Your very own Modern Family

Created By: Amy Ma Amy Ma

There's more than just the laughs on TV show, Modern Family. Amy Ma looks at what we can learn from one of the hottest shows on prime-time telly.

Promotional image of the cast of Modern Family
your grandparents who may think they were calling you, but were actually filming their ear pressed up against the camera.

Can we please take a moment to appreciate the insane hilarity of one of this generation’s funniest comedies? No, seriously. I haven’t met a single person who doesn’t watch and adore Modern Family. The Dunphy and Pritchett broods have literally had us gasping for breath as we’ve followed them on their ridiculous adventures.

Phil, Claire and their kids Haley, Alex, and Luke, joined by Mitchell, Cameron and their daughter Lily, as well as Jay, Gloria, and their son Manny definitely have some very interesting stories to tell. But, while they keep us giggling, the show also brings forward many serious issues that will no doubt be tackled by every modern family.

The Generation Gap

This is probably one of the issues that every person has dealt with, both the characters on the show and us in real life. I’ll admit that it’s definitely hard to keep the peace in my family because we come from completely different generations, with different values. You may find that your parents have more traditional ideas while you may be more laid back. Sometimes, we just think differently and it’s hard to explain how we feel to people older than us because we fear that they simply won’t understand. But that doesn’t mean we still can’t get along. Just look at Gloria and Jay. They definitely have an age gap, but their marriage is filled with happiness and understanding.

Modern Family Message: Communication is the key here. It may take a little while to explain your side, but your parents will eventually know where you’re coming from.

The Same-Sex Couple

Even in 2013, the first thing that most people think of when the word ‘family’ is mentioned is a mother, a father and their children. It may be a little strange for some people to think of a family where there is a same-sex, or gay couple. The thing I love about Modern Family is that the cameras take you beyond the walls of a home, to show that a loving family can be created regardless of whether you’re gay or straight, adopt children or choose to have your own.

Cam and Mitchell are in a same-sex relationship with their adopted child Lily, and they have created this loving and supportive environment that any child would be lucky to have.

Modern Family Message: Who cares if a child has two mums or two dads? It isn’t up to anyone to judge them. If they are loved and treated well, that’s all that anyone could ever ask because those children are very lucky indeed.

The Techno-Phase

Ah how could we have a ‘modern’ family without the challenges of technology? Phil is the obvious example here; being a total gadget-guy, but what about those people in the family that may be a little… technologically challenged?

As we move into this age of technology we have to remember that although we’ve already developed a ‘feel’ for our devices and just ‘get’ how to use them, there are other people in the family who haven’t been so fortunate as to grow up around Apples that aren’t actually fruit.

Modern Family Message: It’s always nice to lend a helping hand, especially to your grandparents who may think they were calling you, but were actually filming their ear pressed up against the camera. Be patient, if you only show frustration, they will never get it.


I think that the real message that Modern Family is trying to give us goes deeper than the laughs and the awkward situations. It’s definitely not easy being part of a family in this modern age- where every day we face new challenges that families before us couldn’t even think of.

Sometimes we can draw similarities between our own families and the Dunphy and Pritchett clans, most likely because their problems could be a lot closer to us than we think.

Last reviewed: 16 February, 2014
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