Modern Family: Season 4
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The laughs -- and the awards -- just keep on coming for the #1-rated Modern Family, winner of three consecutive Emmy(R) Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series! With Jay and Gloria's baby on the way and Haley going off to college, the entire Pritchett/Dunphy clan faces some major surprises as they bicker and bond over house-flipping headaches, unwanted play dates, and everything from hot-tempered hormones to in utero karaoke. Featuring a stellar array of guest stars including Matthew Broderick, Shelley Long and Elizabeth Banks, Season Four takes a heartfelt and laugh-out-loud hilarious look at what it means to be a Modern Family.
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If you've never watched it, it is about an extended family in LA and their attempts to get along. There is the patriarch who is remarried to a younger Colombian wife. There is his son, a gay lawyer with a football playing, farm boy, musical comedy partner. They have an adopted daughter. Finally, there is seemingly the conventional heterosexual daughter with husband and three children. Ironically, it is this last family, four seasons in, which now seems the craziest part of the extended family.
For those of you who have watched it by now you have probably vacillated, as have I, on your favorites. It took me awhile but hands down my favorite is now Phil, played by Ty Burrell, the real estate salesman. He is the most developed, nuanced, and comedic of all of these characters. I love every moment he is onscreen. Originally I liked the gay couple most but that has waned some since their main comedic bit is that they are gay. Four seasons in they need to become more nuanced comedically. Phil's wife has also become more nuanced. She can be a real pain at times and thus a terrific foil for Phil.
Another reviewer here has commented that the Colombian accent bit used by Gloria with her husband Jay has become grating and they need to cut that back by twenty percent. Until he wrote this I hadn't realized it but it has become grating. Her thick Colombian accent four seasons later is just not that funny.
I also enjoy the way all of the kids are coming along, especially Phil's kids in interaction with him.
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Gloria and Phil have always been my favorities. Fiery, sexy, and saucy Gloria heats up the screen every time we see her. Lovable Phil is the goofy father that would embarrass any child but his innocence and purity of love for his family makes any of wish we had had a father like Phil. Phil loves Claire but has a harmless secret attraction to Gloria and it is fun to watch them interact. Phil would never cheat on Claire but one wonders what goes through his fantasy mind when around Gloria.
Season 4 centers on Gloria's pregnancy and the impending birth of her and Jay's child. Nothing will be the same for Jay as he turns 65 and is about to be a father. Somehow it will all work out and we always know that. Child prodigy Manny (from Gloria's previous marriage) has formed a strong bond with stepfather Jay. Manny is a teenager trapped in the body of a 50-year old. The three Dunphy kids are still giving their parents joy and grief. The two daughters Haley and Alex follow so many cliches in TV families--Haley is slow-witted, gorgeous and boy crazy while sister Alex is the brains of the family and the never causes a problem kid. It's son Luke (Nolan Gould) who really stands out this season. Quirky and somewaht oafish like his father, Luke has a spark this season. His monotone way of speaking and his vacant eyes are giving away to something special. It will be interesting to see how his character develops as he matures.
MODERN FAMILY is the lovable but annoying family that most of wish we had had. The family is unified in their love and their joy is evident. It's one of the best comedies on TV and a great source of joy and satisfaction for the viewer.
For the fifth season of the series, CBS/20th Century have decided to:
A) NOT RELEASE THE SEASON ON BLU RAY - a big 'thank' you (replace the word 'thank' with a word of your choosing), to those of us that have invested in the blu ray sets for the prior seasons.
B) Release a HORRIBLY SUB-STANDARD DVD TRANSFER of the season - our only remaining option. It is blurry and unbearable to watch - it will literally strain your eyes.
This classy show , and it's audience, deserve better than this.
Note to 20th Century and CBS: If this is an attempt to divert revenue and profit for the the series from Blu Ray format to streaming, IT WILL FAIL. Myself, I would rather not watch the series at all than via streaming , and will never watch it again on DVD of this horrendous quality.
Hope they get the message : I WILL ONLY THE 6TH SEASON IF IT IS MADE AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY - the format this classy series deserves.