TV Club: Modern Family successfully reckons with identity and the self

Sometimes, an episode drops at the wrong time. It’s nobody’s fault, and these things can’t be predicted, but every now and then an episode of TV, or a movie, or some other form of entertainment comes along at a time when what’s happening in the real world changes our understanding of what we’re watching. Sometimes that process enriches the art, and sometimes it detracts from it. That’s not necessarily fair, but it’s reality. I mention this at the top of the review because, for me at least, there’s almost no way to separate Haley’s storyline on Modern Family tonight from today’s multiple revelations about Donald Trump’s history of sexual abuse towards young and underage women.

To be clear: this is not Modern Family‘s fault, and it doesn’t even ruin an otherwise solid episode. It’s a case …

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