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Eric Stonestreet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Sofia Vergara and Sarah Hyland get happy | ABC

Season three of Modern Family is fading in the rear view mirror, but the show continues to score headlines. At this week’s Critics’ Choice Television Awards, Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell snagged Best Supporting Actress/Actor awards.

Modern Family (@ModernFam on Twitter) has only been on the airwaves for three seasons, and yet it seems like it’s been around for years. It’s no secret that the show is blessed with great actors, writers, and behind-the-scenes crew. But why else has it found a place in our modern lexicon?

Julie Bowen, Ed O’Neill and Jesse Tyler Ferguson in a rare pensive mood | ABC

Here are three reasons why I enjoy Modern Family:

  1. There’s no other show like it on television. TV is filled with cynicism and narcissism, and shows like Whitney, Don’t Trust the B**** in Apartment 23, and Family Guy tend to hurt people for laughs. Where does it end? How far can you go with that type of destructive comedy?
  2. Modern Family is an old-fashioned show with a modern twist. Thanks to shows like Will & Grace and Dawson’s Creek, and more recently Smash and Glee, gay characters — especially non-stereotypical gay characters — are not that shocking to see on shows anymore. Mitch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) are a loving couple with the same problems as heterosexual couples.
  3. People of different ages and ethnic backgrounds get married. In Modern Family, Gloria (Sofia Vergara), of Columbian heritage, is at least half the age of Jay (Ed O’Neill), and they make it work. This is 2012, not 1950. The times they are a-changing.

Your turn: What do YOU love about Modern Family?

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