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SNL: Sofia Vergara/One Direction

ZOË RICE: An opener that captures Mitt Romney’s disingenuous pandering and the essence of his campaign woes. A chuckler more than a guffawer, but well done.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Agreed. Perfectly fine, but doesn’t attach to any particular…

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Modern Family: Week 1 in Review

KIP MOONEY: It occurred to me some time Sunday, while I was watching the Emmys and getting swept up in Modern Family’s sheer dominance, that I may have been a little harsh on it last season. To be sure, there were a couple dud episodes (“Dance Dance Revelation” and “Earthquake” being lowlights for me), but after an essentially perfect first season, everything had to be placed under more intense scrutiny.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Agree fully with Kip that the second episode easily eclipsed the first. But I would argue that both episodes fell short of the heights reached in the first two seasons. Continue reading

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Modern Family: Week 12 in Review

KIP MOONEY: Oh, how good it is to be back. After what seemed like an eternity without this sitcom, this episode was a return to form and a breath of fresh air.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Totally agree with Kip- and a larger lesson can be evoked from the Claire storyline misfire. Modern Family excels when it has its characters react in ordinary, relatable ways to extreme situations- not the other way around. Continue reading

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Modern Family: Week 8 in Review

KIP MOONEY: “I think this week’s Modern Family was one of the best episodes of the series. The “nobody’s ready for the party” storyline is almost as old as television itself, so it was great to see that the twist the writers put on here was pulled off so well.

HOWARD MEGDAL: I have to second Kip’s concern about the direction of Cam’s character. One of the pleasures of the Cam and Mitchell relationship is that the crazy was relatively evenly balanced. And throughout this second season, Cam hasn’t been the voice of reason once. Continue reading

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Modern Family Week 7 in Review

HOWARD MEGDAL: The concern I’d have here: turning the Modern Family characters into caricatures.

KIP MOONEY: I was conflicted during this week’s Modern Family. Sure, it was funny as always, but I felt for the first time that the show didn’t have any nice little twists to put on its storylines. Continue reading

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Modern Family: Week 6 in Review

KIP MOONEY: After last week’s season peak, the show is finally on a roll again after a very shaky opening. The writing is simply stellar in its jokes and earned emotional payoffs.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Agree with nearly every point you make, Kip, though Cam has been tremendous throughout. The writers let him down this week. Continue reading

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Modern Family Season Premiere

KIP MOONEY: The show is so good that it could start to coast and it would be hard to notice, but I imagine the writers will kick things up a notch in the weeks to come.

HOWARD MEGDAL: I agree with Kip, both on the quality of Modern Family and that Running Wilde, as of yet, doesn’t fill the enormous hole left in my life by the cancellation of Arrested Development.

Just want to mention something I think Modern Family needs to be careful in avoiding- making sure a storyline has emotional payoff at the expense of the actual humor. Continue reading

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