4. Modern Family
When Modern Family first burst onto the scene, critics tripped all over themselves to call it the best show on television. Much of the praise was deserved too. It somehow felt like a complete reinvention of the genre, but yet it was still familiar enough to be the same kind of breezy sitcom-ish watch we all love. In the years since, however, the over-the-top praise has largely been replaced by a general consensus that its better days are past.

Well, maybe the show will never recapture the magic of its first season, but regardless, it’s still one of the funniest and most honest half hours on television. It tackles a wide variety of very relatable subject matter with the right amount of humor and seriousness and more importantly, it always has something to say. Even when the show is treading amidst familiar subject choices most comedies have tackled before, it never feels like a boring retread or like a recycling of ideas already put on the table. It always uses its characters to make a new point, and it somehow still stays true to the general personalities of those characters.

In general, we like new, and we forget to appreciate what’s been under our noses the entire time. Modern Family is still a great show, and it deserve to be appreciated among the best offerings on the air.

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