Parents' Guide to

Modern Family

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Poignant comedy series has mature content, stereotypes.

TV ABC Comedy 2009
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age 11+

Based on 71 parent reviews

age 12+

Modern Family Craze

Award winning T.V show “Modern Family” is amazing yet disappointing at the same time. The actors. Where do we begin? Well first off, they are Spectacular! They do the show so well it doesn’t seem like they are acting like a family, they look like a family! Are you squirming in your seat impatient to find out where you can watch the best show ever? Well, you’re in luck! You can watch “Modern Family” On many different platforms! Some might be worried about the quality of the show. Well, the great thing about “Modern Family” is that they have great quality for every platform! I recommend this for people who need something to cheer them up.

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Great messages
Great role models
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age 16+

Beautiful show with flawed characters (+ occasional revealing clothing); requires parental guidance on relationships

Every episode of modern family ends with a short heartfelt speech about marriage/ family. However, parents should know that couples featured in this show often lie or go behind their partners' back to do something that they want to do, which isn't exactly harmless, but may give children an incorrect idea about how relationships should be. Also, Gloria and Haley dress quite provocatively in every episode, with considerable cleavage showing. There are also quite a number of scenes in which the family is at the beach and one episode (in S8) featuring a strip club that Manny lost his graduation sash in. One of Haley's (many) relationships started with the guy cheating on his long-time girlfriend with Haley, so parents should perhaps look out for that as well. Otherwise, this is a heartwarming, feel-good show because even though each family member has their own flaws, they always come through for each other at the end. With proper parental guidance here and there, I feel this is a humourous show that teenagers will come to love as well.

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Great messages
Too much sex
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (71):
Kids say (351):

This show is well scripted, the cast is superb, and it doesn't shy away from a down-and-dirty look at family life. It's no surprise that Modern Family has picked up several accolades since its debut in 2009. Balancing the good times and bad times isn't always an easy task in a comedy, but this series always ends on a heartwarming note that reflects the beautiful imperfection of family relationships. At the same time, it offers a contemporary picture of the modern American family in its presentation of three very different -- but equally loving -- household structures.

That said, Modern Family isn't for everyone. There are a lot of stereotypes to weed through, and the plot often deals with sex, which is discussed openly in teens' company, as well as other mature themes such as death, divorce, and, to some degree, prejudice. Much of the humor revolves around Mitchell and Cameron's life together and Jay's unconventional marriage to his young Colombian wife. Take into consideration your family's values before opting into this series, but if you do watch with your teens, know that its ultimate message is one of tolerance and the lasting connection among family members of all manner of backgrounds.

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