Modern Family

Dynamics and Change as a Result of Modern Family

Modern Family is a sitcom that premiered in September 2009, on ABC. The show follows the lives of Jay Pritchett, a retired business owner; as well as his son Mitchell and his daughter Claire. The series, which the creators conceived when sharing stories from their own families; follows a mockumentary style, which features the characters frequently breaking the fourth wall and talking directly to the camera. This helps create the aesthetic of just talking to a friend about their family – which is what makes the show such an interesting way to tell a story. The show itself follows three different types of families; the nuclear dysfunctional, the stepfamily, and the same-sex family. All three families live in Los Angeles – Jay with his new wife, Gloria, and her son Manny make up the stepfamily. Claire and Phil and their three children fill the archetype of the nuclear family, with Mitchell and Cameron being the same-sex couple, along with their adopted daughter. The show has gotten its fair share of controversy, but the most important part about the show is its progressive view on family. This was one of the first television shows to show a family that isn’t television perfect, or quirky in just the right way. The most important thing is that the experiences we’re seeing are being made to be relatable to a whole new generation of families. The Cosby Show, Full House, Married With Children; great sitcoms in their times, revolving around heterosexual marriages and quaint, non-threatening problems. Modern Family is a step into the new generation of sitcoms.