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Ando
10-22-2009, 12:13 PM
I am a little surprised that there isn't a thread for this show (at least that I could find).

This is an amazingly funny show. Well written jokes and dialogue, likeable characters, and just the right amount of awkwardness and inappropriate situations.

I missed the first 2-3 episodes, but I have been watching (and in turn encouraging my wife to watch) this show religously since.

Is anyone else watching this show? Any thoughts?

JEDIpartner
10-23-2009, 09:53 AM
I have to admit that I am totally loving this show... along with the The Middle. Ty Burrell plays the Michael Scott-type character better than Steve Carrell has in at least three seasons of The Office now. It's very much in the vein of The Office and Arrested Development. This makes it a great pairing with The Middle, which reminds me of Roseanne, Arrested Development and Malcom in the Middle.

Ando
10-23-2009, 11:09 AM
I have to admit that I am totally loving this show... along with the The Middle. Ty Burrell plays the Michael Scott-type character better than Steve Carrell has in at least three seasons of The Office now. It's very much in the vein of The Office and Arrested Development. This makes it a great pairing with The Middle, which reminds me of Roseanne, Arrested Development and Malcom in the Middle.

I like The Middle, it's very sweet and weird, and has a lot of heart, but I think that almost too much like Malcolm in the Middle just old from the mom's perspective. Especially with Atticus Schaffer's character Brick. He's the only cast member that made it from the 2007 pilot over to the finished series (IMDB).

I like that Patricia Heaton can play a different character from Debra and not be the condescending, borderline shrewish wife she was on Raymond.

I agree with you about Ty Burrell being more Michael Scott than Steve Carell's Michael Scott. His character is amazingly clueless. And hilarious.

JEDIpartner
10-23-2009, 11:23 AM
I like The Middle, it's very sweet and weird, and has a lot of heart, but I think that almost too much like Malcolm in the Middle just old from the mom's perspective. Especially with Atticus Schaffer's character Brick. He's the only cast member that made it from the 2007 pilot over to the finished series (IMDB).

I like that Patricia Heaton can play a different character from Debra and not be the condescending, borderline shrewish wife she was on Raymond.

I agree with you about Ty Burrell being more Michael Scott than Steve Carell's Michael Scott. His character is amazingly clueless. And hilarious.

I was a little wary of The Middle, but really warmed up to it quickly. I'm glad I took the risk. I love the "weird" factor a LOT. Brick just cracks me up with his pseudo-psychotic whispering repetition of certain phrases. That is a seriously great quirk. I enjoyed how the father did that the other night with "red ribbon...". LOL

But, yeah, Ty Burrell doesn't assault you with his inappropriateness. He is so gently clueless that you love him even though he makes you cringe. I'm finding Michael Scott more and more blatantly offensive as the episodes roll by. I've really not enjoyed The Office in a couple seasons.

The feud between Gloria and Claire was really enjoyable as it had a bit of heart and wasn't simply mean-spirited. The adult relationship of brother and sister, Mitchell and Claire, was wonderfully portrayed in the last episode. The little moments of sibling rivalry and the sharing of horror is so reminiscent of my partner's family. It was so familiar that it was authentic to me.

Ando
10-23-2009, 11:27 AM
I was a little wary of The Middle, but really warmed up to it quickly. I'm glad I took the risk. I love the "weird" factor a LOT. Brick just cracks me up with his pseudo-psychotic whispering repetition of certain phrases. That is a seriously great quirk. I enjoyed how the father did that the other night with "red ribbon...". LOL

That is a pretty funny little quirk. I haven't watched this week's episode yet.

JEDIpartner
10-23-2009, 11:40 AM
That is a pretty funny little quirk. I haven't watched this week's episode yet.

Well, definitely look for it. You know... I'm starting a thread dedicated to The Middle.

Ando
10-28-2009, 11:20 AM
Modern Family's Eric Stonestreet (Cam) was on the 4th segment of Scare Tactics last night!

