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(Slate)   The demise to one of the most hilarious TV stalwarts, the "doltish dad." Thank God we still have Modern Family's Phil Dunphy   (slate.com) divider line 82
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2012-06-18 05:11:33 AM
Modern Family? The sitcom that I'm supposed to like because it's "edgy"
and somehow realistic because it has some gay guys & hot chick with huge tits?
It's no better than Blossom, really.
 
2012-06-18 05:15:35 AM
Also, your grammar sucks subby. And I aint talkin' 'bout Kelsey.
 
2012-06-18 05:15:40 AM
But the dad is still going to be fat and balding yet somehow managed to snag an impeccably gorgeous wife way out of his league, right?
 
2012-06-18 05:25:04 AM

Ishkur: But the dad is still going to be fat and balding yet somehow managed to snag an impeccably gorgeous wife way out of his league, right?


It's funny cuz it's true! All my aging fat & bald friends have ridiculously hot wives.
And more often than not, a sassy sidekick.
 
2012-06-18 05:32:35 AM

Ishkur: But the dad is still going to be fat and balding yet somehow managed to snag an impeccably gorgeous wife way out of his league, right?


Only if he has lots of money
 
2012-06-18 07:01:23 AM
Subby didn't read the article.
 
2012-06-18 07:02:17 AM

Lipspinach: Modern Family? The sitcom that I'm supposed to like because it's "edgy"
and somehow realistic because it has some gay guys & hot chick with huge tits?
It's no better than Blossom, really.


this.

i tried to watch this show with the girlfriend but couldn't find the humour. maybe it's because we're not married, don't have kids, and we actually have gay friends and relatives.

the show seems like its written for old suburban white people who want something more risqé than "everybody loves raymond".
 
2012-06-18 07:08:16 AM
Retard writer can't tell the difference between "The Jetsons" and "Ren and Stinpy"...
 
2012-06-18 07:17:40 AM

december: Lipspinach: Modern Family? The sitcom that I'm supposed to like because it's "edgy"
and somehow realistic because it has some gay guys & hot chick with huge tits?
It's no better than Blossom, really.

this.

i tried to watch this show with the girlfriend but couldn't find the humour. maybe it's because we're not married, don't have kids, and we actually have gay friends and relatives.

the show seems like its written for old suburban white people who want something more risqé than "everybody loves raymond".


You kind of nailed it there. I love watching TV (i like the commercials lol)
and heard that this show was the cat's pajamas but it's really not much different than any other sitcom. Same cliches, different package.
Where's The Brady Bunch when you need them?!
 
2012-06-18 07:49:46 AM
Modern Family, How I Met Your Mother, Big Bang Theory, all terrible. Sitcoms are lowest common denominator. And yes, I do watch a good amount of TV, but I tend to lean towards Community and Parks and Rec. Also, Too Cute on Animal Planet.
 
2012-06-18 07:56:43 AM

december: Lipspinach: Modern Family? The sitcom that I'm supposed to like because it's "edgy"
and somehow realistic because it has some gay guys & hot chick with huge tits?
It's no better than Blossom, really.

this.

i tried to watch this show with the girlfriend but couldn't find the humour. maybe it's because we're not married, don't have kids, and we actually have gay friends and relatives.


You think the people in Hollywood who make shows like this don't have gay friends or aren't gay themselves?


the show seems like its written for old suburban white people who want something more risqé than "everybody loves raymond".

Actually it's meant for young single hipsters but I guessed you missed the subtle irony.

/kidding
//or am I?
 
2012-06-18 08:01:15 AM

december: Lipspinach: Modern Family? The sitcom that I'm supposed to like because it's "edgy"
and somehow realistic because it has some gay guys & hot chick with huge tits?
It's no better than Blossom, really.

this.

i tried to watch this show with the girlfriend but couldn't find the humour. maybe it's because we're not married, don't have kids, and we actually have gay friends and relatives.

the show seems like its written for old suburban white people who want something more risqé than "everybody loves raymond".


You mean the majority of people? Yeah, isn't it weird how an entertainment medium that bases its revenue on selling advertising tends to cater to the largest segments of the population? It's got to be some sort of conspiracy or something.

/You want risque? Watch "Last Man Standing".
//Positive portrayals of gun ownership and hunting haven't been seen on TV since The Beverly Hillbillies was cancelled.
 
2012-06-18 08:09:15 AM
I was okay with it until Ward Cleaver got knocked. WTF? Ward is the shiat! Sometimes he's a little hard on the Beaver but hell what man wouldn't be with a hottie like June who knows her place?
 
