A few years back, Jerry Seinfeld was being interviewed by an American newspaper and mentioned that he was disappointed that no sitcom had come along to replace Seinfeld. I found that an easy comment to agree with, but that was because I was a late comer to Modern Family. I’ve spent the last year or so catching up. During this time, I’ve found my opinion changing from “This is the US sitcom since Seinfeld” to “You know, this actually might be better than Seinfeld” and now it’s the reached the point where I think it’s time to ask “Is Modern Family the best US sitcom ever?”
If you’re unfamiliar with the show, it involves the adventures of the extended Pritchett family (three couples) in Los Angeles. The characters include a gay couple, an adopted Vietnamese child, a nerd-bimbo sister pairing and a loud Columbian. And while this makes it sound like Friends after a Diversity Workshop, it’s way more fun than that. It’s pacy, well-plotted and acted, breaks the fourth wall in a novel way, and most important of all is full of laugh-out loud lines. It’s starting to show its age just a little bit, but it still delivers.
So I put it to this blog that Modern Family is the best US sitcom ever. It has more heart than Seinfeld, better jokes than Cheers, and unlike Friends, it can also be enjoyed by males. Have I offended the Simpsons / Bilko fans? Have the Frasier devotees spat out their soy lattes in disgust? Am I right?