23 September 2009

100 Issues for 100 Days: #38

#38: Must-See TV

It looks like Wednesday might be a second night of comedy (which is good because Monday and Wednesdays are shaping up to be some of my most hectic days). Tonight there were no returning shows but I decided to check out ABC's attempts to return to comedy, Modern Family and Cougar Town.

Modern Family is a mockumentary-style sitcom about three inter-related families, May-December newlyweds, a gay couple and your typical nuclear family. This show was hilarious in every way from the odd-couple gays who've just adopted a Vietnamese baby to the "hip" father who's attempts to be cool only further cement how much he's not. There's also some subtly funny moments such as the Jon Gosselin-esque soccer dad who hits on Sofia Vagara's character because he thinks that her husband (played by Ed O'Neill) is her father.

Cougar Town, starring Courtney Cox, is not as funny as Modern Family but it's still a keeper. Although it is riddled with over-40, desperate woman cliches there are some great moments between Cox and her on-screen son (played by Dan Byrd formerly of Aliens in America). Also, Cox's character has a refreshing case of diarrhea of the mouth.

And rounding out my comedy Wednesdays is Glee, which is in its third week and just gets better. This week's tribute to Beyonce's Single Ladies was elegantly paired with Kurt's coming-out to his father. And the over-arching storyline's (Shu's non-pregnant wife, Rachel's struggle to stay on top in a changing glee club and Sue Sylvester's continued attacks on glee) continue to heat up each week. I think comedy is back on prime-time in a big way.

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