2012-06-18 08:15:10 AM

Coffee Snob: Modern Family, How I Met Your Mother, Big Bang Theory, all terrible. Sitcoms are lowest common denominator. And yes, I do watch a good amount of TV, but I tend to lean towards Community and Parks and Rec. Also, Too Cute on Animal Planet.


lowest common denominator? have you never seen a reality show? there are a dozen of them that make sitcoms seem like clever, high-brow affair.

TV commercials will continue to portray dads/husbands as buffoons that can't even find a gallon of milk in the refrigerator. just as wives will continue to treat their husbands as walking paychecks. things suck and they don't change.
 
2012-06-18 08:31:06 AM
I have no idea what and who the headline is about.
 
2012-06-18 08:32:06 AM
I just wanted to pop in and mention that I have no idea what a "Modern Family" is because I don't own a television.

And if I did have one, I would only watch shows that you've never heard of.
 
2012-06-18 08:33:27 AM
No TV father will ever again be as awesome as Al Bundy was.
 
2012-06-18 08:34:03 AM
Well then. Modern Family's obviously been around long enough for the vocal minority to pipe up about how it sucks.
 
2012-06-18 08:44:26 AM

Coffee Snob: odern Family, How I Met Your Mother, Big Bang Theory, all terrible. Sitcoms are lowest common denominator. And yes, I do watch a good amount of TV, but I tend to lean towards Community and Parks and Rec.


Uh, those are sitcoms, too, y'know. Just 'cuz they only use one incredibly shaky camera and have no laugh track doesn't make them not a sitcom.
 
2012-06-18 08:47:21 AM
I like MF, it has broad appeal and some fun subtle humor mixed in. I am getting a little tired of each episode having a warm family ending though. Show loses its edge when you know hugs and tears are coming.

Phil Dunphy is such a great character! Ty Burrell needs an Emmy up in here.

Al Bundy rocked,but I don't know why he didn't want to sexy up Peg.
 
2012-06-18 08:51:07 AM

Ishkur: But the dad is still going to be fat and balding yet somehow managed to snag an impeccably gorgeous wife way out of his league, right?


Yeah but she's a farking biatch who puts him down at every turn while the laugh track shrieks.
 
2012-06-18 08:54:38 AM

Tannhauser: Al Bundy rocked,but I don't know why he didn't want to sexy up Peg.


Because she was an emasculating shrew whose idea of seduction was too loudly whine and demand attention?

The real question is why he didn't leave Peg.
 
2012-06-18 08:57:55 AM

skepticultist: Tannhauser: Al Bundy rocked,but I don't know why he didn't want to sexy up Peg.

Because she was an emasculating shrew whose idea of seduction was too loudly whine and demand attention?

The real question is why he didn't leave Peg.


Because deep down he was a good dad and if he left, that shrew would never get a job and they'd all end up eating each other. And Kelly would become a prostitute.
 
2012-06-18 08:58:15 AM
*checks watch*

End of a show's third season? Time for fark to hate it.
 
2012-06-18 09:00:32 AM

BumpInTheNight: *checks watch*

End of a show's third season? Time for fark to hate it.


Do I have to report to some indoctrination center if I watched 3 episodes of the first season and hated it?
 
2012-06-18 09:01:12 AM

Mugato: BumpInTheNight: *checks watch*

End of a show's third season? Time for fark to hate it.

Do I have to report to some indoctrination center if I watched 3 episodes of the first season and hated it?


Fark hates hipsters too :P
 
2012-06-18 09:04:27 AM

BumpInTheNight: Fark hates hipsters too :P


Well as soon as someone can come up with a definition of "hipster", that will mean something.
 
2012-06-18 09:13:20 AM
As a dad who got up at 5 am to have a run, came back and walked the dog, fed the fish, made lunch for the kid (including a muffin I baked yesterday), made breakfast, got the kid to the bus, brought the SO tea in bed and then hauled my ass out the door for my AM commute to the office, I'm not only getting a kick out of these replies, and this article, I'm also getting a strong urge to punch Sarah Jessica "I don't know how she does it" Parker right in the flank.

/Not actually mad
//It's called being an adult, a surprising # of people have mastered it
///Except Hollywood, which thrives on stale tropes
 
2012-06-18 09:13:28 AM

Mugato: Well as soon as someone can come up with a definition of "hipster", that will mean something.


Only a hipster demands concise, meaningful labels!

Also, this thread needs more Hal Wilkerson.
 
2012-06-18 09:13:36 AM

Ishkur: But the dad is still going to be fat and balding yet somehow managed to snag an impeccably gorgeous wife way out of his league, right?


Yeah! And live in a house about three notches about their income?

(What do I know? Haven't watched TV since the early '70s.)
 
2012-06-18 09:14:39 AM
I was coming up with a definition of "hipster" before coming up with a definition of "hipster" became cool.
 
