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Modern Family: The Complete First Season

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I don’t like to like what other people like. Why, I don’t know. I just don’t. So when a friend, and then another friend, and then a coworker and some homeless bum on the corner told me that I would like Modern Family – no, love Modern Family – I shrugged them off. Fine, I said. I’ll watch it at some point. When Hell freezes over. Or when I have some free time. Which is never. I watch enough television shows. I don’t need to watch another one, especially not a sitcom.

Finally, the original friend who said I’d like Modern Family cornered me at my home and forced me to watch an episode. No, two episodes. They were mildly amusing, but not hilarious. A good show, I said, but not good enough to get hooked.

The other day I programmed Modern Family into my DVR into anticipation of the second season premiere. It is now officially one of three comedies I watch, the other two being “The Office” and “Entourage.”

What pushed me over the edge? On my way to Africa, KLM had a single episode of the show called “The Incident.” Already somewhat familiar with the characters, the dry humor of the show finally clicked for me. Every one of the characters is funny and the situations they encounter even better. Modern Family succeeds because it isn’t a sitcom and doesn’t overreach; it remains in the realm of believability, even though many of the things that occur are absurd.

Thankfully, when I returned from Africa, what was waiting for me but a screener of Disc 4 of Modern Family: The Complete First Season, which debuts on DVD and Blu-Ray this Tuesday. A few days later, the full season showed up on my doorstep. I’m now on Disc 2, having already watched the first and last in the collection.

The show is practically flawless. It has great production values, superb acting and thankfully no laugh track. The highlights are the gay couple, played by Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet. Ty Burrell is also great as the awkward dad.

If anything, it would be good if the show developed the children’s characters more, but they are given adequate screen time as is.

Modern Family: The Complete First Season comes with a making-of featurette, deleted family interviews, deleted scenes, a gag reel and several other features. It’s definitely worth watching, if not purchasing. Buy the DVD set now at Amazon.com.

By Erik Samdahl
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