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Out of curiosity owing to rave reviews I have seen and read so far I have decided to give this new sitcom-slash-tv-series a try. Yup, I am a sucker for rave reviews and critical acclaims. Put a weird film on the Oscars list and I would be interested to watch it (except if it’s a war movie or one that is hardcore action). Most would be disappointments, but many have so far been personal favorites (The Hours, Atonement, Finding Neverland, to name a few). But funny, for a semi-serious couch potato I do not know the exact criteria to distinguish a ‘series’ from a ‘show’. I know a ‘sitcom’ stands for situational-comedy, but so far I have not started categorizing everything I watch. Wikipedia calls the show a mockumentary comedy tv series so I will settle for that category for now. Not that it makes any difference.

Anyway I got more intrigued by the day seeing my FB friend and childhood neighbor from way back 20-plus years post good comments about the show and finally had the guts to ask him about it. Kuya Jojo seems a bit on the side of high brow artiste, being Programming Director of ImageOut, the Rochester Lesbian & Gay Film & Video Festival, who also sits in this year’s jury of the Teddy Award, the Queer Film Award wing of the Berlin International Film Festival. Not much of a relevance to my couch thoughts today, just wanted to name drop grandiosely, it’s the first time I personally know – albeit, distantly – someone who sits in the jury of an international film fest, so please bear with me (*wink*). So, moving on, I asked him: Is Modern Family any good? He replied: It’s hilarious, really funny. Me: Better than Friends? Him: Friends is juvenile. Me: Oh, ok. I hesitated watching because of the reply. Initially, it hurt…could anything be better than Friends? My top Prozac of all time, my BFFs who are always there in ten-season DVDs ready with a pick-me-up? After 15 years of friendship, am I ready to move on, leave my Central Perk couch? Betray Chandler Bing and die laughing at somebody else’s crazy sarcasm?

But, well, curiosity got the better of me and I watched the first episode. Modern Family has for its characters the 60+ patriarch and his vamp of a Colombian wife and teen stepson, the daughter of the patriarch who lives a relatively normal family life but with a funny, often silly hubby and the really crazy hormones of three teenage children, and the patriarch’s “son”, a gay lawyer with a partner (male of course) who had recently decided to adopt a Vietnamese girl. It is hilarious indeed. It makes fun out of really just ordinary life situations and you will end up LOL for most part of the 22-minute run. The first two episodes alone have left me with a tummy ache, and a good one at that. I instantly became a fan and look forward to the remaining 12 episodes before I am updated in real time US showing.

Does that mean I have now un-friended myself? (Huh?) Nope, I remain juvenile as ever. Hey, I still shamelessly enjoy Gossip Girl and The Vampire Diaries. I’m up for a Juvy Award myself, for the tv series fan category.

Everyone is the age of their heart.
– Guatemalan Proverb

Oh wait, Kung Hei Fat Choi-slash-Happy Valentine, everyone!


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