JEDIpartner
10-29-2009, 08:37 AM
"An' den he step on it!" LOL

Between the poncho and Mitchell and Cam with their baby head bump issues, I was on the floor!!! I loved the scene in the doctor's office where Cam was going on about how they plan on raising Lily with reference to her Asian heritage and he started asking the doctor about Pho, but was pronouncing it "fuh".

"I don't know... I'm from Denver. We don't have a lot of 'fuh' there." :mad:

sonofsokol
10-29-2009, 11:45 AM
This show is quickly becoming my favorite show. The characters are amazing and so likeable. In this last episode when Phil got hit by his daughter in the driving school car, I managed to hit my tv with diet coke splatter from 12 feet!

JEDIpartner
10-29-2009, 11:52 AM
This show is quickly becoming my favorite show. The characters are amazing and so likeable. In this last episode when Phil got hit by his daughter in the driving school car, I managed to hit my tv with diet coke splatter from 12 feet!

All of the scenes in the car were hysterical!

"Hmmmm... the GPS thinks we're in a park. Heh-heh..." :o *looks up* :eek: "Oh, my god!!! We ARE IN A PARK!! Avoid the children!!!"

Ando
10-29-2009, 11:59 AM
"No, I actually do get up at six." - Claire

"That was you? I thought we had a raccoon." - Phil

"I wasn't a very good husband the first time around, so I am trying to make up for it. By my third marriage, I should have it down pat." - Jay

sonofsokol
10-29-2009, 12:21 PM
Other favorite moments from this week:
Phil telling his wife that he takes the stairs 2 at a time because doing it the normal way would just feel weird.

Cam running/stumbling across the parking lot with the garbage can over his head screaming "I'm goint to break the window!"
On Star Agent - "Tell your wife to calm down..."

The doctor having Mitchell hit his head on the door frame... twice.

Mitchell - "You thought ghetto fabulous was medical relevant?"

Cam - "How could I forget Cher? That's embarrasing"
Mitchell - "THAT's embarrasing?"


And from a few episodes ago:
"Do you want to do me, do me, do me, cause I want to do you, do you ,do you...."

JEDIpartner
10-29-2009, 12:24 PM
"She's not dressed up like Donna Summer... I thought you could tell! It's Diana Ross during her 80s period!"

Ando
10-29-2009, 12:50 PM
Last night's episode wasn't *AS* funny as last week's. It was still awesome and I still enjoyed it. I think I read somewhere that ABC shuffled the episodes and that last night's was supposed to have been an earlier one which would explain it because the 1st 2 were more awkward than hilarious and they've been getting funnier and funnier as the weeks progress.

I forgot about the OnStar CSR telling Mitchell to tell his wife to calm down. That was pretty awesome.

sonofsokol
10-29-2009, 12:56 PM
My wife caught that last night's epidose was the first day of school for the kids, but last episode (or 2 episodes ago) they had to go to the principal's office because Manny and Luke were fighting at school... They must have scrambled the episodes a little.

OC47150
10-29-2009, 08:05 PM
Ed O'Neil can finally break free of Al Bundy!!!

It's a funny show. Must-see for me.

The episode were Manny's dad stood him up was good. My girlfriend related to it, because her ex-husband acts like that to her boys.

JEDIpartner
11-05-2009, 08:52 AM
Nice episode... This show takes the "sweet" aspect of Arrested Development where The Middle takes the weirdly bizarre aspect of it.

I loved the parade of children coming in from the hospital to support the girl Manny was sparring against. Mo Collins has never been so understated in a role! I almost didn't recognise her as the nurse. Again, the moment between Mitchell and Claire did it for me. Of course, the DVR cut off the ending so I didn't get to see what happened when Cameron started running for Mitchell in the parking lot.

sonofsokol
11-05-2009, 10:24 AM
They cut away right as Cam would have jumped. I think it is one of those moments where anything that they showed happening with that is dwarfed by what you imagine might happen. Kind of like the Office the other day... imagining Michael falling into the Koi pond was much funnier than actually seeing it happen.

