Modern Family: Season 1, Episode 24

Family Portrait (19 May 2010)

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Claire goes through great lengths to organize a family portrait. Gloria and Phil have an awkward moment while taking Manny and Alex to a Lakers game. Cameron becomes a wedding singer, and Jay has to help Luke with a school project.

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Claire painstakingly plans for a new family portrait to be taken, but it seems like everything and everybody is working against her. Gloria and Manny go with Phil and Alex to a Lakers game and end up having a very awkward moment on the jumbotron; Luke interviews Jay for a school project, and Cameron gets a gig as a wedding singer while Mitchell is home alone with Lily and a wayward pigeon. Written by ABC Publicity

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During taking of the family portrait, before Claire smeared mud on Gloria's clothes, Many's shirt was mostly clean of mud. Then when Claire was smearing mud on Gloria, Many's shirt was covered with mud. And next shot showing everyone on the camera, Many's shirt was clean again. See more »

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Phil Dunphy: My idea was to have the whole family on a giant bed like in Willie Wonka.
Claire Dunphy: That's ridiculous.
Phil Dunphy: Ridiculicious.
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Season 1: Consistently funny despite being a tad too polished and a little bit too sentimental at its core
22 September 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Modern Family was on its third season I think by the time I had heard enough to make me watch it for myself. I wasn't sure quite what to expect though because I had heard some people say it was quick fire in its delivery of all types of jokes, while others suggested it was more of a traditional sitcom albeit with the family units changed up to suit demographics for today. What I found was, to my tastes, something that seemed to sit in the middle of these two places, providing enough of the comedy to carry the more traditional lessons and "coming together" of families that one expects from this.

I enjoyed it but for me the sow just seemed to lack that little bit of edge in the humour, in the plots and in the characters; there is a lot of polish here that didn't always work in the favour of the show. It manifests itself in many ways but mostly it is evident in the gloss of the presentation – this doesn't ever look like a show in its first season settling in, it always feels like a big network comedy which was designed and made from the start. This is not necessarily a criticism though, but it did strike me as odd to see something hitting the ground with so much weight behind it. The plots and characters are pretty good; I liked the modern collection of characters and relationship – the show keeps them human but also allows them to be exaggerated for the sake of the laughs. The downside of this is that too often it does play a very straight bat with them – with sentimental lessons and interactions that don't always ring true; I would have liked a bit more bite to it at times, but this isn't all the time and mostly it is funny enough to carry it off.

The actors are mostly great. Burrell is a great clown and his character plays it well against Bowen. Ferguson and Stonestreet are equally funny and are written well enough so that they can be seen as modern but without ever pushing the mainstream audience away (this is not Six Feet Under after all). O'Neill continues to be a steadfast of the genre and his character here is suited to him as it is equally grumpy and also good humoured. Vergara has a better comic touch than one might expect from someone who effortlessly stunning; likewise Rodriquez leads the child cast well with an odd but funny character. The various guests cameos are impressive on paper but generally they just seem odd due to how big the names are – again an example of the resources behind the show, but generally they don't add as much as they detract.

Overall, this first season may not have delivered the edge and laughs that I was looking for due to how polished and sentimental it could be, but mostly it is funny enough to carry the aspects I didn't so much care for. More than good enough to make me come back for the second season though.


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