TV Club: Modern Family starts to wonder who the Dunphy kids really are

One of Modern Family‘s more obvious problems this season, and throughout much of the previous one as well, has been finding ways to keep its characters evolving in a way that feels not only true to their former selves, but also to their changing circumstances. All three families are no longer where they once were. They’re lives have changed in numerous ways, even just since last season, and whether your show considers itself a light sitcom or not, the need for character progression remains. More than the reliable structure punctuated by punchlines, it’s what will keep people coming back to the show year after year. Plot doesn’t drive a sitcom; character does. A sitcom doesn’t air for eight seasons because the barely present overarching story is poignant or all that interesting. It stays on the air because a significant number of people enjoy spending some …

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