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A lovingly lighthearted Modern Family offers up a nice change of pace A lovingly lighthearted Modern Family offers up a nice change of pace

This season of Modern Family hasn’t featured too many “in between” episodes. You know, the ones that aren’t outlandish comedies or loaded with emotional stakes. Rather, the “in between” episodes are perfect to break up the season. This season has swung wildly to either outrageous, often annoying bits of comedy, or…

It takes a lot of work to make something as bloodless and dull as The Passage It takes a lot of work to make something as bloodless and dull as The Passage

Never trust a show that comes out of the gate with a voice-over. It’s a tried-and-true rule—there are only a handful of exceptions in the entire history of TV—that especially applies to dramas. Sure, a comedy can get away with voice-over because there’s a ridiculousness inherent in the sitcom, but a drama that uses…

Modern Family takes a step backwards while furthering Haley's story Modern Family takes a step backwards while furthering Haley's story

The biggest surprise of this season of Modern Family has been how well the show’s handled Haley’s pregnancy. It’s a storyline that could easily become fodder for bad jokes and cliché narrative beats, but for the most part the show’s done a good job of treating the material with a certain amount of maturity. Even…

In its final season, Gotham attempts to burn it all down and start over again  In its final season, Gotham attempts to burn it all down and start over again 

From the very beginning, Gotham didn’t have any sense of what it was. That first season was a complete mess, with the show just throwing villains and storylines at the wall and hoping that along the way, something would stick. There was no narrative in sight, no sense that storytelling was important. Rather, the show…

Haley's story moves forward during a Modern Family Christmas Haley's story moves forward during a Modern Family Christmas

I’ve said many times this season that pregnancy storylines are tough to pull off. That’s true for many reasons, but namely because it’s difficult to do something fresh and interesting, and it’s even harder to offer up something that doesn’t feel specifically generated to create conflict. On TV, pregnancies almost…

Everyone's thinking about the past and the future on the latest Modern Family Everyone's thinking about the past and the future on the latest Modern Family

It’s somewhat comforting to see that Modern Family isn’t done with Dede just yet. When she died earlier this year—off camera and out of nowhere—it felt like a very random choice that resulted in a good episode, but that wouldn’t matter in the grand scheme of things. Dede was never a major character, but it’d feel…

By focusing on Haley, Modern Family continues to grow up By focusing on Haley, Modern Family continues to grow up

Throwing Dylan back into the picture was a curious choice for Modern Family. For some time it looked like the show was allowing Haley to move on and become a different, more grown up person, and that necessitated cutting ties with the symbol of her youth. Dylan always felt like a character that wasn’t really built to…

Identity is a funny thing on the latest Modern Family Identity is a funny thing on the latest Modern Family

What’s the ideal scenario for a “good” episode of Modern Family in its tenth season? The show is never going to reach the heights of its strongest seasons, the ones that made it a massive hit during its earliest days, but there’s usually still a few surprises with each new seasom. A few weeks ago the show said goodbye…

It's one misunderstanding after another on this week's Modern Family It's one misunderstanding after another on this week's Modern Family

“On The Same Paige” begins with a misunderstanding. Claire wakes up and comes to the kitchen, grabbing Phil’s ass and making a horrendous joke about “peaches” that only a coupled married for so long could make. The cute/cringeworthy moment gets worse when “Phil” is revealed to be one of his students. He’s started…

Two villains represent the best and worst of Black Lightning  Two villains represent the best and worst of Black Lightning 

Let America be America Again Let it be the dream it used to be. Let it be the pioneer on the plain Seeking a home where he himself is free.

On Halloween, Modern Family grieves when a death shocks the family On Halloween, Modern Family grieves when a death shocks the family

When, earlier this year, Modern Family’s showrunners and producers mentioned that a major death would come this season, most speculation centered on Jay. He’s the oldest in the family, and his death would certainly give the show a lot of different stories to tell. Well, if this week’s episode includes the major death…

Black Lightning gets bogged down by its own ambition Black Lightning gets bogged down by its own ambition

In the first scene of this week’s episode of Black Lightning, the titular character is seen lending a hand to a fellow meta who’s scared and lost. Jefferson resurrected Black Lightning in order to kill Tobias Whale, but he’s found a new purpose since that man disappeared; where Tobias hides while still managing to…

Modern Family resolves its love triangle, and finds comfort in familiarity Modern Family resolves its love triangle, and finds comfort in familiarity

After spending much of last week’s episode indulging in rather meaningless storylines, this week’s episode of Modern Family, “Torn Between Two Lovers,” gets back to one of the season’s predominant bits of conflict, which is the love triangle developing between Haley, her boyfriend Arvin, and her old and incredibly…

Black Lightning expands its universe, for better or worse Black Lightning expands its universe, for better or worse

It was inevitable that at some point Black Lightning would expand its scope. The show could only stick to telling the story of the Pearce family for so long. The very nature of the superhero show demands an expansion of the universe; explanations about where powers come from and what they mean within a larger social…

By the time you finish reading this, you'll forget all about this week's meaningless Modern Family  By the time you finish reading this, you'll forget all about this week's meaningless Modern Family 

This week’s review needs to begin with a question, and it’s one of the utmost importance: Is anyone else completely losing track of where every character on Modern Family is supposed to be in their life? I can’t be the only one that feels lost when they think back on all the supposed milestones, past events, and…

Black Lightning is back, and it's bleaker and better than ever Black Lightning is back, and it's bleaker and better than ever

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Modern Family moves in the right direction, and talks about trust and honesty Modern Family moves in the right direction, and talks about trust and honesty

When Modern Family is really delivering in terms of storytelling, it’s usually because it’s using seemingly separate storylines to muse on similar ideas and themes. The ensemble sitcom more often than not reverts to chaos when it comes to its various episodic stories. There’s little rhyme or reason to what’s going on,…

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