Quick Take: Modern Family, "Fears"
The Dunphy clan confronts their fears, including buried treasure, roller coasters, and driving tests. But don't worry about that, it's funny.
Review: Modern Family, "Fears"
(S0116) I was trying to figure out the reason why Modern Family is, even at its relatively young age, one of the better scripted TV comedies ever produced. At its core the premise is very simple: three families that are related, one more or less "traditional," one gay couple with an adopted daughter, and a divorced dad who remarried a woman with a son. And it's single camera.
That's it. That's the show. I realized that it's so good because it does the "basic" comedy things right week after week: the writing is sharp, the acting and casting are spot on, and the storylines are good enough to carry you from joke to joke. And yes, it's typically very funny.
Well, that's an oversimplification of course. They also make expert use of documentary-style filming and montages and lots of other stuff… it's just a great show, okay?
Phil (Ty Burrell) bonding with Luke (Nolan Gould) over the mysterious "collection" under the house (which may or may not turn out to be awesome, but speculating over what it is certainly is) is particularly effective. Cam and Mitch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) having the pediatrician ("a very nice Asian lady") over for brunch was a little flatter, but still solid.
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Video: Modern Family, "Fears"
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Recap: Modern Family, "Fears"
Phil tries to conquer his fear of the dark.
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