I loved how the smart daughter (Alex I think is her name) got her sister to rub her cell phone battery on her hair to charge it and then the brother comes running down the stairs with his ipod in his mouth to charge it. I wish I had been that clever as a kid... I would probably be the one rubbing bald spots into my scalp :hurt:

JEDIpartner
11-05-2009, 10:55 AM
They cut away right as Cam would have jumped. I think it is one of those moments where anything that they showed happening with that is dwarfed by what you imagine might happen. Kind of like the Office the other day... imagining Michael falling into the Koi pond was much funnier than actually seeing it happen.

I loved how the smart daughter (Alex I think is her name) got her sister to rub her cell phone battery on her hair to charge it and then the brother comes running down the stairs with his ipod in his mouth to charge it. I wish I had been that clever as a kid... I would probably be the one rubbing bald spots into my scalp :hurt:

I kinda thought they would do that, but wasn't sure. I thought you might see Mitchell flinching right before they cut away. LOL

Actually, I was that kid growing up! I had an entire youth camp looking for a dog named "Tilly" during one of our day camp overnight stays. It was hilarious!! I told them that the dog we saw in the woods belonged to someone who lived a couple miles away. Some of the kids were upset 'cos the dog was lost and others were determined to find it and be a hero. I just sat back and quietly watched the whole thing play out until the next morning. :p

sonofsokol
11-05-2009, 11:05 AM
That is pure evil:twisted:

Ando
11-05-2009, 11:22 AM
And yet HILARIOUS at the same time.

We fell asleep early last night, so I was only able to watch the opening scene this morning while getting ready.

"Any monkey (?) can make a home movie, I make home FILMS."

JEDIpartner
11-05-2009, 02:37 PM
That is pure evil:twisted:

I know. It was good... right? LOL

I can't wait for you to see the episode!!!

Ando
11-05-2009, 02:46 PM
I can't wait for you to see the episode!!!

Trust me, I can't wait either!

Ando
11-06-2009, 04:40 PM
We finally watched the new episode last night and loved it! Can't wait to watch it again! So much good stuff!

OC47150
11-06-2009, 07:47 PM
Poor Manny.

I love Mo Collins. Great to see her on TV again.

JEDIpartner
11-11-2009, 10:36 AM
It's Wednesday!!!!!! :love:

Sadly, our shows aren't on because of the stupid CMAs!!!!

OC47150
11-11-2009, 09:25 PM
I had the timer all set then remembered the CMAs. Dangit!:sad:

JEDIpartner
11-19-2009, 09:20 AM
Manny totally trying to score with Haley!!! :p



Mitchell and Cam hanging with Sal: "*sigh* You should kill that baby..."

"Wha...? What did she just say? Did she say we should kill the baby??!!"

Ando
11-19-2009, 11:24 AM
Sadly I missed it. The wife and I zonked out on the couches last night at about 7:55 pm.

BUT, I DVR'd both the repeat (The Bicycle Thief) and the new one. I am really excited that I will finally get to show The Bicycle Thief to my wife. It's one of the ones that aired before we started watching (and I watched it on Hulu one day at work).

OC47150
11-19-2009, 07:30 PM
Manny is a hoot. I'm going to be an espresso. Anyone want one??

And Grandpa knowing Hailey's every move. Hilarious!!

Ando
11-20-2009, 07:02 PM
And Grandpa knowing Hailey's every move. Hilarious!!

When he surprises her on the back deck/patio in the dark... Classic.

And I loved for once that Phil was the "normal" one of sorts with the gift giving situation between him and Claire.

I need to watch it again, as there was a great reference to the other episode they aired and I have forgotten it already.

What a great show!

OC47150
11-21-2009, 11:48 AM
I watched it with the girlfriend last night and it was funnier the second time.

The only thing that would've made the episode better if Jay's western was Hondo, which was one of Al Bundy's faves.

