Watch This: Modern Family honored a historical milestone with a sweet proposal

Every day, Watch This offers staff recommendations inspired by the week’s new releases or premieres. This week: In honor of Love Week, we’re revisiting our favorite television episodes featuring a marriage proposal.

Modern Family, “Suddenly, Last Summer” (season five, episode one; originally aired 9/25/2013)

Modern Family isn’t known for its topicality. It’s still a groundbreaking show, but mostly in as much as it portrays its diverse group of characters as a family just like any other, save for its willingness to accept every one of its members just as they are. Modern Family is built for syndication in perpetuity, with stories so evergreen they could be plucked out of any episode and dropped into another without much impact. From its title, “Suddenly, Last Summer” seems like it’s going to be just another interchangeable Modern Family season premiere, nearly all of which summarize what …

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