Posts Tagged ‘Modern Family’

I grew up in a household that appreciated classic TV, and it’s sad to see a lot of my favorite shows losing steam with my own generation just because my peers never have the chance to watch them; how can you when The Jersey Shore is TWO HOURS LONG?  So here’s my attempt to bring them back, by comparing them with today’s hit shows that you may already be into:

If you like Sex and the City, watch Golden Girls.  It’s the original foursome, and frankly a lot funnier.  Sure, you may not get a glimpse of a penis, but you’ll get 50 jokes from Sophia about how much Blanche loves ‘em.  It’s the sex of Sex and the City mixed with Medicare.  And Betty White!

If you like Saturday Night Live, watch Soap.  It’s a soap opera. Sort of.  It’s a four season-long sketch parodying daytime soaps, and it’s genius.  Evil twins, fake deaths, alien abductions; pretty much any corny soap opera plot is thrown in here, accompanied by a young Billy Crystal as the openly gay son of the rich family.

If you like The Office (specifically Michael Scott), then watch Get Smart.  You might remember Steve Carell playing the main character in a (poor) big screen adaptation of this spy comedy.  It’s about Maxwell Smart, a dense and often moronic secret agent who manages to catch the bad guy, unaware of how many times he foiled his own plan along the way (Get it? Get Smart. Like, “Go get that Smart guy he’s ruining my evil plan!” and “You’re an idiot, get smart!” Ahh, chuckles).  If Mel Brooks directed a James Bond film, this would be it.

If you like Modern Family, and specifically what the show does for all types of blended families in America, then watch All in the Family.  It’s a 1970’s sitcom centered around Archie Bunker, a politically conservative, prejudice, stubborn, outspoken bigot; and his quirky family.  What made All in the Family the highest rated show of the decade is that it pushed boundaries.  While Archie may be stubborn in his views, his character tries to adapt to the changing world and it turns out he’s a decent man.  Really moving, really controversial, and really funny.

– Taylor Kowalski

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson of ‘Modern Family’ visited ‘Cuse last week, and was well-received by a crowd of over 1200 people in Goldstein Auditorium. The evening kicked off with Ferguson talking about his ‘Tie the Knot’ campaign, with conversation topics moving from marriage equality legislation to New York theater to the experience of sharing a bed with George Clooney (“…delicious”).

All the indie fame generated by ‘Modern Family’ has pros and cons attached, though. Jesse Tyler mentions a brief (read: borderline traumatic) experience. A woman who was in the process of getting felt up by a TSA agent at the airport did a 180 degree turn to petition him for a picture and/or autograph. “I was like, uh….I’m gonna wait until you’re done”. Despite the occasional awkward fan encounter, Ferguson loves and appreciates his fans. He remarks, “I hope that everyone in this room will have the chance to have a complete stranger come up to them and say ‘I love what you do’”.

For more information about the Tie the Knot campaign, visit www.tietheknot.org and follow @TieTheKnotOrg

-Mikala Stubley

Riding on the high of five Emmy wins,“Modern Family” premiered season three last week with a classic Pritchett-Dunphy family vacation. Everyone’s favorite family takes a trip to Wyoming to a dude ranch, which becomes the perfect place for Phil to show off his machoness and make us all laugh at the same time.

This episode centered around the idea of manliness. Mitchell complained about his for half the episode because he’s unsure if he is fit to raise a son. I think this line sums it up best: “I realized if I was gonna raise a boy, I was gonna have to butch up my life. I wanted to be able to teach all the things to my son that my dad taught…Claire.” Mitchell isn’t really ready for a son so in order to prove his manliness, he sets a birdhouse on fire with beloved pyromaniac Luke–the obvious scene-stealer.

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The 63rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards aired last Sunday night. But since a strong majority of us were at Tiesto that night, let me give you a recap of the highlights. Be happy you missed it because the Emmys just seemed to come up short this year. The jokes weren’t that funny, awards were predictable and performances were mediocre.

Glee’s Sue Sylvester otherwise known as Jane Lynch hosted this year’s show and, honestly, it was nothing special. She was funny, but not the greatest host an award show has ever seen. Though, I will admit she was a huge improvement from James Franco’s hosting gig at the Oscars. (Seriously, that was just plain awful.)

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