OC47150
11-30-2009, 08:25 PM
Classic episode all the way!!

"Manny Delgado is a man of action." I almost peed my pants watching Manny hop on the zip line and go rescue the girl.

And Phil! I like scary movies. I've seen Ghostbusters seven times.

But Cam as Frizbo stole the show.

Ando
12-01-2009, 10:50 AM
But Cam as Frizbo stole the show.

Yep! That scene at the gas station made my love for Cam's character even stronger. And when he pulled out the giant clock at the end to tell Mitchell they were going to be late: HILARIOUS.

I will say that when Hailey (sp?) dumped out the scorpion, I kinda freaked. I'm of an arachniphobe in general, so I had to pull my legs up onto the couch.

sonofsokol
12-01-2009, 09:46 PM
My 2 favorite Cam lines:

Fizbo is not gay he is asexual...he's the least sexual being on earth.

People are going to stare, they're not used to seeing just one clown in a car.

sonofsokol
12-10-2009, 03:30 PM
The look on Claire's face when Phil cancelled Christmas was priceless.

Ando
12-10-2009, 05:02 PM
Another winner from Modern Family! I got a little nervous when they invited the homeless Santa over for dinner. I was worried it'd get a little preachy or he would end up stealing something from Cam and Mitchell, but it all worked out in the end. I loved seeing him deck Andrew from the "New" Greensleavers.

"You guys were nice, HE was naughty."

Phil promising to take the family to Italy (how random!!!) got an even better reaction from Claire if you ask me.

And the pajama thing from Jay was very much like something from my family. My dad always buys us guys pajama pants and Christmas ties (although, I think he may have stopped doing this) and then makes us wear them for pictures on Christmas Eve.

OC47150
12-10-2009, 08:03 PM
Loved Manny in his burgandy jacket at the dinner table at the end.

JEDIpartner
12-12-2009, 11:16 PM
"I was getting a car???"

"No... I lied. That's what we do in this family now. We lie!"

LOL!

Ando
12-14-2009, 11:39 AM
My wife and I were watching one of our favorite Christmas movies last night (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) and we spotted Ariel Winter ("Alex Dunphy") as the young Harmony Faith Lane. Kind of a nice surprise for us to spot new things in a favorite movie.

Any fans of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang here?

OC47150
12-14-2009, 08:20 PM
My wife and I were watching one of our favorite Christmas movies last night (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) and we spotted Ariel Winter ("Alex Dunphy") as the young Harmony Faith Lane. Kind of a nice surprise for us to spot new things in a favorite movie.

Any fans of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang here?

I saw if for the first time about a month ago. Interesting movie. I want to catch it again.

sonofsokol
12-15-2009, 03:53 PM
Not really related, but I noticed that the actress that plays Haley, the oldest Dunphy daughter, is on an Olive Garden commercial. I watch too much TV.:yes:

In other news, Modern Family was nominated for a Golden Globe. That's pretty cool:thumbsup:

OC47150
12-27-2009, 07:24 PM
Last year's NCIS Christmas show featured Cam as a security guard.

OC47150
01-08-2010, 08:56 PM
We're watching Brian DePlama's controversial masterpiece, Scarface.

Hi-lar-i-ous!

Claire dressing up for the firefighters was funny, too.

And the kids' talking about what gets the parents mad.

sonofsokol
01-14-2010, 02:55 PM
Another great episode. My favorite part was after the credits when Cam was doing the voice for the dog-butler statue. If your DVR cut it off, you have to see it online or something. Hilarious!!! Watching Gloria always catch Jay at just the wrong moment with the statue was pretty great too.

My favorite line was Phil to his wife: "You're all the porn I need." Man, I love Phil.

Ando
01-14-2010, 04:46 PM
Personally I thought Phil's line about comparing a topless woman on a tractor to a Eurpean cereal commercial was funnier, but all in all it was another outstandingly funny episode.

