raise her precocious son, Manny (Rico Rodriguez), who would rather wear a silk dinner jacket than a hoodie.
You can imagine the hijinks, but the show, created by Steven Levitan ("Just Shoot Me") and Christopher Lloyd ("Frasier"), really has an amazing amount of heart.
Making awkward situations accessible yet funny (Gloria finds out via Claire's son that Claire called her a gold digger; Cameron and Mitchell try to tone down their "gayness" at a Mommy and Me outing), the show touches on issues of modern family life without being preachy or dull.
The DVD extras offer lots more fun. Three words: Fizbo the Clown. Also, producers and writers on the show talk about how they worked their own crazy family situations into the story line. (Who knew real people did some of those wacky things?!)
It quickly became one of my favorite shows, and I'll be tuning in tonight. (It's now a top priority on my DVR.)
*** GIVEAWAY ***
I'm giving away 1 copy of the "Modern Family" Season 1 DVD.
Just leave a comment below telling me your favorite "Modern Family" moment. Or, if you haven't seen the show, tell me your craziest family moment.
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Good luck, and I'll announce the winner Friday, Oct. 8!
Photos courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.