Modern Family (s.8, 2016-17)

Eight season of Modern Family follows Pritchett-Dunphy family into yet another year of their lives. As usual, nothing big happens. Alex studies at college, taking time for the family once and again, and starts dating. Haley goes into her own business – sort of. Claire continues to run Jay’s company. Phil and Jay buy a land plot together and build a parking lot there. Gloria keeps on being Gloria. Cameron and Mitchell keep on being Cameron and Mitchell. Lily turns out to be smart, fun, and popular. Manny and Luke graduate high-school.

Very little has actually changed – including the general quality level. The show is fun, interesting, funny, and implemented in the most sublime manner. Overall story development is good: there is nothing fake or implausible (but also nothing genius). Separate stories are pretty great – well, some of them, others are just good. The acting is as nice as expected. When it comes to the main cast, or to the writing, there are no surprises, which is good on the one hand, but on the other – not so much. This is preservation, but it feels like a hint at decline.

Over the course of the season multiple guest stars were cast, most interesting being Nathan Fillon, Vanessa Bayer, Kelsey Grammer, Andrew Daly and Jane Krakowski. They added some poignancy to the show, made it fresher and brighter.

Although, Modern Family is still pretty amazing (which is a great achievement for a show running 8 years in a row), and nothing important was lost along the way, I feel like continuing it even further would be a mistake. I hope, I’m wrong about this, though. For now it’s a great entertainment, and a decent contribution to the art of cinema.

Year: 2016-2017
Created by: Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan
Directed by: Chris Koch, Ryan Case, Jim Hensz, Gail Mancuso, Beth McCarthy-Miller, Steven Levitan, James Bagdonas, Jeffrey Walker, Ken Whittingham, Michelle MacLaren
Written by: Elaine Ko, Vali Chandrasekaran, Christy Stratton, Danny Zuker, Paul Corrigan, Brad Walsh, Stephen Lloyd, Jeffrey Richman, Jon Pollack, Chuck Tatham, Andy Gordon, Ryan Walls, Christy Stratton, Abraham Higginbotham
Performed by: Ed O’Neill, Sofia Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter, Nolan Gould, Rico Rodriguez, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, Jeremy Maguire, Suraj Partha, Martin Short, Jackson Millarker, Winston Duke, Nathan Fillon, Shannon Cochran, Sam Horrigan, Joely Fisher, Vanessa Bayer, Cole Doman, Kelsey Grammer, Victor Garber, Faith Prince, Lauren Bowles, Peyton Manning, Niecy Nash, DeAndre Jordan, Charles Barkley, Andrew Daly, Jane Krakowski
Time: 7h48m (a. 22 episodes)
Entertaining quality: 5- out of 5
Art quality:
4 out of 5
LINKSOfficial site || Wiki

(v. 4.3.rev)
®shoomow, 2017

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