TV Club: Too many storylines bog down an otherwise promising Modern Family

After a very rocky start to the season, Modern Family has found some inspiration recently. A string of solid holiday-themed episodes saw the show enter its winter break on a promising note, and since then the show has found interesting ways to shine new light on these characters, be it through the examination of lost love or the constant need for one to be accepted on their terms. The strength of those episodes largely lies in the narrative focus; by significantly investing in the A-plot of each episode, and using tertiary scenes as thematic support, those episodes boast a depth that’s hard to find eight seasons into a show’s run. Those episode’s strengths only stand out more when contrasted with this week’s, “Heavy Is The Head,” a messy, overstuffed episode that can’t keep any of its storylines on track.

It’s really a shame that …

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