OC47150
01-15-2010, 11:14 AM
Good ep, but it was Manny-free!

JEDIpartner
01-15-2010, 06:46 PM
Awwww... Manny got a lot of face-time in the last episode. The scene where his Gloria was laying into him for going out with Jay and his father was hysterical!!

OC47150
01-22-2010, 09:05 PM
Where to begin with this week's ep:

* Manny's date. Poor woman.

* Jay and Shorty.

* Julie Bowen in her undies. :lipsrsealed:

Great ep.

Ando
02-05-2010, 02:36 PM
Phil's moustache FTW.

"Moon landing"

"Splash down"

Once again, a great episode!

And Manny's undermining of Gloria's driving to Mitchell when Gloria wasn't around: HILARIOUS!

I so love this show.

OC47150
02-11-2010, 07:58 PM
Great one-liners in this week's ep.

Shame!

Can you be a little more dramatic?

wampaslayr
02-11-2010, 08:09 PM
Another hilarious episode. The scene with the coat stuck in the escalator was very reminiscent of I Love Lucy. The writing for this show is superb.
Gotta love Clive Bixby.

UKWildcat
02-12-2010, 12:29 AM
Easily the funniest new show on TV! I can't get enough!!! lol

Ando
02-12-2010, 10:58 AM
Another fine gem of an episode. This and The Clone Wars are the only 2 shows that we are saving on our DVR after we watch them.

sonofsokol
02-12-2010, 11:14 AM
The whole role playing thing was very funny. I especially loved Phil's name tag. Dylan's present to Haley was pretty sweet too.
I loved watching Phil's expression as Gloria helped Claire put on her overcoat... poor phil Clive Bixby.

My favorite exchange between Claire and Phil:

Claire: Im not letting you get any sleep tonight. So you might want to take a nap at work.

Phil: I aaaaaaaaalways do!:yes:

THE Slayer
02-25-2010, 03:52 PM
I think I missed an ep! Which is sad, because I love this show!!!

Ando
02-25-2010, 04:22 PM
If you're referring to last night, there wasn't one.

The last new episode was on February 10th ("My Funky Valentine"). They will start back up again next Wednesday.

OC47150
03-15-2010, 02:23 PM
Loved the Phil storyline. I enjoy Judy Greer (Denise). She was on a short-lived comedy last spring called Miss Guided, where she played a guidance counselor at her old high school. Funny, quirky little show. She also does a voice on FX's Archer.

sonofsokol
03-15-2010, 03:06 PM
This was the funniest episode in a while. Everyone wants a slice of Phil "Ozone" Dunphy. :yes:

I really like the kids in this show... The Dunphy kids are hilarious (espcially Alex) and Manny may just be one of the greatest TV characters of all time.

OC47150
03-25-2010, 08:28 PM
Another great ep. Watching the sweat break out on Cameron's face was hilarious.

And Phil. What a role model!!

Ando
03-26-2010, 11:52 AM
"Shotgun, SUCKAH!"

sonofsokol
03-26-2010, 04:31 PM
A few favorite lines...

Cam: "I wish she'd go back to Columbia and take her little Brown friend with her..."

Cam: "I was nervous. There was a lot of different food on the menu, and on the floor and on the wall."

Phil: "You never hear about people getting 'smathered'"

Luke: "My mouth is asleep like at the dentist."

Luke: "I dunno, mom always tells me what to do."
Phil: "Join the club."

Another great episode. Seeing Mitchell wearing Gloria's new expensive dress, Phil almost killing himself for a pair of sunglassess, and Claire dumping the cupcakes into the trash were great!!!

OC47150
04-01-2010, 07:19 PM
Good episode all-round. Phil walking in with the shovel to take care of his birthday cake was hilarious. Jay, Gloria and Manny and the chess showdown. Cam and the baby monitor drama.