2012-06-18 09:17:25 AM
Side note:

I tried to get my ultimate team to do a "Whoa Bundy" before a game the other week, and everyone under the age of 30 gave me that blank look that you see in horses, staring over a fence.

Gave me a sad.
 
2012-06-18 09:17:46 AM
I don't even know anyone that owns a tv.
 
2012-06-18 09:25:18 AM

towatchoverme: As a dad who got up at 5 am to have a run, came back and walked the dog, fed the fish, made lunch for the kid (including a muffin I baked yesterday), made breakfast, got the kid to the bus, brought the SO tea in bed and then hauled my ass out the door for my AM commute to the office, I'm not only getting a kick out of these replies, and this article, I'm also getting a strong urge to punch Sarah Jessica "I don't know how she does it" Parker right in the flank.

/Not actually mad
//It's called being an adult, a surprising # of people have mastered it
///Except Hollywood, which thrives on stale tropes


MIght be a cliche but as long their are deluded, self-satisfied egomaniacs overestimating their awareness and importance it will still ring true.

And it's a damn funny show.
 
2012-06-18 09:26:50 AM
I prefer Mike Heck to Phil Dunphy any day of the week, but that's more because I think Neil Flynn is great.
 
2012-06-18 09:27:22 AM

Mugato: Well as soon as someone can come up with a definition of "hipster", that will mean something.


It's an obscure term. You've probably never heard of it. I wouldn't know if they say it on TV, but it would be a shame if they did.
 
2012-06-18 09:27:54 AM
People still own TV's? I'm sorry but I was too busy with my tube-driven AM radio listening to NPR and German opera to notice.
 
2012-06-18 09:28:47 AM

FriarReb98: I prefer Mike Heck to Phil Dunphy any day of the week, but that's more because I think Neil Flynn is great.


I don't watch The Middle often, but Mike Heck is how I picture myself when I am a father: constantly confused about what's happening in my house, and just wanting peace and quiet.
 
2012-06-18 09:31:03 AM

towatchoverme: I'm also getting a strong urge to punch Sarah Jessica "I don't know how she does it" Parker right in the flank.


cache.ohinternet.com
 
2012-06-18 09:33:54 AM

verbaltoxin: People still own TV's? I'm sorry but I was too busy with my tube-driven AM radio listening to NPR and German opera to notice.


You listen to those new-fangled voice transmissions? I'm too busy listening to Morse transmissions, which is how God intended for radio to be listened to.

/No, seriously, I do.
//Morse is the most perfect signal ever to grace the aether with its presence.
 
2012-06-18 09:34:56 AM
In the future, Hipsters will wear khaki pants and sport coats and have Blackberries clipped to their belt while talking about Modern Family.

It was a show that was on 30 years ago. You've probably never heard of it.
 
2012-06-18 09:37:19 AM
I'm still grinning over the fact that somebody actually thought Modern Family is marketed as "edgy." That couldn't be farther from the truth. It's probably the most plain oatmeal sitcom since Leave It to Beaver.
 
2012-06-18 09:47:50 AM

towatchoverme: Side note:

I tried to get my ultimate team to do a "Whoa Bundy" before a game the other week, and everyone under the age of 30 gave me that blank look that you see in horses, staring over a fence.

Gave me a sad.


Don't be sad, just adjust your onion and move on.
 
2012-06-18 09:54:46 AM

Mugato: skepticultist: Tannhauser: Al Bundy rocked,but I don't know why he didn't want to sexy up Peg.

Because she was an emasculating shrew whose idea of seduction was too loudly whine and demand attention?

The real question is why he didn't leave Peg.

Because deep down he was a good dad and if he left, that shrew would never get a job and they'd all end up eating each other. And Kelly would become a prostitute.


"Daddy beat him up."

"Yes dear."

Loved those episodes.
 
2012-06-18 09:55:10 AM

Mugato: BumpInTheNight: Fark hates hipsters too :P

Well as soon as someone can come up with a definition of "hipster", that will mean something.


Easy. Here's a partial if someone wishes to formalize.

Hipster
When people try to gain status and "seem cool" by "being different"
To include:
Statements of dislike of, or refusal of doing, the popular. Typically these things would make one not-cool within a group, but hipsters try to turn these negatives into a positive. These things are still not-cool, and as a bonus, are annoying annoying.

In general it's a tactic for people who are insecure, fail at belonging like the popular kids, and try to make amends by validating their social failure with, "But I'm a unique snowflake!" . o 0 (It's true, Mommy and Daddy told me this all my life!) Ends up being a shortcut straight to the snobbery of any given topic of discussion, and why it's loathesome to normal confident people and why you have no friends and have to spend so much time on fark.

