'Modern Family: The Complete Second Season'
(Ed O'Neill, Julie Bowen, Sofia Vergara, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, et al / 3-Disc DVD / NR / 2011 / 20th Century Fox)
Overview: Winner of 6 Emmy® Awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series, 'Modern Family' is a refreshingly hilarious look at what it means to be a family in today’s hectic, unpredictable world.
DVD Verdict: Modern Family's first season was pretty good, I have to say. It was sort of fresh, original, funny. Better than a lot of the shows on TV, to say the least.
But the second season wasn't quite as good, to my mind and for my money, of course. It went to the well of Cam-as-stereotypical-overzealous-diva once too many, and while Ed O'Neill and Rico Rodriguez gave very good performances, some parts of the season just fell flat.
Certain storylines were cliched, and the show was somewhat overshadowed in my mind by better comedies ('Community', 'Parks and Recreation' and 'Louie' for example). But (with regard the special features) when the "Oprah Winfrey Show" crew comes to the set to document a day in the life of the show, while a separate crew documents the documenting, well, as Eric Stonestreet points out to yet another camera person that day, "... it's basically a documentary hall of mirrors." And great fun it is too!
In general, the second season revolved around fledgling fathers Cameron and Mitchell's struggle with learning the ropes of parenthood, and long-time parents Claire and Phil trying to keep the spice in their marriage amid the chaos of raising three challenging children.
Meanwhile, family patriarch, Jay, has more than his hands full with his sexy, spirited wife, Gloria, and her precocious son. Still, no matter the size, shape or situation, family always comes first in this oft-time LOUD TV show!
That all said, and clinging to a continually funny viewing entity, Phil (especially) takes deadpan comedy to totally zany hilarity in this show. He is especially funny whenever in the presence of his father-in-law Jay, who can turn him into jelly in less than five minutes! Jay's Colombian wife Gloria (hello, Sofia Vergara!) remains very funny as well along with her son Manny.
When Jay finally gives in on getting Manny a dog, it is a real high point. This show stays tightly focused, I'll give it that, I just didn't think that it bettered the first season, that's all. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.77:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Modern Family Holidays
"Strangers on a Treadmill" Table Read
"Imagine Me Naked" Music Video
Chatting with Steve Levitan
Deleted Family Interviews
Mitch's Flash Mob
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