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TV Club: Modern Family gets back to basics

Sometimes all it takes for a sitcom to succeed is sticking to the most basic formula. Set up some low but intriguing stakes, create a little conflict, explore how that conflict effects each character, and then come to a tidy but meaningful resolution. There’s nothing wrong with a tight, harmless, funny 22 minutes. Sure, it’s good to see sitcoms move out of their comfort zone every once in awhile, and certain shows are often at their best when they’re moving into uncomfortable, challenging places—Black-ish comes to mind—but Modern Family often isn’t one of those shows.
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