See, the status isn't even the primary goal, it's a means to an end, these people would be snobs whatever way they decided to spin it, but really do, at least on a subconscious level, realize that they're a failure and can't be that way through typical means, so they've got to be creative with how they're better than others. Really, it's a big bout of playing pretend and changing the rules like a spoiled kid on the playground.

*shrugs*

I don't watch TV(love the programming in some cases, hate the commercials with a passion, Have PC, will download), but I also haven't been on fark at all for something like 10 days. I don't say these things for status or to try to be funny, I'm just sharing something I may have in common with people. It's chitchat at the smoker's hut. "I like operatic metal with chick leads, any one else? No? ok then, what do you guys like? We'll find something we've got in common eventually." See, normal people want to find things in common with others to bond. Not establish some form of awkward dominance because of their differences.
 
2012-06-18 10:00:20 AM
I like Modern Family, but I do not like Sophia Vegara. Her face is always scrunched up. (I know, i know... none of you look at her face) Im going to lay around all day and watch reruns of My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding.

/why do people who run want to always talk about it?
 
2012-06-18 10:01:44 AM

verbaltoxin: I'm still grinning over the fact that somebody actually thought Modern Family is marketed as "edgy." That couldn't be farther from the truth. It's probably the most plain oatmeal sitcom since Leave It to Beaver.


I always imagine the people saying this to be sitting in a transvestite biker bar in the bad part of Tokyo, talking to people with Ork-teeth implants and tattoos on their eyelids.

There's different perspectives of what is "edgy", is my point.

/My parents grew up in small-town Ontario, thinking salsa, curry and soy sauce was edgy.
//They only had salt, pepper, mayo and mustard.
////Slashies! They're coming back.
 
2012-06-18 10:04:06 AM

omeganuepsilon: Mugato: BumpInTheNight: Fark hates hipsters too :P

Well as soon as someone can come up with a definition of "hipster", that will mean something.

Easy. Here's a partial if someone wishes to formalize.

Hipster
When people try to gain status and "seem cool" by "being different"
To include:
Statements of dislike of, or refusal of doing, the popular. Typically these things would make one not-cool within a group, but hipsters try to turn these negatives into a positive. These things are still not-cool, and as a bonus, are annoying annoying.

In general it's a tactic for people who are insecure, fail at belonging like the popular kids, and try to make amends by validating their social failure with, "But I'm a unique snowflake!" . o 0 (It's true, Mommy and Daddy told me this all my life!) Ends up being a shortcut straight to the snobbery of any given topic of discussion, and why it's loathesome to normal confident people and why you have no friends and have to spend so much time on fark.

See, the status isn't even the primary goal, it's a means to an end, these people would be snobs whatever way they decided to spin it, but really do, at least on a subconscious level, realize that they're a failure and can't be that way through typical means, so they've got to be creative with how they're better than others. Really, it's a big bout of playing pretend and changing the rules like a spoiled kid on the playground.

*shrugs*

I don't watch TV(love the programming in some cases, hate the commercials with a passion, Have PC, will download), but I also haven't been on fark at all for something like 10 days. I don't say these things for status or to try to be funny, I'm just sharing something I may have in common with people. It's chitchat at the smoker's hut. "I like operatic metal with chick leads, any one else? No? ok then, what do you guys like? We'll find something we've got in common eventually." See, normal people want to find things in common with others to bond. Not establish some form of awkward dominance because of their differences.


Whoa!!! its not cool to be on fark all day every day??? why didnt someone tell me??? Im always left out
 
2012-06-18 10:16:11 AM

omeganuepsilon: Mugato: BumpInTheNight: Fark hates hipsters too :P

Well as soon as someone can come up with a definition of "hipster", that will mean something.

Easy. Here's a partial if someone wishes to formalize.

Hipster
When people try to gain status and "seem cool" by "being different"
To include:
Statements of dislike of, or refusal of doing, the popular. Typically these things would make one not-cool within a group, but hipsters try to turn these negatives into a positive. These things are still not-cool, and as a bonus, are annoying annoying.


Ok, let's see. My pop culture interests include Star Wars, Star Trek, Batman, Guns n Roses, '24' and Game of Thrones. I drink cheap vodka and Guinness un-ironically. Can I have my horned rim lensless glasses now?
 
2012-06-18 10:48:13 AM

towatchoverme: Side note:

I tried to get my ultimate team to do a "Whoa Bundy" before a game the other week, and everyone under the age of 30 gave me that blank look that you see in horses, staring over a fence.

Gave me a sad.


I do like how they show it on TBS early in the morning for about 2 hours. I get to watch it while I get ready for work. Still wish they had a proper ending.
 
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