Found an article about the iPad that was featured on the show.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100402/ap_en_tv/us_tv_ipad_modern_family

LTBasker
04-02-2010, 11:32 AM
I swear, this is one of the most brilliant shows of all time, and I will be sad to see it inevitably canceled. I simply fear that it's too clever to last, but with that doom-saying out of the way I have to say there isn't a single episode that I've been disappointed with aside from the pilot. It was still funny, at least enough to get me to watch the second episode (which hooked me), but it's roughness was pretty grating. It immediately improved by the second episode, so it's not a real bad thing.

There have been a handful of episodes that haven't had me laughing it up every few minutes, but it's not because the jokes failed, it was simply that they were more character depth moments. Such as the episode with Jay, Mannie and Mitchell watching the meteor shower, and Cameron and Gloria hanging out. It seemed to intentionally only have a few hilarious moments, and instead was meant to sneak in more heartfelt character development. It pulled it off pretty well.

The thing I love most though is the Dunphy children aren't annoying. Sure, they each have their personalities which in concept sound cliche from other sitcoms, but the writers know where to draw the line, and when to redeem them. They never get to the point when it feels like they're being how they are because some execs finds it funniest, which is far too common of a feeling throughout nearly any other family sitcom today.

sonofsokol
04-02-2010, 12:42 PM
I agree with you LTB...
I think it is a mark of a great sitcom when you can still enjoy an epidose even it you aren't laughing the whole time. The last couple episodes have been really great despite not being quite as "laugh out loud" funny all the time. I get annoyed by a lot of sitcoms for trying to hard to be funny all the time. Modern Family and The Middle do a great job of not "forcing the funny."

I really appreciate how the Dunphy Kids and Manny are used in this show. It is enough that you get to know their personalities without exploiting the "cuteness of kids" the way a lot of shows do. The old show Full House was the worst offender of this. I really like the episodes where the kids play a major role because they are such great characters (and good actors too).

I know it will never happen, but I would love to see a cross over epidose where Manny and Brick (from The Middle) interacted.

OC47150
04-02-2010, 08:49 PM
I've read where ABC's Wednesday comedies have been renewed for next year. The comedies are one of ABC's few bright spots.

I think the actors play well off each other.

OC47150
04-22-2010, 07:54 PM
Still love the show but it was the third time for the Minnie Driver ep last night. And that's not the only ep to have aired at least three times.

ABC, give us Frizbo the Clow again!!!!

OC47150
05-06-2010, 08:26 PM
Manny on the no-fly list was pretty good, but watching Dylan run from the house with the alarm going off was even better.

Ando
05-07-2010, 01:21 PM
Another great episode. I can't wait to own this on DVD and watch it straight through.

OC47150
05-19-2010, 09:51 PM
The sequence of Mitchel chasing the pigeon around the house reminded me of scenes from a John Woo movie.

It will be interesting to see how many times some eps are re-shown this summer. A couple have already been shown at least three times, while others (Frizbo the Clown!) has only aired once.

Ando
05-20-2010, 11:21 AM
The sequence of Mitchel chasing the pigeon around the house reminded me of scenes from a John Woo movie.

My wife said the same thing!

They finally showed the "step" that's been broken all season which was a nice little payoff.

I also enjoyed Jay bs'ing Luke about being a barber to famous people in the 60's, which is something I could totally see my self doing when I'm old. Scratch that. I do that stuff now. For a while, I had my wife convinced that Queen Elizabeth II played herself in both The Naked Gun and European Vacation.

Overall, it was a good ending to the first season. My wife and I have THOROUGHLY enjoyed this show and can't wait to see what they have in store for season 2.

A.J.
05-20-2010, 10:38 PM
The Ave Maria Pigeon chase had me laughing harder than I can remember laughing in a long time!

OC47150
04-17-2011, 09:58 PM
Funniest ep in a long time.

I can't be satisfied. Too funny!

JEDIpartner
04-18-2011, 10:50 AM
W-E-L-O-V-E-T-H-E-F-W-O-R-D

"Sondheimizing"

LOL