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Last month during my live commentary on the Emmy Awards, I talked about my dislike for the fact that Modern Family won its' fourth Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series when a much better show like Louie, Girls, or even The Big Bang Theory, which had its' best season since season three probably should've won it.
This lead to some speculation from my friends that I wasn't a fan of the series but let me make one thing perfectly clear right off the bat, I've never hated Modern Family and I don't hate it now. I just don't think it's reached the point where it should be listed in the caliber of other shows that have won four Emmys for Outstanding Series like Cheers, Frasier (which won five), All In The Family, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, The West Wing, and Mad Men.
Well, now that Modern Family has been put into syndication, has been consistently airing on USA Network in marathons each night of the week, hoping to boost viewership for USA like The Big Bang Theory boosted viewers for TBS in 2011, and that the fourth season has just been released on DVD, I thought I'd rewatch the series again just to see if it holds up better than I thought it did.
And in rewatching the series, I have to admit that the series has actually held up much better than I initially believed. The first two seasons are the series' best seasons in my opinion benefiting by the greatness of the ensemble cast that works really well off each other.
Season three is where I start to lose my interest in the series because I thought there were more misses in season three than hits such as the opener episode, 'Dude Ranch', which I didn't think was all that good. The season's biggest problem was that it lost a lot of the originality that the first two seasons managed to have and also fell into comedy clichés that you'd think the writers would be smarter to stay out of so early in the series' run.
Then again, season three was not a complete mess at all. They had some really good episodes with 'Phil On Wire', 'Express Christmas', 'Planes, Trains, & Cars', 'Disneyland', and the season finale. But overall, the third season is the show's weakest season in my opinion.
So, what about this past season, season four? Does it live up to my season four theory where it's the show's best season?
Well, no, but I will freely admit that at least, it's a better season the show's third season and it felt like a return to form for the show following that last season. I still think the first two seasons are the show's best seasons but the fourth season, like I said, felt like a return to form to the series.
There were a lot more funnier episodes in the fourth season than there was in the show's previous season such as 'Bringing Up Baby', 'Schooled', 'Open House Of Horrors', 'New Year's Eve', 'A Slight At The Opera', 'Heart Broken', 'Bad Hair Day', 'The Future Dunphys', and more.
In the fourth season, they didn't resort the problems of the third season by using lame comedy clichés, stunt episodes, casting celebrities for the sake of casting a celebrity. It feels like the originality came back to the series and the ensemble cast, which has already continued to work well with each other even in the weaker points of the series, continues to play off each other very well.
As we get into season five, the series has remained consistently funny and smartly written and in fact, I'll admit that the first four episodes of this show were actually really funny and some of the show's strongest works. I even liked the show's 100th episode, which I'm glad that they decided to do just a regular episode instead of having an overblown hour-long celebrity filled 100th episode. How I Met Your Mother ended up doing that with 'Girls Vs. Suits' and it's one of that show's weakest episodes in my opinion. Modern Family's plan for a regular 100th episode worked out very well for them and it gives me hope that this season may turn out to be one of the show's best.
The purpose of this post was to make it clear that I don't hate Modern Family by any means. It's still very funny, the cast still works really well off each other, the comedy bits still work, and it's still a great show. I just didn't think that this past season deserved to win because there were better comedy series nominated this year that should've won. It's just the Emmys doing the thing that we hate the Emmys for, repeating wins just for the sake of not being surprising at all.
Overall, I still like Modern Family, don't quote me as saying that I hate the series because it's 100% not true.
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