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Modern Family, is an American comedy series , said also to be filmed as a mockumentary, a genre of television in which invented events are presented in documentary format. The show is aired on ABC and follows the families of Jay, his daughter Claire, and his son Mitchell. Each family is unique in their own way, however some of the best moments occur when different family members interact with one another. Each family seems to fall into some sort of American stereotype. Jay is remarried to a much younger Colombian woman, Gloria who he helps raise Manny, her preteen son.Claire is a stay-at-home mom, who is married to her husband Phil with whom they have three children. Mitchell and his partner Cam have recently adopted a Vietnamese baby, Lily.The subtext in each episode may be different depending on its theme, however, the moral of the show would be that it’s important to support and love your family no matter how crazy they can be or how much they can annoy or upset you. Modern Family has managed to create a new and refreshing perspective on what it means to be a family. It is a show that might not directly reflect your own family, but each episode there is something the audience can relate to. However, the subtext of the show would be to accept changes and differences within society, to embrace people for their quirks and differences whether they be your family or not. This show accepts each character for who they are and embraces not only each of their personalities, but their background, race (Lily), culture (Gloria & Manny), sexuality (Cam & Mitchell), and popularity (Alex & Haley).

Modern Family has been featured in various forms of print media, such as newspapers and magazines, although information and updates on the show or most likely to be found online on blogs and other networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook, where the show actually has its own fan page where updates, highlights, and unreleased footage can be seen, as well as fans responses to certain episodes or posts. The show definitely benefits from the online world, making it easier for them to network and make a nationwide fan-base. Since it is a comedy, it’s no doubt that the audience would expect to get more than just a few laughs out of  the show, but I also believe that they expect to be able to relate to the show and the characters within it, whether it remind viewers of their own family or stereotypical families seen within the US.

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  1. tessdoez
    January 17, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    This is a good start. Can you try to think a bit more critically about what subtext the show might be exhibiting as far as what it is saying about the modern American family or some other aspect of society? The idea that it is important to love your family no matter what may be part of the subtext, but tends a little bit more towards a moral or a theme. Try to dig a little deeper into the subtext. Although your post is relatively error free there are a few grammatical mistakes that could also be corrected. Please make these changes and repost for credit.

    • emp234
      February 3, 2011 at 5:28 pm

      Sorry I didn’t get your email until this morning, I just edited the blog and most of the changes are at the end of the first paragraph.Sorry about being late!

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